Shannon and Kristi Hopkins met in high school at First Baptist Church Gordon, Texas. In 2000 Shannon and Kristi married. Before serving in Honduras, the Hopkins served in youth ministry for 10 years. Throughout this time they have participated in various mission trips all over the world.
It was on one of these trips that they went on a vision trip to Gracias, Honduras. It was on that trip in 2008 they believe God began calling them to serve on the mission field. After much prayer and seeking the guidance of their closest peers, colleagues, and family that they surrendered to the call.
In September 2009, the Hopkins formed 61 Isaiah Ministries and began raising support. They left December 28, 2010 to attend Language School in Costa Rica. In June 2011 they moved to Gracias, Lempira, Honduras.