Missionary Leaders Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Glimpses from Africa
Continuing where their book Expecting Miracles left off, this narrative draws from the last five years of the life of Iris Ministries. Woven alongside fascinating narrative from Mozambique is teaching from Heidi and Rolland that communicates the distilled wisdom about the heart of the Gospel from all their years of serving the poor.
More than any of their previous books, this one has the most to say about what Rolland and Heidi have learned about love–whether in Africa or wherever home might be: finding intimacy with Jesus, concentrating on the humble and lowly, being willing to suffer for love’s sake, finding God’s supply of utterly needed miracles, and walking in the unquenchable joy of the Lord. Every reader will find incredible challenge and refreshment in these pages.
I have been reading a few books written by missionaries lately and let me just say how that can mess with one’s world view. As most of you know I am just a simple home schooling mom of three. I have never experienced watching my children go hungry, I simply go to the store. I have never walked hours on end for a jug of water, I turn on the faucet and there it is. As a family we were hit hard by the economy so we had to learn to go without and how to stretch our dollars. Even through all of this we watched the Lord provide. We were humbled by our friend’s and family’s generosity.
So why was Learning to Love so moving? Here are Heidi and Rolland Baker in the midst of poverty and the passion they have for God is amazing. How often can I get distracted by the smallest things and they get me angry or frustrated. (Like my constant need to lose my car keys)Yet here are two people who are praying for healing and receiving it!!! People have been cured of blindness and deafness. Right there in front of witnesses. Wrapping my head around someone just being cured of a life long illness with just a prayer was just dumbfounding. There were times I found myself going, “Can this really happen in today’s world?”
The truth is yes it can. Heidi and Rolland are in the midst of it all. Going where God leads them no matter what people say or the cost. That is what we all are suppose to do. No matter how long it takes. Heidi tells the story of when God told her they needed a boat. It took over two years but she was persistent because that is what God said she should do. Love it. How often are we distracted even by people in the world. How often do their words throw us off course of where we are suppose to be. My favorite quote from the book is:
Never let anyone turn you away from understanding His heart. Do nothing to gain the approval of man, but in humility consider others better than yourself as you come to understand more and more why His love requires the first shall be last and the last shall be first. (pg. 54)
So then here is to following God EVERYDAY. No matter where you are in your walk with Christ or even where you are in the world. Here is to obeying HIS will in all our lives. I would suggest that everyone reads this book. We are all called to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
I received this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest opinion.