• Make a difference?
• Bring hope?
• Experience a life change?
• Have purpose?
LAMP Volunteer Missionaries provide opportunities for meaningful engagement in northern Canadian communities. It’s about building relationships, and your contribution is a significant witness. Teaching weekly VBS is one way that LAMP missionaries bring the Good News of the Gospel to children in the North. Prayer partners and financial gifts are other ways for you to support LAMP’s work in sharing the love of Christ.
On May 21st and 22nd of 2016, the Rev. Lester Stalke, founder of L.A.M.P. (Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots Inc.) and a son of St. John's Lutheran Church and School, Waltz, Michigan, returned home to preach three services for a special L.A.M.P. Mission weekend. Rev. Stalke was greeted by many old members and former classmates from St. John’s.
Lester was born and raised at St. John’s while his father, Otto Stalke, was pastor through the 30's, 40's and 50's. After graduating from eighth grade and being confirmed there, Les was sent (at the age of 14) to Concordia Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for high school and pre-ministerial studies. Following his graduation, he attended the seminary in St. Louis. During his vicarage in Defiance, Ohio, Les learned how to fly an airplane and acquired a passion for flying. Rev. Stahlke's first call was to a small congregation in Alberta, Canada. After several years in the parish ministry, Les saw a need to share the Gospel with the First Nations people in remote villages located in northern Canada. He sold his VW Beetle and bought a 1947 Stinson 108-2, a fabric-covered aircraft. This was the beginning of L.A.M.P., with Rev. Les Stalke as the first missionary pilot. Forty-six years later, L.A.M.P. continues to share the Gospel with the First Nations people in remote areas of northern Canada. Many volunteer mission teams from across the U.S. and Canada go North to teach the love of Jesus, still using small aircraft for the very remote villages.
L.A.M.P. is a Recognized Service Organization of the LCMS.
Our desire is not to just say that we "call for prayer," but that we actually pray. Therefore, we have added a confidential form to our website which enables you to help us pray for those who are in need. The names you submit will only be seen by trusted LAMP prayer warriors (partners) and will not be contacted, nor will you. Please let us know how we can pray!