[anzac] SADLY WE DEPART THESE SHORES - Andrew Strom

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2008 21:03:58 -0800
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.