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March 24th 2017

Here is a quick update to let you know what has been happening recently with Iris around the Globe. Check out the new Iris After Hours podcast episodes, video updates, and testimonies and encouragement from the mission field.

Thank you for all your love, prayers and support as we continue to believe God for this miracles in Mozambique and around the world.

Much love,
-Heidi and Rolland Baker and the Iris Global team


Brian “Head” Welch, guitarist and co-founder of nu-metal band KoRn and N.Y. Times best selling author of "Save Me from Myself”, shares the amazing story of his salvation in this 20th episode of the Iris After Hours podcast.
Click to  watch on Youtube >>

Also featured this month are:
Gershom Sikaala
Brian and Lorena Wood
Sondra Martin Hicks


We are so excited to share with you that we have broken ground on the Iris University in Pemba Mozambique! In this short update, Heidi shares about our primary and secondary schools and the long path to breaking ground on the new Iris University.
Click Here to watch on YouTube>>



By Emelyn Hart - VP Community


Another year has flown by, and as I am busy planning for what lies ahead in this New Year, I feel a gentle, yet firm nudge to stop, remember, and give thanks. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34. The Lord’s goodness is unmatched. During the year we have sensed and witnessed the Lord’s goodness again and again: from watching children come home to a loving family and meeting their Papa God to seeing school children grow and learn new things, opening their hearts and minds to dream God dreams. Other evidence of His tangible goodness are communities coming together in unity to support, care for and love their neighbors.

This is one of the many testimonies we received throughout the year from our Stop for the One family. Caroline, Iris Antananarivo Base Director, shares: "Fifi was one of the first children to come and live in our center 6 years ago! One night we were driving home in the dark and we saw him sleeping on the street. He had been sleeping like this for about one year and had not been in school. His mother had thrown him out of the house and refused to look after him. His father had already passed away. Fifi came to live with us, he started school and he works hard at his studies. He has grown up to be a handsome, strong, and kind 18-year-old with a gentle heart. He continues to live with us whilst he completes his schooling and gets a job. We are really proud of the great young man that he's become!” 

Thank you, Jesus, for rescuing Fifi and bringing him into our family; for giving him a hope and a future! At the heart of Stop for the One and at the heart of all our programs exists a foundation of stopping for Jesus, who is the One and stopping for the one in need before us. To see one life truly loved, one life connected to the Father, and one life transformed—is priceless.

With lots of love and thankfulness to the Lord for each of you,
-Emelyn Hart and the Stop for the One Team


By Herbert Barbutti - VP Missions

At the turn of the year, I found myself playing board games and enjoying time with my family in the paradise–like climate of sunny Pasadena. As we drank our hot tea, I looked out our window in awe. There were no sirens howling, no neighbors yelling, no impending crisis’s, and no street children banging on our front door. There was only serene conversation and laughter among friends. Having lived as a missionary in developing countries for most of my adult life, to be in a place with such safety and comfort as California has been a surreal experience. 

As I continued to sip my tea, I was reminded of a question that I have been often asked: “Why go to missions overseas?”  And, “why would you go to a place so far from your home?” People often assume that the U.S. is my home and they mistake these earthly comforts for true rest. However, as hard as it was to let go of my own culture, I now know that my home is not here on earth at all, but hidden away with Christ.

So often people look upon missionaries as dutiful servants who sacrifice so much to give their lives among needy peoples. Having left their homes and families, some would assume that these missionaries are in a state of constant suffering. However, though great sacrifice is apparent on the mission field, that is not the overwhelming reality of what I have experienced as a missionary. 

Our Iris family is often described as “happy missionaries.” This peace that we carry into the darkest places, is not as the world gives, but comes from a supernatural place of abiding in Christ; and He is among the least of these.  I have found the deepest joy imaginable in laying my life down for Christ in nations where He is not yet known, and making Him known. You see, missions is not a task that someone should begrudgingly do.  Missions should not be an obligation or job. It is our privilege and desire.

May 11th-13th, 2017

You're invited to join us at Live to Love - NY!
We want you to encounter God. We desire that you receive an impartation of His heart, that you truly know what it means to stop for the one in front of you. Immediate intimacy with Jesus and his unquenchable joy, a focus on the humble and lowly, and a willingness to suffer for love's sake, are not optional in the life of a Christ-bearer. We want encounters with Him that move you to give your life away for love.

Guest Speakers: Will Hart, David Wagner, Deena Van't Hul

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