Last night I had the honor of addressing a group of teens and adults at a United Methodist Church camp, celebrating their 137th year.

The subject they asked me to speak on was “a legacy of faith.”

As I stood in their “tabernacle,” erected long before even the oldest member of my audience was born, the value of what a true legacy is hit me.

It’s not money, though it has some value.

It’s not reputation, though a good one can often help open doors.

It’s not even tradition, which has some worth in remembering those who’ve traveled this road before us.

As I examined a picture on the wall of some of this camp’s early elders, and later compared it with the 13 teens and 2 adults that surrendered their lives to Jesus last night, it realized what a true legacy is:

Providing a generation we will never meet with the opportunity to chose Jesus.

How are you preparing such means for those that will live 137 years from now if Jesus tarries? ch:20110820-105720.jpg



mooney · 20 Aug ’11 at 11:32 am

It’s so true Christopher. Reminds me of Paul and Timothy, both who were influenced by their family lines:

“I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” (2 Timothy 1:3-5)

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Aug ’11 at 12:46 pm

    Wow. What an incredible scripture. Never read it in this light before…so much more powerful! Thanks for that, Chris.

Mary Trapasso-Ayers · 21 Aug ’11 at 4:21 am

Hello Christopher,
Nice article, thank you for sharing it. It was awesome to meet you and to listen to you was a privilege. I was so blessed by the way you ministered to both the youth and the “more mature” congregation 🙂 I hope to be able to see you again one day.
Every blessing,

    Christopher Hopper · 21 Aug ’11 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks, Mary. The privilege was all mine. I loved watching Jesus move that night, and appreciate you and your family. Blessings!

julie · 13 Sep ’11 at 12:49 am

I LOVE CAMP DEMPSTER! I am sorry I missed you Christopher. I was there the first Saturday for the Memorial Service. I see that you have met some of my old camp friends & family. They are wonderful. You can trace my lineage at Dempster back to my Great Grandfather [Reverend Elmer Olney Webster] and Great Grandmother [Edith Webster]. My Aunt Emma [Pollock] told me recently that Rev. Elmer Webster [her Grandfather] was instrumental in unifying several churches in the area… to attend camp meetings at Dempster and other areas in NNY. His son, Rev. Leland Webster, who I remember well, followed in his father’s footsteps.

I love looking into the family tree… you never know what roots you’ll dig up or whose name you’ll see carved into it.

Thank you Christopher for your service to Dempster. I have heard wonderful testimonies from the event. Please lmk when you will be speaking again there.
Lol [Love out loud] in Christ!

    Christopher Hopper · 13 Sep ’11 at 8:27 am

    This is fantastic! Love your connection to Dempster, and the clear legacy it holds for you. Thanks for sharing this glimpse at your heritage; inspiring!

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