We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Lamplighter Theatre Testimony from Generations of Virtue

Generations of Virtue is a ministry that equips parents to empower their children for purity in our world today. The founder of our ministry, Julie Hiramine, has spoken to thousands of parents and young people all around the world, giving them practical tools to train their children in purity starting from a young age and continuing on into the teen years. One thing we have learned after years of ministry is that without the Godly character to back up a commitment to purity, it is almost impossible to make wise choices in this area.

The Lamplighter audio dramas are ideal to pass along to parents who want to teach their children about virtuous character and making good choices. They make learning about the character qualities that produce good fruit in a person’s life approachable and fun. Parents can use these dramas to open doors to deeper communication about many spiritual truths. Most recently Generations of Virtue has ministered a significant amount in southeast Asia, and the Lamplighter audio dramas are perfect for families who want to teach their children about virtuous character, but don’t always have the same access we do in the U.S. to quality literature. Not only do their children get to learn about different cultures, they are also learning lessons about character that positively influence their lives.

Published in: on March 16, 2012 at 3:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Ishmael

A reader just wrote to us about their experience reading one of my favorite books, Ishmael. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. Here’s what she wrote

I chose this book to read aloud to my daughters, husband, and my In-Laws, who live nearby.  Every Wednesday night we would gather together in great anticipation of what would happen next in Ishmael Worth’s incredible life. I cant tell you how many nights I would finish the last chapter of the evening, only to be begged by people ranging in age from 10 to 59 to PLEASE read one more! It’s that good.  An all time favorite Lamplighter book and a beautiful picture of God’s purpose being brought about, under any circumstance.

Published in: on January 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ask for Rain in the Spring

A friend sent me this….good stuff. I have been reading through the Minor Prophets a lot lately, and just yesterday I was reading through Zechariah and in 10:1 it says, “Ask rain from the LORD at the time of the spring rain – the LORD who makes the storm clouds; and He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.” It just kind of hit me… why would someone ask God for something so obvious? Ask for rain in the rainy season? Why? Because God is the provider of all our needs! He gives us all sufficiency! I was challenged to ask God even for the most obvious of things, that I so often even fail to give Him credit for providing!

Turn Off the TV

If I had a dollar for every letter I received like this one, I would be a rich man; but I try to avoid sharing them because it could seem self-serving! I just have to share this letter because I want you to hear the excitement that is occurring to those families who have decided to go without TV and the electronic childhood. I think you will enjoy this: Dear Mr. Hamby, I would like to try and give you a picture of just how important your ministry of wholesome, Godly books, has been to our family. We normally go to home school conventions with money set aside for the Lamplighter table, and over the years we have built up a wonderful collection. But lately I have heard from my wife and oldest daughter (We have four children 13 down to 3) saying that it would be so nice to once again add to our Lamplighter books. And so I ordered a bunch. Oh, the anticipation of their arrival was delicious! And when they came, we all stood around the Kitchen Island, passing them around, flipping through the pages, and smelling the leather bound beauties quite fun! (Can you tell yet that we don’t have television?) The adventures began with the Dramatization of Charlie’s Choice. We only listen in the car, and that only when were driving a good distance, but we couldn’t wait for the first one so we made a one time exception, and listened as we drove short distances. Pretty soon I was saying things like, “I think we aught to drive in to town and run an errand, might as well bring the whole family and hey, we could hear some more of Charlie’s Choice.” Little feet running to the truck, it is the fastest loading of our vehicle on record. We all cried, we all laughed, we all had the most wonderful time. We loved it, loved it, loved it! My daughter said it was her favorite ever and that she wants the whole world to hear it! The other three dramatizations are calling us to the truck for another family drive, but I’m saving those for the longer hauls. Though I am terribly tempted; it’s just that we can barely wait to hear them. Now for our family hearth reads. The fire crackles; the little ones play at our feet or cuddle in our arms, and my wife reads us a book. These are some of our favorite, most blessed times as a family. Right now, she is reading to us from Prisoners of the Sea, and oh it is good. The hour long process of bed time, which puts and end to my wife’s reading, normally starts around 7:00, but one night this week, as the kids pleaded, one more chapter please. Again and again I acquiesced, for I too was desperately consumed by the tale. Until finally, my poor wife said, my throat will not allow me to read another chapter. So, I went into the kitchen to see what time it was and it was 9:40. I was shocked! But on a normal night, after the little ones are in bed, my wife and I, and my oldest daughter, might read in our own books. Well Tuesday, as we were doing just that, I looked up from my gem, The Lamplighter, and saw that my wife was reading Glaucia the Greek Slave &, and my oldest daughter was reading & The Wanderer and I looked over at our shelf of beautifully covered Lamplighter books, and I thought of you Mark Hamby, of your wife and children, of your staff that we’ve seen over the years at conventions, and I was struck with the magnitude of the blessing that God has allowed you to be to our little family, even though we’ve never met you personally. I am so thankful for these God-honoring books that are building character and faith into my children. Thank you so much! In Jesus, Matt

Published in: on January 15, 2010 at 7:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

2009

This letter below is from our office director at Lamplighter. I think you will enjoy reading this! To All, First of all, we did not know that Prime Time America was re-airing the interview with Mark, yesterday. I have had a number of calls as a result of that. But this one beats them all: A gentleman that just called is 88 years old and he told me his story through his tears – he was in a foster home as a young boy in southern Ireland. They only had 3 books in the house – the Bible, Pilgrim’s Progress and Christie’s Old Organ. When he heard Mark’s story about meeting Charlie and him giving Mark Christie’s Old Organ, this gentleman was amazed – he has not heard the title of that book for many, many years and did not even know that it was in print any longer. He said that Christie’s Old Organ was the very first book that he had ever read. From the foster home he went to an orphanage in England and then came to Canada as a young man with a work crew from the orphanage to work on a farm (a program that they regularly did). He is now retired in Florida. He was so overwhelmed by Mark’s story of how he got Christie and how VERY special that book is to him – he could hardly speak to me a few times !!! What a great way to end this year of 2009 in LP’s ministry!!! So glad to be a part of this ministry with you all.

Published in: on December 31, 2009 at 8:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

RE: Join the Lord’s Army: Teddy’s Button

I just heard one of the cutest stories about a little girl who came to know Jesus after reading our Lamplighter story, Teddy’s Button. She was so moved by the story that she asked all of her Pre-K friends if they were ready to join God’s army. She told them that it was a lifelong commitment and a very serious matter…. She had the children sign their name on a list where they had to choose a side to write their name: joining God’s army / not joining God’s army. Now that’s evangelism at its best.

Published in: on December 11, 2009 at 8:57 pm  Leave a Comment