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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iris has helped me advance and further my leadership skills and propelled me into my destiny, while stopping for and loving the one in front of me in all walks of life through their leader school in Pismo Beach as well as their Iris Hollywood artist boot camp! Iris truly is an organization that believes that love looks like something and teaches others what it looks like and how to multiply it and give it away from the poorest of the poor to the richest of the rich! Iris helped me to learn what it means to go low and slow, how to have selfless ambitions and helped fine tune my character to be able to walk in the fullness of what God has for me to continue to
Further his kingdom on earth

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Donor

Rating: 5

They are consistently caring, giving, doing, & SHOWING OTHERS how to do the same. It is awesome that they include so many & share the courage it takes to do BIG THINGS for no reward other than IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO!! I am encouraged to give & to imitate what i've seen them to-- Here & abroad. to care for the poor & needy in their distress...... ahhhhh the good stuff.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is one of the most accepting and loving places I've worked with. You immediately feel like family when you arrive. The atmosphere they foster is unlike any I have seen. They truly put Jesus as the forefront of their work and do nothing until they've sought his face and he responds. Yet they accomplish more than humanly possible because with Jesus nothing is impossible. He's great. I love Him.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you want to learn how to love people, this is the place to go. Heidi and Rolland Baker, the directors of Iris Global have poured their lives out for the nation of Mozambique. So many people are fed and taken care of. Iris has feeding programs, village discipleship and several levels of schooling. They are currently working on building a university as well. Truest an amazing organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iris is an amazing organization. I've never seen any other nonprofit like it. They take love to another level. They also look at people as people rather than a project to be accomplished. Each person is cared for practically, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Really a wholistic support system. And they are so humble from the top down. The leaders are very honoring and treat the poor the same way they would treat a queen. This is by far my favorite non profit organization. What better gift is there to give but love, and they do this so well!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been involved with Iris for 4 years and have seen the hungry fed, the naked clothed, and the thirsty given water. This is an organization that works hard and knows loves looks like something! I am proud to be a part of this movement of love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Happy to partner with them in reaching the lost in Mozambique Keep up the good work IRIS

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have read the book "Birthing The Miraculous" by Heidi Baker of Iris Ministries and discovered the beautiful secret to this outreach: Taking time to feel the love of God, and then letting Him give love through themselves to others. They specifically reached out to the "throwaway" children, orphans who had to beg and sell themselves to eat, and now these adult children are, 20 years later, the most desirable, educated workers in the country. I believe they feed daily more than 1,000 orphans, and school them. in an incredibly short period of time churches over 10,000 in number have been established in village after village. Through stonings, beatings, life threatening diseases like Malaria, false slander, hunger, cold, homelessness, arrests for no crime, injustices, Roland and Heidi Baker have been bringing forth wonderful "diamonds in the rough" out of the dirt, out of villages built at the sites of the garbage dumps. The people there learn the truth of their worth as creations of God and desired by God, which makes them aware of their beauty. They have grown to be young men and women able to work and they do wonderful things. They are sought after as top workers in their country. They have become a stable base of citizens. Colleges and university have been established through Iris Ministries, schools for the young orphaned children, food for all the orphans, AIDS children cared for. Iris has returned love upon love to all who misunderstood the true goodness of heart, the good motives behind this ministry. This ministry is a mega accomplishment in a country in the aftermath of war and recurring natural disasters and the successes really only could have been accomplished by miracle interventions and mercies of God in addition to the lay-down-their-life devotion of those of Iris Ministries.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Iris Global , under the leadership of Rolland and Heidi baker is changing the world through their various ministry outreaches around the world going where few dare to go . I have seen first hand the impact of iris global. I urge all to support their humanitarian efforts around the world . Your life will be enriched and impacted . Iris global is an organization of integrity that has stood the test of time , help keep them strong .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iris' work with the poor of Mozambique is literally changing a nation. Orphans are being given a home, family and education and finding that they are no-longer orphans but children with a hope and a future. Widows are looked after, business start-ups are funded and supported, schools built and staffed, medical centres and hospitals are rising out of hopeless situations to serve these precious people. Farms are springing up which feed multitudes. And on and on and on the list goes.
If Christianity was ever meant to be anything it is this, love in action.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iris ministry is beyond incredible! Changing lives daily! Saving lives! I am honored to get to team up with them this summer in Cambodia!

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Todd24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I and our infant son volunteered in the summer of 2005 with Iris in Pemba, Mozambique. Although the conditions were challenging (my son briefly caught malaria), work that the Iris staff was doing was extraordinary. We were able to see the positive transformation of the people and the communities there unfolding before our eyes, with the humble service of the Iris people making this possible. As I have followed and financially supported Iris Ministries in the years since (with my wife volunteering for a few weeks in Pemba several years later), I have been impressed with their great commitment to the well-being of the poor. What began as a primary spiritual/religious endeavor in Mozambique (which I wholeheartedly endorse), has retained those spiritual strengths while becoming a full orbed expression of sustainable, holistic transformation of communities. This including their relief work, provision of wells for clean water, training in skills for micro business, formation of schools accessible to the poor, and more. Now government officials at local and national levels are recognizing the excellent educational and humanitarian work that Iris has been doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A week ago, I came back from my 4th visit to the Pemba Mozambique Base of Iris, in 16 months.
Whilst I was there, a severe cyclone hit the area, with devastating consequences, to the local people. But, Heidi and Rolland didn't waste time. They sent us out into the local villages, to invite the villagers to a Party. There was joyful dancing and singing, a short viewing of the Jesus Film, and then the fun began: large platefuls of spaghetti and tuna, with a dollop of mayonnaise, and cold drink was handed out. Such a demonstration of the Father's heart, abundance.
The widows were invited, with their little kiddies, to sleep in the large shed like structure used for church meetings, and were given food, daily.
I saw Iris people pouring out their lives, to help the villagers who had lost everything, I am so humbled by their example. As volunteers, we were invited to join in, so graciously.
My friend and I were also able to visit people of another faith, tell our stories, and us hear theirs, and pray with these lovely people, what a privilege.
I also did medical volunteer work: what I loved was that the motto is 'stop for the one': I was able to engage in a medical capacity, but also, to take time out to take the people I was treating, to the beach, for a cold drink, and swim for the first time, for them, in the sea: this is an indelible memory, the joy, the fun: Iris is about relationship, I SO appreciate this aspect.
I reflect on my 17 days, I have learnt that the poor know how to give, and to serve, in a way that I have not begun to comprehend, but, I want to learn.
As Mama Heidi says, it's 'low and slow'.
I am so so grateful that Heidi and Rolland have allowed us to be involved in their Charity, I am grateful, and so Humbled.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just got back from 2 and 1/2 weeks with Iris Ministeries in Pemba Mozambique. I am trying not to be speechless! This is my 3 rd visit. I'm learning from the most precious group of people in the world, what love looks like. I learnt, get your love on, before you serve, and if your love isn't on, go find God, drench yourself in Him and His love, and then come and serve. Serving has never been so easy, truly and honestly. I've also learnt, that when we all share, there is always enough and more, for everyone. There was a GTM (Global Team Meeting of Iris leaders from around the world): wow, I looked at this Iris family, and thought, this is what heaven must look like. I saw people who carry the Iris DNA of love, unconditional, uncomplicated LOVE. The more I get to know the Iris organization, and the people who are part of it, the more I realise, these are ordinary people, loving with extra- ordinary love. I've tried to put my thoughts in words, but, they are so inadequate.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Iris Ministries is a ministry that is touching the hearts of people in and out of their "headquarters" in Mozambique. The heart of the ministry is God's heart, and it is healing. The love shown through these devoted believers is inspiring and provoking. Iris Ministries has challenged me towards love and taught me things about my Daddy, I hope all will know. I am so thankful, and I am positive many more are as well.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An outsider's thoughts: Iris ministries is a refreshing perspective of what it means to follow Jesus. This organization has been an inspiration to me on what it means to 'love your neighbor.' Even though they do much of their work in 3rd world nations, their values have impacted me in a first world nation - the USA.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had followed Heidi Baker and Iris Ministries for many years before actually meeting her or attending one of their events. Their history of selfless efforts and personal sacrifice that can be readily seen and verified influenced my decision to be a donor. Listening to Heidi's teachings and attending a conference where she spoke to specific situations in my life, empowered me with the confidence and insight to make critical decisions concerning business and spiritual growth.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor and a person who has heard the Bakers speak at several conferences I have attended, I am constantly amazed at the work they do and the stories I have heard them tell. They are doing phenomenal work to aid the poor and orphaned children of the world.

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2 Micael G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iris Global is not only the best aid organization I know, but the best organization whatsoever. They combine fantastic development assistance with a strong belief in the power of the Holy Spirit. They're not afraid to preach about the love of Jesus while they help the poor and dying.

Being a student of peace and development studies at Uppsala University, I am aware of the complexities of development assistance and I'm glad to see that Iris Global also share this awareness and take their challenges seriously. Being a deeply religious organization they can handle issues that secular organizations are unable of - which is a big deal in the developing world where religion generally plays a massive role in society.

I've visited Iris South Africa and I saw some amazing projects to lift people, especially children, out of poverty. I also witnessed people get healed miraculously and even interviewed a man who had been raised from the dead. Heaven and earth came together and I was amazed by the faith and commitment that the people at Iris had.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have partnered with this nonprofit for many years. They do life changing work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Several years ago one of my sons was involved with Iris ministries in Mozambique. I didn't know about Iris, so I thought I would go over and find out firsthand about them and what they were up to.

As I visited with my son, I decided to help volunteer and found the children they were helping were developing a deep passion for Christ. This organization is trusting God for resources to help people that would otherwise be begging for food or living as homeless people in a gutter.

I personally have watched them from a distance over the years and have seen them, through God's help transform lives in the 1000's. They have my stamp of approval and blessing as an individual who has been there, seen what they are doing, and knows firsthand from my experience about how the favor of God is all over the organization.

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Liney A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iris is one of the best organizations I've met... Love is simple!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Iris Global is a ministry that truly demonstrates the full heart of God. Obviously with evey institution the integrity and passion starts at the top, Roland and Heidi are so completely given over to God's purposes and heart that this ministry lives in the full manifestation and LOVE of the Holy Spirit all the time. I would recommend giving to them because Iris is fertile soil and is prepped and ready for a huge harvest. Every dollar counts. Know without a doubt that whatever cause Iris is pursuing, is a God ordained cause. Bravo Iris Global, Roland and Heidi and God!

Sincerely,

Jonnathan Zin Truong
God Manifest
www.godmanifest.com

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to the Iris base In Mozambique in 2012, the summer after I graduated highs school. I've never been to a place more raw or real. They let the Lord have preeminence in every move the make and in every decision that comes their way. I left Mozambique more In love with Jesus and the people of Africa than I ever imagined I would be. Heidi and Rolland lead Iris with humility and a hunger for the power of God to be seen everywhere they go, for His glory and none other. I love this ministry and these people and will always say yes to an opportunity to stand in the Presence of Jesus and serve and long side them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Rolland and Heidi are incredible people doing an incredible job. Iris Ministries is the bar by which others are measured.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Iris Global is the most amazing organization that I have ever seen. They are full of compassion and love for humanity. I highly recommend them to all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with this organization at the Pemba, Mozambique base for 3 weeks in July 2012. The staff were extremely hospitable and professional. I felt well cared for and grew a lot from that experience, where I got to do a variety of projects from passing out lunch to street children and making jewelry with widows to reaching out to disenfranchised in hospitals, prisons and rural villages. During bush outreaches, Iris sought to truly communicate with local leaders and respect their customs. The model of short-term volunteers donating what they feel led to is quite unique and gives individuals of different socio-economic levels opportunities to serve. Iris does such great work with integrity and excellence!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Iris Global is the real deal. Walk the talk. They say and do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've seen firsthand how they use the funds they receive and I'm impressed! So little goes into administration. They are full of integrity and very caring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I read Compelled by Love a number of years ago and wept my way through the entire book, as it portrayed a modern day picture of the acts of Jesus in the gospels. I remember weeping and wishing I could drop everything and go, and help Iris. I remember telling The Lord, "I knew you were that good Jesus!" It was the first time I had seen the gospel come alive in modern day Christianity. Little did I know God was going to give me the desire of my heart, to travel to other nations and spend time volunteering with Iris ... I am forever changed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Iris Global is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping people of all colors. They have rescued thousands of people by providing food, clothing and medicine for their physical bodies, education and training for their minds, as well as healing and hope for their spirits. They truly give people hope for a brighter future and have helped make this world a better place!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Iris Global is the most amazing organization I have ever come in contact with. Each person I have met in the organization lives out the values of selflessness, love, and joy. Life as I know it has been radically altered since the first day I came in contact with Iris. I am now aware of the possibility of everyone I meet being impacted by the power of love.

There are few people in my life who I have not shared Iris with. As a result, many of my closest friends and relatives have given their summers to orphans in Mozambique or emptied their checking account to support those who need it most. People who are involved in this organization know that the money being given to help the hurting and hungry is not directed towards the 'other things' that so commonly get the majority of funds in many non-profits. The lion's share of what is given goes towards feeding the people we have in mind when we open our hearts and give of ourselves.

This is why I support Iris Ministries. They are the real deal, and I will always support them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I needed a miracle I had no issue getting a senior pastor to attend to my need personally.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Iris Global Ministry impacts not only the community that receives their gifts but also those that support their endeavors to bring hope and new life to young and old alike. Every person that is part of this ministry carries abundant love and passion. They are truly vessels of incredible joy and blessings and impart a legacy of life, encouragement, resources and hope.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I discovered Iris Global about 11 years ago, and have been extremely touched and impressed by the impact they have had in Mozambique and many other African nations. Their passion to "stop for the one" and express love, compassion, and servitude to orphans, the poor, and entirely isolated villages is more than inspiring - it's life-changing. They serve with such joy and gratitude for nothing more than the privilege to serve and show value to the unloved. Heidi and Roland have set a precedent for missions work that I am thrilled to see many others following. I hope to see many more "Roland and Heidi's," and many more "Iris's" happen across the globe!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a student under the Harvest School and during my time there, I was shown such a love of the Father's heart and was completely cared for. Their hearts are there to instill your value and your identity in the Lord. They understand how to stop for the one.

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