Teresa Neumann : May 22, 2012 : Tim Stafford – Christianity Today
(Pemba, Mozambique)—Heidi and Rolland Baker are the head of Iris Ministries in Mozambique. Rolland was raised in Taiwan, the son of Assemblies of God Missionaries, and his wife Heidi—known as “Mama Aida” to the orphans they care for—grew up in Laguna Beach, California. Their life today, in the 11th poorest nation on earth, reflects nothing of Western life, but everything of the Kingdom of God. (Photo: UnitedCaribbean.com)
As reported in Christianity Today, known worldwide for healing miracles, Heidi claims that in recent years “100 percent of the deaf in the Chiure area have been healed through prayer, scores have been raised from the dead, food has been multiplied, the crippled and blind have been restored, and the Gospel has spread like fire.”
Bakers live by their motto, “Stop for One.” They also emphasize the Joy of the Lord, manifest in their exuberant Sunday morning worship services. As for wealth, Heidi is quoted as saying riches are a “very sad thing unless they are used to raise up the poor. True riches, she says, “look like children.” (Photo by: janeamessinatravels.wordpress.com)
Indiana University religious studies professor Candy Gunther Brown states, “For Heidi and Rolland, miracles and concern for the poor are meant to go together. In their view, you can’t separate the two. Power and love are wings, and you need both to fly.”
According to the Christianity Today report, Brown was so intrigued by the claims of healing in Mozambique, she traveled there to verify them scientifically. “Testing 24 Mozambicans before and after healing prayer—half performed by Baker—her team detected statistically significant improvements in hearing and vision. (The results were published in the September 2010 edition of the Southern Medical Journal and are available online.).”
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