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Surprise Sithole
International Director of Pastors, Iris Ministries

Surprise “Supressa” Sithole was called by the Lord Jesus Christ at a young age of 15 when the Lord told him to leave everything behind, follow Jesus and preach the gospel wherever he went. Leaving his family and all possession, he took up his cross to follow Jesus wherever He goes and has never looked back since. In 1997, God sovereignly connected Surprise with Heidi and Rolland Baker of IRIS Ministries. Surprise now serves as the International Director of Pastors for IRIS Ministries where he helps oversee the rapidly spreading revival in southern African which has witnesses close to 7,000 new churches being birthed since 2000.



Surprise is married to Tryphina and they have four sons and foster another boy who was abandoned at a local hospital. Tryphina equally is ablaze with the fire of God! She serves as the advisor to Michaels Childrens Village and also oversees several ministries to women within the church and community.



Surprise and Tryphina love Jesus more than life itself. This all consuming passion drives them to the darkest and most unreached areas of the world with one desire alone - to see the glory of the Lord cover the earth as the waters cover the sea (Hab 2:14). With a special impartation to catalyze revival fire all over the world, Surprise is often sent by the Bakers to stir an unquenchable hunger for Him and the harvest. The Sithole’s live in Mbombela/Nelspruit, South Africa where they direct the work of IRIS-Africa and Partners In Harvest.