Monument Building

Historically, monuments were erected to mark the passing of epic battles, celebrations, or the passing of time. In the Old Testament, monuments–or in many cases, altars–were built to commemorate an encounter with God.

While I’ve built one or two small mounds of rock in my past, celebrating something significant between me and the Lord, I find writing about it equally as meaningful. Posting it online brings some sort of legitimacy to it. That someone besides me is reading it.

Looking back on 2010, it was a momentous year. A very productive year. Here are a few things that stand out to me; all of these are a living testimony to God’s faithfulness in our lives:

  • Evangeline started Kindergarten
  • Luik can wipe himself
  • Judah started walking
  • Jennifer and I celebrated 7 years of marriage
  • Release of the Christopher Hopper Band’s CD “Heaven Meets Earth”
  • Release of “Venom and Song” co-authored with good friend Wayne Thomas Batson
  • Establishment of Sprig Records, a ground-breaking, church-based record company under New Life
  • New doors and multiple trips to preach the Gospel and encourage the Church in the nation of Switzerland
  • Translation and recording of “Heaven Meets Earth” into French via YWAM
  • Acquired a new restaurant in Georgia to bring funds into the Kingdom
  • Played and spoke at Creation NorthEast, a life-long dream
  • Taught at two YWAM DTS schools in US and Europe
  • New open doors to speak in public school general assemblies, including 3 Opertion:HighLife events
  • Graduation of Dibor Class of 2010
  • Four significant industry shoots for Grandath Films
  • 2nd youth group ministry merger between another church and 33 Live
  • Parents announced their church resignation and began the process of moving to northern NY

January 1st 2011. What will this year hold? Here’s some thing I’ll be spending a considerable amount of time on:

  • Relocating my parents to the 1,000 Islands
  • Asking God for direction in developing each of our children uniquely
  • Transitioning Dibor into “1,000 Islands DTS: School of Worship & Evangelism”
  • Design, build, and open Sprig Records Recording Studios with my father
  • Release of “Le Ciel Touche La Terre” in over 40 francophone nations
  • Recording Jennifer’s new indie/jazz/big-band CD
  • Publishing Book 3 of The White Lion Chronicles, “Athera’s Dawn,” and re-publishing “Rise of the Dibor,” and “The Lion Vrie”
  • Finish and publish book 1 of my new steampunk series (name TBA)
  • Open a new restaurant in Watertown (TBA)
  • See 500 new teenage believers added to the Kingdom in Jefferson County
  • Merge with at least 2 more youth ministries in Jefferson County
  • Update New Life’s production capabilities, including audio and video systems

For the glory of the King and the advancement of His Kingdom. ch:

What are a few milestones you’ve passed, or are looking forward to?

  • Looks like you’ve had a spectacular 2010 and have the promise of an equal or greater 2011. 😀

    I didn’t think about it quite the way you’ve put it CH, however, I’ve done a similar thing on Twitter, Facebook and Google Buzz. I wrote a rather long note about some of the high points in 2010 and some of the plans for 2011.

    If you’d like to read it, the easiest way probably would be to check the note on my FB profile. It’s called Thankful & Hopeful.

    • TMG: Thanks for your encouragement, Todd. Cool to see we’re on the same wave length, too. Please post your FaceBook page link (if you have a URL) here for others to read if you like. Blessings!

  • Milestones passed?

    Wrote and submitted a novella to a publishing house
    Made an excellent and long awaited accountability friend.
    Opened doors to share the Gospel to some kids at school
    Memorized chapters of the Bible

    Stuff to come?

    Finish and completely edit my novel
    Resubmit to publishing house
    Lead two friends to Christ
    Take ACT ::gulp::
    Etc.

    😀
    So what’s Dibor looking like down the road? I’ve wanted to attend for a good while but have been waiting for a time when I’d be able….

    Happy New Year CH!

    • NP: Dude, awesome! Love reading about what you’re doing. Admire you very much: keep going! Dibor is going to turn into a 6 month school: 3 month lecture phase followed by a 3 month international missions phase. The emphasis is going to be Worship, The Creative Arts & Evangelism. Let me know if you want more info.

      • Ethan Taylor

        2010 really was a monumental year, well stated. Now, I don’t want to be “that guy”, but I know you had a specific dream this year fufilled involving a sailboat and a wonderful river.;)

        When I read all about how your time with YWAM impacted you, I knew it would take root in Dibor itself. I sense a vision there already. The testimonies from 2010 for so many people make this year special. I know people say that at the end of every year but He promised us greater things that have yet to come. And in 2010 many of those greater things came… insane that its all going to grow even greater in 2011!

        I have so many “greater” things going on where Im at now, absolutely unbelievable meetings and acts of compassion. It would be great to connect for a Skype to connect if possible.

        I send my love to you and your family.

  • Beth Walrath

    Wow, that’s awesome about your parents. It will be great having them up here. I can’t wait for Jenny’s new Cd that’s exciting.

    2010.. I bought a house.
    Got a promotion at my job.
    I was privileged to help baptize 3 incredible girls.
    Was blessed to help out at a Steven Curtis Chapman event
    for Show Hope.
    I got to help out at 2 youth camps this year at High braes.
    Those are the things that stick out.

    As for 2011… I get to teach my 1st Roots class.
    Remodel my house.
    Prepare for the next chapter of my life 😀
    Start working on the book I am supposed to write.
    See those 500 new teenage believers with you.
    Allow God to use me wherever and whenever He wants
    to.