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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Adelaide

Tonight I'm down under, on the other side of the world... far, far away in lovely little Adelaide. It's been an amazing Saturday night here, the close of three incredible days sharing with youth and young adult leaders from throughout the city and the greater area who have a passion to see God raise up a new generation of worshippers throughout Australia. Tonight we closed the conference with the song "Mighty To Save," a fitting bookend to twenty one remarkable days that began with hillside filled with students raising up the very same song on Henderson Lawn at Virginia Tech.

That was three Saturdays and many nations ago, the beginning of a whirlwind journey that has absolutely blown me away. So three weekends ago it was Blacksburg and that unforgettable moment at VT, two Saturday's ago I was a part of the wedding of friends at a posh golf club near our house, and las
t Saturday, Manila (see pic) where Matt Redman and I led an evening of worship with over 1,000 mostly young people who were going after God with everything in them.

Manila fell in the middle of a crazy Asia swing that took Matt, me and our team to Seoul, Hong Kong, Manila and Tokyo in the span of six days. Four of the great cities of the world, home to a combined 60 million+ people, over 20 million in Tokyo alone. Sixty million people in four cities! And in every place we found the church of Jesus Christ alive and well...maybe just a tiny band, but a worshipping community nonetheless, believing God for the salvation of their cities and nations.

Seoul was an exception, where the church that facilitated the events we were a part of gathers 30,000 in worship each week and is possibly the largest Presbyterian church on the planet. Matt and I led at two night events in one of the Olympic venues and found the young people hungry for God and excited about
a possible Seoul stop on the upcoming Passion Tour. HK was nuts, like NYC in overdrive, and we did two events in one night, both filling a second story church worship center in a high rise in the densely packed North Point area.




We spent less than twenty four hours in Manila, a rowdy Saturday night on the eve of Monday elections throughout the nation. Sprawling and emerging third world, Manila was captured in one image of bomb sniffing dogs having a go at our boxes of Passion CDs at the entrance to our quite nice hotel. But, The Philippines was amazing, a special night with some of the warmest and most beautiful people you will ever meet.

An early Sunday flight took us to Tokyo where we worshipped with over 1200 people in a church in Chiba, one of the largest gatherings for worship in the city. The church we met in was, once again, on the third floor of a building that was home to a casino on floor one and a bowling alley above. What a great place for a church! It was a really amazing night followed by a few days to chill in the city. From our 32nd floor hotel rooms Tokyo spread out to the horizon in every direction, an incredibly efficient and inviting urban mass where only 1% of the people walk with the Savior. That's a bit hard to swallow when you can't see the end of "city" in any direction, yet there are many Jesus followers there planting churches for the next generation and making the Gospel accessible to the young people of Tokyo. Something powerful is stirring, the wave is growing, and in time the tide of His great mercy and rescue is coming in.

Matt and his team shot back to the States from Japan while I dropped down to join new friends in Adelaide, the end of a three-week span stretching from VT to Australia's coast. And everywhere I've been the song of His great fame is rising up, everywhere the Kingdom is advancing, everywhere massive needs abound and much work needs to be done, everywhere God is unfolding His story. Everywhere, our God is mighty to save!


Cheers!

37 Comments:

  • YEAH!! I'm so excited!!

    By Blogger Brittany, at 5/19/2007 12:51 PM  

  • Louie, that's so exciting man! Thanks for the recap, I have yet to see a couple of those places but it burns my heart hear you talk about the Truth being proclaimed all over the world.

    I pray God blesses you while you travel! Take him everywhere you can and proclaim to everyone who will listen! We're with you back at home.

    He moves mountains!
    He rose and conquered the grave!
    He is mighty to save!

    By Blogger Justincredible2u, at 5/19/2007 1:07 PM  

  • louie, this is exciting to follow all of the ways that God is using you around the globe, but I gotta ask, do you ever get to rest...
    continuing to pray for you and your travels... come back to alpharetta sometime soon...

    By Blogger The BOB-O, at 5/19/2007 1:56 PM  

  • Louie, this is so great that you guys are going to the nations!! I'm so excited that the truth that God has sent His Son, Jesus to redeem us from our sins and shortcomings, is going worldwide to people of all languages and types. Praise the Lord! "Mighty to Save" gets me every time. He is incredible! Hallelujah!

    By Blogger Joe, at 5/19/2007 2:22 PM  

  • awesome.

    By Blogger ::it's all for Jesus::, at 5/19/2007 3:15 PM  

  • Louie you need to keep us up to speed before you and a team travel outside the US, and maybe there is some info somewhere about that...but if not how can we know what to pray for.

    I'm very jealous you got to go to HK. It is my favorite city in the world (so far) and I would love to have met Cantonese believers. I've only traveled through on my way to another country ;) GAH! Praise God for y'all going! I get chills just thinkin about it.

    Psalm 86:8-9

    By Anonymous brian, at 5/19/2007 4:07 PM  

  • i agree with everyone else, that is sooo exciting!
    ever since you mentioned having teams of young people going to the cities that the Passion tour will be going to and witnessing to the locals before and after the tour, it's been something i've really wanted to be a part of.
    i can't wait to hear where all the stops will be and i pray that God will open up a door for me to be a part of this movement.
    God bless!

    By Blogger Rebecca H., at 5/19/2007 10:20 PM  

  • how awesome! I can't wait to see what else God is going to do around the world through this generation.

    By Anonymous catherine the walker, at 5/19/2007 11:51 PM  

  • that was probably one of the most exciting reads ive had in a long time. thats so phenomenal...

    By Anonymous Brandon Bowman, at 5/19/2007 11:59 PM  

  • Not to be a broken record (I guess some broken records are good...??), but this IS very exciting! I need to catch up on all the sites around here, but let us know how else to pray. (but ahead of time:)--sorry if it's my fault I missed the plans, though)

    Man, it's always really somthin to think about all our brothers and sisters in Christ out there, and those who have not yet heard. Glad y'all are going OUT!!

    Love you guys!

    Blessings!
    Kayleen

    By Anonymous kayleen, at 5/20/2007 12:03 AM  

  • thats so excitng Louie! praise God for all of that! that must have been an amazing experience going to all those places. i pray that God blesses you with safe travels as you continue journeying around : ) ...and yes our God is so mighty to save. : ) : )

    made to worship,
    rachael

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/20/2007 1:44 AM  

  • Praying for you Louie, keep up the amazing work you are doing by moving people closer to the Kingdom of God. He is a God who saves and chanes lives.

    Anna

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/20/2007 2:51 AM  

  • Hi Louie, Well you may have been far, far away from the guys in the Atlanta but you’re the nearest you’ve ever been to Melbourne! Now Adelaide has heard you speak,and Sydney is getting you for Hillsong. I wonder if Passion comes to Oz where you’ll land. Hmm… :)

    So great to hear about the Asian/Australian trip with Matt and of all those young , passionate worshippers of Jesus turning out to worship Him. It was inspiring that especially in Japan, with so few believers that the tide of His mercy and rescue is coming in .We need to pray for the young Christians there, that they will be filled with the Holy Spirit and spread the good news of Jesus and His saving power, with boldness.

    You say that “everywhere I've been the song of His great fame is rising up, everywhere the Kingdom is advancing, everywhere massive needs abound and much work needs to be done, everywhere God is unfolding His story. Everywhere, our God is mighty to save!” I can’t wait for the day to come when everyone on the planet will confess that “Jesus Christ is Lord”and show how mighty to save He really is.

    P.S. As I am married to a Londoner his usual way of saying goodbye, is “cheers.” Sounds like you’ve been hanging out a lot with Mr. Redman :)

    Hooroo!!!

    By Blogger gail, at 5/20/2007 3:28 AM  

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    By Blogger Valerie, at 5/20/2007 4:25 AM  

  • cheers :) I do believe you're becoming Australian, mate! Contagious I know, while hear in Tokyo it's my goal to learn two languages; Japanese and Australian. Not easy when I couldn't even do a decent Crocodile Hunter impression when I came :)

    PS Thanks for coming to Tokyo! So many people were ignited with a greater Passion that night! God is definitely doing something awesome here!

    By Blogger Mark, at 5/20/2007 11:02 AM  

  • our God reigns!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/20/2007 11:39 AM  

  • Louie, sounds like you've had a whirlwind trip around the world! Prayin' that God will keep you safe in all your travels and that He'll bless your tireless efforts to spread the Gospel and His renown around the world.

    Pax.

    By Anonymous Brandon, at 5/20/2007 9:54 PM  

  • Praying for safe travels for you all. Keep up the great work Louie. I pray for God's protection, strength, and courage to surround you at all times.

    God willing, I will be travelling to Syria this weekend and then heading over to Egypt next week.

    I have a 15 hour layover in Heathrow.......:(. Matt I may need the services of your chauffeur......lol.

    May God keep us all safe as we travel to and from our destinations.

    Blessings,

    Valerie

    p.s. Hi Gail :)

    By Blogger Valerie, at 5/20/2007 11:32 PM  

  • Hey, I was there at the conference in Adelaide and have just found this blog!

    It was an amazing three days with Louie, Bo Boshers from Willow Creek and two of the pastors from the church putting it on speaking so much truth and inspiration, along with a great sense of community and a truly amazing band that could be heard outside and across a busy road! Our leadership team was really inspired by all the speakers and everything else that went on. Louie, twelve of our youth ministry's kids went home from the Friday night rally different people, so I want to thank you again and again for being so obedient and trusting God.

    Please come back to the city of churches again, and hopefully you'll have a chance then to try the Vegemite, go to see the Crows live instead of watching a replay, try the Farmer's Union Ice Coffee (Bo Boshers' favourite drink on the planet!) and maybe even get to a cricket match if it's during summer!

    God bless you, your wife who spends so much time [i]not[/i] hanging out with you, your team and all those your ministry impacts, whether they be college students in America, the 1% who do believe in Tokyo, youth leaders in Adelaide or our twelve kids whose lives were changed. Thanks a lot mate.

    By Anonymous Dave, at 5/21/2007 4:29 AM  

  • Lord, I pray that any who are thirsty will come. From the ends of the earth may they come and drink from the lifegiving well of you. In all the places that Passion goes, may students catch the vision for all nations, all peoples and tongues, to know your Son and what He has done for us. May they be confident and dedicated to their part in your great plan; and others transformed into new creatures by the blood of Christ. Make straight a path for the Lord along the 2008 world tour!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/21/2007 8:25 AM  

  • hey louie!!! so encouraging to hear. i'm in N'Gor,Senegal for 2 months planting seeds for the Lord. Knowing there are others is good to hear! :) Sallam Malikum!!(peace be on you in Wolof)

    By Blogger Jenny, at 5/21/2007 2:15 PM  

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    By Blogger Richelle, at 5/23/2007 2:19 AM  

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    By Blogger Richelle, at 5/23/2007 2:23 AM  

  • praise the Lord, praise the Lord!!

    By Blogger Kat Luk, at 5/23/2007 2:24 AM  

  • Wow, The Passion team was in the Philippines, (I miss that place)!
    I'm so glad someone else also had a good experience in the Philippines. I agree that the Christian people in the Philippines are really passionate about God! Seeing that, is always encouraging!

    By Blogger Richelle, at 5/23/2007 2:25 AM  

  • Keep peddling the Kingdom magic, Louie. We're all cheering you on.

    By Blogger Dan Wilt, at 5/24/2007 8:12 PM  

  • Adelaide is a Great City! I'm glad to hear God is present there. I have a friend at college at Jackonville State University in Jacksonville, AL that is from Adelaide. His name is Scott Robertson and he plays on the tennis team. He just left Alabama on wednesday, to travel home. I have been witnessing to him and its hard for him to Grasp God he says because he's from Australia where he tells me Christianity isn't a big thing. Please pray that I can witness to him when I'm in contact with him either by phone or messenger over the summer and when I see him again fall semester, that I can just share the Gospel with him!

    Cheers!
    'til everyone hears...
    ~Ryan

    By Anonymous RyanW, at 5/26/2007 2:37 AM  

  • Ryan , you are right about Christianty in Australia. We aren't even considered a "Christian" country anymore as so few people attend church. According to surveys 10% of the population attend church with 3% actually having a personal devotional time, reading their Bible or praying.
    The young people are needing our prayers desperately.Keep witnessing, praying, and believing for your friend and campuses generally here.

    By Blogger gail, at 5/26/2007 6:06 AM  

  • Hi Louie,
    I'm so excited that Passion had came to Asia & Australia already!
    Would you come to Singapore? =)

    By Blogger Ron, at 5/28/2007 12:16 AM  

  • When is the new Passion 07 cd coming out? Anyone know anything?

    By Blogger The Burn Unit, at 5/29/2007 8:28 PM  

  • Louie,
    Your words have ignited a fire in my bones to follow God with everything insode of me. The Passion movement led me to Las Vegas where i'm losing everything in the pursuit.

    cheers,
    ryan

    By Blogger followtheleader, at 5/30/2007 3:42 AM  

  • time for a new post from louie! where'd you go brother?

    By Blogger ::it's all for Jesus::, at 6/01/2007 10:31 PM  

  • After all the business of his last few months and weeks in particular, Louie should be on a well earned break :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2007 10:41 PM  

  • Louie,

    I'm the young American missionary who approached you at the end of the Tokyo event. What an awesome blessing that night was!!

    I love what you said in your blog: "Something powerful is stirring, the wave is growing, and in time the tide of His great mercy and rescue is coming in."

    I couldn't have possibly articulated it better. Truly, the great cloud of His glory is growing over this island nation, and it's just about time that He will let it rain!!! Mercy, come on down!

    Here for His fame,
    Lisa Cash

    By Blogger Queen Cash, at 6/03/2007 10:06 AM  

  • I was at border and i saw your name was misspelled on the back of Mike's book.

    http://img360.imageshack.us/img360/7679/pilavachibg3.jpg

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/04/2007 10:02 AM  

  • So I'm in Australia, in the the middle of thousands of strangers when I hear a familiar voice. I turned around and it was you!
    Not you, but your video looped on a stand advertising for the Hillsong conference! How fun, that place is nuts... Sorry to miss you by a couple of weeks.
    After falling in love with the east coast of Australia, we're back in Seattle trying to get over the jetlag. Blessings as you try to do the same despite your schedule!!
    You are prayed for as you go,
    Casey

    By Blogger C+C, at 6/06/2007 5:21 PM  

  • Louie Louie oh where ja go?? dun Dun yeah yeah yeah yeah.

    Ok so you know why I am not a singer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/07/2007 3:20 PM  

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