A Ministry of Intimacy
Heidi Baker took time out of her schedule to share with Brave the challenges she faces and the heart she has towards a life of ministry.
A Christian missionary, author, itinerant speaker who has spoken in 98 countries and 50 states, and the CEO of Christian humanitarian organisation Iris Global, Heidi Baker is the epitome of a multihyphenate individual.
Heidi’s purpose-filled life is full of inspiring stories, holding within them precious nuggets of wisdom that will stir your hearts, and guide you as you embark on your own spiritual journey.
What are some of the challenges that you face in the field and how do you deal with them?
One of my biggest challenges is learning how to minister to the poor. There are different types of poor. There are those who are rich but poor in the sense that they do not know who they are in the Father’s arms. The challenge is in being able to share with them what is good and true. And then there are those who are full of the spirit but are materially poor — those who live on less than a dollar a day, less than five cents a day, or even with no income at all. They need schools, hospitals, food, wells, houses and transportation. If you have a merciful heart, you will want to meet those needs. My challenge then is knowing when to say no and when to stop.
“If you keep spending time with Him, and you are full of the Spirit, people will feel the love of Jesus when you speak to them.”
One of my biggest secrets in this spiritual journey is to stay connected to Jesus. God is the oil, wine, bread, milk, and the honey. If you keep spending time with Him, and you are full of the Spirit, people will feel the love of Jesus when you speak to them. I also remember to love: to love thy neighbour and to love God with all my heart, mind and soul. But it is just as important to love yourself and that means taking care of yourself. Always take a Sabbath, and give yourself the freedom to have that day to rest and just to be with Him. That is a huge part of staying alive and staying full.
How do you train future leaders for Iris Ministries?
Personally, I feel that the best way to really train a leader is to mentor them. And to do so, you have to go to where they are. I used to do my discipleship group in my office, but now the locations have been switched to their respective homes.
This is the only way that you get to know their realities. If they are sitting in the dirt, do not have any electricity and their child has malaria, and they are in your discipleship group, then you need to know that. You need to know how they live so that you are in a position to help them grow.
To me, ministering to a small group and knowing them intimately is the best way to train the next generation of leaders.
What is your heart for the Church?
I would love to see a mission movement where there are literally hundreds of thousands of laid-down lovers all around the world who would go to the ends of the earth to share the beauty of His Gospel. I want to see national leaders in my nation of Mozambique raised up and set free to do what God calls them to do. I am very excited about the future. I am very excited about the university. That has been a huge, long process, and I am very excited to see leaders in Mozambique raised up to reach the world.
Read Part 2 of this interview as Heidi shares secrets to her spiritual life and her personal God-encounters.