Northwest Indiana History
The ministry in NWI was started in 2011 by Tim Chen, a Taiwanese Christian (and former international student.) He helped Chinese students connect with Host Friendship Families from his church. Luke Dalach started serving the ministry in 2015 and helped more churches get involved in befriending students. At that time, local multi-church ministry was formed as a collective of church-based international student ministries in NWI.
In 2020, the local ministry joined with International Friendship, Inc.
Luke and his wife Linda ministered to college students in NWI for 12 years and were involved in a church plant for 5 years. For the past five years, they have been helping churches and Christians befriend international students, showing friendship and hospitality out of reverence for Jesus.