Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Learning to Love by Heidi and Rolland Baker
I was already somewhat familiar with IRIS ministries from reading some of Michele Perry's books about her ministry in Sudan. This book is by the leaders of the IRIS group, Heidi and Rolland Baker and tells of their work all over Africa and even in Asia. They tell amazing stories of God's miracles in these poor countries and even with the total lack of provisions available to people, how much joy the Christians there have. We, in this country, could learn much from these people about the joy of the Lord and what is really required for happiness (not all the stuff we think we need and take for granted) -- fresh water, food, shelter. In these countries people are regularly healed of deafness since birth and many other serious illnesses and deformities. We don't see so much of that here because we don't totally depend on God for EVERYTHING the way these people do. We try to be too independent and depend on ourselves instead of God. After reading this book, I don't know who is more deprived -- the people of these poor countries or us. I personally want more of the Lord. This book will bless you in many ways. And it is also very good to know what our missionaries face and what is really happening on the mission field. I hope everyone takes the time to read this and absorb the message that is here for us all.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House to review. I did not receive any compensation for completing this review. All opinions are my own.