We are Francis and Laura Mallorca, in the midst of an amazing journey that God has set us on. As crazy as our journey has been, nothing beats obeying and serving in ministry together. Our hearts are for the unreached people, that they will know Jesus Christ and in genuine relationship with Him find joy, peace, and eternal life.
The story of “us” goes back to 2001 when we met as a 16- and 19- year old in Bohol, Philippines while Laura was on a short term missions trip. Fast forward 7 long, long-distance years to 2008 and Francis proposed! After securing Francis’s fiancé visa, we married in Southern California in September 2009. Immediately following our wedding we began preparing to depart the States for overseas ministry as missionaries. We landed in Maasin City, and for two and a half years we partnered with International Deaf Education Association (IDEA). IDEA exists to bring educational, physical, economic, and psyco-social opportunities to deaf children, their families and their communities. Our job was to bring these opportunities to unreached deaf children in provincial Southern Leyte. And our heart was to bring the gospel as well.
For deaf children in the Philippines, there are few options for education or livelihood, and even fewer for evangelism and salvation. We had the privilege of establishing a new organization locally, called Leyte Island Association for the Deaf (LIAD). LIAD in partnership with IDEA carries on the work serving the deaf children of this region. Many of our older posts contain stories, pictures and updates about the joys, struggles and triumphs we experienced while working with LIAD and IDEA.
In December of 2012 we transitioned from deaf ministry to working full-time for our new local church. After our first visit to Maasin City Alliance Church we knew God had given us a new “family.” Francis volunteered with the youth for the 2 years while we were still with IDEA. He has now been officially “installed” (recognized) as the Associate and Youth Pastor in the church since 2013. His responsibilities include leading the youth ministry which serves young people from high school (age 11) through college graduates in an intensive discipleship process. He also is building a network with the young professionals, along with handling weekly bible studies, youth fellowships and a preaching rotation.
Laura uses her free time to assist Francis and the church with many special projects, putting her computer skills to use. She enjoys creating programs, digital art, tarpaulins, design, and crafting items for ministry use. She keeps busy with school activities and building relationships with women in the community. Our family is complete with our son Karis Andrew (6 years old), daughter Analyn Grace (4 years old), niece Angelica (22 years old), 3 kitties and a puppy.
We are in the midst of a huge adventure currently, as we are following the vision the Lord has given us for a Student Center and Library in Maasin. You definitely want to read about it!
Since our arrival in Maasin City in May 2010, we live, move and love one day at a time. We trust the Lord’s complete provision for our needs and for the survival and success of the ministry and people entrusted to us. We are only able to be here through the generous donations of people like you, who through one-time gifts or monthly contributions, have enabled us to live and work solely focused on the ministry the Lord has called us to.
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As our family and ministry continues to grow over the last eight years, our financial obligations and needs have also grown. We are no longer just newlyweds, but a household of 5 with increased responsibilities in ministry. If you feel led to give a gift in support of our family and what God is doing in Maasin, you can give securely online or by check through our sending agency, Shepherd Staff Mission Facilitators.
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