Shannon and Kristi Hopkins met in high school at First Baptist Church Gordon, Texas. In 2000 Shannon and Kristi married. They have 3 kids, Tyler, Emma and Isabella. 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. They left with a calling to go live and serve God and the people of Honduras. Both Shannon and Kristi were called to the mission field before they were married but God also confirmed this calling as a couple. After much prayer and seeking the guidance of their closest peers, colleagues, and family that they surrendered to the call. The Hopkins founded 61 Isaiah Ministries and moved to Gracias, Lempira in 2011.
In September 2009, the Hopkins formed 61 Isaiah Ministries and began raising support. They left the U.S. December 28, 2010 to attend Language School in Costa Rica. In June 2011 they moved to Gracias, Lempira, Honduras.
Edith is 18 years old and from Gracias, Honduras where she lives with her parents and 2 siblings. At the age of seven, she received a scholarship to attend and then graduated from Abundant Life Christian School. This school is where she met the Hopkins, who she had as her Bible and Family Living teachers. She began working with their team as a babysitter and translator in 2014. Here is her story in her words, "I saw how happy my people were with us just being there, kids playing with people that didn’t know their language but that not being an obstacle for them to enjoy their time together, and people walking in the rain to have a church service with the ‘’gringos.” But what impressed me the most was going back to those villages a year later and seeing the people with joy in their eyes, welcoming us as if we were a part of their family. With experiences like this, I started developing a need in my heart to keep doing this. I started praying about it and I had many ideas, but finally I decided that since God gave me the gift of knowing a second language, it is so that I can use it for His glory. " She officially joined our team in August 2016.
Joshua Dykes from Mount Pleasant, Texas where he grew up with his awesome parents (Chris and Martha) and his younger brother (Brandon). Josh grew up attending First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant along with his family and his relationship with Christ started when he was 9 years-old and asked his parents, “If Jesus is perfect and I am not, then why would He die for me?” To which they responded, “Because He loves you.” From that moment onward, Joshua started the crazy and fulfilling adventure that we call being a Christian. Josh continued to learn about God’s will for his life and when he was 16 years-old he felt a call to ministry. He followed this call to Howard Payne University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry, Public Policy (from the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy), and a minor in Spanish. He has worked in youth ministry for the past 4 years and believes that his time in ministry has prepared him to work in adaptive innovative ways. Joshua came to Gracias for the first time on a short-term mission with Southside Church and returned again the next year. It was after this second stay in Honduras that Joshua joined the missions team. Josh likes learning, reading, making new friends, listening to music, and playing basketball.
I started my studies at a school where few kids have the same opportunity, but fortunately I was one of the kids that had this passion for learning new things even when it seemed to be a little hard. My mom and my dad have been Cristians since I was born so they were the ones who taught me that letting God guide us everywhere, is the best choice anyone can make. They always talk to my sister, my three brothers and me about how good is God. At the age of 14 I decided that the opportunity that God gave me to learn a different language should be used to do things that pleased Him. So I started to translate for missionaries that worked in the church where I attended. There was were I found that God gave me a very special gift that I can help many people understand what those missionary wanted to say. When I started to work with missionaries I found out that God wanted to use me as a tool to transfer the good ways of thinking of American people to Latinos people but not only that, also help Latinos to teach and to show Americans how big our hearts can be if we serve God.
Board of Directors
Cliff and Janet Watson have been associated with 61 Isaiah Ministries since 2011 and Cliff has served as president of the board since that time. They have been married for 30 years and have three daughters, a son and daughter-in-law. They are both graduates of Texas Tech University and live near Terrell, Texas. Cliff is a mechanical engineer and works in the electric power generation business.
My name is Cliff Swofford. I have been married to my wife Aleshia for 15 years and we have two boys. Aleshia and I have been involved with 61 Isaiah since 2011, when we first visited Honduras on a mission trip. We have been back multiple times, every year since. I was blessed to join the board in 2018. Aleshia is an elementary teacher in Sanger, Texas and I work for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, as a Game Warden. We, along with our two boys, worship at First Baptist Church, Sanger, Tx where I currently serve as a deacon, missions committee chair, and RA Director. We are extremely proud to be a part of this ministry and look forward to seeing God continue His incredible work in Central America.
My name is Rusty Johnson. I have been married for 22 years to my wife Michelle and have been blessed with 2 children, Brooke and Preston. I have been on the 61 Isaiah ministry board since the board's inception. We are members of First Baptist Church in West, Texas where I currently serve as a deacon and youth Sunday school teacher. I have also been teaching AWANA’s for children at FBC West. I lead a Coaches Outreach bible study for the coaches of West ISD. I own a small construction company and specialize in dirt work. I am thankful to be a part of 61 Isaiah Ministry and have enjoyed seeing relationships strengthened in Honduras in order to bring God glory and minister to the people of this country.
Don has been happily married to Lora for 24 years. They have 2 girls and one son in law, Maddison, Kyndal and her new husband JT. He currently is an employee of Pactiv, a Reynold’s company. He works as a process technician in the EPS cups side. He is a former employee of Hoot Johnson Construction, former marine, student minister and camp director. Don serves as a deacon at FBC West and teaches a Sunday school class called “Coffee and Camo.” He has a strong desire for discipleship where people transition from learners to followers of Christ. Don has been on the 61 Isaiah Ministry board since 2011 at it’s beginning stages.
Cathy is married to her sweetheart, Ron. She is from Teague where she met the Hopkins. She has been working with 61 Isaiah Ministries since 2015.