Zimpeto 20 Years Later, the Mission Remains the Same

When Heidi and Rolland Baker first settled in Mozambique, they settled in the capital of Maputo to begin the work of the Gospel buried deep in their hearts. They started several bases including the one at Zimpeto. It would be the place the Bakers began to reinforce the Stop for the One lifestyle by pulling kids from the trash heap, showering them with love, and showing them the power of Jesus Christ.

At the most, Zimpeto housed over 500 children, and today is it home to just over 200 children. Their are several reasons the number of children has declined in ZImpeto, and all of them are good. 

We've seen a relatively long period of peace and political stability in Mozambique after years of violent conflict. We believe this peace is partially due to the work the Lord has done through the people in Mozambique. As such we see less orphaned children than we did before. 

In addition to social and political stability, we at Iris Global and Stop for the One have adapted our approach to serve the needs of Zimpeto and their children. In addition to caring for children we also focus on what will empower the community to keep families intact. We have seen considerable fruit in our schools as we provide a safe environment for our children to learn and grow in Jesus. 

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Introducing Iris Kenya's Village of Peace Project

Introducing Iris Kenya's Village of Peace Project


Take a quick peek into how Stop for the One is helping to fulfill the call of the Gospel in word and action in Kenya! The Village of Peace Project focuses on eliminating the educational roadblocks many children face in Kenya. Watch the video to see how this happens.

Iris Kenya Village of Peace Project

Iris Kenya Village of Peace Project

The main focus of the Iris Kenya Village of Peace Project is to empower this village to break away from this cycle of poverty and despair by educating the children. We will set up projects that empower and encourage self-sustainability, teaching the unemployed skills, such as sewing and organic farming - skills they will be able to use at home and to earn an income.

Inside the Pemba Classroom!

Stop for the One exists to glorify Jesus and express His love to the poor, broken, and forgotten. God has called us to stop for the one in front of us. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Daily we see the simple power of love transform lives. In our latest video we see how He is instilling hope and vision in the children at Escola Comunhão na Colheita. 

Children in Mozambique face a variety of hurdles which make the pursuit of an education difficult. Years of civil unrest and natural disasters have limited educational opportunities, and most children cannot afford to attend school. Of the students who do attend classes, many are under prepared as they lack proper supplies needed to be successful in the classroom. Adequate nutrition is also a concern as many children do not have enough food to maintain the necessary energy to stay focused on their work.

Through Stop for the One and our generous supporters Jesus is working to change the destiny of thousands of children in Pemba, Mozambique. The Escola Comunhão na Colheita currently teaches over 3,500 students every day. Our sponsorship provides each student with the tools and nutrition to be successful in the classroom. We are honored to be a part of what Jesus is doing in their lives.

Enjoy this powerful video to get a better glimpse into what Jesus in these precious children!

Click below to learn more about each class and how you can help reach a million kids!