The Afayo Project was started in late 2012 by Mark and Stacy Luckey. They started their journey as missionaries in 1996 with AIM, (African Inland Mission) and have been following God’s lead to many areas of Africa since. In 2012 God called them to Uganda to work with Every Child Ministries with The Way Home, an orphan project focusing on the needs of widowed grandmothers taking care of their orphaned grandchildren. While in full support of The Way Home, they soon realized their hearts desire was more in the area of education and helping guide village communities in sustainability. They branched out and began a new ministry in the village of Naigobya.
God changed the Luckey’s direction back to the states in 2014, and Mark took on the role of Executive Director of Every Child Ministries in January 2015.
But God did not leave the project without the leadership needed to continue to serve the community of Naigobya. In 2009 Bruce Coker felt called to return to school and get a degree in Ministry Leadership. Shortly before graduating in 2013 he and his wife Janine took a vision trip to Uganda to visit the Luckeys and their project. They knew immediately that they were being called to work with the Luckeys and the Afayo Project. They arrived to begin working with them July 2014, before it became apparent that the Luckeys would have to leave Uganda. They now know that God was preparing them to take over for them.
In 2017, God lead the Cokers to new ministry in the Dominican Republic. The Afayo project is currently under the supervision of longtime staff member Simon Mugulusi, and the work of sharing the hope of Jesus with the community of Naigobya continues!