We introduced you to Iris Global recently. If you missed our introduction to their organization you can click here to read that post. This week we are sharing a glimpse about Iris Global’s reach, the children they serve and the education they provide. Let’s take a look:
Iris Global exists to participate in bringing the Kingdom of God to earth in all its aspects, but most especially through our particular calling to serve the very poor: the destitute, the lost, the broken and the forgotten.
THE IRIS GLOBAL REACH
1,225 National Staff
65 Locations in 33 Countries
Each of our locations has an individual mix of ministries uniquely blended to minister to the people they serve. Working holistically, Iris is dedicated to meeting spiritual needs through outreaches, discipleship, and ministry training. The physical needs are met very practically by providing food, housing, medical services, education, and more.
11,544 Children are reached daily through our Children’s programs.
We have schools, children’s centers, day programs, discipleship programs, food programs, health clinics, and so much more for children in need. In our 12 Day Program’s we give 1,498 at-risk kids a safe place to play and experience the love of Jesus. Iris’s 19 Children’s Centers pursue a holistic approach to providing a home, love, and care to 1,064 children every day of the year. In Cambodia alone, over 500 children were reached through our prevention and outreach program in the last six months. We have 35 discipleship programs for children in which we share the love of Jesus and build a strong spiritual foundation.
STOP FOR THE ONE
Through our Stop for the One program, 624 children are sponsored for full-time care, 3,500 children have their education costs covered, and 9 community projects are funded and collaboratively developed to address specific challenges. 1,424 sponsors have donated $668,551 and 100% of the sponsorship donations go directly to the programs. To get involved please visit stopfortheone.org.
Our dream is to see a million children reached with the love of God. That dream can be realized when we stop for one
8,982 Students attend school through Iris Global programs.
18 of our centers run pre-school, primary, secondary, and post-secondary school EDUCATION programs
We believe education is a powerful tool to break the cycle of poverty and transform nations. Our desire is to educate and equip the next generation of leaders through Christian education.
The Iris University in Pemba, Mozambique
We received final government approval for construction! is is the result of 12 years of believing for and working toward the dream God gave us to have the first Christian university in Mozambique. With the thorough review of local and national job markets and the economic landscape, our 4-year university will begin with 3 majors: Public Administration, Business Management, Environmental Sciences & Natural Resources. It is with profound hope we embrace the university project as yet another means to lasting revival.
We envision a university with an unfettered environment in the Spirit; where God’s presence, activity, and control permeate all aspects of university life and learning; where every subject of study is presented in the light of God’s truth. Moreover, we picture not just a Christian perspective in education, but the reality of an active catalyst of revival, a spiritual “nuclear reactor” of white hot spiritual energy fueled by faith, humility, brokenness, and complete dependence on Gods’ mercy, grace, and power. – Rolland Baker
It’s amazing when you put your heart to the passions you are called to walk in, great things happen and many people are touched around the world. Next time we’ll take a look at how Iris Global serves their community and what that looks like from their perspective.
For more information about Iris Global please visit irisglobal.org
Source: 2016 Iris Global Annual Report.