Fran and Lori Derocher are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship, returning to MAF after working with a relief and development organization in Southeast Asia. Prior to their work in Southeast Asia, they served with MAF in Africa for over 20 years. They look forward to rejoining the MAF family as they bring their extensive and varied field experience into their roles to mentor and train the next generation preparing to serve in MAF.
Fran and Lori both grew up in the small town of Menominee located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. They both are thankful that they were raised in loving, caring families and were exposed to a life of faith at a young age. It was not until their early 20s that the amazing love and forgiveness of Christ became deeply personal. Fran, seeking some basic Bible education, attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and it was there that he learned of this thing called mission aviation, beginning his journey of service with MAF in Africa.
Lori attended Michigan State University, where she encountered many followers of Christ who helped her in more deeply and genuinely knowing Christ. Throughout her years in missions, she found herself fully engaged in finances in all the areas she served. She also loved being involved in the local community and ministries. Fran and Lori were married in Menominee after Lori graduated from Michigan State in June of 1984.
The Derochers have adult children. Erica, their oldest, is married to David and they live in San Francisco and are busy in their careers. Amber is married to Luke, and they are working towards their future in the aviation and education industries. Brent is in Vancouver, Washington, working as warehouse manager at a large food bank in Clark county.
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in the Derochers’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a ministry partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.
The U.S. offices of MAF serve as a hub for MAF services worldwide. A day in the life here includes specialized flight training, staff mobilization and counseling, purchasing and shipping of aircraft parts, finance and accounting, administration of an Internet gateway for worldwide email, fund raising, printing and mailing of various materials, and many, many more activities. Some staff serve around the country; training future pilots and mobilizing potential candidates to serve with MAF.
MAF missionaries raise support for a pooled fund out of which MAF covers salary, housing, benefits, and staff-related ministry expenses. MAF exercises discretion over the use of missionary support in the exercise of its mission and care of its staff.