NOTE: We had some powerful and real "breakthrough" type meetings in Texas this past week. In fact, James Smith turned up at the last minute and led even more of them after I was gone! -A wonderful time. Thankyou for all your prayers, my friends. ------------------------------------------------------------ WHY a "MOVEMENT"? -Andrew Strom. As you know, we have been discussing the concept of a "movement" on this List lately. The response has been overwhelmingly positive - both at our recent 'John the Baptist' Conference and on this List. I want to tell you, I have NEVER seen this kind of response from "wilderness"-oriented Christians before. For 20 years now I have been involved with these kinds of people. -The kind who are sighing and crying for the 'Real Thing' - and who will NOT settle for anything less. Those who were at the Conference were very much this way. And so I was astounded when they indicated so strongly that they felt God wants us TO DO SOMETHING - ie. something 'CORPORATE'. This is completely unheard-of in my experience with "wilderness" Christians. Could it be that there has been a fundamental change of season this year? Have we turned some kind of corner in the spirit - where things are suddenly different? All I know is that personally, every- thing feels very different to me. And God is putting things together right now in ways that simply were not happening last year. As I said, I have never seen "wilderness" Christians react that way before. Let's face it. Most of us have been in far too many situations where things were supposed to be 'Spirit' but quickly went into the flesh. We want no more "Ishmaels". We want no more "good ideas". We want the real thing or nothing at all. -Which makes it even more astounding that these people are responding the way they are. All I can conclude is that it has to be GOD doing it. One thing I believe we need to be committed to is keeping things as simple as possible - and not getting carried away. We have two pretty basic goals - to 'get people together' and also to "get the message out". Pretty simple and not requiring great "organization"! (-Though it will require some). We want no 'membership signups', no joining fees, no centralized hierarchies, no legalism, no controlling leadership - NONE of that. We simply want to see people connected together, praying together, and to get a 'John-the-Baptist' type message out. That is all. So I have been pondering all of this. And the first step in the process seems fairly straight-forward, really. Clearly, the first thing we need is "facilitators" in each area, to put people in touch with others in that region. And it is very important that these are the right kinds of people - true facilitators and "servant leaders" rather than 'controllers'. I am convinced that there are literally HUNDREDS (probably THOUSANDS) of people on this List who would do a wonderful job of this. I am putting out a separate email in a few days, asking for these kinds of people to contact me. (-Please wait until then before replying!) Read it and see if you are one who could help. Remember, this whole thing involves connecting people together who truly have a heart after God, but who feel very 'alone' right now. Connecting them with others is a wonderful thing - but it requires great sensitivity. I have to say, it is something that I really should have made a priority on this List a long time ago. So finding good 'facilitators' is the first step. -And starting a separate "contact" Email List for each area. What I foresee is that people will suddenly find that there are numerous others in their region who are like-minded in so many ways. They will begin to get together and pray. They may even come together in a nearby city with others at regular intervals. A 'John the Baptist' Conference will be held to make a "loud trumpet call" in that area, and even more like-minded people will come alongside. There will be more and more prayer, and greater opportunity than ever for the church to be challenged with a 'John the Baptist' type message. Whatever happens beyond that is simply up to God. I have to say I am very excited by all this. I truly believe God is the one behind it. All I can ask you to do, my friends, is pray and see if it resonates with what God is saying to you. I know that some people have been so alienated by things in today's "system" that they have become extremely suspicious of anything that gathers people like this. I am very sorry about that - I really am. It is the one thing that saddens me most about the whole "wilderness" movement. But isn't it true that unless there is some kind of 'coming together' at a very basic level, then the whole concept of 'Body' is lost? Surely we have to come together somehow for the Body to even function? I am hoping that even some of these kinds of people will allow for the possibility that God may be the one who is authoring this, and perhaps they should at least keep an open heart. Please keep me in your prayers as this whole thing unfolds, my friends. I want every decision that is made to be a "God" decision and nothing less. There will be an email asking for "Facilitators" and another email about the Conference CD's coming out this week. God bless you all. Kindest regards in Christ, Andrew Strom.