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Monday, August 13, 2007

A Beautiful Blur


Well, the summer hiatus is over and we're back. You college kids are back at the lovely [insert: dorm, apartment, suite, condo, house], having made the prerequisite trips to [insert according to preference: Walmart, Target] and ready for another great year of higher learning. And to all you guys around the globe in the 268BLOG family, welcome back to you, too!

AND I'm back. Yes, my friends, the 268BLOG is once again up and running, and in coming days the Passion Podcast will be back to life as well! It's been an amazing summer, and I realize now a faithful and true blogger would have kept you posted on the whole journey, but the pace of this summer required a little break from the Blog, so here's the brief rundown of travels past:

June meant crazy teens at BigStuf PC (see former post) for one of the most memorable moments of my life. Somehow, the simplicity of the gospel landed that night in such a supernatural way. I will never forget it.

Soon after, CT and I were with about 6000 students in Myrtle Beach, SC and it was Indescribable. I'll always remember that week for several things, but the one that stands out the most was talking one night about hope, and where we turn when the bottom falls out of life. As I was telling the students that while life may be good now, in a day, an hour, a week or a month things were going to change, hard times were coming and the bottom would drop out of life as they know it, a student left the talk to take a call on his phone in the lobby. On the other end of the phone was the news that his mom had been shot twice in a drug deal gone bad. As I walked off the platform after talking about where we turn in moments like these, the convention center security guard backstage told me about what had happened. A few minutes later, CT and I were praying with a hurting high school student backstage. Thankfully, his mom survived the shooting, but still has a massive struggle with the issues that put her in that situation in the first place.

Speaking of camps, July brought my last for the summer... in Daytona Beach, FL. Do you see a theme developing here? Panama City Beach, Mrytle Beach, Daytona Beach....ahh, the glamorous life of a speaker. (That's an inside joke for you guys in far away places who are thinking, "what's so wrong with being at these lovely beaches?")

The Daytona week was interesting, but I think we finally clicked into gear toward the end and started acting like/worshiping like people who have actually seen the wonder of the cross. I was moved that week by how many people are carrying really hard stuff, and especially by my new friend Jessie from North Carolina, who is dealing with a kind of cancer so rare less than 100 people in the US have been diagnosed with it. The hope in her voice and light in her life was shining like crazy for a God she has never lost faith in through it all. Jessie, you are an amazing young woman and God is broadcasting so loudly through you!

In between these camps was a trip back to Australia for Hillsong Conference, one of the best experiences ever. Shelley and I had a blast, and God used the Indescribable message in a way that was just that. It's hard to put that week (and the time in Sydney with friends) into words, but the Hillsong guys are some of the nicest people you will ever meet and the stuff they are leading is incredible. I believe these days shaped our lives forever. PS- Sydney's not too shabby either, and more than makes up for PC, MB and DB put together! Can you say Bondi beach?!?!

Our summer travels closed with a trip to the world's largest city (with all due respect to my new fav, Tokyo, which boasts the same title), for a gathering of 15000 mostly young people called Encuentro. Ciudad de Mexico was pretty "wow," and we were hosted by new friends and conference leaders Enrique and Tita who have only been doing this event since 2003. This was the third Encuentro gathering and people came from all across Mexico and other countries as well. What floored Shelley and me was the story of how it all started, a Passion-ripple that is one of the most amazing and humbling we've ever heard. Her story is a bit long to share here, but I share it on the first new Passion Podcast coming later this week. The conference was so encouraging, as have all the gatherings I have seen in Seoul, Hong Kong, Manila, Tokyo, Adelaide and Sydney in recent months. God is building a beautiful worldwide Church and it exceeds anything and everything we have ever imagined!

Well, few other special gatherings in ATL (thanks to the Summer Gathering and Destiny), combined with a full speed schedule at the Passion House as we get ready for fast-approaching Regional gatherings in Boston and Chicago (and are laying the groundwork for the Passion World Tour) has made for a summer that was a quite a blur. But what a beautiful blur!! So much is happening with Passion it's hard to keep up some days...so in the coming weeks we'll be sharing more about the six US Regionals, the World Tour and Crowder's latest wonder, Remedy, which is coming September 25.

But for now, Welcome Back! I've missed you and it's great to see you again.
LG

37 Comments:

  • man, glad your back and great to hear the excitement of those places.

    By Blogger TCS_Architect, at 8/13/2007 3:01 PM  

  • glad you're back too Louie. wow, what an incredible summer! thanks for always sharing the amazing things God is doing around the country and around the world.

    hope you'll get a chance to rest up a bit. i'll be praying for you and the team as you guys get ready for the regional events.

    By Anonymous Matt, at 8/13/2007 3:45 PM  

  • WOW! Amazing! You are truly blessed, Louie, to do what you do. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful blur! Lifting up you, Shelley, & the whole gang as Passion Regionals are headed this way at full speed:)WOW! Anyone out there know about volunteer work at the regionals??

    Blessings,
    Phoebe

    By Anonymous phoebe, at 8/13/2007 3:56 PM  

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    By Blogger steph hsieh, at 8/13/2007 4:12 PM  

  • Whoo, it's like a summer beach tour! =p glad to hear about it all, exciting times, movements are building everywhere!

    By Blogger steph hsieh, at 8/13/2007 4:12 PM  

  • i am glad you are back!! when are we going to get some tunes from passion 2007? I have been waiting quite awhile and have heard nothing since the last EP on ITUNES ... talk to you later ...

    By Blogger codeman, at 8/13/2007 4:47 PM  

  • you have been missed my friend. glad you are back.

    phoebe, i was actually wondering the same about volunteer work at the regionals.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/13/2007 5:29 PM  

  • welcome back. it's awesome to hear about what took place this summer. hope and pray you are doing well. i'm looking forward to the weeks ahead. God Bless!

    terence <><

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/13/2007 6:31 PM  

  • for all of you looking for info on volunteering at the regionals, check out the website for the regional where you're interested in working. as far as i can tell, volunteering info for all the sites is there. http://268generation.com/regionals07/

    By Blogger Jen, at 8/13/2007 7:00 PM  

  • YAY! A new bog! So glad to hear from you again! It sounds like this summer was a summer you all will never forget. Thanks for sharing and updating us all. I've missed this.

    Brittany

    By Blogger Brittany, at 8/13/2007 7:17 PM  

  • Louie, I am so glad to see your words again!

    I kicked off my summer by getting to see Charlie at Cornerstone FL and talking to him about Passion really reminded me of the things God has been doing from then, using Passion as a kickstart. It's been a long, hard summer (I've been across the country from home taking intensive Greek...alphabet to Plato in ten weeks...oh yeah) and I have been eagerly looking forward to figuring out which regional event I can go to.

    Your stories of how the gospel is moving around the world are always so encouraging, and I'm glad to see it's all back.

    God bless!

    By Blogger Morgan, at 8/13/2007 8:38 PM  

  • love ya, louie! great to have you back. im glad to hear about your busy but eventful and meaningful summer. God bless you!

    I can't wait for Passion Boston! I've been waiting for it to come, and it's coming fast now.

    By Blogger Joe, at 8/13/2007 9:22 PM  

  • Louie,
    This is why we pray so much for your safety as you travel, you seem like you are never home. Glad to hear lives were changed this summer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/13/2007 11:09 PM  

  • finally!!! great to hear the update on things...God bless you, my friend.

    By Blogger ::it's all for Jesus::, at 8/13/2007 11:17 PM  

  • welcome back louie!!! here's a question....and i'm not expecting you to answer this but i thought i'd give it a shot......how do i apply to work for passion especially for the world tour....i'm gonna be a senior in college and i have no clue what i'm doing when i graduate....the world tour happens to start when i'm done and it keeps coming back up in my prayers and thoughts and everything...i just have NO IDEA where to follow that path......so here i am on your blog..haha! well there it is! thanks louie!

    Jenny Barker

    By Blogger Jenny, at 8/13/2007 11:27 PM  

  • Thanks for the update, Louie! I pray that you've had some downtime to rest and refresh your souls before the busy fall gets underway. :)

    I registered to volunteer at Passion DC last week and booked my room yesterday. I am so excited for it already!

    God bless you and your staff as you prepare for the fall regional events!

    By Blogger higgie07, at 8/13/2007 11:41 PM  

  • so glad the blog is back!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/14/2007 12:13 AM  

  • Hi mr. Giglio, Thank you so much for the update! I missed you. I kept checking the blog! It’s good to have you back. Can’t wait for the podcast! You should come to Katwijk, The Netherlands. We have an amazing beach! :-) Not to mention an amazing church. It’s crazy to see how much our church has grown over the past years. It’s still a small church but the community is getting stronger and stronger and on fire for Jesus!! This summer we had our first international speaker (Angela Greening) I heard it was amazing. I was on an airplane to the UK during that service, unfortunately. But by hearing the stories from people from church it must have been amazing. I’m in the middle of preparations for the Flevo Festival, which starts o Thursday! It will be good to see Chris leading worship there on Friday. In september hillsong united will give a big free concert in amsterdam. 40.000 people will attend it. It’s going to be amazing! I hope many hearts will be set on fire for Jesus after that day! Other than that I’m still planning on coming to Boston in october. But it’s still not for 100% yet…
    Welcome back!!! Love, Jacoline

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 8/14/2007 5:21 AM  

  • Louie,

    The ministry God has given you has been one of the most influential pieces of my walk with the Lord.

    Sometimes I find myself asking, "What would Louie do?", until the Holy Spirit reminds me that that's a silly question when Jesus is the ultimate role model.

    I can't wait to share with you how your story has influenced mine... though it probably won't be until heaven :0)

    Keep at 'em!

    By Blogger Zack, at 8/14/2007 8:36 AM  

  • Welcome back! I have missed the updates, too. Glad you made it home at least for a while. Get some rest. I look forward to seeing DCBand in Nov. And getting the cd in Sept. The time at Destiny was awesome. Praying for you and the Regionals and the World Tour to come! May God continue to carry you!

    kathryn

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/14/2007 10:04 AM  

  • Louie,

    Glad to see that you are back from an incredible whirlwind summer schedule. Looking forward to you and the team coming to Chicago in October for the Passion Regional event. Hoping to have a number of our college students "come home" and worship with you, Chris and Matt at the Sears Centre.

    By Anonymous teepee, at 8/14/2007 12:46 PM  

  • FINALLY!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/14/2007 1:09 PM  

  • Finally got my volunteer form to open up...YEAH! All signed up to serve in Atlanta!
    Gal.6:9 (although, I believe you're already reaping) :)
    Blessings,
    Phoebe

    By Anonymous phoebe, at 8/14/2007 5:27 PM  

  • Hey Louie,

    It is great to have you back! I appreciate the time you take to write the blogs. I've been praying often for you, shelley, the Passion staff, the students, leaders, and all who will be involved with the upcoming regional Passion events. I will be a volunteer at three of them starting in Chicago.

    I had the opportunity to talk with John Piper on Sunday and thank him for his involvement and support of the Passion movement. I also shared with him how much I appreciate you and how this ministry has had a tremendous impact on my life. I am honored that God has asked me to be a part of it! It means a lot to me.

    I'm looking forward to the podcasts!

    Valerie in Minneapolis

    By Blogger Valerie, at 8/14/2007 5:34 PM  

  • Welcome back Louie!
    I was getting very close to posting a version of 'Louie Louie, oh-oh,oh
    where did you go?'

    Sounds like you have had a hectic summer on all those beaches ;) and are gearing up for a lot this fall. Glad you had good even if busy summer, thanks for sharing your reflections on it with us
    praying for you all~
    blessings!
    Kim :)

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 8/14/2007 6:18 PM  

  • Welcome back, Louie! Hope you and Shelley get a chance to rest up a bit before you launch full steam into planning for Boston and Chicago! I'll keep praying for you and the rest of the Passion team leading up to the regionals. I'm signed up as a volunteer in Atlanta and praying about DC - look forward to being on-site at least for one event!

    By Blogger Marcia B, at 8/14/2007 8:30 PM  

  • Dude.

    Thanks so much for posting... reading what you wrote really struck a chord with me too. I'm currently sitting in the airport, waiting on a flight back home to catch the memorial service of a really close friend who passed away from complications due to colon cancer last week. The way it's shaping up, the memorial service is turning out to be a full fledged party... his heart for God shook lives thousands of miles away, even - or should I say especially- in his waning moments. My picture got a little bigger today.

    Love you guys tons- what an AMAZING journey! His fame-

    nikolai

    p.s. sorry about the longish comment. I'm trying to hijack your blog.

    By Blogger LineProphet, at 8/15/2007 6:42 AM  

  • Great to see a new post on 268Blog Louie.
    Praise God for the summer you've had, looks like He's continuing to bless through you and indeed bless you.
    Looking forward to the podcasts.

    Was listening Andy Stanley the other day on itunes, he mentioned you had wanted to be tennis player! Though you could have glorified Christ doing that, i'm glad you have been led in this direction. Continuing to pray for you.

    By Blogger Gary Boal, at 8/15/2007 10:28 AM  

  • Glad to hear from ya Louie, sounds like God's been doing things, as usual! Never fails does He? He is AWESOME. Love hearing the stories of God's work in peoples lives everywhere, it's so encouraging and uplifting and energizing in the middle of the "same old, same old" that life seems like it slides into sometimes.

    Hope you're able to get some rest, I'll be praying for you all as you get ready to head out on the regionals. Speaking of that, what luck?! Chicago falls on the weekend of the big 2-1 for me and I can't wait!! Some of my friends can't figure out why I would want to go to this Passion thing and be worshipping God instead of partying.....I can't see myself anywhere else or doing anything else. Thank you and God bless you and the whole Passion team for carrying His light, and letting Him use your lives for His purposes.....the Passion experience/movement has changed my entire faith these last two years...and with it my life! I know I'm not alone in that....I've seen some really close friends' lives do a total 180 since we were in Atlanta. SHINE!

    God bless!
    Andy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/15/2007 3:02 PM  

  • Glad to hear from you Louie!
    Been praying for you and Shelley and the Passion team this summer!
    (wanted sooo bad to go to Hills this summer! glad it was awesome!)

    see you in Boston! :) Whoo! Cant wait!

    PS: For those who are wondering, the volunteer info and application is on the regionals site! i have mine in already!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/15/2007 3:06 PM  

  • Louie... Awesome to hear your update. I saw you at Hillsong and was massively moved by your ministry both in the main sessions and worship elective. I felt your words were so striking, and along with John Bevere, a prophetically accurate challenge to the entire Australian church. So massive thanks!

    (I tried to thank you in person, but couldn't get through all the fans who wanted a photo with you! Argh. ...Oh, and if Hillsong was a mere blip on the summary of your summer it must have been an intense few months!)

    I've started a prayer/worship meeting for 16-25yo guys in Melbourne, and we're seeing awesome healing, renewal and empowerment. As we grow, I might have to get some ideas and help from Passion as to how to handle those growth issues.

    Thanks for being a worshipper!

    Simon.
    (Please come to Melbourne OZ sometime!)

    By Blogger Simon, at 8/16/2007 2:40 AM  

  • Hi Louie!!

    Im From Mexico, was good to see u there!! The message that u gave was AWESEOME to me and to ALL my friends, now I can understand more "HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD"....

    I'm still overwhelmed for the images of the Universe and all that u say in the message...

    God Bless U heaps! Keep Livin' for God cuz' His hand is with U :D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/16/2007 12:21 PM  

  • Louie, Ey!! Great!! a man of word! you really talked about what God is doing in our country (Mexico) :D Eaaa!! Thanks God and to you too for coming here, we were really blessed by your messages, please continue posting "Louie's Talks on Line" and continue painting in your 4*6' photo ;) passion is firing in and it is just the beginning be prepared for the unknown b/c you'll see that nebulas, galaxies and celestial things of the heaven's glory burning up in earth, in the daughters and sons of God, we are ready, we are walking, we are searching him, we know him and we LOVE HIM with all our hearts.
    Welcome and please say Hi to Shelley, always in front of the war hehehe :D
    Sara

    By Anonymous Sara, at 8/17/2007 10:12 AM  

  • I went to In and Out Burger for the first time ever today and thought of you and the Passion collective.

    By Blogger Morgan, at 8/18/2007 12:43 AM  

  • Louie when will the new Podcasts be loaded on iTunes? Any chance we will see a Passion 2007 CD and DVD out this fall? There are a number of videos that you can pull down from YouTube from the 2007 event which is cool but the real Passion production as well as the monies that could be raised as well as possibly utilized for the 2008 World Tour would be even better for you, Shelley and the team.

    Also can't wait for DC*B's new CD that is coming out towards the end of September. Can't wait for November 1st when we get to worship with DC*B at the House of Blues in Chicago.

    Get a double dose of the Passion movement in less than 2 weeks with the Chicago Regional event on October 19th & 20th.

    You guys are such a blessing!!!!!!

    By Anonymous teepee, at 8/18/2007 2:52 PM  

  • Louie,
    Thanks for the update!
    It's so amazing to hear all that God is doing in so many places...
    Also, I wanted to say thanks for being available to be used by God for His glory. He has really been using your ministry in my life in so many ways in the past months.
    So, thanks to you and all Glory to God :)
    Hope to see you all in Dallas next February!

    By Anonymous iamnot, at 8/20/2007 1:29 AM  

  • Hey Louie, what about your trip to the Icthus festival, I thought it was pretty amazing too! I must say that Icthus was the first time I have ever heard you speak. God has an amazing annointing on your life man!
    I do however have one request or prayer or desire. Could you please come to West Virginia. I doubt this comment will ever even reach you but I am posting it anyway.
    I know WV does not have the beaches or anything as glamourous as the other places you have spoken at but God loves WV too!
    And believe me WV needs Jesus!
    God Bless You like Jabez!
    Peace
    Justin

    By Blogger JustinWV, at 8/22/2007 1:22 AM  

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