Strength is Often a Who

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Jennifer and I had our final night of ministry here in Switzerland last night. I walked into it knowing my body was failing, and I’d have no voice by the end, so I asked Jenny to be prepared.

The band played amazingly well, and this was the most I’ve seen the Swiss dance yet! But sure enough, my fever, cough, and soar throat took their toll, so by the time I finished our 1.5-hour set, I could barely speak. I managed to squeak out a few lines for the expected message, and then passed the mic to Jennifer.

What followed was about 20-minutes of profound encouragement on the pursuit of intimacy with God and being more concerned with his heart than the condition of our own. You had to be dead not to be moved.

Like Paul, I’m slowly learning:

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. [2 Cor. 12:10]

Sometimes the strength we’re looking for is the gift found in other people afforded only when we step aside.

Continued prayers are greatly appreciated as we fly for Madrid, Spain this morning. This is the first trip in years that Jennifer is at 100%, and Levi is rocking Europe like a champ. I, however, am far from being on top of my game.

Thanks for all your encouragement and prayer. You are the best readers ever. ch:

  • Jillene Narraway

    God has been showing me the depths of the truth of that scripture as well! Isn’t it amazing?! Praying for you guys.

    • Thanks Jillene. Appreciate that.

      Yeah – that scripture has a way of kicking one’s butt.

  • Billy Jepma

    That’s awesome, would’ve loved to have been there! Will be praying you get better soon Christopher. Much love guys, 🙂

    • Mom

      Praying for you! Hugs! So very proud of all three of you! Hugs = Us! xoxox

    • Thanks Billy. Yes, you would have been touched.

  • mary smalley

    We’re behind you in prayer for God’s healing and strength and safety!

  • DLouisa Ford

    Oh no CH!!!!! Praying you get feeling better SOON and for safe travels!!! Glad Jenny and Levi are great!! Love you guys and see you soooooon!

    • Appreciate your prayers and concern. Looking forward to next weekend! Love you.

  • David Seaman

    Ok, now I’m just annoyed. You and being sick while in Europe ministering has gotta break. I declare no more sickness and only health and wholeness over the Hoppers!

    • Thanks David. I’ll never forget your faithfulness to me those many moons ago in Carlsberg, Belgium. Love you man.

  • Praying for you and say hi to the Iberian peninsula!