The timing of the trip to Mozambique worked out that I was able to be at my Grandmother’s 93rd birthday in South Africa en route to Mozambique! This was such a gift from the Lord to see her and family there for a few days before meeting the team for our time in Pemba, Mozambique.
We were the last visitor group allowed by the Government to enter. A big group that arrived a few days before us were sent back after 2 days. It is ok again but Iris needs a lot of prayer regarding situations like this.
Heidi and Rolland Baker, founders of Iris Ministries, are two of the most incredible people I know. Seeing what they do in Mozambique and in many other places creates atmosphere of compelling your heart to take action, to make a difference: starting with the person in front of you. That person could be the elderly person having a coffee by him or herself in Target. Take time to connect, to care, to take note…
Heidi has so impacted my life over the years, was wonderful to see her face to face again.
The base has grown a lot since I’ve been there last. There is a gate from the street onto the property. The first part has the clinic and big church building that is open for the public. There is then another gate for people who live on the base: children, staff , helpers and Harvest School students.
The first church service my heart was moved when I saw boys around 8 years old putting the mats out for the widows and children to sit on during church. Many adults join them on the mats. The one boy’s shorts were all torn but he was so happy to be in church and very proud to have the responsibility to put the mats out.
The church services are attended by locals from the village, children from the village and Iris base, Harvest School Students, Iris visitors, all the workers, staff and Mozambican Pastors. Incredible experience. God’s Presence so precious!
We made special friends there and the Lord had several divine ministry appointments on the base.
We went with our team, some of the Harvest School students, Mozambican pastors and kids from the base on the bush-bush outreach. I went by bus, about 6 hrs drive through village after village. Most don’t have electricity or running water.
We camped on an open field that Iris bought to build a center. Even the locals were surprised that we all camped there without some kind of fence. The Mamas cleared the area before we came. They said somebody came to them and told them we were going to be ok and walked away and disappeared!
Water is a very big need in all that region. Heidi said they needed several wells there.
Heidi, Rolland and some of the team arrived by Iris’ plane. That night, for the very first time, a village, that was from another faith, allowed Iris to share. They’ve been closed to any outsider. They put up a screen and lights next to the pick up truck and showed the Jesus Film. Without those lights it is completely dark!!
I sat on the sand with the children and prayed no bug will come close to where we are ☺
Before the end something happened with the movie. Heidi stepped in and shared in their language, it was evident that it was a serious moment. We prayed and the movie worked again. Many were about to receive Jesus!
After the film David Hogan and Heidi shared. At least 50 that were from another faith received Jesus. Many were healed including a deaf boy Heidi prayed for!! We shared where we were from and what we felt the Lord wanted to heal that night. Praise the Lord!!
I went into the crowd to connect with the village kids. At first they were not sure. One moment a teenager boy came to me and gave me a side hug. The crowd around that area shouted, enjoying the moment. For a moment I was not sure what happened, but then realized all was OK ☺ (We were outnumbered.)
On the way to our tents it was completely dark on the back of the truck and the village disappeared in the night. There was a covering over the big truck and the trees were slamming against it. I put my head on my knees so the branches would not reach me. So much to take in, different world. What a night! Thank you, Jesus.
The stars were brilliant. One Mozambican said it is the 6 billion star hotel. What a moment…
Heidi invited the Chiefs to come to our camp the next morning. She wanted to honor them and ask them if Iris, with local pastors, could start a church, literacy program and per-school. The power of honor! They said yes!!
On the same day one of the language groups received the New Testament for the VERY first time in their own language. Heidi and Rolland received the Bibles just the week before. I witnessed the Chief read John 3:16 for the VERY first time in his mother tongue. It was so moving. I had the privilege to interview Heidi about this moment there in the bush-bush. In the year 2010 I was part of the US Delegate team for the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. Paul Eshleman, the man behind the Jesus film, introduced me to the need for so many people and ethnic groups to receive the Bible in their mother tongue; the unreached and unengaged people. That prepared to me to grasp the power of this moment. So grateful.
Later the day some of the team went with the plane to the base but one camera guy stayed with me. Heidi wanted to baptize those who wanted to be baptized. It is a big step for the people as it is a public declaration. We went to the beach, absolutely beautiful. I don’t have the footage of that yet but will send it in a next newsletter.
At the ocean a pastor, in his 50s I would say, arrived. Several times he said how grateful he is that he was able to make it in time for the baptisms as he did not want to miss it!! He came 12 hrs by bicycle!! He left very early that day and was very concerned that he would not make it in time. My heart didn’t know how to process all that. I asked the Lord to help my heart receive deeper revelation. I had another precious moment to interview Heidi. I baptized people with her. Was such an honor.
The last day, our travel day, I had the opportunity to give the beauty products I took with me to the Iris beauty salon just outside the base. It is a source of income and outreach for locals. Thank you to every person who gave towards it. They were so very grateful. They still need a lot in there in product and equipment. The hairdressers are very cool people! Let me know if you want to help. Beauty is such a powerful avenue to reach people!
The same day I went to the morning’s worship service and Heidi asked me and a few others to go with her to the village next to the base. First she took a man to their clinic who needed serious medical attention. The clinic is very simple but they are starting to get good equipment and supplies in there but still needs a lot.
A little widow wanted Heidi to see her new house. Some students raised funds to build her a new mud house. Driving in the village you need a 4x4! In the midst of the poverty we saw kids with school uniform. It was such a powerful testimony of their work there. Those kids have an opportunity to go to school because of the school on the Iris base. There are 2000 kids on the waiting list!! Iris already has land for a university. One day, a child who would have had absolutely no opportunity, will be able to go to university!
The widow was so very excited about her home. So very simple and basic little mud house. So incredibly precious. Her old home was still there but the weather destroyed it. Cannot believe she could live there. Heidi then realized that this old little widow looks after several of her grandchildren. The food she receives from Iris feeds all of them!! Her sons, that Heidi has never seen before, arrived and Heidi was concerned that they were going to take her home. In the end Heidi let all of them to the Lord!! The sons said they will come to church. The little widow said to them they better be at church ☺
From there we went to the airport. My heart was full. What a precious moment. Thank you, Jesus.
Thank you for your seed that you’ve sown. The harvest belongs to you too!
I’m invited to minister the last part of November in countries on the Silk Road. Please keep me in your prayers and prayerfully consider sowing into it.