ANDREW STROM: None of us had any idea when we first drove down to help and minister in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, that our base would still be there five months later! I am as surprised as anyone. We did not even think we would HAVE a base - we were just following God's leading and reaching out to people. But amazing things began to happen. We were just 5 guys in a car and an old RV. But God can take and use the most humble beginnings. I was only in Mississippi (at Katrina 'Ground Zero') for 2 weeks - just long enough to set up the base and start helping and praying with people. I left Rick Walth in charge - and a lot of powerful things have happened in the last 5 months. Below is his latest update. ---------------------- HEALINGS in MISSISSIPPI -Rick Walth. It has been such a long time since I have given an update from Katrina ground zero. The reason is every time I sit down to put into words what God is doing here, I feel that any words I use to try to express the awesomeness of God's presence would only belittle His majesty. Today God told me to sit down and type and He would say what He wants to say. Five months after coming to Bay St. Louis, MS to pray with people for one week we are still here. We have had the pleasure of being the hands and feet of Jesus in gutting out over 100 homes, praying with thousands, rebuilding some 25 plus homes so far with literally 100's of work orders to complete, having true revival meetings every night in direct relation to New Testament Christianity where people get healed, baptized in the Holy Spirit, saved, converted, fed, clothed, and loved. God is shaking the tree and all the rotten fruit that is caught up in doctrinal, denominational unbelief with self seeking, self centered, and prideful motives is falling to the ground to be trampled - but the good fruit of love, compassion, unity, and selflessness is hanging strong with the stem that holds it to the branch gaining strength every day. This is demonstrated by the actions and desires of the volunteers who come to serve and leave totally changed and transformed. They know when they leave that they need to do more than whatever it was they were doing before they came. When people come here and see all the brokenness and devastation, their hearts break too and they just see the need to do more. Some feel the need to come back with more people, some feel the need to go home and clean out their closets, garages, and storage sheds and give to the needy, and some feel the need to do more at home to help the broken in their own communities I want to tell you about one volunteer named Redd. Some of you who have been here in the last 9 or so weeks know who he is. Redd came here from Houston for one reason; to serve his God and to help people. No one I have ever met has more compassion in their heart for people then Redd. Redd is remarkable, you see he was a paraplegic. He had no feeling from his waist down since he got shot in the spine 13 years ago. There is no job he cannot do. He gets out of his wheel chair and crawls around hanging dry wall, scrubbing floors, mudding and taping dry wall, or just whatever his hands find to do. We have prayed for Redd since he got here that God would have mercy on him and give him his legs back. Redd always says that he is content in the Lord with or without the use of his legs. A few weeks ago the Spirit of God touched Redd and he started getting feeling back in his lower section and in a short period of time he was able to walk a few steps with the use of crutches. This last Saturday God spoke to Redd and told him to "take up his bed and walk". Redd got out of his wheel chair and walked 8 and a half blocks to the beach!! He now is walking everywhere he goes rejoicing in the Lord. This is just one of many physical healing we have seen here - such as diabetes being completely cured, the blind seeing, allergies cured, cancer cured, and high blood pressure completely taken away. Why is this happening here? Because people come here to give and not receive. This is the most pleasing attitude we can have for God. Below is an email I received from a brother in Pittsburg who came last week to serve. It touched my soul deeply and I want to share it with you. "MY TRIP to BAY ST. LOUIS" -by J.D. As I stood upon the sands of Bay St. Louis... as far as I could see up and down the coastline, peoples homes and people lives were all washed out into the ocean. Leaving nothing, but broken dreams, broken hearts, and shattered lives. I was blown away by the power of Hurricane Katrina. And I was also blown away by the images that I saw down in Bay St. Louis. Katrina left behind a wasteland of destruction that TV. cannot show you. As I sat in the van we drove down streets and the things that my eyes saw just broke my heart, tears filled my eyes and left me speechless. The only thing that was left standing were pipes coming out of the ground that once were connected to many homes that were completely swept away. Cars were scattered all over the place, trees were scattered all over the place like tooth picks. So much loss! So much destruction! Tears were in my eyes as I saw more than physical destruction - for I can only wonder at all the broken hearts and broken dreams, and the many shattered lives that Hurricane Katrina has left behind. For those that survive the winds of Katrina this nightmare will be forever etched into their minds. These people will live to tell the tale of what they went through and how God helped many of them in their time of need. Many said that they would never go back. If you saw what I saw you could understand why. But their remains a core of people in Bay St Louis and up and down the Gulf Coast who will remain. These people believe that God in time will heal their land and heal their broken hearts and God will do that and God is doing that right now! Even as I write to you, the Spirit of God is moving in a mighty way up and down the Gulf Coast touching lives, healing lives, and changing lives. Yes! The winds and the surge of Katrina killed, stilled and destroyed, but now there is a surge of the Spirit of God moving across our land as Gods Holy Spirit is gathering his people to answer the call of love! To go and be the hands and feet of Jesus, to have a chance to pray with a broken heart, a chance to pray for physical healing, a chance to share the gospel with the lost. So many needs but the laborers are few... [To CONTACT Rick Walth about going down or helping in some way- Rick Walth- 712-726-3044 or 605-261-1580].