"WHAT'S the PLAN, ANDREW?" -Andrew Strom. Before I get onto this question, I just want to briefly tell you about the wonderful weekend I just spent in California with a group of young praying radicals (-maybe 20 or so in number). Over the weekend there were several baptisms - in which the young people themselves did the baptizing - and several others got powerfully filled with the Holy Spirit. We had an outreach on Skid Row in Los Angeles (-I have never seen so many homeless people!) and one of the young people cast several major demons out of a crack- addicted man on the streets. We also preached the gospel using Rap music through a small sound system - using each song to preach a different part of the gospel. It was powerfully effective. I have never seen "street music" work so well. All in all, a powerful weekend and a real pointer to what lies ahead. (These youth are all involved in the "Revival Army" movement that is just getting off the ground. -Our 'SWAT'-type uniforms are on order this week). Now, onto my original question - "WHAT'S the PLAN, ANDREW??" I guess a number of people lately have been asking this kind of thing. Is our family moving back to New Zealand, or staying in America? What is our exact direction? And what is this "Revival Army" thing, and on what basis is it being formed? Firstly, let me say that as long as we see real signs of hope for Revival in America, then we are committed to stay. As most of you know, we have certainly had our share of disappointments since we arrived in the USA. The state of things in Kansas City was particularly discouraging. But we are pressing on - in fact with more energy and urgency than ever - just as God is leading us. We love the USA and long to see Revival here. You may have noticed our huge emphasis on PRAYER lately. That is because the hour is so urgent - but also because God is opening big doors in that direction. Long may it continue! Like always in this nation, we will never see real Revival without heart-rending, agonizing prayer. So please believe me when I tell you - We are in no hurry to leave and we don't WANT to leave, and as long as we see real HOPE for Revival, I believe we'll stay. We are also committed to being in the most effective part of the country that God leads us to - even if that means moving around a bit. We homeschool our children (-we have 5 with us), so we can do that. Whatever it takes - that is what we will do. WHAT ABOUT the "STREET ARMY" THING? I guess for those who have been on this List for less than 5 years, I need to explain a bit of the background to this. For almost as long as I have felt called to be a 'Revival' preacher (-which goes back into my teens), I have also carried a vision from God for a "street army" similar to the early Salvation Army of 130 years ago. I don't know why this vision has stayed with me so strongly for so long. (-It has something to do with being a MUSICIAN as well. -We have discussed a coming "street revival music" on this List many times). From the first time I read about the early Salvation Army, and their zeal and anointing on the streets, I felt very deeply that in this movement is found a powerful link to the "last days" army that God would raise up. -I still feel that way. And over the years, God has greatly deepened and expanded that vision. For periods of time I would leave it alone, but it would always come back just as strongly. (-I let it "die" a number of times). In New Zealand we were involved with bands and street-music for many years. (-From this I got involved in video and other media as well - which I always felt would play a big role in things). Street Revival has been a huge emphasis for a very long time. Ex-GANG BANGERS Around 1997 we formed 'Salvation SAS' in New Zealand - which was a street-team of around 12 people that outreached on the streets wearing 'camo' army uniforms. (-Not a good look in America!) We often ministered alongside ex-gang leaders, and the band we formed in this period was called "Gate Crash Hell". We also spread our message using secular television - with a 5-part TV series called "Gate Crash Hell TV" which I wrote and produced. (-We interviewed Christian ex-gang leaders, etc.) Our band played and spoke at several large outdoor events, but God pulled the plug on the whole thing around the year 2000. I received a prophecy from a lady that rang very true - that basically - "Now is not the right time for this army. But one day it will be GOD - and then you will move into it." We still await the complete fulfilment of that word. Since 2001, even though I had basically gotten to the "commercial" level of video production, I have done almost nothing with video. We have also done very little with street-music or "street-army" type of stuff. -Just a "toe in the water" here and there. Every so often something hopeful would happen, and I would test the waters for a bit - but it never turned out to be right. You may remember a couple of years ago with the 'John the Baptist' Conferences and the "Facilitators", etc, that we tried for a time to head in this direction. But again it was not working out, and we abandoned it before too long. (-My sincere apologies again to all concerned). Even though this whole vision is a major calling on my life, I have been through so many discouragements with it that I have tended to "walk with a limp" over the whole thing. It actually gave me a whole new understanding of that Scripture, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick"! But I had to realize too that a time of waiting and preparation and "death" is essential to the whole process. And there have certainly been 'deaths' with this one! So what makes this time different, then? Why do I have hopes for the "Revival Army" that is currently being formed? -Well, one of the major reasons is that this time we are beginning with a core group of young people who genuinely move in the POWER OF THE SPIRIT. They PRAY in the power of the Holy Spirit, they PREACH in the power of the Holy Spirit, and they see SIGNS & WONDERS on the streets by the power of the Holy Spirit. -That is a lot different to what we have started with before. Also, "TIMING" is a huge thing. Can you imagine a street movement ministering to the homeless and the gangs and the poor with a piercing 'repentance' gospel - with street-music and healings and deliverances flowing - and with a totally "militant" attitude against the works of darkness? Can you imagine street-videos and street-music and the Internet being used to spread this message far and wide? We need to be MISSIONARIES to our own country. We need to adapt to the language and the culture better than we ever have before - without altering our message one bit. That is what the early Salvation Army did, and that is what we have to do. We have to be MISSIONARIES to America. -And believe me, if we can imagine an army like that, then the devil can too - and it is his worst nightmare come true. -Which is why I ask you all to bathe this whole thing in PRAYER, my friends. -This is so crucial. One of the things we feel led to do this year is to hold "PRAYER AND REVIVAL"-type conferences all over North America. We have recently purchased a 15-passenger van so we can travel with these young people far and wide. (-More on these Conferences later). Meantime, please keep all of this in your PRAYERS, my friends. As I said, the devil will not be taking an "army" like this lying down. Thankyou so much, and here's to a wonderful 2007. [Discuss this article on the forum at- http://www.revivalschool.com ] God bless you all, -Andrew Strom.