Yesterday was quite possibly one of my favorite days of 2012 yet.

When you see God do so much, and you have the privilege to experience so much with your family, you can’t help but feel blessed.

It went down something like this:



Quiet time with God.

Jennifer speaking to girls; me speaking to guys.

Air hockey, 1980’s arcade games, and soccer in the rec center.

Snow tubing at Camp of the Woods.


Indoor rock climbing.

Snow tubing at Oak Mountain.




I preached on what it takes to contend with God for souls, and Jesus’ ultimate example of forgiveness. Pastor Rich Ryfun held an powerful altar call for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

And then I collapsed in bed. ch:

















Miriam Woodruff · 4 Mar ’12 at 9:33 am

Ministry….. Glad to see you’re suffering for Jesus. LOLOL Actually … if somebody’s gotta do it – you’re one of the best. I KNOW lives were changed because I KNOW God uses the Hopper Tribe. The End. “:0) {{HUGS}}

    Christopher Hopper · 4 Mar ’12 at 1:14 pm

    Hey hey – thanks Mir. Lives were changed indeed. It was a truly spectacular weekend. Sorry to see it go, but eager to get back home.

Beth · 4 Mar ’12 at 9:43 am

If anyone doubts that living for God is a blast, I’ll show them this post. 😉
The thing I live the most about your ministry is how much you enclude your whole family in it. I heart yours kids and their precious hearts. You and Jenny are pretty spectacular too. 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 4 Mar ’12 at 1:15 pm

    Right on. Totally agreed – life lived for Jesus is the greatest adventure. And we had that responsibility; to raise our children up in what is “normal” Christian living.

Mandee Widrick · 4 Mar ’12 at 11:20 am

I am very envious of your rock climbing adventures. My first time climbing an indoor rock wall was last April, and I went to one of the largest indoor rock wall gyms in the country (Peak Experiences in VA). I absolutely loved it and wish I could go more often. There’s something exhilarating about doing something that could potentially be super scary (it looks really high up from the bottom) and accomplishing a climb all the way to the top.

    Christopher Hopper · 4 Mar ’12 at 1:17 pm

    It’s thrilling for sure! I’ve been rock climbing since I was 12 gets old and never tire of it. Revisiting it this weekend with my kid has rekindled some of that fire just by seeing their enthusiasm.

    Think it’s time to buy some new gear and build that climbing wall behind our house…

Gabe · 4 Mar ’12 at 11:58 am

Ooh, niiiiice! 😀

Billy Jepma · 4 Mar ’12 at 6:31 pm

That’s awesome Christopher!! When I saw all your pics on Twitter I knew you had a great day. Especially compared to mine, which was composed of sitting in cramped chairs for four hours for Rinneea’s dance competition, which was great, but waiting four hours for her five minute dance wasn’t my idea of fun. And I ended with doing Chemistry… anyway, glad you had such an awesome day! Love you guys!

    Christopher Hopper · 4 Mar ’12 at 7:37 pm

    Ha ha – dude, I have SO many memories of sitting through years of my sisters’ dance and baton recitals JUST like that. It’s making me laugh right now. They owe me!

Anthony Deverso · 4 Mar ’12 at 7:14 pm

again thanks for the amazing message dude

Sheree · 4 Mar ’12 at 7:21 pm

So cool! Love the wall-climbing set up!
Oh and the table-hockey —SO FUN!

    Christopher Hopper · 4 Mar ’12 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks for the comment girl! Yey!

    Yes, it was a blast. The camp was quite impressive (coming from a guy who’s been to camps all over the world!). They really have invested heavily into letting families play together and creating spaces for more formal ministry to occur.

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