Jesus is my everyday hero and His sacrificial love and relentless mercy through the life death and resurrection has forever left an imprint on my heart. My Savior, He is looking for everyday heroes to follow Him and worship with our lives as a living sacrifice. As a 31 year old woman living in a broken culture and world, I often ask what does love look like?
“Love always looks like something,” says Heidi Baker. Heidi alongside husband Roland, are founders of the global ministry, Iris Global, and missionaries to the country of Mozambique -known for war torn, poverty stricken and orphans.
She is the author of Compelled by Love, which has now been turned into documentary which I recently streamed on God TV. Her message in this novel and film has a sweet fragrance that points me back to Jesus. Her testimony inspires me to urgently pray for miracles and healing for those who whose bodies are broken with diseases and disability but to also believe in redemption as I seek out those who are spiritually lost and in desperate need for rescue worldwide.
“God is looking for people to say yes. Yes to what Jesus loves, everything Jesus loves. He is so lovely, amazing. What other response could you have?” asks Baker.
Baker’s life and ministry holds this legacy of love obedience and abandonment in surrender, which influences and teaches me to love people outside borders, boundaries and comfort zones even at the risk of giving up status quo or my place of residence to go beyond. My various roles as a daughter, sister, Auntie, child ambassador for World Vision, disability advocate, co-teacher of divorce care for kids, and missionary for Awakening Ministries International, I often encounter people and circumstances of brokenness where it is difficult, messy and radical to love like Jesus. Further, I sometimes find it overwhelming to live this love outloud or know how to be a woman of mercy that honors God.
“All they need to know is that they are sons and daughters.” Baker shares biblical wisdom,“Orphans (or orphan spirits) they just need to know they are adopted. I’m loved. I’m free.” The Bakers have repeatedly proclaimed and poured in this truth to countless orphans they have encountered in Mozambique.
When I hear Heidi Baker speak or read the pages on her book, I’m in awe of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit lived out and working in her life. Baker softly reminisces about her ministry developed more of this gifting. “I learned how to play. I watched children and I learned how to play. Play in the realm of the Holy Spirit.”
She ends the documentary film, sharing her new prayer regarding the Spirit. “Okay Holy Spirit, pick me up like a paintbrush and paint me like a picture. And because God is a Creator His creations are wonderful.”