Over the weekend, the sad news was reported that a popular mission organization is having to cautiously plan next steps after the country they live in continues to be under attack by a group of “militant extremists.” Now, Christians around the world are being asked to come together in prayer.
The attacks are happening in Mozambique, Africa- the home to missionaries Rolland and Heidi Baker. The Bakers and their ministry, Iris Global, have made a profound impact on the country. According to CBN News, the ministry cares for over 10,000 children a day, and they currently have a network of over 10,000 churches, Bible schools, primary schools, and outreach programs.
The Bakers moved to Pemba, Mozambique in 1995, after feeling an undeniable call of God to live there. Now, they host hundreds of missionary students every year in Mozambique through Harvest School as well. The Baker's missional impact has stretched far beyond their own lives.
Sadly, Heidi Baker released troubling news over the weekend. There have been several recent terrorist attacks in Mozambique, all involving “killing and burning houses.”
According to Fox News, the attacks have resulted in at least 24 deaths within the last month, as well as countless houses being burned down. The attacks are taking place across the country.
Below is Heidi Baker’s official statement:
“Official Statement from Iris Global
10 June 2018
Since October 2017 there has been a group of militant extremists responsible for scores of attacks against government institutions and civilians in the north of Mozambique where we live. They are targeting anyone who opposes their brand of terror.
In the last few weeks, these attacks have intensified in frequency and brutality. Each attack has involved killing and burning houses. People were beheaded in at least six villages, two of which are within two hours drive of our Pemba base. Villagers are fleeing for their lives, carrying nothing with them, and have become refugees in the bush or on offshore islands.
We are praying for peace in Mozambique and our hearts mourn for the families who have lost loved ones. Our leadership team is in constant prayer, daily evaluating the situation to determine the best precautions for our staff.
Based on the current situation, we feel confident to remain home in Pemba with our missionaries and Mozambican team. However, the government has canceled visas for our Harvest School students for security reasons, and they are having to leave within a few days for South Africa where the school will continue.
Please pray with us in this troubling time for God’s strength for our brothers and sisters living all over our province of Cabo Delgado, that we can all shine more than ever in these dark days. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our admin team in California.
This is our official statement, and other information is not endorsed by Iris.”
Will you join us in praying for this horrible situation? Pray for strength, peace, and wisdom to surround this entire situation. Let us know if you are praying!
Another situation to keep in your prayers is the church in Indiana that burned down last week, with only a stack of Bibles surviving the fire.