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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 13:21:28 -0600
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.

-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.

-by J.D.

As I stood upon the sands of Bay St. Louis... as far as I could see
up and down the coastline, people’s 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 God’s 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].