Todd and Maria Luke
The Outreach Foundation
About Our Partners
Forming respectful relationships with the poor in a manner that allows them to activate their work, talents, and knowledge are key components of Todd and Maria Luke’s Gospel-driven outreach in Calakmul. More than just a clean water/poverty alleviation project, a relation-based work movement is happening within communities of subsistence level farmers. Many are indigenous Ch’ols, and they suffer from poor health due in part to the lack of access to clean water. Ch’ol Presbyterian laymen organize families to work together to build family-owned cisterns that collect rainfall from the roofs of their homes. Each cistern can supply 12,500 gallons of rainwater annually. During the process, our Mexican partners teach useful construction skills, demonstrate the value of partnership, pray together, and share the Good News in a casual and natural manner. To date, over 400 families own a cistern, and over 4.5 million gallons of rainwater are “harvested” annually. The quiet spirit and capable hands of our local partners win the respect of their neighbors and continue to grow a network of cistern owners who hear and see how God works in their lives through work and relationship. Visiting work teams are welcome
Year after year, hundreds of families have easy access to millions of gallons of rainwater. But most importantly, through the cistern construction and annual "follow up" visits, the gospel is shared and its implications are lived out by our partners in unique ways that people clearly notice. Mutual respect grows, and we pray the Holy Spirit will empower the hearts of all involved to be assured of the grace of Jesus Christ.
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $50,400 for Todd Luke's support and $2,000 for the cost of one cistern.