Author Archives: Rebecca Hopkins

Rebecca HopkinsRebecca serves with her husband, Brad—pilot/mechanic and base manager—at the Palangkaraya floatplane base in Kalimantan, Indonesia. She enjoys getting below the surface to the heart of things, whether it’s during a history lesson with her kids, over tea with an Indonesian neighbor, or through her writing. Rebecca blogs at http://www.rebeccahopkins.org/news/.

Learning to Speak and Listen

My five-year-old son slides the beads on his abacus, and says, “sepuluh.” Then ten more beads, “dua puluh.” He continues counting by tens in Indonesian up to one hundred, the words gliding out of his mouth with just the right aspiration and tonality.

We’re practicing his math at home. I don’t think he even notices what […]

A Warm Welcome for PK-MEE

Welcome, plane.

It’s so nice to finally meet you. What’s your name, painted in blue on your side? PK-MEE? I’ve been an admirer of yours for the past three years. It’s been quite a long road—or…flight?—for you. Hurdles…setbacks…struggles…. Maybe you’ve wondered if you’d ever make it here to Palangkaraya, Indonesia. Maybe you’d nearly given up hope.

MAF is on the List

An MAF staff member discovers how God’s provisions have included MAF throughout one pastor’s life.

 

Just five minutes into the interview with Yusmanto Luis, a local pastor, and his wife, Elvina, and I already see a list forming in my notebook.

The supplies for the orphaned and at-risk kids’ rooms that are in the process of being […]

Reflections and Farewells

When I saw the silver propeller spinners among the airplane parts, I knew I had to get a picture. They looked so orderly lined up like that, so shiny and so perfect for practicing focus and perspective with my camera. My photography teacher would be proud.

Photo by Rebecca Hopkins.

My husband and I recently had […]

Remembering a Faithful Airplane

An Indonesian woman remembers the impact a small red and white airplane made on her life—and the lives of so many others.

 

“When I was little, I wondered how an airplane could fly if it couldn’t breathe,” said Yunike Hermanus.

Yunike and I were talking about the Cessna 185 with the affectionate name of “Charlie Brown” that […]

Unfolding God’s Word through Stories

MAF flights bring trainers to remote villages to teach culturally relevant Bible story-telling methods

 

“It doesn’t get much better than this.”

Brad Hopkins, our MAF pilot—and my husband—pointed at the clear blue sky out of the floatplane window. I glanced at my notes: Kuala Kurun—that’s the name of the jungle town to which we were headed.

“Just a […]