Descent Into Darkness And The New Orleans Paradox

Chad Taylor


"Your children will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as the people who rebuild their walls and cities..." (Isa 58:12 NLT)

Our second trip into the Gulf Coast region and more specifically New Orleans can only be described as a slow descent down a ladder into gross darkness. As we entered the Mississippi region and crossed through Biloxi and Gulf Port and began our journey into Louisiana it was surreal and extremely difficult to grasp the magnitude of the disaster we were facing. It was only after we left the region and began our travels home for more supplies did it begin to hit me. When we crossed the Causeway bridge over Lake Pontchartrain and entered Jefferson Parrish and the city of New Orleans we took a quantum leap from normality and predictability into tragedy and catastrophe in a blink of an eye. It was like a bomb had went off and we were climbing out of our insulated "bomb shelters" called our personal lives and seeing what the real world now looked like. Everything was marked by the hurricane from the road signs to the light pole - nothing was spared or unscathed by its wrath. Steel bill board signs with a 10 ft. girth were snapped like twigs. Businesses and entire cities were folded up like an old newspaper and thrown away. In many places nothing is left. Nothing.

The closer you approached the downtown area of New Orleans the tangible reality of darkness and death permeated the air - literally. The smell alone was shocking as we drove down the streets lined with empty houses and boarded windows. Patrols of military troops dotted every corner and an army of vehicles attempting to restore some semblance of humanity raced down the streets. Displaced people stared at us like robots waiting for a meal, a bottle of water or any glimmer of hope. We visited two major hubs of distribution; Victory Fellowship and Riverside Baptist Church and the mountain of donations was impressive. Little do most know though how quickly this mountain will dwindle as thousands try to re-enter a city that at this point is uninhabitable both naturally and spiritually. It is said that the public conscious lasts about 3 weeks and the danger is, that far before the rebuilding of New Orleans supernaturally and naturally occurs, the momentum currently being sustained by donations from all over the world will lose it's steam thus creating a vacuum that the very much present evil is intent on filling. Look at it like this relating to the massive aid and clean up of New Orleans and you will foresee the danger that's now facing us, "When an unclean spirit goes out of a man (or a city?), he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation..." (Matt. 12:43-45). The enemy desires to raise from the ashes of this devastation something even more corrupt and wicked than it was previously. If all that the enemy finds once the dust settles and the public awareness shifts is a city, "empty, swept, and put in order..." we have utterly failed in our attempt to help as sincere as our efforts may be.

Step back with me for a minute and ponder this: New Orleans's crime rate is ten times the national average, affluent corporations and businesses have fled New Orleans years ago because of the internal corruption and controversy always orbiting around the city. Just weeks before Katrina, federal officials indicted associates of the former mayor, for alleged kickbacks and contract fraud and the state ranks third in the number of elected officials convicted of crimes. Recent scandals include the conviction of 14 state judges and an FBI raid on the business and personal files of a Louisiana congressman. The Daily News goes on to note that in the 1990s the New Orleans Police Department "had the dubious distinction of being the nation's most corrupt police force and the least effective: the city had the highest murder rate in America. More than 50 officers were eventually convicted of crimes including murder, rape and robbery; two are currently on Death Row." Yearly New Orleans celebrates one of the most pagan demoralizing events in the world; Mardi Gras. By mid-August of this year, 192 murders had been committed in New Orleans, 'nearly 10 times the national average'. The New Orleans "southern decadence" festival which was to take place Labor Day weekend is described as a extreme gay celebration rivaling Mardi Gras and was only interrupted by Hurricane Katrina...

No doubt this is a major cleansing and purging by the Lord but the paradox is this: It also sets the stage for the most extreme move of God in America's history as well if we can fill the void with much, much more than cases of water and canned food. We need to move now into this vacuum and fill the air with worship and intercession 24 hrs. a day - seven days a week. But will we? We are so conditioned as a church entity to simply write a check and wash our hands leaving the dirty work to someone else that we run the great peril that New Orleans will not be revived then what is all of our efforts then? We have watched the ship of revival pass us time and time again namely Sept. 11th and the attacks on New York City. This created a public awareness of God that is unrivaled in American history and yet after a few months to a year it faded from our memory to become an epitaph on a stone memorial. The church failed to fill the spiritual vacuum created by it thus the enemy discovered that America was, "empty, swept, and put in order..." but not revived thus creating a compounded problem that we are facing now in the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. Remember this, New York is not immune to another attack the enemy is plotting and planning something much more evil and devastating right now for New York and only our sustained and perpetual prayers will stop it. This applies to New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast territory as well, hurricanes will stack up like a deck of cards on one of Biloxi's river boats until the church learns to leap from the steps of complacency and stand in the gap with "prayers without ceasing" and sinners repent of their sin and turn to the living God. But contemplate this, "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?" (Rom 10:14-15). We must act now or forever bear this countries darkest days that await her if the Church does not move now...

We have a plan. After two trips into this devastated area we are convinced that we could accommodate teams that could arrive from around the nation to pray, fast, worship and seek the Lord for true restoration and revival. Envision this... a small to medium tent with tables and chairs with teams from all points and providences praying and seeking the Lord for New Orleans with 24 hr. recorded and live worship. Envision this... a flat-bed truck trailer hosting worship bands publicly and openly worshiping the Lord for all to hear powered by gas generators filling the ravaged air with praise. Envision this... Teams stationed and ready to invade the streets with the love of God from this "worship and intercession base camp" bringing thousands of souls to Jesus. Envision this... healing and prophetic teams ready and prepared to administer the healing power of God to broken bodies and hearts and compelling them to move on with God's destiny for their lives. Envision this... having motor homes and other means of accommodating the teams in New Orleans and possibly a church or other sort of building to sustain this 24 hrs. a day 7 days a week worship and prayer in the very thick of the gross darkness and hopelessness. I tell you this it can happen if we can raise the standard and grasp the possibilities presented to us by the Lord and reach higher than we ever have as individuals and a church. Consuming Fire and many of our friends and even people we have never met are poised and in position to accomplish such a feat, are you ready to try?

We already have use of a 34' class A motor home, a 5 ton trailer for the commercial generator and gas supply (we currently need this size of generator if anyone can donate or let us use), and an enclosed 10X 5 trailer to transport supplies into and around New Orleans (we need something bigger or more of the same). Enterprise Rent-a Car has been incredibly gracious to give us almost 50% off the trucks we've used to travel with supplies from Southwest Georgia into these areas of destruction but we will be hard pressed to continue to pay over $250 dollars a week to travel and stay in New Orleans, we need to concentrate our prayers and efforts and secure a 4-door newer to new pick-up and/or larger SUV. It is critical we take hold of this in the spirit and allow it to manifest in the natural now. Any and all creative ideas small or large will not go unnoticed or considered. Please respond. I am convinced somebody reading this has the means even as Joseph had to fill the storehouses in Egypt to make this happen. We stand waiting and ready for this answer to prayer for the appropriate vehicle(s) to convoy to New Orleans and possess the land. We are giving our life to see America revived, this is not a mere charity drive it is a precipice of impossible possibilities that looms before us like a Titanic, will we sink or rise Church? Will we respond or fall back under the peer pressure of religion and continue the gamble of Sunday morning church and the revolving doors of conferences as epic disasters line up on our hallowed shores? What will we do in this hour? New Orleans is latchkey for America, how we respond to her is how we will respond to our own cities and streets. Will she remain empty and void of God's power in us or will a vanguard of Christians leap to this opportunity and "repair the breach..." We are here ready and willing to help you do just that, only we need you to be able to do it.

1) We need a vehicle's equipped for such a mission not only a truck to haul and carry supplies but others to take teams and prayer warriors into these areas of compromise and pray and minister. We would even be willing to bus teams in if the means were made available. We currently have a commercial semi-truck from Oregon ready to pick up larger supplies as well for this mission. Agree with us for the "Josephs" that are currently in position to answer this request now. AMEN.

2) We need an indoor tent that could accommodate approximately 50-100 people for continued around the clock prayer and worship. The main body of activity will be in the open air the tent would simply be used to pray, worship, and help individuals on a one-on-one level. Chairs and tables would also be necessary but not many. We all hold a piece of this puzzle please find your part and lay it on the table.

3) A flat bed semi trailer that live bands and ministers could use to call New Orleans into God's presence. We could literally host ministries and strategic prophetic voices from around the country to usher in America's greatest hour. A simple piece of equipment such as this could make this happen.

4) We will also need specialized team leaders that are skilled in these areas i.e., worship leaders, healing teams (possibly trained in the Healing Rooms from Spokane, WA. etc.) prophetic and evangelistic team leaders that can simply stand in the gap and receive a city to Jesus. We believe we will be able to accommodate you in New Orleans and sustain a continuum of worship, prayer and outreach pushing back the pending darkness and destruction that still pervades.

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