4TheloveOfkids is a faith-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to support orphans aging out of care, by providing scholarship funding for continued education and training. This support improves the quality of life of under-served and impoverished orphans and helps break the cycle of poverty. 


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Lawrence Drake, President


Building contractor for over 30 years in Florida, residential and commercial, building has been my life.

​In 1988 – My first experience with foreign missions began in Bogota Columbia. We were rebuilding and adding on to a church on the edge of the big city of eight million people. I didn’t know it then, but, missions would become my hearts passion and ultimately God’s calling on my life. Since that first trip I have had the opportunity of leading many short-term trips all over Central and South America. Seeing, first hand, how the poor people of this world live and struggle to just exist, it was impossible for me to sit back and live “life as usual” here back in the States.  ​

God made it possible for my wife, Debbie, and I to live in Peru for a little over three years. While there, the first two years, were spent serving as coordinators for Wycliffe Associate teams from the U.S. and Canada. The project was building a Bible translation center to translate the Bible into the Quechua language. We also had the privilege of working with Campus Crusade during their translation of the “Jesus Film” also in the Quechua language.  ​Our third year was spent in the same town called Abancay, Peru adding on a third floor to an existing orphanage. It was there both my wife and I became burdened to create 4THELOVEOFKIDS.  ​We are still in the building business, “building better lives” for young people, from developing countries, who cannot make it on their own.

George Drake, Vice President

 Mr. Drake concluded a 25 year career with New Mexico Probation and Parole in 2006 where he last served as that division’s Deputy Director.  ​He then founded Correct Tech, LLC, a corrections technology consulting company. Mr. Drake is best known for his pioneering work in offender tracking technologies. He assists correctional agencies both in the US and abroad with the development and improvement of services provided to individuals released from prison. He is an active member of a local church in Albuquerque where he is a bible study facilitator and a small group leader. He and his wife Diane have actively supported various mission projects for many years.  ​He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from New Mexico Highlands University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. 

Dave Werner, Secretary


David graduated from the University of                                              Florida with a degree in marketing and                                                  business  law. Following a career in                                         commercial banking in Florida, David retired

and relocated to Rocky Mount, Virginia where he co-owns a farm with his wife, Betty, and his daughter and son-in-law (www.fourcornersfarm.com). David is active in ministry at Redwood United Methodist Church. 

His ministry activities now and in the past include:

Church Council Chair

Music Ministry

Missions, including trips to Peru (2), Guatemala (1), Nassau, Bahamas (1) and others in the United States.

Youth ministry ​

Stewardship Chair

Chris Riker, Treasurer

 Mr. Riker has over 10 years of                                                    professional experience in finance and                                            accounting roles.  He began his career at                                        one of the largest public accounting firms in the world, where he served a variety of clients in the public and private sector.  In 2010, he left public accounting and joined a large engineering and manufacturing company in the power generation business, where he has since served in various roles of increasing responsibility.  He currently leads a global finance organization for one of his company's largest divisions and frequently travels to various locations around the world.

Mr. Riker and his wife, Hilary, recently relocated from Charlotte, NC to Columbus, OH.  They continue to hold their membership at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Charlotte, where they were active in local outreach ministries before relocating.  Mr. Riker received a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Florida State University, is a Certified Internal Auditor, and is currently pursuing a Master's of Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Ruth Ortiz, Board Member

 Born in Abancay, Peru.  She worked to put herself through college, and graduated with a degree in Administration.  Coming from a poor family, she saw the need for an education in order to have a better future.  She now works as the administrator for AIDIA (which is a Christian NGO dedicated to working with the Quechua speakers of the Apurimac department in Peru).   She also serves on the board of directors for “4Theloveofkids” as the contact person and facilitator for potential students in the department Apurimac, Peru .

I came to know the Drakes in 2010 when they were working at AIDIA.  Debbie, Larry and I developed a beautiful friendship, seeing the love that they have to serve God through missions.  They shared with me their organization “4Theloveofkids” to help orphan children with little or no economic recourse to obtain an education.  “With the help of 4Theloveofkids” they can create a better future for themselves and their community.  “God has blessed me and given a purpose to my live, so now I live to serve Him 

Mike Gordon, Board Member

 Mike served as a youth minister for 20 years.  In 2001, he planted a church where he served as the Lead Pastor for five years.  During his time as youth minister and pastor he lead over 300 students and adults on multiple mission projects and in the US, the Caribbean, South and Central America as well as Europe.  For the last 9 years, Mike and his family have lived in the Boise Idaho area where he has worked for a Johnson & Johnson Company in the Medical Device field.   ​ He is an active member of a local church in Boise where he service as an Elder and Teacher. Mike Holds his Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary.