The Sykes Super Send-Off

UPDATE 05.22.2012: I will honor the free music incentive for anyone who contributes through the end of the Indigo Eligibility Period of this campaign, dated Thursday, June 14th 2012.

I’m not sure the last time I asked my readers to give money to something.

Perhaps never.

Unless the shameless plugging of my books counts. Then I’m über guilty.

This week I’m asking 100 of my readers to contribute to the future of one of the most amazing families I know: Ron & Val Sykes.

When I say one of the most amazing, I mean most amazing. I’m probably not permitted to share everything I know about their insanely selfless actions, as they’d be frustrated with the limelight. But it’s true.

From sacrificially purchasing and giving up real-estate for the benefit of others, to being constantly on-call to teens in need, to having children of their own who beautifully require unusually high amounts of love and attention, to wearing more than one full-time hat in a church with part-time pay, Ron & Val exude the selflessness of Christ in a way I’ve rarely witnessed.

And I’m honored to call them friends.

Almost ten years ago I was in need of a bass player. When asked, Denis Johnson Jr. replied, “Well, he’s actually a concert pianist, but he can play a mean bass, too. Give Ron a call.” Within a few gigs, he’d endeared himself to me and became my go-to man for all things low end. (Meant in the basst of ways). Little did I know Val would also travel with CHB to put music in motion with her worship dancing.

Where’s the plea for money you ask?

Ron and Val are taking a much needed hiatus from the demands of life in Rochester, NY to spend 1 year at IHOP in Kansas City. I believe it will be an incredible time to invest in their children, distance themselves from a city that constantly gets their best, and spend time ministering to the Lord and his people in a truly artistic way – Ron as the consumate musician, Val as the ever-elegant dancer, and both as pro-family heroes of the faith.

So I’m asking you, one of my heroic 100, to pick one of their smart Perks Packages and invest in this Godly family. Watch their video. Read about what they’re doing. If you’re a young person, ask your parents to come over to the computer right now and pray about what your family can contribute. I know Jennifer and I are.

Be one of my Heroic 100. Invest in real people affecting real change for the Kingdom in the earth today. Heaven is watching, and God doesn’t blink at what you sow.

As a special gift to the first 100 people that give to the Sykes at any level, I’ll send a personal mix of acoustic worship songs performed by Jennifer and me that we’ve never released. In fact, they’ll be recorded just for The Heroic 100. You’ll need to email me here once you’ve purchased your Perk Package on their website.

Thanks for reading. Thanks more for investing.



jamie rutigliano · 11 May ’12 at 3:43 pm

Hi Pastor Christopher ..I do not see the link to give , I have clicked on a couple of the links and asking me to sing in ..Could you please tell me how to give ? Thank You

jamie rutigliano · 11 May ’12 at 3:59 pm

I did find the correct link and package need to respond ..Thank you ..Jamie

RyanPaigeHoward (RyanHeart) · 11 May ’12 at 4:18 pm

Hey Christopher Hopper,
I wasn’t able to donate much, but hope what I did helps this loving family out. I love IHOP and the ministries that they do, it’s a pretty neat place.
I also did a blog post on this for today (thank you) with a link that comes to your blog… hopefully that will pull a little more traffic your way. I’ll be sure to post it on my fb too.
Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy helping out with others on missions, but lately haven’t had the opportunity. 🙂 I will keep this family in my heart and prayers.

In His Grace,

I don’t know if it’s my computer, but your link for your email won’t open for me. I’m not sure if that will be the same for others? 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 11 May ’12 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks soooo much Ryan. You’re incredible.

    I was missing ONE letter in the code for that email link. Fixed.

John A Cartin · 11 May ’12 at 6:37 pm

I gave to the cause, I could give much but every little bit helps, I sent you an Email.

Aaron Novak · 16 May ’12 at 5:01 am

I went to Ihop it was a great time. That’s where I meet my wonderful wife.

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