North Way Christian Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA

David Ebert

{section}David’s Story{/section} David Ebert has been working with Overland Missions since 2010. The focus of the ministry is on remote and unreached tribes around the world. David has spent time among the mountain people of Patagonia, the Satare Maue Indians of Amazon, and the Tonga tribe of southern Zambia. In 2017, he became part of a team that is bringing the Gospel message to the Bemba tribe of Northern Zambia. As the message of Jesus Christ goes forth, David has seen lives impacted for eternity. Healings and miracles are proof that God has not forgotten these beautiful people.

About Zambia

Many Zambians are syncretistic Christians, entrenched in witchcraft and animism. Although officially the government proclaims righteousness, corruption is a major concern and has left over 85% of the population struggling in poverty. The country has suffered from an AIDS epidemic, and Operation World reports that “almost 75% of Zambian households care for a relative orphaned by AIDS.” Zambia is a “landlocked island” of peace amidst a region rife with political turmoil. There is a need for genuine Christians to minister to the refugees, the orphans, and the widows. {aside}{/aside} {aside}   Ways to Pray 1. That the Church will be purified from all occult practices and that truly Biblical expressions of faith will emerge. 2. Protection for children and teens, especially child brides and those struggling with poverty.{/aside} {aside}Zambia Facts Population: 17,102,000 Capital: Lusaka Primary Religion: Christianity Language: English{/aside}

Dr. Len & Debi

{section}Dr. Len & Debi’s Story{/section} Len and Debi reside in the United States, but minister regularly in Muslim countries. They and their family served 14 years in Asia among one of the world’s largest Muslim people groups. Len is a noted strategist, educator, inspirational speaker, and consultant to humanitarian organizations in the Islamic world, and is the author of numerous scholarly articles. Debi is a nurse midwife and licensed spiritual director. Together they travel regularly to Asia to coach, advise, and oversee field workers – as well as mentoring and preparing a new generation to reach out with love and respect to Muslim peoples. Though they do not currently live there, Len and Debi were born and raised in the Pittsburgh area. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.  

Muslims

Muslims are the largest block of unreached peoples in the world. Most Muslims have never met a true Christian, read the Bible in their language, or heard the Good News. Years of conflict, extremist religion, failed governments, joblessness, and instability have led to widespread disillusionment, frustration, and migration. These dynamics present unique opportunities for Christian love, hospitality, and witness. Though some lands are officially “closed” to Christianity, and the risk of persecution is extreme, there are small but growing numbers of local believers. Seeds of hope are being sown through radio broadcasts, social media, the Jesus Film, Bible and literature translation, and other media in local languages. {aside}{/aside} {aside}Ways to Pray 1. That God will protect, anoint, and use the witness of Christian believers, and provide the fellowship, support, and healing they need. 2. For ongoing Bible translations, radio broadcasts, and audio Scriptures in the languages of Central Asia peoples. 3. For creative ways to reach the women of the community.{/aside} {aside}Key Facts Predominant countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Population: Afghanistan 53 M, Pakistan 193 M, Iran 80 M, UAE 9.5 M Major Religion: Islam{/aside}