GOD is SENDING US OVERSEAS -by Andrew Strom. I have really dreaded making this announcement. I was originally going to entitle it "God is Sending us Home", because it is certain that our beloved homeland of New Zealand is our first stop. But as I said a week ago, the call to Africa and the Third World is very strong, and I do not know how much longer God will even have us remain in the West. We have been pondering and praying over this move home for a long time. We have lived in the USA for over 4 years and we know that God brought us here for a purpose, so we have certainly not been in any hurry to leave. In fact, we thought we would be staying. But on my most recent ministry trip to the Midwest, I finally received a very strong and definite confirmation that we are to return "Down Under". So, dear friends, we depart in a matter of days. I know some of you will be sad and disappointed - even angry - at this decision. I am very sorry - truly. But at the end of the day, we have to obey the Lord. Perhaps some of those who have had to move across continents or into other nations will understand. It is never an easy thing to do - especially with five children. I remember just before my first trip to America in 2003, God actually gave me a message while I SLEPT - which had never happened before. It was about the "windows of Revival" which open in America roughly every 50 years - and how disastrous it would be if America "missed her next window". When I awoke I went and checked the history books - and there it was! - A 50-year cycle of Awakenings in America - going back 250 years. And they were due for the next one right then! How disastrous it would be if they missed it. And so, on my first trips to America, that is just what I preached. -A very serious and urgent warning that I believe came directly from God Himself. And now here I am five years later, called by God to leave one of the nations in the world that I have loved the most. We came here longing to see America come into her next Awakening, but now we leave wondering what on earth is going to happen. For years we spent our time urging the people to PRAY, exhorting the preachers to return to a piercing message of holiness and Repentance. My friends, has it all been in vain? (And we will CONTINUE to send out articles and audios and so-on with that same cry, and we will CONTINUE to run the Phone Prayers, etc. But now it will have to be from a distance, for God will no longer allow us to remain). I fear that a terrible "breaking" must come upon this land before she will listen - for like Israel she has become far too comfortable to even stir herself. I greatly fear that God is about to remove most of this "comfort" - the hard way. And the same applies to much of the Western World - including New Zealand. Complacency and apathy have robbed our affluent nations of their urgency and spiritual hunger. And they are about to pay a terrible price. This is yet another reason for us to return "Down Under" at this moment - to prepare there for what is coming. New Zealand and Australia will by no means escape. Perhaps one day God will allow us to return to the USA to minister. I simply do not know. But please be assured, this is not our "abandonment" of America. Our website and this List and the Friday "Pray-A-Thons" will all continue to beam across this nation just as before. You cannot get rid of us that easily! (The List will take a one week break before resuming). I want to take this opportunity to thank and bless all those who have prayed and supported our ministry in various ways during our time here. Thankyou so much, my friends, and may the Lord bless and keep every one of you during these perilous days. I love you all. kindest regards in Christ, Andrew Strom.