Switzerland: Day 3

christopher hopper in switzerland day 3

Today was the final day of “Discerner le Temps.” And as always, there are many sad goodbyes and many wonderful memories.

The morning started off with an extremely profound message from Pastor David Davis–an actor from NY saved in the 80′s, married to a now believing Jew (former NYC model and singer), and pastor of a Jewish and Arab congregation on top of Mt. Carmel. With a story like that, how would it be anything less than profound? He explained the vision out of Zechariah 4 as the two olive trees being the Jews and the Gentiles (Jeremiah 11, Romans 11), and the Menorah being the Church (Rev 1), filled with the presence of God. Many many lives were touched as their hearts for (or against) Israel were healed, and a new desire to pray for God’s people was stirred up. [Davis is pictured below with one of my best friends, Manu, after a powerful time of prayer].

After lunch, Pastor Vincent Fernandez brought yet another moving message, this time on the Prodigal Son out of Luke 15, revealing even more dimensions to a story most Christians know all too well, this time focusing on the Pharisee’s attitude toward the parable: rather than rejoicing with the father’s joy over his returned son, they–in effect–ended up killing him…as they put Jesus–the one portrayed in the Parable–to death that very week. Many people were convicted of their religiosity and likewise touched by the Father’s love.

I took some other random pictures from the day, including a fish between my feet on the dock, and a candid practice session with me and Simion Freymond in the dressing room rehearsing; it’s his 18th birthday today. And boy, can this guy lead worship and play the guitar. I’m honored to call him friend.

I will never forget this conference and all that the Lord did in my heart personally, as well as what He spoke corporately. Tomorrow we start recording in the studio; please pray for my voice as I pushed it a little too much tonight. (Shocking, I know). ch:

Switzerland: Food

I thought it would be fun to show you a few pics of food from a day here in Switzerland.

Breakfast is cafe (coffee) and a hot croissant. No American version can compare. Flaky and buttery–what a mystery.

At a three course lunch in a fine restaurant, you’ll be served a typical meat-plate served at the beginning of a meal, complete with a little cheese, some dill pickles, and sweet onions.

Next, fresh salad served in a house vinaigrette. The shredded carrots is very French.

The main course is fresh perch, caught that morning from the local lake, and les frittes (aka “French Fries,” but not here). No, the ketchup is just for the crazy American.

After, another round of cafe.

If you can stomach dinner a few hours later (which I couldn’t today), you might have any number of local or exotic dishes. But if you wait long enough, you might get a trip to the local kabab restaurant. Witness my half-devoured kebab, followed by some Turkish Mint Tea (on the house).

Bon appetite! ch: