Amongst the Mountain People

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Traveling through Switzerland is quite an experience. Essentially, everywhere you go you’re surrounded by mountains. It’s spectacular.

To make it even more scenic, ancient ruins summit countless peaks and centuries old villages cling precariously to the sides of mountains – some reachable only by geared train cars.

It takes a certain type of person of a peculiar moral fortitude to live here. It’s not for the faint of heart. But the reward is constant breathtaking beauty, a kind of violent majesty. Up here, being cold is a way of life, and surviving amongst the hills requires discipline, determination, and the absence of a complaining nature.

But it’s these kinds of people that I love being around, and I find them not only here in Switzerland, but anywhere that people are willing to pay a price for the Gospel. They each have a story to share, a testimony to impart. They are the conquerors, the victorious, the noble.

I was sitting with Jennifer in the church cafe after teaching all day when one of the students asked me if I’d like to hear her testimony. I’ll admit, I was in the midst of catching up on some work and really didn’t want to be bothered. But I’m trying to be better about not seeing people as interruptions, but as the ministry itself.

Meet Regine. She was trained to be a medium at age 14, studying white magic and skilled in necromancy, séances, and ouija. While she was taught that white magic helped people, she always knew something was wrong.

Finally at age 30 she bumped into a strange man in a night club – strange because he was one of the only people she had ever met that she could not read his thoughts. The idea that he was a more powerful medium than she was seemed out of the question, so followed him only to ask him what was his secret.

“He started to laugh and laugh and laugh,” Regine said. “When he finally told me that he was a Christian, I was the one laughing. ‘How stupid,’ I thought. ‘People that believed in Jesus, how stupid.'”

But her inability to read his thoughts continued to plague her. So the Christian gave her his phone number and offered to speak more with her.

“He even gave me a Bible,” she explained to me. “But I found it impossible to read. It was in a completely different language to my eyes.”

Eventually the Christian invited her to a special event at his church – three nights of meetings with a guest minister.

“The first night I arrived, but couldn’t even go inside the church. There was a presence in there that was foreign to me. So I ran,” Regine said. “When the Christian called me to ask how the meeting was, I explained there was no place to sit so I had to go home. So he insisted that I try the second night.”

Regine went, but only got halfway down the isle before running out of the church.

Once again the Christian man called and asked how the meeting was; Regine explained she left early.

“He told me I must try again the third night. So I went, still curious where this man’s power to resist my magic was coming from.”

On the third night, Regine found a seat near the back.

“The guest minister, Ray Brooks, walked in and looked right at me with the big smile on his face.”

Little did Regine know, but sitting all around her were some of the most well-known names in francophone Christian ministry, including my friend Jean-Marc Bigler and his wife.

It was a total set up.

Eventually the guest minister asked people to come forward for prayer. Regine decided to go, but was determined not to close her eyes as the minister had asked: she wanted to confront this power head-on.

That’s when Ray laid hands on her to pray for her.

“Suddenly I felt this incredible love wash over me,” she explained. “I remember seeing my shoes, then everything went white. I have no memories of what happened next, but they said chairs went flying as I started to roll across the floor. I was talking with a different voice and my face was disfigured. I only remember waking up pinned to the floor and seeing Jean-Marc’s face with this big smile hovering over me saying, ‘Welcome to the family.’ It was the greatest moment of my life. I was free.”

Today Regine emanates the love of the Father in a way I can hardly describe. Because she knows just how destructive the power of the enemy is, she has a strong ministry reaching those involved in the occult and witchcraft, sharing the all-powerful love of Jesus with them and declaring the victory that Believers have in Jesus.

I asked if I could share her story on my blog with you and she wholeheartedly consented. “Please tell them, tell them all,” she said. “God is so good – beyond good. The enemy only desires to kill you, and manipulate people through until they’re dead. But Jesus only gives life.”

I love living among the mountain people, among those who weather the attacks of the enemy and live to see great victories.

Regardless of your physical geography, I encourage you to live amongst the mountain conquerors: the view is well worth the price. So is the company. ch:

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  • gabe

    WOW, that’s AWESOME! Praise Jesus!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Indeed! She is a precious lady.

  • Rebekah

    Chills…I have chills all over. Awesome.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      I know. Just super cool to come in contact with such a loving person who was on the brink of oblivion. Proof God can reach anyone.

  • http://haveajasonday.com Jason Day

    Holy Moly! That is an incredible story.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Holy Moly indeed! (And say, how did Moly get so holy anyways?). I was super excited to share this one.

  • http://christiandfahey.wordpress.com/ Christian Fahey

    Fantastic. The description of the mountains and mountain people eloquent and “l’histoire de Regine” powerful and sublime. Once again, light overcomes darkness. Outstanding. Yes!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      I suppose I shouldn’t be so surprised when light overcomes darkness. After all, it is a fundamental universal principal of the Kingdom (Rom 12:21). I guess I just love seeing it in action.

      Thanks for the kind regards on my pros.

  • http://www.adventuresinfiction.blogspot.com Keanan Brand

    Wow. What else is there to say but to quote Rich Mullins: “Our God is an awesome God.”

    I have prayed for young people who were possessed and seen them set free, and have counseled many out of destructive lifestyles, out of suicide, but have also seen some go back to the darkness from which they were saved, and even to die in that darkness. Although I do not understand how they can look on the Light then turn back, how they can experience such love then reject it, I do know that the enemy is seductive, persuasive, manipulative.

    Reading about Regine reminds me that we do indeed serve an Awesome God, and His truth cuts through any lies the enemy tries to lob at us. May Regine continue to walk in that truth, and may His light and love continue to shine through her. Thank you for sharing her story!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      And thank YOU for sharing your story. It reminds me that we are at war indeed: over the souls of people. People. The most important and precious thing to Jesus. We fight for them, labor with them, wait beside them. It’s the nobelest of calls.

      Thanks for your heart for the King and His Kingdom, Keanan.

  • http://www.enterthedoorwithin.blogspot.com Wayne Thomas Batson

    Triple breath-tooken wowzers! Praise God for power beyond words!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Amen amen! So much better than Hollywood. Because it’s real – and Jesus gets glorified! Woot!

  • Terry Ricklefs

    I guess you could say I am a Christian thought reader through using the gift of discernment, and the Lord has had me use this gift to reach out to New Agers and witches. It is interesting to hear this kind of thing from the perspective of a medium.
    Terry- Ithaca, NY

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      I agree; hearing first hand accounts is encouraging and reminds us that all things are possible.

      And you make a great point. “Thought reading” was something even Jesus did (Matthew 12:25, Luke 5:22, 6:8, 11:17), but his resource was the Holy Spirit. Interesting how people yearn for supernatural power; the enemy only knows how to pervert what is initially divine.

      Praying for your continued ministry to those bound in darkness that they may receive marvelous Light!

  • Sarah

    Wow. That’s incredible.

    You know, I read quite a few books where things kind of like that happen, and of course they happen in the Bible, but I never really thought about them happening here and now.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Yep – that same power at work in Jesus is also at work in those within whom he abides. Awesome! I’ve seen countless people set free of the demonic, physical healings, and of course the greatest miracle of all: the changed heart.

  • Daniela Arreola

    Wow! I’m shocked! This is awesome. Lots of love from Mexico. <3

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Lots of love right back! Hading to Spain on Friday to see Fabio & Yael, Marie-Elise, and Nathan & Rocio.

  • Megan J.

    Goosebumps!! That is such an amazing story!! So amazing to hear, and I’m so glad that she went back that third night!!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Me too!

  • Daddy

    I am deeply touched by your writing,CK. “a violent majesty” could be a book title,you know? The testimony is wonderful. Thank you,son. Jesus keep you. Daddy

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Thanks Daddy. You’re encouragement means the most. Actually preaching about that tomorrow.

      And I’ll keep that in mind for a book title…