From: Andrew Strom. Dear friends, hope you are all well. I said last week after my return from the USA that I would publish a fuller account of my USA trip - so here it is. It was an amazing time and I could really feel that people were praying. Thankyou so much because your prayers made a huge difference. Just as had been prophesied to me before I left home, on this trip my preaching went to new levels that I have never experienced before. As I wrote last week, In New Zealand most of the time I minister as a 'prophetic teacher' more than anything. But in the USA there were virtually whole sermons at times when I was in "thundering prophet" mode - and it felt so anointed it just seemed to sweep the people along. (-This was particularly true of my first night in Nashville - when a holy anger came upon me for all the deception and lukewarmness in the church. That night was a night to remember! I have preached anointed sermons before, but I have never "thundered" a message like that. There was such a boldness on me that I almost frightened myself! I feel that this is a new level of authority in my preaching that I need to continue in, and even flow in more strongly. Even though it was an incredibly "hard word", people truly received it - because it had the Holy Spirit upon it very strongly. We opened up the microphone afterwards and many came forward to cry out in prayer and repentance over the state of the church. Quite a powerful night. I am hoping to make the tapes of these USA meetings available before long. There were three meetings that I felt were particularly powerful. I pray that this is just the beginning of a whole new realm of "prophet-like" authority in my ministry. Another thing that God confirmed to me is that my burden for Kansas City (-which I have carried now for 10 years) really is from Him. And it is time to act upon it. I met some wonderful saints in KC who confirmed a lot of things to me. Jacqui and I have been discussing for years whether God wants us based in the USA - specifically Kansas City. If you have been on this List for awhile you will already be aware of how long we have been talking about this. Since I have been back I have been talking with my family about shifting over there in December this year - if a visa or Green Card can somehow be obtained. (-It seems that we need a US ministry that is willing to 'sponsor' us into the country. -Quite a big deal). If you have any insights into this area, my friends, then please let me know? We would greatly value your prayers about this, because we need a miracle to get through the US immigration minefield. And because we have six children it is expensive as well! But I truly feel that it is time to go forward in God. If He is in it then He will show the way. The USA tends to bring out the "prophet" in me because I have to say I have never felt such deception on such a widespread scale as in the US church. It is truly shocking - it really is. The prophetic movement and the charismatic movement seem to me to be rife with deception and lukewarmness - of all kinds. It shocked me deeply. When I came back to New Zealand it was just about all I could think about. I had been aware of it from afar, but witnessing it for myself was worse than I was ready for. It is almost as if the church has been blinded and "given over to believe a lie". It is that bad. And we in New Zealand follow the lead of the American church! (-Which is something I spoke about quite a bit - the special responsiblity that the US has before God, because the whole Western world follows her lead - including the church). Everywhere I went when I preached on these things there were many "Amens" and nods of agreement. Americans are aware that all this is true - and strangely they seem to appreciate someone bringing a "hard word" to tell things the way they are and call for repentance. I tell you, the Prophetic movement has a lot to answer for - because they really have not preached this way in America as they should have. It could be argued that the church is lukewarm because her prophets are lukewarm. I spoke on this also. And the need for new "John the Baptists" to arise. (-The church needs them so badly - I am convinced they are coming. But will their words be heeded?) All in all it was an amazing trip - the beginning of a whole new era in my ministry, I feel. As I said earlier, I will make the preaching tapes available - because I have simply never heard myself preach like I did on this trip. Long may it continue. -The "thunderings" of God. Thankyou again for your prayers, my friends. Please keep praying for us if you can at this time? I will let you know any further developments. And please contact me if you have any input on our "immigration" situation? God bless you all! Kindest regards in Christ, Andrew Strom.