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Iris Global

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Causes: Group Homes, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, International, International Development, Judaism, Religion

Mission: Iris Global is empowered by the love of God to stop for the one in need through adoration, outreach, education, relief, development, healing, and the arts.

Results: Iris Global continues to grow with nearly 70 partner ministries in over 30 nations. Each year we train hundreds of missionaries through our Harvest School of Missions, provide homes to thousands of children, drilling wells throughout northern Mozambique, and serving over a million meals. More details can be found in our annual report posted on our website: https://www.irisglobal.org/pdf/Iris-Annual-Report-2017.pdf

Target demographics: express the love of God through providing education and basic needs for orphans, children at risk, widows, vulnerable woman and the disabled.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 63,583 people in community outreaches; educated 6, 853 students; treated 3,266 each day in our medical clinics, drilled 83 wells, and so much more.

Geographic areas served: Africa, South America, Asia, North America, Australia, Middle East

Programs: education, healthcare, community development, well drilling, low cost housing, agricultural projects, arts and media, and faith-based leadership training.

Community Stories

551 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been following Iris Global for over 7 years and I am continually inspired by the love they demonstrate in great and small ways.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a part of Iris Global for the past 7 years and I continue to be inspired by the love and passion demonstrated in great and small ways.

Pam F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We recently traveled with the Global Awakening team to Pemba to visit IRIS Ministries. There is an open heaven there with a sense of peace and worship that is unique to Pemba. IRIS Ministries is the real deal and their entire focus is on helping the people of Mozambique. I encourage you to donate to their growing university as a seed of faith. God bless Heidi, Rolland and the Harvest School, along with the people of Mozambique.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Such excellent experiences calling into the office. Wonderful folks.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the great privilege of taking young adults to Iris for spring break trips. The students work along side with the staff to serve and to learn. This is an amazing experience, not only do students get to assist in the great work of Iris, feeding children, working on the farm or assisting in the hospital, but the lives of the students are changed. These trips are a defining moment in their lives. Iris is an amazing organization that not only effects the lives of of the poor but it effects the world through the students, with the simple message of love.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I always been blown away by this ministries desire to tend to the poor and less fortunate. I've seen them over and over again put donations to use directly on the ground. They operate with such a spirit of excellence and always strive to do right.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Iris Global is an organization full of passionate world-changers who care deeply for the needs of the poor and oppressed. Iris is an amazing organization doing important work worldwide.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iris has the most engaging volunteers I have ever associated with. They are loyal, innovative, caring, compassionate, dedicated and determined.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Holy Given 3 which was the name of the third school early on in Iris's mission school. This school transformed my life and taught me so much about the love of Christ and serving others. This was a powerful time in my life. I have returned and served in Africa two times since mission school with Iris. I love this ministry and I am glad I was able to be apart of something so dynamic and Beautiful in Christ. So many stories and So many changes and challenges that caused me personally to grow and mature more in Christ. Love Iris and will always be willing to serve with them it is such an honor. Blessings Jeanie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After graduating high school, my daughter and I were able to volunteer together with Iris. A fantastic organisation with significant indigenous and local government connections, you can be assured your safety and well-being are a priority whilst you and your family are with Iris. I've been to 3 Iris bases, and each is characterised strongly by a sense of welcoming, love, family, and a 'can do!' attitude. Would HIGHLY recommend living/serving/volunteering at ANY Iris base around the world, based on the consistency I've experienced from visiting 3 distinctly different bases but experiencing the same 'flavour' at each. Love in action at its best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Most amazing graceful loving place. They bring correction with gentleness. Also it is so much fun! Everyone is family! You dance, laugh,cry, everything together.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iris is an incredible non-profit. Everything about Iris embodies it's core values. My 3 months spent with Iris changed my life. I saw Love and saw the embodiment of what love looks like. I learnt so much from those deemed poor but who really have everything. Iris continually pushes the boundaries in how it serves and constany exceeds all expectations of what's possible! Amazing organisation, but more than that, a true family...changing the world one life at a time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The staff is a delight to work with. They stop everything they're doing to focus on people who come into the office. I've seen them improve dramatically over the years in their cohesion and communication. A blessing to know them!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have been with Iris as a student, a volunteer, and now an employee for over 6 years now. I am proud to be a part of an organization committed to its core values and strengths.

Joyce76

Donor

Rating: 5

Iris Global is a non-profit I trust deeply because of the love that is communicated and made concrete through food, shelter, education and kindness to so many with so little funding. I regard the story of its founders; Heidi came from a privileged background and walked away from it to help others.

If there was an outreach to join, for me, this is it. I feel honored to have an opportunity to sponsor three beautiful children through this project. I hope you will join me.

3 Jillian14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is incredible! I have been to 3 of their bases so far and each one was so unique, yet still embodied their core values so well! The time I have spent with Iris so far, has changed my entire life!! It's so hard to put into words all that happened but all I know is my husband and I are FOREVER CHANGED because of this ministry. They are true examples of Jesus to every single person they encounter!

2 Michal R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The time I spent with IRIS completely changed my life. It is an experience that is really hard to put into words, but I can tell for sure that all work IRIS does, it does with excellence and commitment that is unparalleled.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iris Global is definitely an organization that stands out and is continuously giving and helping those in need. It's an honour to get to serve in this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iris Global is amazing! There is no one that won't be helped or supported or loved through this ministry... The continual giving and helping others is admirable. Definitely one of the best non profits out there!

2 Paul205

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that Iris Global are doing has to be seen to be believed. They feed thousands of people on a daily basis, they educate children, support widows and are just a massive blessing to their community in many other ways. The time that I spent on their bases changed my lfe forever.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This NGO goes far and beyond expectation. The staff and volunteers are superior examples of kindness, and compassion. They are amazing!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iris Global is an incredible organisation, saving and transforming lives across the world. Through practical aid like feeding, housing and education programs, Iris bestows dignity upon each individual human they come into contact with whether it is by rescuing abused, abandoned children or teaching suffering widows the skills they need to start up businesses and support their families. Iris shares the love and light of Jesus Christ wherever they go, seeing lives saved and transformed through God's mercy and power. Through Jesus, with their practical way of loving people, they give hope to those who are broken, suffering and despairing.

3 Hayla L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was incredibly blessed to have come to Iris Min. In Pemba 2005!! The first One they had!! Since then, they have been going strong this whole time!! This is the real deal!! Not fake! The vision of Loving One Person at a time, with the very Abba Father God's Adoptive Love because of Jesus sacrifice for our own sins!!-- is the true Heartbeat of this ministry!! Jesus Died so that there would always BE ENOUGH LOVE!! HEALING!!! FOOD!!! --- There is always enough through Jesus!! Since I have been there, my life has been transformed!!! Today, I am feeling the Abba Fathers redemptive Love for myself!! And I am able to SEE PEOPLE through the EYES OF CHRIST!!! And Love pours out!!! When I don't have enough, I am able to reach up, and take ahold of Christ!!! Because He died so that I would always have enough!! Because of This-- I am able to give to the poor around me!!! Finacially and Love them with so much hope that has been poured out upon me through this ministry!! Children have real incounters with Jesus!! Witch doctors are saved!!! Hello!!!!! Wow!!! That says a lot!! Dead are raised all the time!! Eyes see!!! Lame walk!!! The leaders Rolland and Heidi Baker-- are the most purest humble people a person could ever meet on this earth!!! They purely love love love love Jesus!!!!!! And Love His word!!! It shows!!! That is why this is Sooo successful!! And Why people show up all over the world!! When a person gives up everything to follow Jesus!! They WILL FIND HIM!!! And gain more than they can emagine!! He is an incredible unfathomable God!!! Greatest creator of all!! In Africa, is the best place to worship along side the poorest of the poor!! And see them find Jesus!! And see your own life changed!! :-D
This is superly worth investing into!!! All the way!!!! There is No sour note in it!!! They still have kept in touch with people years after graduating!! Can you emagine how many countless lives they have seen??!!! Amazing!!! God Bless and provide abundantly more then they could even ask or emagine!!!! In Jesus name!!!!!!! Amen!! ~~ Love, Hayla your shophar girl from 05'

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have personally been to their first Holy Given Schools, in Africa, and have been deeply touched by the great hands on experience!! Learning to Love one person, as Christ does! Learning to be humble and bonding with the poor! Walking side by side with them! The teachings are very applicable and beyond awesome!! I will never again be the same person that walked into that place!! And would wholeheartedly return to do it again! The Bakers are truly pure examples of Christ on this earth!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Iris for 12 years....Iris is one of the purest ministries we know- the mission is to love God and love people. The money truly goes to work of God...there are no rich CEO's, or crazy admin costs....We are honored to give our lives and our $$$ as God leads.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited multiple Iris Bases around the world. They carry a true heart of Jesus to the nations. The do love so well. They have a very wholistic approach of carrying not only for the spiritual needs of a community but also the physical and emotional. I trust deeply this organization.

2 Stephanie247

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended an Iris base in Pemba Mozambique for 3 months. They showed me what it is to be the hands and feet of Jesus as well as displaying the simplicity of the gospel. They know how to love well, and this is from the abundant overflow of what God is doing. Iam currently volunteering as a long-term missionary in Johannesburg South Africa, it is such an honour and privilege to be working with Iris
ministries. They are absolutely incredible and do live out the bible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of spending time watching Iris Global first hand in Pemba, Mozambique. I am continually blown away and impressed by their commitment to wholistic transformation. They are paving the way in that nation for quality education and so much more. Not only do they meet so many people's material needs, they leave them with a hope that lasts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was with Iris Global in Mozambique the summer of 2013, and the majority of the people who make up this organization are among the most - if not the most - passionate, loving, happy, giving, self-sacrificing folks I've ever known in my life. Their joy is contagious, their willingness to suffer for the sake of the poor and broken convicting and moving, and their zeal for Jesus surprising. If there were anything not glowing I would write (which is hard to do, but I want to be forthright), the leadership structure is very top-down with the Bakers being the decision-makers. Like all top-down structures, decisions are made quickly and so good things happen fast, but also disorganized or less than perfect decisions can be made quickly, too. I learned patience and submissiveness. I have one theological disagreement with the organization regarding its interpretation of women's roles in the Church in 1 Timothy (Heidi Baker is more or less the leader of the organization and at times even seemed she ran the church in Pemba), and one regarding speaking in tongues in 1 Corinthians (they believe it can and should be done all at once in a service, and provided us with very little caution about abuse of the gifts while there) but I can honestly say that besides those two things, I am in total agreement with everything else they stand for. I'm actually astounded by how I agree with them on almost everything else. You will be hard pressed to find a more genuine, loving group in the entire world and certainly over the course of your life.

2 Jillian F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth! Love looks like stopping for the one... So good. So simple. They know how to love Jesus. In turn, they know how to love people. They offer practical help and spiritual help. God Bless Iris!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been collaborating with Iris in Mozambique and France, it's the most love driven organization we've ever collaborated with in our lives!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a part of Iris Global for a little over two years now and I'm blown away by the practical love of Jesus that the people of Iris carry for the children, the lost, widowed, homeless, etc. The message is simple: love Jesus. Through stopping for the one, the gospel of Jesus is preached and lives are transformed for all of eternity. What an honor it is to be a part of this group of people and see Jesus get glorified among the nations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iris is less of an organization and more of a tribe of people who have dedicated themselves to laying down their lives selflessly for those in greatest need around the planet. It would be impossible to track how many lives have been transformed by this non-profit and the accomplishments can only be described as miraculous; because such results - from feeding vast numbers of people, building top-performing schools, starting clinics, rescuing people from slavery, taking in orphans, training widows in business skills, to reaching the remotest tribes, providing wells, rebuilding houses, healing the blind, giving dignity to the abused and abandoned, and empowering people to take on new jobs and responsibilities - would be impossible if it were not for a total reliance on Jesus Christ. Iris maintains a commitment to serve communities not from a position of knowing it all, but always going "lower still" in serving and honoring indigenous peoples and calling out the innate greatness in every nation they operate in.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about Iris global I personally attended there leadership school in Central Coast of California.. I will glean from all I learned for the rest of my life. The teaching is biblical and spot on. I absolutely love the leadership of this school they know how to build community and truly be spiritual fathers and mothers... Mark & Cheryl Perry are hands down the best leaders I have ever had the privilege of sitting under forever grateful for Iris Global and Iris Leadership School....

5 Ellen J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iris Global is an incredible organization. Nowhere will you find more genuine people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a student of the Iris Harvest School, my life was changed forever for the better. Words cannot express how thankful I am for Iris.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ever since I discovered Iris during a relief mission to Japan in 2011, I've been impressed by their love and commitment to making the world a better place in big and small ways. Every person they serve finds themselves touched deep in their spirits and hope is awakened, in a way that most humanitarian agencies which serve physical needs cannot. I've visited a number of their bases and found orphans and children who were born severely disadvantaged, now living as sons and daughters with hope and a future.