Organization: Partners Relief and Development
About This Ministry:
Lori and Fran were born in the same hometown in Northern Michigan. Fran was raised in a very religious family. After leaving home, he seemed to always have the same question in his heart, “What will happen to me when I die?” It didn’t make sense to him that he couldn’t know for sure. A pastor sat down with Fran and opened scripture to him for the very first time and showed Fran very simple, but life changing, verses. Fran moved from darkness into light. The pastor recommended that Fran attend Moody Bible Institute in Chicago to study the Bible. Prior to attending there, he had been attending school to become a pilot. He knew almost immediately that he wanted to serve God in a full time capacity. Shortly after starting school, he heard about a degree in Mission Aviation. God took Fran’s love for flying and his desire to serve Him in a full time capacity and directed him to serve with MAF.
Lori was raised in a church-going family. She remembers one time when she was very little hearing about Jesus knocking at the door of her heart and wanting to come in. In a childlike way, she prayed for Him to come into her life. At the age of 10, her family got busy with life and quit going to church. God rarely entered into Lori’s life. Her mom died suddenly when Lori was 18 years old and after trying several things to fill that gap in her life, she looked to Jesus. She not only accepted Him as her Savior, but also as her Lord. Little did she know where that would take her. Lori met Fran shortly after her mom’s death, when neither of them were followers of Christ. After they both became believers, Fran had an immediate desire to serve God in a full time capacity. Lori wanted to serve Christ, but continue on with her plans. God had other plans. After much prayer and an act of obedience, God changed Lori’s heart and they started on their journey to overseas ministries in 1991. Erica was 6 years old at the time and Amber 3. They served with MAF in Zaire, Lesotho, and Kenya. Brent was born on African soil. Fran was a pilot with MAF, flying pastors, evangelists, doctors, nurses, aid workers, and many supplies to remote areas in both Zaire and Lesotho. Lori worked beside him booking flights, flight following, and doing the accounting for MAF. Fran later served as the Southern Africa Area Manager. He was responsible for 18 families living in 5 different countries.
In 2014, they began working with Partners Relief and Development, an organization that does amazing work with refugees fleeing from the genocide in Myanmar, as well as working with displaced people groups around the world. For more information about Partners’ work, visit their website at partners.ngo.
Fran – July 12
Lori – Mar. 20
Erica – Dec. 22, 1985
Amber – Dec. 14, 1988
Brent – Sept. 6, 1994
June 16, 1984