IS SOUTH AFRICA CLOSE to REVIVAL? -Andrew Strom. I am writing this from Limpopo in South Africa - right near the Zimbabwe border.I have been here for about 10 days so far - ministering in different parts. Ithas been a great visit. The situation here is quite unusual. Of course, South Africa has gone through massive changes in the last 15 years.It used to be the white South Africans who were in charge - ruling the countryand keeping the black people down. But these "apartheid" laws were done away with in 1994 - and now the rulership of the country is basically in black hands. There has been quite a lot of turmoil and difficulty during this transition period - and one of the interesting things that I have noticed is how this hasaffected the white people. A genuine spiritual hunger has been taking hold. People here are very aware of what has been happening to the white farmers inZimbabwe, just to the North. They know that many were forced off their land orkilled - and that Zimbabwe has virtually fallen apart. Even in South Africa many white farmers have been murdered in recent years. And the crime rate hassoared. This "threat" overhanging the country has caused many people to begin crying out to God. There is a spreading spiritual hunger in the land. There is a Scottish farmer here named Angus Buchan who began holding big Christian prayer gatherings around the country. He is a very simple man - not theologically trained - just an ordinary farmer full of faith and of the HolySpirit. Last year Angus held a men's gathering on his farm. They were expectingperhaps 30,000 men. But 60,000 showed up to seek God. This year they expect 200,000. Something is happening in South Africa. People are repenting, recon-ciling - getting right with God. I think it is just in the early stages. When I was in Bloemfontein last week, I was with a man who is leading a growing prayer network in that area. He said he has full permission to go into theHigh Schools and present the whole school with a talk on prayer. He then launches large prayer meetings in each school, where the students cometogether regularly to pray. Blacks praying with whites. Whites praying withblacks. It is awesome. The sense of apathy and complacency that I often see in other Western nationsis simply not present here. The "threat" overhanging the country is too real.The potential crisis is too obvious. And so people pray. And they also becomespiritually "hungry". I wonder what it is going to take to wake up our other Western nations in thisway? What level of "shaking", what level of threat or crisis will it take tofinally cause the West to become spiritually hungry again? We desperately need a wakeup call. And being here in South Africa has shown me yet again how a long grinding crisis is the very thing that is often needed to cure our apathy and lukewarmness. Lord, bring "whatever it takes" to turn us back to you! Thankyou so much for your prayers, my friends. It has been a wonderful trip, with people repenting, getting baptized and also filled with the Holy Spirit.Glory to Jesus! This week I head to Capetown and Western Cape before headingback home. Please pray for my family as I minister here on the other side ofthe world. Thankyou so much and God bless you! Andrew Strom.