Heidi Bakers early years
Heidi Baker is one of the most inspiring women of our time. Born in 1960 in California she grew up in Laguna Beach, California in rather privileged circumstances. She has had a dramatic conversion experience at age 16 that send her on a life long mission when she was living on an Indian reservation in Mississippi as an American Field Service student. Several months after she was led to Jesus by a Navajo evangelist, she was taken up in a vision for several hours and heard Jesus speak audibly to her and tell her to be a minister and a missionary to Asia, England and Africa. When she returned home to Laguna Beach, California, she began ministering at every opportunity and leading short-term missions teams.
A brief Bio of Rolland and Heidi Bakers life mission
In 1980 Heidi and Rolland Baker met at a small charismatic church in Dana Point, and got married 6 months later after realizing they had the same radical desire to see revival among the poor and forgotten of the world. The same year Heidi and Rolland began Iris Ministries. Rolland is a third-generation missionary born in China and Heidi was powerfully called to the mission field at age 16.
They spent their first six years together leading evangelistic dance-drama teams all over Asia. Then they began working with the poor in the slums of central Jakarta, Indonesia, and then among the forgotten street-sleepers and elderly in the most crowded urban area in the world, central Kowloon in Hong Kong. Jackie Pullinger's work among drug addicts in the Walled City was a major influence in their lives.
In 1992 they left Asia to do their PhDs in systematic theology at King's College, University of London. For years they longed to get to Africa in fulfilment of their calling to prove the Gospel in the most challenging situations.
In 1995 after completing their studies in London Heidi and Rolland where offered to take over a dilapidated children centre in Mozambique and to provide for 80 children without support, in return for the opportunity to bring the Gospel to them. They accepted in the firm faith that God would provide if they where willing to put the sermon on the mount to the test by relying entirely on God to feed them.Within months the children were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, weeping while still in rags with gratitude for their salvation. Jesus provided miraculously, more all the time as our children prayed night and day for their daily food. They brought in teams, improved the center, and took the children to the streets to testify to more orphaned and abandoned children. Some were lost in visions, taken to heaven and dancing around the throne of God on the shoulders of angels. But they were only beginning to taste the power of God in Mozambique..
Shortly thereafter Heidi got extremely sick from the severe stress of looking after so many former orphans and went to Toronto where she got miraculously healed and had the most amazing visions about a major supernatural revival in Mozambique that she would head. up. But when she went back to Mozambique all hell broke loose and there where no miracles for a whole year.
The orphanage was reclaimed by the government , but God provided new land that was donated by a nearby city. They got tents and food from South Africa. Provision came in from supernaturally touched hearts all over the world. Soon they could actually build our own dorms. Bush pastors longed for a Bible school, and to receive what the children had received from the Holy Spirit. Graduates went out and began healing the sick and raising the dead. Church growth in the bush exploded.
Then revival was fueled exponentially by the desperation caused by catastrophic flooding in 2000 when three cyclones came together and brought torrential rain for forty days and nights. More damage was caused by that flood than Mozambique's many years of civil war. A cry for God rose up like they had never experienced or imagined, and the churches across the country multiplied into thousands. God provided a bush airplane, which was used constantly to spread the Gospel through remote "bush conferences" at dirt airstrips in every province.
Nowadays IRIS have networks of churches and church-based orphan care in all ten provinces in Mozambique in addition to the bases in main cities and they have seen the establishment of at least 10 000 bush churches in Mozambique..
Heidi Baker is known as Mama Aida at her home in Pemba, Mozambique. She has caught God's dreams and has been instrumental in transforming her adopted nation Mozambique by Gods miraculous love. Years later thousands have joined IRIS ministries in spreading Gods love all over the world. IRIS does not advertise to solicit donations or fund raise and there are no admin costs, hence 100% of all donations go to their designated purpose.
Heidi Bakers most inspiring quote was received in a vision from Jesus "There is always enough, because I died".
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