THE SEARCH for "HUNGER" -by Andrew Strom. A few years ago I heard my friend David Servant give a teaching which changed my life quite profoundly. He was speaking about the fact that Jesus told His disciples to focus on the "hungry" people and those who 'receive' the message - and literally to leave the others behind. Jesus was actually very insistent on this. He specifically instructed his disciples, "If they do not receive you in this town, shake the dust off your feet and go to the next town" and "Do not cast your pearls before swine". To many of us this is a very radical way of thinking. But it is actually the commandment of God. Why? Because God does not want His servants all over the world to be stuck wasting years and years on "un-hungry" people! He wants them to be productive - to bear much fruit - to be where the hungry ones are who will gladly receive their word. And sometimes whole nations are basically hungry while others are basically sleepy, lukewarm and complacent. We know this from history. Recently while in Wales, David Servant made the same point again in regard to Revival. He pointed out that it is not just Prayer and Repentance preaching that are the main keys to Revival. There must also be a basic HUNGER amongst the people in order for any kind of real Awakening to take hold. Complacency, apathy, materialism and lukewarmness can kill any Revival stone dead - almost before it starts. Sometimes "calamity" must come to produce such a hunger. Other times it has been poverty or war. In the Eastern Bloc countries it was the fall of Communism that produced a massive hunger for a period, and thousands came to the Lord - but this seemed to last only a few years. "Hunger" is certainly a very big key to Revival. Personally, one of the things I try to look for when visiting countries these days is the level of Hunger that seems to prevail in the land. In the last couple of years I have ministered in almost every corner of the Western world - USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe. I always have high hopes that I will find regions of real Hunger - the kind that I often see in the Third World. But sadly this is a rare occurrence in the West. Of course there is a 'remnant' everywhere. And I was encouraged by what I saw in South Africa. But basically we need to face the fact that the West is asleep - barely hungry at all - though there are a few glimmers of hope starting to appear because of the recession. Wales is sadly another example of this - in some ways the saddest of all. 100 years ago Wales was the most alive, hungry, spiritual powerhouse in the world. And yet today the people show little interest, the chapels stand empty, and apathy reigns supreme. We have been going into pubs in Wales, talking to the "common man" about it all. Most have never even heard of the Welsh Revival - and hardly give Christianity the slightest thought. Terribly sad. But we aim to keep our pub ministering up for the six months or so that we are here. Much of the Western world is almost as bad. Lulled to sleep by too much entertainment, comfort and materialism. In Wales many worship football far more fervently than they worship God. So what do we do about all of this? Where do we go? What would God have us doing? For me, Africa is the place of "hunger" that God has been sending me to for year after year. For you it may be someplace else. Pray about it. Don't just sit and "vegetate". God wants you fruitful. He didn't design you to just sit and sit forever. Be up and about the Lord's business! Do you realize that we are living in the most exciting times of Revival that Asia and South America and Africa have ever seen? Get up! Get involved! You are not designed to miss out on this! There is hunger all over the world, and such a terrible shortage of laborers. The call of God is to "Go"! I know that some in the West find pockets of hunger in the prisons or amongst Refugees coming into the country, etc. These may be very good places to check out. But either way we need to start "prioritizing" hunger the way that God prioritizes it. To Him it is of the utmost importance. In fact, it can be the main deciding factor of whether or not He can move powerfully amongst a people. (See the Sermon on the Mount for proof of this in Jesus' words). And so, to conclude, I believe we need to ask ourselves some fairly basic questions - which indeed I have to ask myself also: -Are we focusing our ministry on truly "Hungry" people? -Do we 'move on' as Jesus instructed if a town or people do not receive our word? -Or do we hang on for year after year - sowing our precious seed on hard and crusty soil - which is exactly what Jesus told us NOT to do? May each of us find ourselves in the most productive and fruitful part of God's vineyard that He has chosen for us, my friends. The fields of much of the world are white unto harvest. God bless you all. Andrew Strom.