"From GROUND ZERO, Mississippi" - by Andrew Strom. I am writing to you from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, about half a mile from the coast. This area was "Ground Zero" when hurricane Katrina hit, a little over two weeks ago. How can I describe this scene to you? If I go down our street, and turn right, I soon come to the point where a four-lane highway simply drops off the edge of the world into the sea. Between Pass Christian and here, Highway 90 has simply ceased to exist. The wind and the waves took it. I can then go down the beach road for miles in either direction and find nothing but an endless sea of matchwood wreckage - the remains of what were once beachfront homes. Miles and miles and miles of them - almost nothing is left. Very often the concrete slab is all that remains, or a lonely battalion of support pillars, standing like some bizarre latter-day Stonehenge, stark memorials to the day when the elements rose and blew all else away. Back from the beach we see houses that look like they have been crushed by a giant hand, houses that are simply roofs sitting on the ground, houses that have floated down the street into power poles, houses that have been reduced to splinters. It is a scene of complete devastation. Even miles inland, many buildings have been blown apart. The damage path is said to be almost 200 miles wide. Abandoned cars are strewn all over town. Most had floated or submerged - mercedes with toyotas (Katrina was an equal- opportunity destroyer.). There is a boat sitting in the drive- through of the Burger King. All in all, a surreal wasteland that is very difficult to put into words. On a practical level, the things we deal with every day are the fact that everyone's home was completely filled with water and mud. And downed trees are everywhere, all over people's roofs. Even 70 miles away, you will commonly see pine trees that have been snapped partway up like a twig. A lot of owners down here have left, never to return. But still, many remain. And it is these ones that we are here to help and minister to. We are five men from all over the U.S. - Rick from Iowa, Mike and Larry from California, Ernie and myself from Missouri. We arrived here Saturday night in a car and an old R.V. We are here to show the love of Jesus to a hurting and devastated people. We now have a home base at 200 Seminary Drive, in the heart of one of the most needy areas. Every day we send out chainsaw crews to help people with their trees, and to pray with them too. Some people weep when we pray together. The electricity is off at our base, but the water is on. To us, that is a kind of paradise. Around the corner is an official shelter, and across the street are some people living in tents because their home is unlivable. They have a little baby. Across the other road are some people living in a park. The lady says her home is a total loss. We had supper with them last night - a barbecue in the dark, in the middle of a field. It was a blessed time. People's hearts are very open to God here. There is talk of some kind of "Street-Church". When people from outside ask, "What is needed there?" , the answer is NOT clothes or water or food. There is plenty of that down here now. The things this area is lacking now are as follows: (1). Bleach and household cleaners, (2). chainsaws and chainsaw crews, (3). shop-vacs(which can vacuum up water). (4).Buckets, mops, and hard brooms, (5). square shovels, (6). school supplies, (7). bug repellant and sunscreen, (8). bicycles, (9). mobile water tanks, (10). pick-up trucks, (11). anointed handymen and workers. And beyond that, of course one of the greatest needs we have is for YOUR PRAYERS. We have the use of this base for the next three months. We really believe God wants to move in this area. If you feel an inner urging from God to come down and help, then by all means do so.(Bring a tent, sleeping bag, pillow, etc. Also bring your GUITAR if you play.) Streetscape Ministries has been helping us - buying chainsaws and gas, etc. Your donations to them help us adapt to the needs here very quickly. If you feel led, here is their website to donate - http://www.revivalstreet.com/Support.htm They are here for the long haul. By the way, I am out of email range right now. We have sporadic cellphone coverage. Until Friday, our cell here is - (805) 794 6407. (I should have a new number next week). Thank you so much for your prayers, my friends. God bless you all, Andrew Strom.