Todd and Maria Luke
The Outreach Foundation
Since 1996, Todd Luke has lived or worked in the southern portion of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, in a rural area known as Calakmul. He works through the Campechano Presbytery to support evangelism and community development among the Ch’ol people living in the Xpujil region. Todd and Maria are now based in the States and make regular trips to coordinate the ministry and support visiting teams.
This ministry has two components. One part involves developing projects that teach and enable both indigenous and mestizo Mexican Presbyterians to improve their family health. Projects with this purpose include construction of family owned rainwater cisterns, beekeeping, beeswax pressing, hammock weaving, raising livestock, and cultivation of Chaya and Moringa. The goal is to build 20 cisterns per year and so far, over 100 cisterns have been built.
The other component of the ministry involves equipping local Presbyterian leaders with the intellectual, spiritual, and material resources necessary to plant new churches and develop existing churches as well as engaging American Presbyterians in mission in Xpujil region. Several congregations have visited, built cisterns, and worshiped and encouraged Mexican brothers and sisters. Todd dedicates six to ten weeks each year to hosting mission teams from the U.S.A. These groups work with Ch’ol Presbyterians building cisterns, leading Vacation Bible School, and in other shared ministries. New teams are always welcome.
Todd is an associate member of the Campechano Presbytery. Motivation for this ministry comes from 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12: "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands . . . so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
In light of the educational needs of their three children, Leydi, Marco, and George, Todd and Maria now serve the work in Calakmul from their home in Illinois, traveling to the region for about four months each year.
The Outreach Foundation works with the Lukes and supporting churches to ensure a strong, ongoing partnership in this important work, and we encourage your continuing gifts both to their support and to the projects that they are coordinating with our Mexican partners.
Minimum goal for 2016