Gunther and Sarah, and their children Joshua and Michael are from Perth, Western Australia (although they’re actually from Cape Town in South Africa, but that’s another story!). They are preparing to serve with Global Interaction among the Yawo in Malawi.
From 2004 - 2006 they worked for a commercial employer in Blantyre, Malawi and always felt God calling them back to Malawi to share the message of Jesus. Although their discernment process started back then, it wasn't until 2019 that they connected with Global Interaction and felt that it was the right time.
Gunther is an accountant and is currently working for a local government in Perth’s northern suburbs. Sarah is a qualified primary school teacher, but has spent the last six years home schooling the boys. Josh and Mike are both still at school, having returned to formal school in the last year or so. As a family their skills, abilities and interests are varied, although they tend to have an outdoors flavour. Sarah is the musician of the family and the boys are often to be found out in the bush, camping, fishing or exploring.
Gunther and Sarah are so excited to join the team and help empower the Yawo to develop their own authentic ways of following Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
“God has equipped the Hoppes with extraordinary gifts and He has used them to build His church here. It is our great joy and privilege to partner with them as they leave us and serve the wider church. We look forward supporting them and seeing what good things God will accomplish through them.”
- Duane Olivier, Lead Pastor at North Coast Church.