After several years living and working in Namibia (and a global pandemic), Nathan is returning to Angola with his family!
In March of 2020, Nathan was in Angola preparing for his family to join him when Angola shut down its borders due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Sadly, Angola was a “bust” for the Hollands in 2020. However, Angola is now open again, and they will return in late September of 2021.
Your contributions can help make it possible for the Hollands to resettle in Angola!
Nathan and Umoyo met in Namibia in 2013, and they were married later that year. After a couple of years of Angola visa difficulties, they settled for a few years in Namibia, where their beautiful daughters Anna and Phoebe were born. In September, they will all be relocating to Angola to continue working with the Angola Mission Team.
Nathan grew up as a military kid and claims to be from Colorado though he actually spent more time growing up in Mississippi. He graduated from Harding University in 2004 with a degree in Missions. In 2018 he completed an MA in Global Leadership with an emphasis in International Development and Urban Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served as a missionary in Portugal, Angola, and Namibia since 2010.
Anna is 5 years old; she loves singing, unicorns, and the color pink. Phoebe is 3 years old; she loves dresses, narwhals, and the color purple.
When the Hollands arrive in Angola, they will be (re)joining their teammates on the Angola Mission Team. The team arrived in Angola in July of 2011 and is based in the city of Huambo. Nathan was a founding member of the team; though he has been away for several years, he is eager to return with his family.
The Angola Mission Team is involved with an urban church planting ministry, and they also support local churches and their leaders through leadership and discipleship programs. The Hollands will continue to work with some of the team’s already established ministries as well as helping to establish some new ministries/projects upon their return to Angola (see below).
Renovo was launched in 2016 as an urban church planting ministry. Renovo is a network of house churches in and around the city of Huambo. The vision of Renovo is to create a multiplying network of home-based worship groups that focus on Scripture, transparent lives, mutual care, and a mission to bless others. There are currently three groups meeting in different parts of the city of Huambo.
Luso-Africa Mission Partners (or LAMP International) was established in order to collaborate globally to develop holistic disciples among Portuguese-speaking African nations and communities, including Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, and Cabo Verde. LAMP is a recognized 501c3 non-profit, and Nathan serves as the Chief Operations Officer for the organization.
After the Hollands plans to move to Angola in 2020 went “bust,” Nathan established LAMP Publishing during his time in lockdown in the United States. LAMP Publishing is dedicated to creating quality printed and digital materials that serve the church and Christians across Portuguese-speaking Africa. Since March of 2020, LAMP Publishing has translated and published 12 books in Portuguese.
Crescendo is a new ministry that Umoyo and Jordan Yarbrough are currently developing. Crescendo is designed to be an asset-based community development program with the goal of empowering local communities and individuals to find local solutions to various health and social issues faced by their communities. Crescendo means “growing” in Portuguese.
The Hollands return to Angola is dependent on the generous support of churches, family, and friends like you. Tax-deductible contributions can be given through their sponsoring church, Eastside Church of Christ in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There are two easy ways you can give.
In addition to about 1000 dollars of monthly support, the Hollands will need some financial assistance to help them to be able to resettle in Angola. They will have to fly to Angola since the land border with Namibia is currently closed due to COVID-19. Once they arrive, they will need a sturdy 4×4 vehicle to reach remote areas for their ministry. They will be able to stay in a small apartment in the city until they can buy property and begin building a house.