Last night was glorious. And it took all I had.

The event organizers billed Saturday night as a concert, and we certainly started off in that vein. But after an hour of music, something happened.

I felt prompted to invite all the adults forward to pray for the youth. What I had imagined as a simple exercise in generational blessing, turned into a 2 hour session of impartation, repentance, and of adamantly seeking God. Many teens who – just earlier that morning – were non-enthused with being at the conference, suddenly transformed into passionate worshipers – weeping, shouting, dancing, and basking in the manifest presence of God’s love.

Even though emotions were running high, none of my band would hug me at 11:00pm when we ended, as my shirt and jeans were soaked through with sweat.

Many God-moments made, many memories shared.

This morning I had the privilege to lead worship at the host church, followed by yet another powerful message by Mark Pugh of England, head of Elim’s international youth movement. Joseph also sat in on drums and did a fantastic job.

I taught again in the afternoon, and then opted just to lead a few songs of worship to close (as they wanted me to preach the last session, but my voice literally couldn’t handle it). It took less than 36 hours for a group of largely complacent, if not well-meaning, teens to be transformed into Jesus-dedicated, soul-hungry, presence-seeking fools.

And I love every one of them.

Saying goodbye to Mark, Jesse, Ben-J, Joel, and Julie, as well as Pastor Christophe & Sanbine, was as hard as it gets. Because the more I do this, the more I value the people of God. That’s one reason why heaven will be so epic: all the people you adore in the same place at the same time.

Finally, this evening, Joseph and I were treated to an amazing meal of raclette by our hosts. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Joseph so happy – definitely trumped kebabs.

Flying home tomorrow. Couldn’t be more excited about seeing my tribe. I think I preached about Jennifer and her love for God in every session. (You know you’re crazy for somebody when…).

Tonight I go to sleep utterly spent and exhausted, but for good reason: I’m convinced I must demonstrate to the next generation of French leaders what it means to worship God with everything you have. (I suppose that’s why Jenny packs me 3 t-shirts per day).

Bon nuit. ch:

[Photo credits: pics of me by Joseph Gilchrist; thanks to anyone else who was handed my iPhone in the moment]














Don Bonner · 1 Nov ’11 at 4:31 pm

That’s one reason why heaven will be so epic: all the people you adore in the same place at the same time.

And there will be many more people and resons. Can’t wait.

daddy · 1 Nov ’11 at 8:09 pm

Supergreat,CK! Love your writ and the pics. Whole lotta love showing! oh, We do so love the French… daddy h

    Christopher Hopper · 1 Nov ’11 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks Daddy! What great memories we have over there together, eh? Must get back there soon!

Deana Madigan · 2 Nov ’11 at 8:21 pm

Chris, this was surreal, your dad sent me the link and I am so glad, nice to know I am not the only one who sweats like a pig when the Holy Spirit rules and reigns!! I love your recollect of Jenny, must be close to how I will feel this spring when I am in Haiti, can’t wait, bless you bro, love to the whole tribe!! xoxo D

    Christopher Hopper · 2 Nov ’11 at 11:18 pm

    You’re so thoughtful; thank you!

    And Haiti?! I want details! AWESOME!

Luca-son of Giuseppe · 5 Nov ’11 at 11:57 am

Woow, that’s so cool !
I just randomly searched your name on facebook and found your article 😛

The link is already shared on our facebook Ambilly youth groupe 😀
I laughed so much with the raclette episode lol
Hope to see soon!

Thank you again for everything and bless you !

    Christopher Hopper · 5 Nov ’11 at 2:40 pm

    Luca: thanks do much for your heart of service bro! Appreciate you do much. An I hope you see yourself back there in the photos…you were a big part of making the worship experience happen for the kids. Love you loads bro!

Jim Atsedes · 7 Sep ’12 at 9:37 am

Hi Christopher
I’m very proud of you. May God continue to bless you & your family. Give your parents a hug for me……………jim

    Christopher Hopper · 8 Sep ’12 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you so much Uncle Jimmy. Miss and love you and Margie very much. It’s been far too long.

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