North Way Christian Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA

Dan & Debbie Ecker

{section}Dan and Debbie’s Story{/section}   Dan and Debbie have been North Way partners since 1999 when they moved to Thailand; their combined ministry experience spans 33 years of full time service in 27 countries. They founded Firstlight International in 1997, with the purpose of reaching the nations of Southeast Asia with the gospel. After the tsunami of 2004, they felt strongly led to begin a foundation in Thailand to bring hope and connection to impoverished families, especially focused on single parent families with a multi-faceted approach, changing lives and transforming communities through health, education, moral, economic and community development. They are currently splitting their time between Pittsburgh and Asia ministering in many settings to impart a release of hunger for God, His will, His word, and His purpose into the lives of others. Their passion is to see the next generation of Jesus lovers rise up and bring God’s love to this time in history.

About Thailand

Located in South East Asia, Thailand is home to majestic mountains, coastal landscapes, and complex river systems that provide irrigation and transporation throughout the country. Countless rice paddies have made Thailand the world’s largest exporter of this agricultural staple. Bustling cities like Bangkok have invited tourism, although Thailand has traditionally resisted Western influences. The people remain deeply rooted in Buddhism and Animism, uniting these religious elements with their cultural identity. {aside}{/aside} {aside}Ways to Pray 1. Families Without Fathers, a Firstlight project that’s providing school fees and related supplies for 69 children from 47 families in 6 locations. 2. The homes and area schools where the Eckers share the love of Christ through prayer and Bible study. 3. Evangelism efforts in Myanmar.{/aside} {aside}Thailand Facts Population: 68,272,872 Capital: Bangkok Primary Religion: Buddhism Language: Thai{/aside}

Robert & Nina

{section}Robert and Nina’s Story{/section} Robert and Nina have been raised up as leaders through United World Mission and Christian Camping International to train and develop future Christian camping leaders in Latin America. Robert serves as the Executive Director of Latin America Mission, Nina serves as the Director of International Events, and they have two wonderful daughters, Nicole and Joanne. While directing CCI Latin America, their family has led efforts in the development of 6,500 camp leaders trained in 15 countries – leaders who have impacted about 1.5 million campers in the last 20 years. Their vision with CCI Latin America is to see every local church in Latin America running camps that transform lives in Christ. After many years of traveling the entire region and meeting with pastors, missionaries and leaders, Robert has seen the real situation of those Christian workers: loneliness, spiritual attacks, broken relationships with co-workers or family members, and leadership conflicts based on cultural backgrounds. United World Mission has invited Robert to work as Regional Leader for South America, making sure missionaries have available member care and spiritual formation as needed and desired. Watch this video to learn more about their ministry!{aside}   Ways to Pray 1. Protection for children and teens, especially those struggling with poverty. 2. Open doors for the Gospel to be shared in culturally relevant ways and ready hearts to receive Jesus as Savior. 3. Evangelism among ethnic minorities and immigrants including the Kuna, Chinese, and Gujarti-speaking South Asian people groups.{/aside}

About Columbia

Home to lush rainforests that create biodiversity and white-sand beaches where sea turtles nest, Columbia’s people groups are comparably diverse! Columbia is at the crossroads of Latin America and has a rich cultural heritage.  Many of the youth in Columbia are at risk of being enticed by gangs and drugs. There is a great need for dynamic youth ministries that are culturally relevant. Christian Camping International is one of the most successful ministries pioneering these youth programs in Latin America. {aside}Columbia Facts Population: 49,067,981 Capital: Bogota Primary Religion: Catholicism   Language: Spanish{/aside}