LAMP International is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that collaborates with individuals, churches, and other nonprofits to equip Portuguese-speaking Africans with resources to be faithful teachers of Scripture, healthy church leaders, and growing disciples of Jesus.
A combination of factors result in poor access to Bibles and biblical resources. Books – of any kind – are scarce, and the unfamiliar language and ancient customs of the Bible create additional barriers to understanding. Church leaders in Luso-Africa need better biblical teaching, and Robert and Nathan founded LAMP to address this need.
LAMP began in 2020 as a publishing ministry. We give Portuguese-speaking Africans access to excellent existing resources rather than reinventing the wheel. We work with individual authors and publishers (such as College Press, NavPress, and Tyndale) to translate, print, and distribute their books in Africa and Brazil. We employ a small translation team of three native speakers in Brazil, Portugal, and Angola. Book sales in North America and Brazil help subsidize the price of books sold in Africa.
Last year, in partnership with the Christian Chronicle, LAMP launched A Lâmpada, a periodical newspaper to build community among the Lusophone African nations. With a generous grant from the Bell Trust, A Lâmpada has funding for five years. We currently distribute it in Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, and Mozambique.
LAMP recently expanded to offer scholarships for African church leaders to pursue theological studies. Individual donors provide scholarships for students of the Bible and Ministry training program that Robert began in Angola in 2017. We also have two scholarships for Angolan teaching fellows for that program, to further their studies through an online bachelor’s degree in theology.