Brad and Rebecca Hopkins are serving in Palangkaraya, Indonesia, with Mission Aviation Fellowship on one of MAF’s only float plane bases. As a pilot/mechanic, Brad serves people in the remote villages along many of the rivers of the vast island of Borneo. Without the airplane, people would have to walk or ride boats for weeks through dense jungle to get to the places MAF can fly to in minutes. On a typical day, Brad could fly sick people in need of medical care, Indonesian pastors, government officials, rice, and even the occasional chicken or pig. Brad also recently took on the role as base manager of an amazing team of nine Indonesians and two other westerners. He enjoys working closely with these guys and their families.
Brad and Rebecca have three kids, Evan, Renea, and Eric. Rebecca currently homeschools the older two, usually burns her granola, and writes novels about fascinating, little known people groups in Indonesia. She enjoys getting below the surface to the heart of things, either during a history lesson with the kids, over tea with an Indonesian neighbor, or through her writing.
In some ways, Palangkaraya is a normal town with roads, stores, restaurants, and hotels. But cultural differences run deep, so Brad and Rebecca seek to learn how Indonesians there live with unique values, beliefs, and mindsets.
Brad and Rebecca believe God cares about their story and the stories of those around them. Brad grew up in Indiana. He always had the dream of flying, but wanted to fly with a purpose. He served in the Army in Germany and Washington for five years, planning to pursue a career in military aviation, while also volunteering as a Club Beyond leader on the side. But after learning of mission aviation, he decided to attend LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He earned his degree in Aeronautical Science, with the hope of becoming an MAF pilot.
Rebecca was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She grew up all over the United States, as her father was in the military, and the family moved frequently. She grew up seeing her parents serve and engage their community in a personal way wherever they were. Rebecca attended Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, earning her degree in Political Science with minors in Religion and Communications. She has worked as a volunteer Young Life leader, newspaper reporter, writer for a university, and a flight follower.
After marrying in 2000, Brad and Rebecca lived in Texas and Alaska, then moved to Indonesia in 2005. They spent nine years serving in a different MAF location of Tarakan, a small island off of Borneo. Their children were born in 2008, 2010 and 2012. They moved to Palangkaraya in 2015.
Brad and Rebecca rely on a team of financial supporters who generously give to the ministry of MAF. This team is critical to the work MAF does in Indonesia. They also depend on people to pray for them and the people they serve through MAF.
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in Brad and Rebecca’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.