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Saturday, December 10, 2005

28 Day Journey-Day Six

Saturday 12//10//05
6 Team

Passion06 is a team event. I'm in touch with that reality today having spent the past three days in Nashville, gathering with our Volunteer Team Leaders as we make the final push to January 2. Our Passion staff team is relatively small (we like to think of ourselves as lean and agile :>) and there is no way we could pull off a massively intricate event like Passion06 without tons of help. This year almost 1000 volunteers are preparing to be in Nashville, men and women who are taking vacation time and paying their way to work long hours and set the table so that a student generation can have a history-changing encounter with God.

Leading this volunteer army are over a dozen Volunteer Team Leaders. These are folks with full time jobs who have taken on another semi-full time job with Passion because they believe in the vision and love seeing students awaken to His renown. You've heard of Piper, Tomlin, Crowder, Louie and the other lead worshipers, but these are the guys that really make Passion possible.

Looking around the table yesterday I was humbled again, and grateful. Our team is the best. While most people just show up and enjoy a confeence like Passion06, few really can imagine what it takes to make it happen with excellence. Moving 17,000+ people around downtown for four days is a huge challenge, one that requires detailed coordination at every level. And for us, we aren't just trying to get through it, we want to do it to the very best of our ability. In doing so we glorify God, reflecting to the people of Nashville that events focused on Jesus are done right, where from the way workers in hotels are treated, to the banners we hang on the streets we reflect the power and beauty of God for all to see.

We are striving to do our best, yet we can only do so much. In the end we are table-setters, preparing the way while trusting Jesus to be the meal. We are door-holders, making as open a way possible for every student who comes to see the face of God.

So, today, we want to pray for our Volunteer Team Leaders and those they lead:
Father, we know that Passion is not dependent on smooth logistics and well-executed details. Our hope rests solely on You to draw us into Your presence and meet us in supernatural power. But, too, we know that You desire that we offer our best to You, doing what we do as "unto the Lord, and not men."

Thank You for an amazing team. Inspire and empower them as they balance jobs, holidays and Passion06. Live through them in power and meet them in Nashville in the midst of many long days and nights of labor in life-altering ways.

All through the day: We are preparing the way for You.

7 Comments:

  • Dear Heavenly Father,
    I pray that your hand be upon all the men and women that are helping to make Passion '06 a success! God keep them calm, collected, and organized in your name that they may see you in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of preparing such a major event! God Bless those that you have put in place to prepare the way!
    In Jesus Name I Pray!
    AMEN!

    By Blogger Carolyn Carter, at 12/10/2005 1:54 PM  

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    By Blogger psalmsgirl, at 12/10/2005 1:58 PM  

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    By Blogger psalmsgirl, at 12/10/2005 2:03 PM  

  • "In doing so we glorify God, reflecting to the people of Nashville that events focused on Jesus are done right, where from the way workers in hotels are treated, to the banners we hang on the streets we reflect the power and beauty of God for all to see."

    praying the banner of Love over Nashville today. So when Jesus comes riding in on that white horse one day, all of Nashville will be there to meet Him with joy!

    By Blogger anne smith, at 12/10/2005 4:30 PM  

  • louie, you are so awesome. i am so grateful for passion. its so deep yet welcomes new believers...and i love it how its for every denomination...i cannot wait, 22 more day:o)

    By Blogger handsNfoots, at 12/10/2005 9:50 PM  

  • Yes Lord, may we remain small in our own eyes. We are all slaves of the Most High God - King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Bright Morning Star. We would rather be door keepers in the house of You our God then dwell in the tents of the wicked. We will not lift up our souls to idols or swear falsely, that we may ascend Your holy hill... to stand near the doors, where the righteous nation may enter. We do not love our lives so much as to shrink from the daily death of self-emptying for the love of You and all others. And may we, be it Your will, when we have completed our service at Your table, recieve some of the scraps and crumbs from Your own hand. To feast on bits of manna.

    By Blogger Kirk Bartha, at 12/10/2005 10:16 PM  

  • Dear Father
    I pray that you would bless these volunteers for the work they are doing for you!!And I also pray you would give the whole Passion team and volunteers direction,and strength as they prepare this huge event to shine a spotlight on you,and lead these men and women to you!!Lord keep your hand on each one of them through this.And also I just pray that when the day comes and all the students gather together to praise your name that they would feel your presence over them.And that they would come even closer to you.Yes Lord.
    In Jesus name I pray-AMEN

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 12/12/2005 9:26 AM  

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