Iris Global, the ministry Heidi and Rolland Baker founded in 1980, has come under attack from terrorists in recent days in the Pemba area of Mozambique. Villages have been burned, people have been beheaded and villagers are fearing for their lives.
Sunday on its Facebook page, the Bakers and Iris Global released the following statement to update those concerned and those who have been praying for the villagers in Northern Mozambique:
Since October 2017, there has been a group of militant extremists responsible for scores of attacks against government institutions and civilians in the north of Mozambique where we live. They are targeting anyone who opposes their brand of terror. In the last few weeks, these attacks have intensified in frequency and brutality. Each attack involves burning hundreds of houses and wanton slaughter. Many were beheaded in at least six villages, two of which are within a two-hour drive of our Pemba base. Villagers are fleeing for their lives, carrying nothing with them, and have become refugees in the bush or on offshore islands.
We are praying for peace in Mozambique and our hearts mourn for the families who have lost loved ones. Our leadership team is in constant prayer, daily evaluating the situation to determine the best precautions for our staff. Based on the current situation, we feel confident to remain home in Pemba with our missionaries and Mozambican team. However, the government has canceled visas for our Harvest School students for security reasons, and they are having to leave within a few days.
Please pray with us in this troubling time for God's strength for our brothers and sisters living all over our province of Cabo Delgado, that we can all shine more than ever in these dark days. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our admin team in California.
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