TO GO HOME or NOT?? - Please read to the end. -Andrew Strom. My family and I have spent much of the last six months pondering and praying over whether our time in America is up - and whether it is time to return to our homeland of New Zealand. It has been such a big decision that we didn't want to take it lightly. 3 1/2 years is a long time to be away from home. -Almost all our relatives are there and our son is about to be married. We also have many ministry opportunities in that region. We came within a hair's breadth - our tickets were booked and everything. But at the eleventh hour God strongly confirmed to us that we need to stay - at least a while longer. (Perhaps much longer - who knows?). But our ministry approach needs to change in a couple of important ways. -One of these is in the use of "names". FORGETTING "NAMES" I am often accused of being 'changeable' in things. But if you have followed our ministry for some time, you will realize that this is not actually true. All the major things I stand for today - and talk about constantly - are the same things I have stood for right from the beginning of my public ministry 14 years ago (-and earlier). We have had a heavy 'street revival' and repentance and prayer emphasis for over 20 years, an emphasis on the "true gospel", 'street music', a need for massive "CHANGE" in the church (-back to Apostolic Christianity), etc,- all of this for decades. Even our emphasis on the value of a "wilderness experience" goes back 20 years. But what has changed at times is the "shells" that we have been involved with in seeking the fulfilment of these things. As you know, we have been involved with several "movements" or 'shells' that after awhile we felt the need to leave behind. (-Much like a lot of people). But that did not change what we were seeking the whole time - True New Testament Christianity. Our search for this has never changed and never will. And lately I have been thinking - perhaps we need to simply get rid of the "shells" altogether. -And simply be Christians seeking true apostolic Christianity together. As you know, in the last 8 months we have been working with a number of wonderful street preachers and zealous young praying Christians from California and Detroit. -We were working together on a thing called "Revival Army". But one of the realizations that has been growing in many of us is that we need to drop the 'name' - in fact, all "labels" - and simply "be" the church - the body of Christ - seeking the lifestyle of Jesus together. (-Though certainly continuing to do all the New Testament things that we were doing). Who needs a 'name' when we can simply be followers of Jesus? "OPEN HOME" in CALIFORNIA In two weeks our family moves to Riverside, California - where a group of these young people are based. Our family is renting a 2700-sq-ft home so we can house extra people. And the Detroit street-preachers (and their families) are also relocating to Riverside. (-I regard these guys as the most effective street evangelists that I have yet found - healings, deliverances and all). There is a "gathering" going on, and I believe it comes from God. Skid Row is within range, and our focus will be on ministering to the poor and living a true "New Testament" lifestyle together. In California we aim to run our house as an "open home" - a place of love and training where Christians can come and stay and experience a New Testament-like atmosphere - ministering to the poor, sharing and praying and fellowshipping together. (-Similar to the Katrina base in Mississipi - with 2-week stints, etc). I believe there will be an open invitation to everybody on this List - but that is at least a few weeks away yet. (-Please watch for it). But in the meantime, we would greatly appreciate your prayers, my friends. And please send me feedback on all of this. I would personally love to hear your thoughts. Here is my email- prophetic@... God bless you all, Andrew Strom.