3 WEEK Break: -This List will be "on holiday" over the next few weeks and will return in January 2005. "WHAT A YEAR!!" -by Andrew Strom. I had no idea back in January that this year would be one of the most controversial and event-filled periods that I have yet seen. But it certainly has been. After making a definite decision at the end of 2003 to shift our family to America, it was like a whirlwind how fast things came together. Just two months later we were living in Kansas City - having sold everything we could in New Zealand and shifting our six children halfway around the world. WHAM! BAM! God does not waste time when He is on the move. (-This was after years and years of feeling called to the USA, but the doors remaining closed). Within months this List became embroiled in a huge controversy about the "NINE LIES" series that I published - based on the fact that even our best churches today are light-years away from the Book of Acts - and that many "lies" still dominate our thinking. What a storm that caused! But even that paled alongside the "shaking" that came with my announcement in November that I was "LEAVING THE PROPHETIC MOVEMENT". I have never seen such a reaction. But in the end, even for people who disagreed, I believe this "shaking" was good and necessary. It caused a lot of people to think and pray about a number of urgent issues. And ultimately I believe it was the right thing to do. I am very much looking forward to the "JOHN THE BAPTIST" Conference that we are holding in early March. Somehow I believe that this will be another 'step forward'. Who knows what God has got planned? There are a number of things that I see developing and I believe that 2005 is going to be a tremendous year of shaking and change. This 'shaking' has been underway for some time, and I believe it is going to reach earth-shattering proportions before it ends. What we are seeing now is just a glimpse of that. We are entering the 'Valley of Decision' and many will be forced to DECIDE. As Jesus Himself stated, "I come not to bring peace, BUT A SWORD". And bringing a 'sword' to any situation is bound to "hurt" - and to appear "divisive" - but God has done this right down through history. In fact, it could be argued that a prophet's true role is to bring a 'sword' - to 'pierce' with truth and cause people to jump one way or the other. -"Why halt ye between two opinions?" I am looking forward to next year very much. But in the meantime I am hoping for a genuine rest. My hands have "Carpel Tunnel" syndrome very badly (-which caused me to leave the Computer Industry some years ago). They are very sore - and any typing on the computer makes them ache - sometimes my whole arm. This can be a real nightmare for someone who runs an Email List! I am hoping that a holiday away from the computer will help. A huge THANKYOU to all those wonderful people who have prayed and supported us in various ways this year. We feel truly blessed to have the support of such a wonderful group. For those who wish to pray for our family, my wife's name is Jacqui and our children are: Reuben (17 yrs), Benjamin (15), Jasmine (12), Kirsten (10), Holly (5) and Hope (3). -Thankyou so much. Regarding the Conference, we will be publishing details of hotels and motels, etc, in early January so that people have plenty of time to book. CONFERENCE DATES: March 4-6, 2005. Entry is NO CHARGE. SPEAKERS: David Ravenhill, Lawrence Banda, Andrew Strom, Doug Perry, James Smith + more. Have a wonderful holiday, my friends. God bless you all. Kindest regards in Christ, Andrew Strom.