Iris Ministries Canada is passionate to see more of the Kingdom of God brought to this earth, most especially by caring for the poor, the broken, the lost and the forgotten.
We all have been deeply touched and drawn by the love and the ministry that flows out through the greater Iris family network. We are watching amazed as the Lord provides all that we need, and learning as never before that truly, because Jesus died, there will always be enough. It is on this foundational truth that IMC rests.
Janis first heard about the ministry in Mozambique in 1998, and was immediately drawn to the ways in which the Spirit was at work in southern Africa. In 1999 she and her family spent time in South Africa and came home knowing that the Lord had intimately connected her heart to the people of this nation.
“Seeing and touching the love of God poured out on the poorest of the poor, on the sick and the hungry, knowing Jesus is close to the weak and the broken, and receiving the love that flows out through these precious ones, has forever changed me and challenged me to live a life that stops for the one. It is my great privilege and joy to be part of what the Lord is purposing."
During a visit to TACF in 1999, John and his wife Dawn were impacted when they first heard Rolland and Heidi share about the way God was pouring out His love on the people of Mozambique. Their interest continued to deepen through contact with the Bakers at further conferences, and especially as they read Rolland's newsletters.
In 2002, receiving the Lord's response to a previous suggestion from Rolland, the Redworths traveled to Mozambique so John could teach at the Zimpeto Bible school. As John was ill for two of their three-week visit, he expressed his concern to Heidi that he had achieved little during his time in Maputo. Heidi's response was that he was really there for impartation. How right she was! On his return to Canada, John realized that he had received a depth of God's compassion for the African people so much greater than anything he'd experienced in the 25 years he had lived in Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. Now he cannot think of Africans without being stirred deep in his heart and spirit. The Redworths have since returned to South Africa several times, to teach at the Iris Bible school near White River.
John is both a chartered accountant and ordained minister, and has, in his semi-retirement, joyfully assisted in the creation and administration of Iris Ministries Canada. John brings to IMC some understanding of the needs of missionaries, having served briefly with his wife Dawn as missionaries in Singapore and Indonesia.
Jim and his wife Donna first heard and met the Bakers at a conference in Toronto in 1998. They were deeply impacted by Rolland and Heidi’s passion for Jesus Christ and their hearts for helping the poorest of the poor in Mozambique.
Their immediate response was a desire to visit Mozambique to see and share in what the Bakers were doing there. That opportunity finally came in 2004 when Jim and his daughter Nancy visited the Zimpeto Children's Centre in Maputo. Jim, Donna, and two of their children returned to Maputo in July 2005. Through the ministry trips to the dump, the streets, the jails and hospitals their eyes were opened and their hearts broken. They fell in love with Africa and especially with the beautiful people of this nation.
Jim is a lawyer. He and Donna have three children.
Because Jim began encountering needy widows and youth in his law practice, the Andersons began a ministry to widows, orphans and the poor by establishing a charitable foundation in 1978.
Jim welcomes the opportunity to serve on the IMC board because he believes this ministry really fulfills the Lord Jesus’ heart for the lost and broken.
"He defended the cause of the poor and needy and so
all went well; is that not what it means to know me,
declares the Lord." Jeremiah 22:16