From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Laura Luke worked at Pediatric Associates of Spartanburg while Mike home-schooled their five girls – Emma, Anna, Abby, Ellie, and Olivia – all the while serving the Lord in their local church. In 2012, the Lord began a work in the hearts of the Lukes, introducing them to the founder of a mission work that ministers to the poor and needy of Guatemala. During their meeting, the founder of this mission work informed the Lukes of the hospital construction project being undertaken by the ministry, and he informed them of their need for an American pediatrician to serve at the hospital.
Within a month of their meeting, the Lukes flew to Guatemala and saw the overwhelming need with their own eyes. They quickly realized that God had called them there, and so their journey to Guatemala began. In November 2012, Laura left her job at Pediatric Associates of Spartanburg, and the family traveled to Colorado to attend a missionary training course. In early April 2013, they left for Costa Rica to spend three months at a Christian language school, and by July 2013 they will be in Guatemala serving the Lord. While Laura serves as a pediatrician at the hospital (with no salary or compensation from the local ministry), Mike will continue to teach the girls at home. He will also hold weekly Bible classes and weekly prayer meetings, conduct daily visits to the hospital to minister spiritually unto the patients there, assist the local ministry with their IT needs, and accompany teams on baby rescues whenever possible. The entire Luke family, including the girls, hopes also to serve the children in the orphanage and in the feeding program also run by the local mission work.
The Lukes are thrilled that God has given them the opportunity to serve Him in Guatemala. Laura went to medical school with the dream of becoming a medical missionary, and the entire family is excited to see this dream of winning souls to Christ become a reality.
We at HopeBound Ministries prayerfully request that you consider supporting the Luke family in one or more of the following ways:
- Pray! Please pray that God would guide, equip, energize, and protect the Luke family daily. There is nothing more valuable and encouraging to a missionary family than to have a team of intercessory prayer warriors bathing them in prayer regularly.
- Volunteer! The local mission work in Guatemala relies heavily on the help of short-term volunteers to accomplish all of its work. If you or your church family is interested in serving in Guatemala for a week or two, please contact HopeBound Ministries by filling out the Contact Form below.
- Fund! As missionaries, the Lukes rely completely on the support of others to sustain their family and their work. Although the Lukes have raised some of the support they need to serve in Guatemala, their need has not yet been met. They are leaving for Guatemala nonetheless, trusting God to provide for their needs. In addition, there will be an ongoing need for funds to supply the hospital with medication and equipment to fulfill its mission. One of HopeBound Ministries’ purposes is to raise funds to support both the Lukes’ personal needs and the hospital’s medical supplies and equipment needs. Please prayerfully consider contributing to the Lukes’ ministry. Checks can be made payable to HopeBound Ministries with “Luke Medical Missions” in the memo line. The HopeBound Ministries mailing address is P.O. Box 5138, Spartanburg, SC 29304-5138. Or, you can donate online by going to our Donate page.
Once established in Guatemala, the Lukes will be sending monthly email updates to their partners. If you would like to receive these monthly updates, please fill out the form below to be included on the mailing list.
Thank you in advance for partnering with HopeBound Ministries and the Luke family. Together we can bring the needy of Guatemala to the Lord by ministering unto their physical needs!
“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.”