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At least 25 killed, 3,100 evacuated after Guatemala volcano eruption

Guatemala's Volcano of Fire has spewed lava, ash, rocks and deadly hot gas onto hillside villages, killing at least 25 people Sunday and displacing more than 3,000. The Volcán de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, began erupting ash and lava early in the day, according to local reports.

Hours later, fast-moving flows surprised communities that had not been ordered to evacuate. Ash spread through the sky, and blanketed the capital Guatemala City some 40 miles away. Around 3,100 residents of communities near the volcano were eventually moved, and 20 sent to the hospital, according to Guatemala's CONRED national disaster management agency. Authorities expected the death toll to rise and warned of the possibility of further mudslides.

Iris Relief is working with our partner organizations to assist in Relief aid, and gathering supplies for burn victims and families affected by this tragedy. We are currently partnering with Watts of Love to assist in providing solar powered lights for search and rescue. If you would like to partner with us by giving to these relief efforts, you can visit this link to donate. https://mobile.irisglobal.org/give#giving-choices

Iris Relief Leaders School 2018

BECOME A CERTIFIED DISASTER RESPONDER!!

We want to invite you to come attend our Iris Relief Leaders School. The school is this summer June 11- August 10th. The purpose of the school is to train and equip Certified Responders to bring the hope and love of Jesus to others in times of crisis. Iris Relief is a recognized international relief organization. This distinction allows us to send teams, as first responders, to minister in the power and love of the Holy Spirit.

To apply, visit http://www.irisglobal.org/missions/harvest/iris-relief-leaders-school
For more information, please email us at info@irisrelief.org
Come, be a part of our Iris Family. You are invited! Join us!

Severe Weather Outbreak Leaves Damage in Midwest, South; Electric Worker Dies in Mississippi

More than 405 homes and properties damaged due to severe weather nation wide.

https://weather.com/news/news/2018-04-03-severe-thunderstorms-tornadoes-midwest-plains-south-impacts

Hurricane Maria- Puerto Rico

Since the storm made landfall on September 20, Hurricane Maria has wreaked havoc on the island. Currently, we have dispatched disaster response teams to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief. We partnered with Watts of Love and distributed over 1,000 solar powered lights in the mountainous, and rural regions of the island. We are continuing our efforts by connecting with churches, business leaders, government officials and non-profits to partner in the rebuilding process. Our desire is to continue giving hope, and train the local residents in disaster preparedness and response.

Hurricane Harvey Relief- South Texas

Devastating floods and damage from Hurricane Harvey leaves thousands of people of the population of Texas displaced by torrential rain, flooding, and damage. Iris Relief deployed to south Texas from August 30th - October 3rd. Throughout this deployment, we had 92 people that served a total of 1,909 man hours. Our teams were deployed in the cities of Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Refugio, Rockport, Aransas Pass, Fulton, Ingleside, Tivoli and several neighboring communities.
We ministered in these communities by performing:
● House muck outs
● Debris removal
● Tree removal
● Chaplaincy - spiritual and emotional care
● Cooling stations and health screenings with FEMA POD’s in Rockport & Ingleside
● Distribution of solar lights with Watts of Love
● Distribution of donated relief items
● Rapid training and deployment

None of this could have been possible without the help of our partner ministries, organizations, businesses and the generous financial contributions that we received. Each home our teams served at received prayer, encouragement, and a message of hope. We were also able to get various supplies into communities that were in need. These supplies included food, water, tarps, diapers, pet food, bedding, cleaning supplies, and other donated items.

In the time that IR deployed, there was a lot of progress in these communities. However, the rebuilding stage is estimated to last up to 10 years. Iris Relief is continuing to partner with FEMA, Rock City Church, and the local communities to determine how we can help in the rebuilding stage.

At least 25 killed, 3,100 evacuated after Guatemala volcano eruption

Guatemala's Volcano of Fire has spewed lava, ash, rocks and deadly hot gas onto hillside villages, killing at least 25 people Sunday and displacing more than 3,000. The Volcán de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, began erupting ash and lava early in the day, according to local reports. Hours later, fast-moving flows surprised communities that had not been ordered to evacuate. Ash spread through the sky, and blanketed the capital Guatemala City some 40 miles away. Around 3,100 residents of communities near the volcano were eventually moved, and 20 sent to the hospital, according to Guatemala's CONRED national disaster management agency. Authorities expected the death toll to rise and warned of the possibility of further mudslides. Iris Relief is working with our partner organizations to assist in Relief aid, and gathering supplies for burn victims and families affected by this tragedy. We are currently partnering with Watts of Love to assist in providing solar powered lights for search and rescue. If you would like to partner with us by giving to these relief efforts, you can visit this link to donate. https://mobile.irisglobal.org/give#giving-choices

Earthquake Strikes Taiwan February 2018

Heidi and Rolland started over 20 years ago a program at the dump in Maputo, where many young people have been brought to the Lord and also taken away from the dump to the Center and integrated to the community. This program is still going on still today, but a tragedy hit the dump during the heavy rains in Maputo that dragged a lot of rubbish to the nearby houses and destroyed the houses while people were sleeping, 16 people died on the spot, one at the hospital and many others injured. More than 200 houses were affected and most of them destroyed by the power of the duty, The Iris Church was also destroyed during the duty slide. We have had teams deployed and responding to families that have been impacted by this tragedy! We are continuing to pray for the healing and recovery process. Thank you for standing and praying with us!!

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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