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Today we had the incredible privilege of heading up into the mountains over 5,000 feet and visiting a home which is used weekly for church. The husband and wife, Reginaldo “Canche” and Luky, clear out the few possessions they have and preach the Gospel to those that live in the Mayan village of Rex’quix. Despite their dirt floors and sparse furnishings, the selflessness of this couple is overwhelming, and extremely convicting.

Apart from hearing their story, and experiencing their infectious love for Jesus, Jennifer and I were both captivated by their children. We were there for less than three minutes when I look over and see Jenny holding a little girl. Rebekah clung to Jenny’s neck tightly as my wife wept. It was a precious few minutes that eventually turned into laughter as an impromptu fashion show started.

Shortly after, I jumped in with my senior pastor, Kirk Gilchrist, as he started playing with a small group of little girls that clung to the side of the house, spying on us. His son Joseph ended up filming me as we played, a memory which I won’t soon forget.

My life has already been changed in so many ways, I can’t imagine being challenged even more. But I was today, simply by playing with children in a mountain village I never even knew existed. Such is the Kingdom.

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus of Nazareth
Matthew 18:3


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Exterior view of Canche and Luky’s house.

Wide angle view of the house and surrounding hillside.

Interior of their home; room used for church meetings.

Canche and Luky’s kitchen.


Megan J · 23 Mar ’13 at 8:13 pm

Wow Christopher! What an amazing opportunity. Now I really really really want to go there! I can’t wait to hear more about your trip. I love you all. If I am unable to make trips like that I am at least glad to know wonderful people who can go and make a huge difference. My prayers go out to those wonderful people and that they become world changers, starting right there in their little church.

    Christopher Hopper · 23 Mar ’13 at 8:20 pm

    You simply *must* find a way to come down here, Megster. I know that Joseph is already planning some team trips. Stuff’s in the works!

    Megan J · 24 Mar ’13 at 6:08 am

    Wow! I would love to hear about those plans! I’m looking to sponsor a child… And to actually be able to meet that chid would be mind blowing.

Beth · 23 Mar ’13 at 10:49 pm

Your pics have touched my heart in a special way, some brought tears to my eyes. Wish there was a way I could hug them all. My prayers are with you all & especially with the children and adults lives you touched there. Can’t wait to hear more of your touching stories.

    Christopher Hopper · 24 Mar ’13 at 2:53 am

    Hopefully you get a chance to come down here someday. You’d never want to leave, Beth. It’s beyond amazing.

    Beth · 24 Mar ’13 at 8:21 am

    I would love the opportunity. I think I’ll start by sponsoring a child and see where God takes it.

Theresa (Sullivan) Eassa · 24 Mar ’13 at 8:46 am

Thank you for sharing these pictures and reminding us once again how blessed we are for being born and living in the U.S.A. My heart goes out daily to the poor nations where little girls are used in the sex trade and little boys learn that this is acceptable. May safety and blessings follow you and all of the New Life family as they continue their travels! Also looking forward to hearing just one more “I got punked” story while on this new adventure.

    Christopher Hopper · 24 Mar ’13 at 9:47 am

    Thank you, Theresa. Your compassion and prayers mean a tremendous amount. So encouraging. Hopefully you can come down here sometime soon; this is a life-transforming place.

    And yes, there have been some extremely funny moments. Actually, last night while preaching, Pastor Kirk slid across the floor on his knees! I have video to prove it!

Susy Fairchild · 24 Mar ’13 at 9:59 pm

Thank you for sharing, Christopher! We are so glad you are getting to experience these places.
We wish every American could be in the 3rd world at least once in their life!

    Christopher Hopper · 25 Mar ’13 at 7:39 pm

    You’re welcome. Thanks for the comment; I couldn’t agree more. I hope to go down many more times…I’m forever changed.

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