About Latin American Children’s Fund

Latin American Children’s Fund (LACF) was established as a not-for-profit organization in 1991 with the sole purpose of leading Latin America children and their families to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Through this child-sponsorship program, churches, individuals, and foundations in the United States are providing financial support for the Christian education and spiritual training of impoverished children in Peru.
American Ken Biron, and his Peruvian wife, Maria, worked in the capital city of Lima for a number of years.  In 1996, the Birons responded to God’s call to establish a Christian school in Reque, Peru, a small coastal town approximately 500 miles north of Lima.  Five acres of barren, desert-like land were acquired and construction of the school began.  Short-term mission teams (known as workcamps) from churches, organizations, and schools in the United States are building the school one classroom at a time.  The needs often exceed the resources, but God’s faithfulness is always near.

With countless hours of volunteer labor, thousands of donated dollars, and an abundance of God’s blessings, the Roma Lee Courvisier School (RLC) opened in 1998 with two classes of excited children.  Those children – now adults – are taking leadership roles in the communities where they live.   One student, Angela, is now a teacher in the pre-Kindergarten class.  Read her interview with Ken on our “Get Inspired” page.

The school is named in honor of Roma Lee Courvisier, a missionary to Peru and other Central and South American countries who has inspired many to enter the mission fields.

Children are admitted to the RLC School at age three and progress through the preschool, elementary, and high school levels.  The goal is to add 20-30 new students each year.  Teachers have a deep love for El Señor (The Lord) that they share with the children along with academic instruction.

The Roma Lee Courvisier School provides the Christian education these children need to walk out of the world of poverty, malnutrition, unemployment and spiritual darkness.  LACF is helping them realize their full potential and empowering them to become tomorrow’s leaders for the world and for God’s Kingdom.

Our LACF Board of Directors

Ken Biron

Field Director and Missionary

Ken and Maria Biron have four children and are the missionaries in the field at the Roma Lee Courvisier School in Reque, Peru.  Ken serves as the Director of Operations at the School and greets each child as they enter the schoolyard in the morning before class.  Ken teaches the religion classes at the school and ministers to the teachers and staff.

Ken felt the call of God on his life during his second workcamp in 1988 to Lima, Peru.  He has been faithful to listen to God’s leading and has encouraged many to join him in sharing the love of Christ to the people in Reque and the surrounding communities.

Paul Martorana

Board Chair

Paul works in the aviation industry and currently manages technical publications for a large aircraft manufacturer.  Paul and his wife, Carol, live in St. Louis, Missouri and attend the South Side Church of God.  Paul was personal friends with Ken in college.  After exiting the military, Ken and Paul worked together in the aviation industry.  He has been involved with LACF since it’s inception in 1987.  He traveled to Peru in 1990 and has been involved with the LACF Board in various positions since then.

Ralph Shupe

Vice Chair

After more than 41 years, Ralph is retired from full-time pastoral ministry.  Ralph and his wife, Tonya live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and attend Crossings Community Church.  They have two daughters and three grandchildren.  Ralph was Ken’s pastor and on his first trip to Peru in 1987.  He has been involved with Ken’s ministry from day one, and has been on the Board of LACF for two years.  Currently, his focus is grandchildren, and his cause remains LACF.

David Young

Treasurer

David is Principal and founder of David K. Young Consulting, specializing in Benefit Consulting and Administration.  David and his wife, CynDe have two children and three grandchildren.  They live in San Antonio, Texas and attend Faith Presbyterian Church.

Roma Lee was a long-time friend of David’s family.  His grandparents, the Hunters, led her to Lord and mentored her in the faith as a teenager.  His dad asked that he continue to contribute to Roma Lee and her feeding program in his last note before he passed away in 2004.  After sending a check in 2011, Roma Lee invited David to go on her last trip to Peru in 2011.  While there, he was invited to join the LACF Board.  Roma Lee told him more than once she felt he “had been chosen for such a time as these”.  David enjoys cycling, flying his plane for business, pleasure, flying for the Veterans Airlift Command, and flying for Skycross (www.skycross.org), an organization that provides food and medicine to the poor communities on the Texas / Mexico border where he also serves on the Board of Directors.

Jeanne Erzinger

Secretary

 Jeanne, now retired, worked as a High School English and Social Studies Teacher for 20 years and then, in Patient Admissions at local St. Louis hospital for another 20 years.  Her husband Phil, (who passed away in 2015), traveled with her on three mission trips to the RLC School in Peru.  Together, they have five children, 13 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.  Jeanne lives in New Florence, Missouri, and attends the First Church of God in St. Louis.

Jeanne first met Ken when he was a teenager attending the First Church of God in St. Louis.  She became involved with LACF through sponsoring a child in Lima, Peru, through LACF.  In 1996, she went with a workcamp from First Church in St. Louis to begin construction on the school in Reque.  She returned to the RLC school a few years later and painted the mural of Noah’s Ark on the playground wall.  Jeanne has been part of the LACF Board since 2003 and has served as secretary for most of that time.  Jeanne helps to edit and publish our LACF Newsletter.  She loves to read, paint, and play the piano.

John Morden

Member

Terrance Volden

Member

 

David Hogan

Member

 

Paul Gonzales

Member

 

Contact Us

Mailing Address
11118 Wurzbach Rd. Ste 300
San Antonio, TX  78230

About This Site

Latin American Children's Fund is a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to meeting the educational, physical and spiritual needs of children and lead them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ