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Iris Ministries has experienced an incredible explosion of fruit since the floods that rocked Mozambique 11 years ago. Rolland and Heidi Baker have steadfastly focused on intimacy with God and a ministry of love and power among the poor.   They have sought to implement the Sermon on the Mo…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
Iris Ministries has experienced an incredible explosion of fruit since the floods that rocked Mozambique 11 years ago. Rolland and Heidi Baker have steadfastly focused on intimacy with God and a ministry of love and power among the poor.
 
They have sought to implement the Sermon on the Mount in their daily lives, reaching out to the outcasts and dregs of society. And the fruit has been amazing: the blind see, the deaf hear and the dead are raised. And as a result, thousands of churches have been planted.
 
I want to emulate this focus. Rolland’s words inspire me:

The engine behind the growth of Iris in Mozambique has been a marriage  of love and power; we do not have to choose between them, but can look forward to doing even greater works than Jesus, while remaining in His love.

 
We look for revival among the broken, humble and lowly, and start at the bottom with ministry to the poor. God chooses the weak and despised things of the world to shame the proud, demonstrating His own strength and wisdom. Our direction is lower still…

We are not experts. We haven’t learned how to do church and revival; we only know to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God (1 Pet. 5:6). We gravitate to the low things of the world. Competition and comparison with others don’t suit our DNA. We feel no pressure to succeed and excel, but we exult in doing things well by the power of the Spirit.

God’s ways are the reverse of the world’s. We waste our time on the uninfluential and the few, stopping for the one. We show where God cares when no one else does. We go to the neglected, the forgotten, the lonely. We will go anywhere, if possible, to minister to the meek and desperate, the poor in spirit, who truly understand their need of God.

Comments (3)

  • Frank Burder III

    Seth, this lady has an amazing ministry and I just finished her book. Thought I would plug her book, Compelled by Love: How to change the world through the simple power of love in action. It is a “must read”. Thanks and have a joyous Memorial day! Frank <><

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