He is a third-generation missionary born in China, and raised in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He was greatly influenced by my grandfather, H. A. Baker, who wrote “Visions Beyond the Veil,” an account of the extended visions of heaven and hell that children received in his remote orphanage in southwest China two generations ago.
He began Iris Global in 1980 with his wife Heidi, and has been a missionary for more than thirty years. Since 1995 they have seen a miraculous people movement spread across Mozambique, once one of the poorest and most war-torn countries in the world. Greatly influenced by his grandfather’s experience of revival among poor orphans in China, his ministry emphasizes immediate intimacy with Jesus, a life of utterly-needed miracles, concentration on the humble and lowly, willingness to suffer for love’s sake and the unquenchable joy of the Lord.
He combines a rich background in theological education with practical experience imparting the love of God to the most destitute and forgotten he and his wife could find. Now Iris Global has bases in countries around the world carrying their values with power and simplicity.
Harold Armstrong Baker (1881–1971), known as H.A. Baker, was Rolland Baker's grandfather and an American author and Pentecostal missionary to Tibet from 1911 to 1919, to China from 1919 to 1950, when forced to leave the mainland, and then in Taiwan from 1955 until his death in 1971.
With his wife and co-worker Josephine, he began the Adullam Rescue Mission for street children in Yunnan Province, China. The children in the home, mostly boys aged from six to eighteen, began to have spiritual experiences, claiming to have seen Heaven through a series of visions. These visions were recounted in H.A. Baker's book Visions Beyond the Veil.