Who We Are:

Steve and Shanthi Bycroft established Lamp Lighters in May 2000.  Steve had been working in other countries as a short-term missionary and evangelist for the previous 4 years.  While in Sri Lanka working to establish a church he met and later married Shanthi in 1997.  Shanthi worked in the past with Campus Crusade for Christ in Sri Lanka.               

What We Plan To Do:

Our ministry goal is to establish churches in Sri Lanka and in countries where Sri Lankans have immigrated.
Once the church is established we place a pastor at that church to continue the work and freeing us then to go to another village.

How We Do This:

Over the years our approaches have changed as we have tried to find the most effective way to reach those outside of Christ.
These include:

  • Personal evangelism.
  • Starting Sunday school and Youth programs in different villages.
  • Social work including relief to tsunami victims and internally displaced families due to the ongoing civil war.
  • Special events such as small sports events, and Vacation Bible School programs.

Where We Plan to Go

Lamp Lighters is not limited to working in one country, but will work throughout the world to establish new churches.  We have begun our work in the country of Sri Lanka for several reasons.  In the past years we have established work with some small congregations there. There is a vast need for evangelism and teaching in the country.

Where We are Presently Working:

We have established 5 churches in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, either directly or through our co-workers in ministry.   The towns are Koddai Kallar, where we live and base the ministry, Periyaneelavanai, Mahiloor, Onthachimadam and Periya Kallar with populations of 7,000 – 12,000. 

We work with Sri Lankan churches in the Netherlands and Belgium.  These churches were not started by us but, by Shanthi’s brother in law and her sister.  We try to go there every year or two for a few weeks to teach and preach in the churches as well as encourage the believers and do some evangelism work among Sri Lankans.

We also are working in Penal, Trinidad West Indies with a non Sri Lankan church. 

Future plans:

·         Our prayer is that God will open doors for churches to be planted among the Sinhalese population.

·         Starting children’s homes in our area. 

·         Establishing a full time Bible College to train workers who will then establish congregations with us.


Lamplighters World Ministries primary goal is to go to countries where the gospel has not been preached, or limited work has been done to establish Churches in those countries.  Founder Steve Bycroft and team work with the people of Sri Lanka.


Lamplighters World Ministries, 2641 East 6th Street, Joplin, MO 64801-1636, USA 
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