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Compelled by love: Heidi Baker to speak at new LST lecture

Heidi Baker of Iris Ministries will be coming to London on 6 May to deliver the Inaugural LST Deo-Gloria Lecture ...

This new, free, contemporary lecture hosted by London School of Theology will take place at The Emmanuel Centre in Westminster, London and tickets (which can be booked at are fast selling out.

Entitled Compelled By Love the lecture promises to be an exciting event for all who attend.

Heidi Baker (right) has expressed her excitement at getting to deliver the first ever Deo Gloria Lecture for LST, which is her only UK engagement in 2013 announced so far.

Since its foundation, LST has put on an annual ‘Laing Lecture’, which has provided a forum for the academic exposition of a current Biblical issue. Although immensely successful and well attended year after year, LST is now keen to develop an alternative event alongside the Laing Lecture that would be more contemporary and evangelistic in nature. The Deo Gloria Trust, a grant-making foundation and evangelistic ministry, was approached to fund this vision and their generous support has enabled the event to take place in 2013.

The Deo Gloria Trust (“To God be the Glory” in Latin), seeks to promote the Good News about Jesus Christ and to encourage Christians to share it with others. As well as making grants, the trust produces outreach resources and a follow up service through Contact for Christ and the Christian Enquiry Agency, and is a member of the Evangelical Alliance.

Heidi Baker PhD (born 1959) is a Christian missionary and author, and with her husband Rolland founded IRIS Ministries in 1980, a non-profit Christian ministry dedicated to service among the poor. After 12 years ministering in Asia, they left in 1992 to do their PhDs at King's College London, UK.

In 1995 they started a new ministry to the poor and homeless children in Mozambique. Beginning with nothing, within a matter of months they were given a dilapidated orphanage in Maputo with 80 children. From there, the ministry has expanded to include well-drilling, free health clinics that service the poor and sick, feeding programems, primary and secondary schools, cottage industries and 5000 churches in Mozambique and a total of more than 8,000 churches in over 20 nations.

There are multiple 'bases' with Bible schools, as well as community outreaches and top-ranked public schools. In September 2008 Iris Ministries started a well digging project in Northern Mozambique.

Their ministry is known for its reports of miracles, and in September 2010 the Southern Medical Journal published an article presenting evidence of "significant improvements" in auditory and visual function among subjects exhibiting impairment before receiving prayer from the ministry.

Originally from Southern California, the Bakers are now based full-time in Pemba, Mozambique. They also travel to various places around the world to share their story, and to teach about God's love and what love in action looks like.

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