REPORT on 'THE GATHERING' in Blue Springs. -Andrew Strom. We spent a wonderful Independence weekend with saints gathered from Ohio, Florida, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Alabama, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nabraska and all kinds of places - including a man from New Zealand! The weather was generally very good (-many people were praying!) though we had a few worrying moments on Saturday morning. Despite the fact that there were so many groups of people from different states, this was not a "massive" crowd. We were able to get to know quite a number and fellowship together. The great thing was that it brought a REALITY to the concept of 'Outdoor church'. This is something that becomes so much more logical and "obvious" when you actually see it happening. One local youth leader told me that it had really crystalized a lot of thinking that he had been doing about all the issues we have discussed lately. He said that it is one thing to TALK about these things - it is another to actually SEE an 'alternative way' demonstrated before your eyes. It makes you think in a whole different way. We had communion together in the park, which was wonderful, and during that period we had an 'open mic' time where quite a number of people shared insights that God had given them on various topics. I always love these times of sharing. WHERE TO NOW? I truly believe we are all in the middle of a "change of season" where many that have been hidden are about to come into the open, and many who have been in the 'wilderness' for years are being brought to a "crossing of the Jordan". It is a time of transition into a 'new phase' or a new thing. I really sensed this strongly over the weekend amongst the people there. They were from every kind of background, but I could see this similarity amongst them. -We are all facing this challenge together. Bryan Hupperts spoke over the weekend from the verse, "Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved?" -A Scripture that very obviously points to this transition occurring. There were a number of messages over the weekend that I feel many on this List would be interested in hearing. I plan to put out two CD's crammed with approx 160 mins of audio from this conference - including Bryan's message on 'The Wilderness', my own message on 'The Elijah's of God' and our African brother Lawrence Banda's fiery preaching on the 'John the Baptists' - which we all found inspiring. As always, these CD's will be available simply for 'postage money' or "any donation". I will let you know further details next week. For us personally, we are going to continue 'OUTDOOR CHURCH' at the same park every Sunday afternoon. There are a number of people from all kinds of backgrounds who are excited about what God wants to do. If anyone wants to join us, we will be at 'Railroad Park' in Blue Springs (MO) each Sunday afternoon at 12:30pm. Thus, we are in 'transition' into something new ourselves! Thankyou so much for all your prayers, my friends. It was a wonderful weekend. God bless you all! Kindest regards in Christ, Andrew Strom.