People last forever.

Their eternal value, and location, were and still are of upmost importance to Jesus. Thus His irrefutable actions to ensure their redemption, if they so desire it.

With each passing year, this emphasis on the pricelessly incomparable worth of people promotes itself in my understanding.

It’s never about the places we travel, but the people we travel to.

It’s never about the weather we’re in, but the people in the weather.

Nor is it about the economies, languages, styles, or foods. While all noteworthy in their own way, such novelties are mere shadows of the more important form.


The weight and sadness I feel of saying goodbye to people I’ve known less then 72 hours is, at times, overwhelming. And beautiful. I understand more of Jesus’ groaning, Paul’s longing, and John’s heartache.

As I snapped this picture of Alexis, one of my exuberant little YWAM students, sending a letter on to Jenny via my backpack, I was reminded again of the reason I left my family for a few days this week.

Where Alexis spends eternity matters, as do those she’s being equipped to serve with the rest if her life.

Because people are the only thing you can bring with you.

Thank you YWAM Charlotte. I love you all. ch:


Glade · 13 Oct ’11 at 9:37 pm

That’s so right. I remember that once I went to Barnes and Noble and met two older men. We were sitting in chairs close to each other–me writing a book, and they reading–and we got to chatting. The man right across from me turned out to be one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met, while the other became a good friend of mine and my family, who I email almost regularly. But I never heard from that first man, and I doubt I will again on earth. I pray often that I will get to meet him in heaven!

    Christopher Hopper · 13 Oct ’11 at 10:44 pm

    Sounds like the premise for a great short story, Glade!

Alexis · 14 Oct ’11 at 5:42 pm

I love this Christopher!!! thank you so much for building a special place in my discipleship training school. you definately brought the fire of GOD!!! i loved it:) I will miss you terribly and I can’t wait to meet your family, THEY SEEM INCREDIBLE!

    Christopher Hopper · 14 Oct ’11 at 8:27 pm

    You’re most welcome, Alexis. And thank YOU for being so genuinely enthusiastic about the Lord and about my family. That meant the world to me.

    I really look forward to the day Jenny gets to meet you; she saw this picture and said, “Oh my gosh, she’s adorable.”

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