The Rev. Carlos Mendoza views strong and healthy communities as a process best broken down into four categories: physical, spiritual, economic and community health.
They’re the four areas on which Dr. Mendoza has built the foundation of Clinica Medica San Lucas in Gracias, Honduras.
The ministry operates a medical and dental clinic in Gracias. Several churches have been planted in the region. Small-loan projects through the ministry have assisted many in the community. An outreach aspect of the ministry has created cleaner villages with latrines, water storage systems and garbage clean-up.
Another part of the ministry in Gracias is a commitment to training community health workers. Workers have been educated in disease prevention, hygiene, nutrition and other areas to improve the quality of lives in the villages.
Rev. Carlos Mendoza
Rev. Carlos Mendoza has been uniquely blessed with gifts for evangelism. While he doesn’t come from the same medical background as many of the other Luke Society directors, his spiritual gifts have enabled him to deliver the Gospel in many ways at Clinica Medica San Lucas. Mendoza is a gifted Christian leader who stimulates others to serve. Members of the PMT include: Bob and Deborah Sterken, Dave and Cindi Veenstra, Mark and Becky Veenstra, Don and Nancy Luke, Dale and Kris Moore, Greg and Karen Schultz, Jeff and Mary Beth Serdahely, Eric and Sonya Snyder, and Bill and Anita Zwiers.
Population: 8.7 million
Size: 112,090 sq. km, or slightly larger than Tennessee
Borders: Guatemala and El Salvador to the west; Caribbean Sea to the north; Nicaragua to the south and east.
Religious groups: Roman Catholic, 97%; Protestant, 3%.
Primary language: Spanish
Literacy (age 15+): 88.5%
Physician density: 0.37 doctors per 1,000 people.
Population below international poverty line: 60%
Life expectancy: 71 years
Infant mortality rate: 18.2 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Major exports: Coffee, apparel, shrimp, cigars, bananas, gold, oils, lobster, lumber.
Climate: Subtropical in the lowlands; temperate in the mountains.
Terrain: Mostly mountainous in the interior; narrow coastal plains.