Todd and Maria Luke
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. 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. 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. In a recent update Todd wrote, “By the end of summer, we hope to have built at least forty-five cisterns during 2018. Partners from Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Texas, and Tennessee will join our Mexican friends to help take the total cistern tally beyond #490. Cistern #500 is not far away.” 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, 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.