Iris Relief

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Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief

Devastating floods and damage from Hurricane Harvey leaves 6.8 million people of the population of Texas displaced by torrential rain, flooding, and damage. Most of South Texas is without power. Broken highways and heavy flooding make relief by land difficult. Join us in our relief efforts as we deploy teams into the most vulnerable areas with aid and relief.

Meet a Local Pastor

Pastor Marlene from Corpus Christi, Texas shares on the vision of Iris Relief partner Rock City Church: To be the hands and feet of Jesus to the thousands who have lost so much in the wake of the storm.

How To Get Involved

Iris Relief teams have just landed in Corpus Christi, Texas and we invite you to join us as we work with local churches and pastors to provide for the basic needs of those devastated in this disaster. We ask that you please pray for God's will and mercy to be shown in this situation. Those interested in joining one of our teams can apply by downloading and returning the team application.

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Act Now

Pray
“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
- Matthew 6:10
  • For all those affected by the flooding and damage
  • For the safety of our Iris Relief teams as they deploy to bring food and relief supplies needed
  • About how you can respond to this crisis
Spread the word
You can make a difference. Spread the word about relief efforts by posting a link on Facebook, other social media platforms, writing a blog, telling your friends and co-workers, sharing at church, and more.
Donate
Iris Relief is partnering with Iris Global for crisis response. Donations will be received by Iris Global and used for crisis relief projects. Donations are used for immediate reponsed as well as sustained relief efforts to rebuild communities experiencing crisis. Your generosity enables us to bring physical and spiritual relief to people at their most vunerable.
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About Iris Relief

During the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Rolland and Heidi Baker saw the great need to quickly unite Iris missionary families, partners, friends, and missions school alumni to respond to victims of disasters. In response, the Bakers started Iris Relief to be an explicit demonstration of God’s tangible love and mercy.

Mission

Iris Relief exists to restore, equip, and mobilize disaster response missionaries on an ongoing basis so they can take the presence of the Kingdom and the spirit of revival (while bringing physical aid) to situations of crisis and disaster on a local, regional, and international scale.

Vision Statement

Iris Relief aims to demonstrate God’s love by giving out relief aid and resources as well as bringing personnel to carry the presence of God to affected areas. We pray as we meet people’s physical needs it will minister to their spiritual and emotional needs as well. We also hope to encourage the body of Christ and the churches in the disaster zones by working alongside them to bring hope, healing, and peace. The heart of Iris Relief is to love by bringing physical and spiritual relief to those affected by natural disasters. Our desire is to stop for the one and be Jesus’ hands and feet to the hurting and broken. We long to carry the Kingdom of Heaven to the places and the people that have experienced great tragedy and loss.

Objectives/Goals

Restore

Ministry to the Missionaries ( Pre/ Post)

- Restore disaster response missionary candidates so they can minister the Father’s love in crisis situations from a foundation of health and wholeness.

- Welcome returning disaster response missionaries to minister healing, restoration, and refreshing to them as they prepare for the next stage of their journey with Christ.

Equip

- Equip disaster response missionaries through the Disaster Response Missions School, so they have the necessary skills and qualifications and the spiritual development and giftings in order to respond and minister effectively in disaster situations, both large and small.

- Offer ongoing refresher and additional disaster response and emergency management training through both on-site and online courses in a wide variety of subject matters.

- Multiply the vision of disaster response missions by training and qualifying missionaries as disaster response and emergency management leaders, instructors and managers on a local, regional, and international level.

Mobilize

- Maintain adequate, up-to-date records of available disaster response missionaries, their experiences, and skillsets and maintain compliance with applicable privacy legislation.

- Acquire and maintain appropriate equipment and supplies to ensure efficient, safe, and timely deployments to disaster situations.

- Establish an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in order to:

  • Undertake ongoing threat assessment of potential disaster situations on a local, regional, and international basis;
  • Monitor specific threats to Iris locations or missionaries around the world;
  • Coordinate the deployment and ongoing operation of Iris Relief teams throughout all stages of their mobilization;
  • Cooperate with local or regional Emergency Management authorities as appropriate.

- Deploy Iris Relief disaster response teams on a local, regional, or international scale, in accordance with Iris Relief deployment protocols.

- Debrief returning disaster response teams – process and immerse in a Presence-filled atmosphere to allow the Holy Spirit to heal their hearts from their experiences: inward, upward, and outward journey.

- Provide disaster response capability to local emergency management authorities in the Abilene region.

Join the Team

If you want to join an Iris Relief team, please read the requirements located on the right of this screen. If you qualify, [javascript protected email address]. Your completed application will expedite a quicker response time for relief work into disaster zones.

The Iris Relief application team prayerfully considers every applicant. Although we prefer an Iris Relief team member to be an alumni of one of our Iris Mission Schools, we will make exceptions.

Finances:

Iris Relief expects each member to pay for all expenses involved in being a part of a response team, including plane ticket, special equipment, food, and more. Relief trips vary in cost, but are always more than $1000 USD. We encourage you to set aside at least $1000 USD in savings, so you are financially prepared and ready to mobilize quickly when disaster hits.

Application Form:

Download the Form by clicking here. We will prayerfully consider your application to be a part of an Iris Relief team and respond to you as soon as possible.

Email completed forms to [javascript protected email address].

Requirements:

Depending on the nature of the disaster to which we are responding, Iris Relief may need to mobilize people with a specific skill set. For all Iris Relief teams we require individuals who are:

  • 18 years or older
  • Mature in their relationship with God
  • Experienced with ministering to, counseling with, and praying for people
  • Spiritually discerning
  • Flexible in difficult situations and content with “roughing it”
  • Eager to serve
  • Honoring of authority
  • Enthusiastic and never complaining
  • Team players
  • Spiritually, emotionally and physically healthy