Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Chicago Rocked

OK, so you Midwesterners can make some serious noise...not just decibels in the building, either...but a serious shout of justice and kindness for the whole wide world to hear! Passion Chicago rocked as students from close to 300 colleges and universities gathered for a life-rearranging 28 hours that in many ways has just begun. You'd have to have been there to really appreciate just what God can do in such a short span of time, but it's phenomenal to watch and be a part of it as it builds and unfolds.

Some students came from far away places like Florida, Tennessee, California, Boston (yes Boston), South Carolina and Toronto. But most came from the heart of the nation, places like Notre Dame, KSU, ISU, Ball State University, Grand Valley State, Moody, IUPUI, The Universities of Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, South AND North Dakota State Universities, Purdue, Ohio State, Wayne State, Valapraiso, Wheaton, and so many more that I'd love to name. The best part was asking students in the opening session if this was their first Passion gathering and seeing 95% of the hands shoot into the air! That"s brilliant...and exactly why we are bringing Passion to you!

In an effort to wed worship and justice, the Do Something Now Campaign has anchored us both in Boston and Chicago. It's true God landed in our hearts with stunning power (healing, restoring, rescuing, inspiring, solidifying, releasing), but the result of His divine touch in us is now a wave of gratitude that spills over onto others in our paths...and even alters our paths to reach still others with the hope of His Kingdom. To that end, Passion Chicago brought 3036 towels and 9000 pairs of socks to be distributed through six partner agencies throughout the city. As well, they gave $32,612, enough to build over 10 wells in African villages PLUS $24,892 to help take an experience like Passion Chicago to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Your generous hearts are contagious and overwhelming, proof that God can and will use your generation in ways far greater than any of us can fully imagine.

All of us on the Passion Team thank you for letting us share such a beautiful and powerful weekend with you in Chicago. Next stop: LA!
Greater things have yet to come,

PS- For more check the Chicago Rocked Podcast at iTunes later today. More photos are available under the Chicago "P" here.


  • AMAZING!! Thanks for keeping us all updated Louie!! I cannot wait to hear the podcast!! GO CHICAGO!! :)

    By Blogger Ashley, at 10/24/2007 3:58 PM  

  • May it continue to ripple...through the world!
    I'm so excited!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/24/2007 4:00 PM  

  • true: chicago rocked!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/24/2007 4:09 PM  

  • hey beloved midwest students - you are still being prayed for by the prayer team, yes you are! you make the heart of Jesus glad in the heartland!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/24/2007 5:52 PM  

  • that is awesome. God is AWESOME!!

    and I am glad we have at leaste that mutualy in common! Ae far as the East is from the West. We serve a HUGE God!

    Love you guys and am praying for LA.!!

    By Blogger Liz, at 10/24/2007 10:08 PM  

  • Yay! I am so psyched! And I'm listening to the podcast now! You guys never fail to crack me up. Thanks for the prayers! And I see that our prayer partners are still praying for us, and I met one of them, Ann, and I'm praying for her, and the other prayers too! Thanks guys!

    By Blogger Morgan, at 10/24/2007 11:03 PM  

  • Just listened to the Podcast (which was so exciting!) and only have one thing to say:

    Matt Redman- we have our Minutemen armed, ready, and waiting for your armada in Boston. ;)

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 10/25/2007 9:31 AM  

  • who takes the pictures for passion?
    I am a current photo student and think it'd be fun to take photos for Passion!

    they are amazing!

    By Blogger Sean, at 10/25/2007 10:20 AM  

  • 10 wells?!?! That's awesome! The Wave is growing, and not just in music or feeling, but in real concrete demonstrations of justice. This is just a start, imagine what those students can do when they work together to do more than just towels and socks, but outreach in word and deed.

    By Anonymous Mike Chu, at 10/25/2007 11:55 AM  

  • Right on!!! that is so good to hear about that today! It gets me excited about God changing our world through His people. People of love RISE! Give yourself away!

    By Blogger Kyle, at 10/25/2007 12:01 PM  

  • thanks for the podcast louie! it's really great to hear about what God has done and is doing in each of the regional events.

    and whoa ... "phoenix" sounds interesting haha :P

    i'll be praying for the rest of the events!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/25/2007 12:59 PM  

  • yes we are 21 ODD Lee University Students who took our fall break to Chi-Cago! many of us said it was the most incredibe college ROAD trip we've EVER been on! thanks for the memories! To see the kingdom of God moving forward with college students sacrificing our Krystal Fund :) filling our little role in his HUGE kingdom, WOW!! btw- you didn't mention us but we def DIDN'T want it, we were just crazy visitors in a 'reserved' midwest!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/25/2007 3:25 PM  

  • We started out kinda slow...but Chicago ended STRONG! God ROCKS!
    Thanks Louie and the Passion team for all that you do to lift up the name of Jesus by encouraging THIS GENERATION to be a generation of change.
    Passion Midwest - let's go out and make HIM famous!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/25/2007 3:49 PM  

  • Wow - after having been at Passion '07 in Atlanta I am so excited (and a little bit jealous) about these regional events. They look amazing!! Which is pretty fitting since we serve such an amazing God.

    We can't wait to have Passion in SA next year - thank you so much for including both Johannesburg and Cape Town on your itenirary!!

    By Blogger Phillip, at 10/26/2007 2:25 AM  

  • wow, I'm so amazed by God! Thanks for all the updates. Continue to pray for all those students and the Passion team

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 10/26/2007 4:31 AM  

  • the podcast was nothing short of amazing (short, matt, haha) 2 of my roommates (who didnt go) listened to it and they were so stoked about what us reserved mid-westerners accomplished, and i am so humbled to have been a part of it.
    matts prayer spoke to me, cuz the past couple mornings when ive woken up at darkthirty, ive felt this amazing calmness knowing that i am deeply loved, and i was totally surprised by it. then when matt said that in the prayer my jaw dropped.

    a lifetime of thanks to louie and all the passion peeps who work so hard will never suffice, so know that you are all deeply appreciated and you have changed so many lives, including mine. i will never be the same.

    greater things have yet to come,

    ps. would it be possible to get pic #27(chicago) high-rez? or posted on the blog?? please??

    By Blogger TK, at 10/26/2007 7:57 AM  

  • "healing, restoring, rescuing, inspiring, solidifying, releasing"
    Thank You Jesus!!!

    By Blogger gail, at 10/26/2007 8:04 AM  

  • "What a mighty God we serve!"

    I am truly touched by hearing what God did in Chicago. Seeing the pictures of my peers in prayer....believe me, it doesn't get much better than that! (yes, even better than my Springboks winning the World Cup...)
    Wow, I sit here thinking how many young hearts are sleeping much better tonight? Scored the HOME RUN at last...

    Yours Forever - Thank You Father.

    By Blogger kari, at 10/26/2007 6:03 PM  

  • Love these pics! They are precious. I love these young people truly worshiping our Lord.

    By Blogger Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog, at 10/26/2007 6:59 PM  

  • Praise God for the AWESOME things that He is doing and has already done through Passion Chicago! When we prayed about our campuses, I prayed for God to give me a burning in my heart for the lost at my community college in Indiana. Goodness, did He answer my prayers immediately. This first day back to class after the conference even! GIVE HIM ALL THE GLORY! I will never underestimate Him! Thank you to the Louie and the passion team for being committed to making Jesus famous!

    By Anonymous Lacey, at 10/26/2007 9:54 PM  

  • wohoo!! It so rocked....and beyond!! Now the Midwest is taking that intensity to the campuses and shining for Him!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/27/2007 9:53 AM  

  • Chicago Passion was life changing for me. I needed it so much. Does anyone know the words for the song God of Yesterdays (I think that was the title)?

    By Anonymous Dianne, at 10/28/2007 10:09 PM  

  • I've only been a christan for about a year. At my home church, back in Buffalo, NY I had heard testimonys about how much Passion Atlanta had changed the lives of so many of the people that went, and i knew that i wanted to be part of something like that.

    I now attend Regent University (aka Pat Robertson's school) in Virgina Beach. I was psyced to find out that Passion was coming to DC which is only about 2.5 hours away from me. I bought my ticket for the show already actually. But then I decided I was to excited, and really desired to be touched like all the people that I had seen that had attended before. Feb. was simply to far away, So me and my roommate packed our bags and decided to make the 15+ hour drive to Chicago. Let me tell you, I dont even think the word amazing summarizes it. I have been on fire for awhile nw, and Passion filled my heart with such a joy that I want to spread throughout my campus, I want everyone to experience what I have, everyone to have th ejoy that was placed in my heart when at passion. The drive was completly worth it!

    Anyways, I am so excited about attending the DC show in Feb.I actually started a facebook group at my school for it, and have more than 60 people interested in going already, which is impressive since my school is so far. I spread the word to everyone I can about how amazing what you guys are doing was. I can not WAIT until DC! You guys have changed my life!

    By Anonymous Adam B, at 10/29/2007 1:59 AM  

  • Hi Louie:

    I live in Florida, and I had the opportunity to see Chris Tomlin here in Tampa last April.

    Chris was such an inspiration, and he helped me to grow closer to Christ.

    We dont have passsion down here, but I hope Chris comes back...he was awesome..

    By Anonymous Joe, at 10/29/2007 9:43 PM  

  • Thanks for coming to Chicago!! When you all had PASSION 07, I had a blast in Georgia and I made some very close friends through the small group that took place during PASSION 07, Thanks again for coming to the Midwest!! God bless!
    Also, I found myself in one of these pictures! I didn't realize I was in it untill I went on this site!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/11/2007 7:36 PM  

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