Iris looks for revival among the broken, humble and lowly, and starts at the bottom with ministry to the poor. God chooses the weak and despised things of the world to shame the proud, demonstrating His own strength and wisdom. We release the power of the Holy Spirit and give resources of God’s Kingdom to reach every need both spiritual and physical.
The needs are great, but our God is greater. With excitement and joy we aim beyond what we imagine doing in our own strength. We find that we cannot just be an orphanage, a church, a Bible school, or a humanitarian aid organization. We cannot just hold bush conferences, plant farms and engineer micro-investments. We cannot just specialize in education and technical assistance. We, as a broadly-based international family, must embrace all of the above, and more. For us revival includes relief and development with a difference. We trust God and aim for His glory in everything. We are after the establishment of God’s Kingdom on the earth.
When facing great human need with our human frailties, we rapidly reach the limits of our resources, wisdom and love. We face overwhelming poverty, sickness, demonic attacks and every kind of evil. We do not shy away from the poor, the sick, the abused, the abandoned or the despised but, run into the darkness looking to share Christ’s love and power because it is the power of God that gives hope. We have learned that love without power is incomplete and ineffectual; we release God’s love in practical ways infused with His power.
His presence inhabiting a community takes the shape of homes, schools, farms, water wells, food, family, adoption, fellowship, miracles, fun — the full spectrum of life in God! Iris has developed a variety of outreaches to begin to meet the needs of our community. We operate Bible schools to help equip local ministers. We have launched well-drilling programs to bring clean water and spiritual drink to thirsty people. We have many feeding programs, health clinics, orphanages, elementary schools, building initiatives and outreaches. Through these ministries we are seeing God do glorious wonders.