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Heidi (born 1959) comes from California, USA. At the age of 16, she was led to the Lord Jesus by a Navajo Indian and had a powerful experience of Jesus appointing her to be a missionary to Asia, Africa and England. She married Roland Baker and together with him founded IRIS Ministries in 1980 — a Christian non-profit ministry to the poor.
Ministry: After twelve years ministering in Asia, where they also served Jackie Pullinger in Hong Kong, they left in 1992 to do their PhDs at King’s College, London, UK. After this, they started a new ministry to the poor and homeless children in Mozambique beginning with nothing. Within a matter of months they were given a dilapidated orphanage in Maputo with 80 children. From there, their ministry has expanded to include well-drilling, free health clinics that service the poor and sick, feeding programs, primary and secondary schools, cottage industries and more than 7000 “bush churches” in Mozambique (and a total of over 8,000 churches in over 20 nations). There are multiple ‘bases’ with Bible Schools, as well as community outreaches and top-ranked public schools. The core value and message of the Bakers ministry is God’s love and humility.
Heidi has a PhD. She is fluent in several languages and a gifted communicator. She also has seen astounding miracles during her 30 years of ministry, especially in Mozambique. She has seen God supernaturally multiply rice and chili to feed hungry orphans. She has watched paralytics walk for the first time after they received prayer. She has seen the indigenous pastors, that they have trained in Mozambique, raise 53 people from the dead so far. She could claim superstar status. But she doesn’t and instead clings to the simplicity of the gospel with rare humility.
Message: The following is taken from an article by Lee Grady dated August 2006, in the Charisma Magazine.
American missionary Heidi Baker is not a normal preacher. When she spoke at a conference last week in Ohio, she delivered half of her sermon while lying on the floor. She was clutching the microphone while her forehead was resting on the carpet.
“I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,” she said, quoting Philippians 3:8. She interrupted her message several times with the high-pitched giggling that has become her trademark. This was not your average, seeker-sensitive sermon.
A petite, 46-year-old blonde, Baker told the crowd at the Encounters Network conference in Cincinnati that those who want to be used by God in powerful ways must learn to relinquish power. She said: “God told me once, ‘I want you to come up to the lowest place.’”
Baker easily could have positioned herself as a Christian superstar. But Heidi Baker does not carry herself like a celebrity evangelist. She does not wear designer clothes or arrive at conferences in limousines. She does not wave her hand over audiences, throw her coat on people or mail slick magazines with photographs of her standing in front of crowds of Africans. When it is time to minister to the sick, she often calls her trained team to do most of the praying. Sometimes she asks children to pray for the crippled and dying. She knows that ministry is not about her.
“It is a privilege beyond price to see the joy and affection of the Holy Spirit poured out like a waterfall on people who have known so much severe hardship, disappointment and bitter loneliness in their lives,” Baker wrote recently in her online ministry report.
“God wants to tweak some things” in the Western church, she said, noting that we place too much importance on position, intellect and human ability.
She then demonstrated the solution to our dilemma by kneeling on the floor again. “God wants laid-down love,” Baker said. Hundreds of people—myself included—put our faces in the carpet and asked for the humble heart of Jesus to wreck our pride.
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