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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Bonsoir de Paris

Hello from glittering Paris, a city which is finally growing quiet outside my window as the wee hours of the morning approach. Judging by the pic you'd think we just held an amazing Passion gathering here tonight, right? But not so. Today was just a small step in preparing the way for the Passion World Tour to hopefully land in the City of Lights next summer.

Our Paris Team has been here for several days, making connections and scouting out possible venues. But I just came in last night after a few days of speaking to national ministry leaders from around the world at a gathering on the coast of Spain. Today in Paris we hosted a lunch meeting in a "viby" little art gallery that attracted over thirty ministry leaders from across the city and nation. Our team shared the heartbeat of the Passion Movement and cast vision for what could happen in this place as students come together from multiple streams within the church to amplify the name of Jesus over Paris.

For all of its beauty, Paris is a place where the church is slowly making headway and spiritual darkness seems to shroud the city. Yet, what we saw in our meeting today was just a tiny representation of those who are alive with passion to see Jesus' fame echo in the streets, so there is no doubting God is at work. But in reality, anyone in Paris will tell you the obstacles are daunting and a university-focused gathering like this one has not been attempted for the city. But today many grasped the vision as it resonates with the one they've been carrying in their hearts, and together we want to see God do what we know in and of ourselves we cannot make happen.

This afternoon I was totally floored by the enclosed picture, a small section of a huge photographic mural hanging in the offices of one of Paris' hottest venues. The image is just a random concert crowd, not worshipers of Jesus. But as we stepped into the office lobby I was arrested by the sight of these French young people and thought, what if? What if this was a picture of what is to come, a generation of university students alive to His wonder and engaged for His fame? What if what has never been done before can become a reality? What if a venue was packed for His name and the ripples never ended?

While we still have a few logistical hurdles to overcome before the Paris date is firm, Lord-willing we will humbly come and build up the beautiful church He is building here. What could be better than light in the city that bears its name?

17 Comments:

  • AWESOME LG!! Thanks for all you and the passion team does for the glory of God. :) You all inspire me!!

    By Blogger Ashley, at 10/04/2007 9:56 PM  

  • That is great Louie. I wish you and your team the best as your endeavor there continues.

    By Blogger Tyler Braun, at 10/04/2007 10:26 PM  

  • that is amazing Louie! I'm so excited about Passion coming to Europe! We need it so much overhere. I still hope and pray that there will be a Passion stop in Amsterdam!

    Three weeks ago the Pentecost church overhere celebrated their 100 years existence and so they organised these two Hillsong United events. One at Dam square and the other one in the Olympic Stadium.

    In advance I've told many people about this event. I was really excited that we were actually going to evangelise with Hillsong United on Dam square in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a city full of drugs and prostitution and the idea of bringing God's glory to this city, well that is just AMAZING. A lot of churches in my little country started to pray for this event and also my youth group. We were all very excited about it and were expecting major things to happen here!!

    Saturday, 15 september 2007
    A lot of youth groups had meetings going on that morning to pray for the event and to fellowship with other christians.

    The first concert was at Dam square. It started at 1 pm. I was part of the videoteam.
    It was great to see Hillsong United lead worship at Dam square. Amsterdam is a crazy city, lots of drugs and prostitution going on there! And to see God show up in all the hearts of the people who attended the concert, well that was amazing! Also to see all those young people proclaiming God's Glory, that was just incredible!!

    The second concert was at night in the Olympic stadium in Amsterdam. 30.000 people worshipping God... WOW. It was great to be part of it and to spend time with God and fellow christians.Because I had to work during the first concert I missed most of it and so being part of the second concert, well that was just amazing. I had two tickets, 1 front row ticket and the other one was somewhere in the way back. I choose the last one because I wanted to experience it fully and have some time with God. From the way back it was amazing to see all these people praising God loudly, singing & dancing. It seemed like God showed us a piece of Heaven. Can you imagine how it's going to be in Heaven?? I think it's going to be one big party for God eternally!! WOW

    I don't know how many people responded to the call to Christ! I'm not very good with numbers but I do know that a lot of people have met Jesus that day!

    This is what JTH from Hillsong United said about it:

    "We headed for Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam. It's literally right in the centre of the city in front of the queen's palace. We had the incredible privilege of taking worship to the streets. There were thousands of people around on a perfect day. And we did what we do right there in the midst of it. We had church outdoors in the middle of one of the most secular and hedonistic cities in the world. Making it public!! An experience we'll no doubt ever forget. It was awesome watching people just listening to what was being said, and being captivated by all that was going on. Phil preached up a storm and a lot of people responded to the call to Christ. As if that wasn't enough...

    We went from there to the Olympic stadium in Amsterdam (they hosted them in 1928). There were 30,000 people there in Amsterdam - Europe!! Who could imagine. And they were passionate, and loud.. And free.. It was a night to remember.. And I believe it was something significant for Holland and this part of Europe.

    We've seen crowds like that in South America, and elsewhere. But not in Europe. There is a hunger and a desire here for truth...for freedom...for something more than religion. And it was so very very GREAT to be able to be here and be a part of it."

    Wow, JTH is so right! This was something significant for Holland!! Also a real boost for all the young people overhere! Every heart was on fire for Jesus that night! I really hope it stays that way. Please pray for Holland but esp for Europe. People overhere are so hungry and I hope and pray that people like us can shine and tell them about God's eternal love.


    I can't wait to fly to Boston next week. To be honest it was kind fo cool to see my school listed on the e-blast you send out yesterday. A dutch name between all the american names: christelijke hogeschool ede.

    It feels like my school is part of it too!

    Take care mr. Giglio!

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 10/05/2007 4:23 AM  

  • The whole world needs Jesus! - its awesomne that Passion will travel around the world. I am so exited that Passion will come to Europe. I prayed that you would come to a city that we are able to visit. But I felt too that we in the Netherlands are not the only people who desire to see God working in our country. Many other countries wait for God.
    I wish that God will lead you to all the places He has in mind (and yes, He already is leading you)- and that He leads the right people towards that places. To send them out again.

    God bless you all!

    By Anonymous Lydia, at 10/05/2007 5:29 AM  

  • Definitely Lydia,the whole world needs Jesus! Not only in Europe.
    I do feel that God will lead Passion & us to the right places! He has a plan and His plan is always perfect!

    Matthew 5:14"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 10/05/2007 6:08 AM  

  • that is beautiful. i happen to be married to a man who has a heart for the nations (especially the french, as he speaks the language) to see Christ, so he will be excited to hear ya'lls plan to head that way. he has been to france twice now and has commented on how wonderful the people/culture are. yet, the secular society is so anti-religion that it can be hard and such a process to reach them spiritually. all that to say, this is exciting news, and you will have 2 people here in the us praying like crazy for you over in france! we'll be looking forward to hearing updates on the progress! abientot!

    By Blogger mabes, at 10/05/2007 9:57 AM  

  • great to see you heading to paris. thank you.

    By Blogger greylias, at 10/05/2007 10:03 AM  

  • France and Paris are close to my heart...I will keep that beautiful city in my prayers that the LORD of all the Earth will draw near and capture the Parisians' hearts!
    For HIS glory and fame!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/05/2007 10:47 AM  

  • Louie, you will never remember, but I got to pick your heart and brain for about for half and hour while taking you to the airport following a metro Bible study in Houston in about 1995.

    God began something in me back then that has led the founding of an organization called Catalyst Europe (www.catalysteuropenow.org). We will be launching the initiative soon, but the vision is to begin a church planting movement of young people in the major cities of Europe who will see, hear, and experience Life (that comes through Jesus jn10:10). We have been laying the ground work for this in Paris over the last few years.

    I have a dream of seeing a movement of young people of faith in this country being instrumental in starting a movement of faith amoung young people in Europe.

    By Blogger Ken Witcher, at 10/05/2007 2:13 PM  

  • wow ... that's awesome! :D i'll definitely continue to keep the passion team in prayer. i'm definitely with you guys.

    it's exciting to hear what God is doing all over the globe. i'll be sure to keep the boston regional in my prayers as well.

    can't wait to hear all that God will do thru the regionals and the world tour! SHINE!

    By Anonymous Matt, at 10/05/2007 6:02 PM  

  • Paris, and as you say , "what if "?????
    Isn't it wonderful that with our amazing prayer answering God all things are possible.So there is the possibilty that "what if' can become a reality through Him.

    By Blogger gail, at 10/05/2007 9:43 PM  

  • Thank you for allowing God to use you all in such an incredible way. I'm traveling to Paris for work next year and have just felt that God is going to use me for something so much bigger overseas (I'm from Atlanta), so you can imagine how stoked I am to see that you all are one step ahead of me:)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/06/2007 9:01 AM  

  • I am so excited about Passion going to Paris. I went to Paris last summer and before I went I had heard a lot about how the church in Europe has been struggling. When we were walking around the streets of the Latin quarter we saw a beautiful church that we decided to go in. We heard singing and in the back room there was a bunch of people worshiping. Although I couldn't stay and join them. I was so excited to see God moving in Paris. Passion and Paris will be in my prayers.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/07/2007 7:02 PM  

  • so excited about passion paris. praying for you guys as you plan and praying for the church throughout the city as He makes His name known.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/08/2007 5:54 PM  

  • I, too, am soo excited to see Passion go to Paris and like many of the bloggers here, have a heart for Paris and to see a revival there. I want to propose just one image that has been impressed on my heart when i was on Champs de Mars for Bastille Day, I saw soooooo many people like i squeshed into a small plot of ground enough for my body. But what if we have that many people to fit the entire Champs de Mars for Christ???? That would be CRAZY.

    By Blogger Margaret, at 10/14/2007 9:47 AM  

  • Hi Louie, I attended this preparation meeting and I can tell you that we are all very exited. Looking forward in supporting you organising the event !

    Thanks for all what you're doing

    By Anonymous jonathan, at 10/15/2007 4:42 PM  

  • wow! you know tonight I was thinking "what if Passion could come to France". I'm a French young Man,I've been deeply encouraged to hear all that happenned in Boston and Chicago these last weekends. I've reallly been encouraged and blessed by the Passion you guys share.

    in the summer I hope I can come to Paris with some friends for a Passion event.
    In reality we're already in the Passion movement over here; they are students on Fire for our saviour and dedicated to live for His Glory. The work seems hudge I agree..but God can do even greater things when we are weak.

    Passion team and Louie, thanks for all your hard work, it touches lives even accross the atlantic, in small cities you will maybe never hear of!

    And for my fellow American students, keep it burning guys! I hear the podcast, I think in the Chicago event you made more noise than a famous French strike!! :)

    By Blogger Paul, at 10/27/2007 4:21 PM  

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