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What is Lamplighter Ministries?

Lamplighter Ministries is a 501-C- 3 missions organization based out of Auburn, Alabama. For 23 years Lamplighter has worked in 10 nations advancing the gospel and offering help to the needy.  Lamplighter is committed to the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by providing pastoral care for missionaries, hosting seminars on the Heart of Worship, and providing humanitarian relief for the needy.  Currently, Lamplighter is focused on serving the people of Uganda in all of these areas, operating as a legally recognized non-governmental organization (NGO) in that nation.

  • Education: For years we have provided finances to educate children and send young adults to universities & Bible schools.

  • Food: Currently, we feed around 50 children, elderly, needy & staff  in Northern Uganda one to three meals each day.

  • Medical: We provide access to a full range of medical care for those in our feeding program. Every year we help around 40 with medical transport & needs, including assisting adults and children battling HIV.

  • Bible school: We train both established pastors and lay leaders in Biblical truths and practical service in northern Uganda.

  • Training: We host camps, seminars, worship schools, and house of prayer training in the nations. 

  • Support: We provide pastoral & physical support to local leaders.

We have a professionally-designed 18-acre missions base that we operate from in northern Uganda. We have the full support of the Ugandan government as a humanitarian and Christian ministry; we also employ many Ugandans from the area, which strengthens the community.

Who is Lamplighter Ministries?

The Hesters

The Hesters are based in Kansas City.

Carla's family

Carla Etheridge

Carla resides in Northern Uganda.


Jim & Nancy Hester have been in full-time ministry for almost 25 years. They have pastored, served on the mission field in several countries throughout the world, and are currently on staff at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. They are the founders and directors of Lamplighter Ministries and currently serve as District Pastors over 200 young adults serving in IHOPKC's Global Prayer Room. Jim serves as the Office Manager to the CEO, and Executive Director of International Ministries at IHOPKC. Jim & Nancy also serve as the International Pastoral Directors of OneEleven Global, and are on the board of Ends of the Earth Ministry with Ryan & Betty Kondo.  


In 2004, Carla felt God's calling to serve in northern Uganda; in 2005, after a lot of prayer and paperwork, Lamplighter became a realty in the nation. She began with the hope of helping widows, she has now expanded operations to include a feeding program for children and the elderly. She also runs a Bible school to equip leaders and sponsors outreaches for the spreading of the gospel. Hopefully, in the coming days/years the Bible school will expand to several locations. Northern Uganda is seeing the transformation of The Lord God Almighty! 


Three Ways to Partner


For more than two decades, Lamplighter Ministries has met both physical and spiritual needs of the poor and marginalized in nations around the world. Presently, we are investing in the younger generation of Uganda, realizing they are the future leaders in that nation, as well as helping adults maintain a healthy and stable community for this next generation to live in now. We are asking you to partner with us. Be part of the success story in Uganda. Be part of improving their life with education, safety, food, training, and stable jobs.

You can partner with us in three ways: through prayer, finances, or as part of our established team in Uganda.

We believe that prayer is essential to making permanent progress in such a needy location. We want to connect with how God feels about the people that we are serving. We ask Him to show us His heart for them and teach us how to love them as He does. Join us in praying for the Ugandan people and asking for God’s continued activity there.

Raising finances is an ongoing need. The great thing about working in Uganda is how much good can be done with a modest amount of money. The exchange rate means that in Uganda your financial donation is worth exponentially more. We are a trusted Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that employs many locals, creating organic stability in the community. All donations are tax deductible. Partner with us financially and help us serve the people of north Uganda through meeting their physical needs.

Be part of our team on the ground that is doing the daily work, whether visiting for days, months, or years. One need we have is to carry out all the tasks that occur each day. The exhilaration of working side by side with determined and hopeful people will invigorate your soul and connect you with our common humanity. We have opportunities for all types of help, from the logistical and practical to the spiritual and pastoral. Caring for the body and mind  goes hand in hand with caring for the heart and the spirit.

Click the donate button below to join us in helping the people of Uganda, or fill out the short form below to let us know how you would like to partner with Lamplighter Ministries.

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