Asociación San Lucas in Moyobamba, Peru, ministers the word of Christ through its medical clinic and community betterment initiatives.
The ministry was chartered with Dr. Apolos Landa in the late 1980s and officially joined the Luke Society in the summer of 1989.
The ministry’s focus has evolved throughout its 25 years of existence. San Lucas began by offering curative treatments for common illnesses. However, a short time later the ministry began a transition from curative care to preventive care.
Today, San Lucas offers comprehensive primary medical care. In addition, it has special ministry opportunities aimed toward geriatric wellness, cleft palate operations, early childhood programs and wellness outreach opportunities to remote communities in the mountains.
Mario Luis Huaman Davila
Mario Luis Huaman Davila shows his leadership through his work ethic. Thrust from board member to the ministry director during a difficult transition at Asociación San Lucas, he tapped into his contemplative and servant-like nature to bring order to the ministry. Mario has skills for observation and is careful to seek the Lord’s will in the decisions that are made at the ministry.
Population: 30.4 million
Size: 1.3 million sq. km, or slightly smaller than Alaska.
Borders: Pacific Ocean to the west; Ecuador and Colombia to the north; Brazil and Bolivia to the east; Chile to the south.
Religious groups: Roman Catholic, 81.3%; Evangelical, 12.5%
Primary language: Spanish
Literacy (age 15+): 94.5%
Physician density: 1.3 doctors per 1,000 people.
Population below international poverty line: 25.8%
Life expectancy: 73.5 years
Infant mortality rate: 19.6 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Major exports: Metals, petroleum products, natural gas, coffee, vegetables, fish, chemicals.
Climate: Varies from tropical in the east to desert in west; temperate to frigid in Andes Mountains.
Terrain: Western coastal plain; Andes Mountains in the middle; lowland jungle in the east.