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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Hello From Boston!









































Boston is up and running...in fact we've had three amazing sessions and are on dinner break right now, so wanted to send a quick update. The Red Sox crushed the Indians last night a half mile away from here, but no one in this building seemed to care. We kicked off the weekend with a massive celebration as over 1200 students converged from all across New England with a huge desire to go after God and they made so much noise it sounded like 10,000!

Thank you for praying for us and for them. God is stirring deep things and healing deep wounds. Two plain crosses are on the floor of the arena, places people can go to kneel in each session as they encounter the truth God is speaking over them. Under each cross is a basket of blank cards and students have been writing their prayers and responses to what God is saying in their lives. As we have prayed over the cards after each session we have been floored at the depth of the struggles, the honesty and the cries for deliverance, restoration and hope. We have one session to go tonight and we are asking God to let the Kingdom come here, now.

I cannot tell you how humbled and happy we are to be here. This is what Passion is all about...lifting up the name of Jesus right smack in the middle of a university campus. The Agganis is the hockey arena for Boston University (that's a really big deal up here!) and it's exactly where we want to be. It seemed almost every student raised their hand when I asked who had never been to a Passion event before......crazy. That's why we're here.... to make the commute shorter for them and make it possible for them to join the movement of what Passion is all about.

For His fame in Boston and throughout New England.
LG

61 Comments:

  • This is so awesome! I am definetly praying for passion and Boston! Go God!

    By Blogger IndyAnna, at 10/13/2007 6:47 PM  

  • great to hear how the Regionals are kicking off!!

    By Blogger steph, at 10/13/2007 7:08 PM  

  • Amazing times! Thanks for keeping us updated on how things are going and how to be praying. It feels like we're able to be there with you.

    Praying for Passion Boston, New England, and the world...

    "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kindgom of heaven."
    "...Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

    By Anonymous sandra r., at 10/13/2007 7:31 PM  

  • AMEN Louie!! I am so excited about what God is doing in Boston even as i type this out. I'm listening to "famous one" and that is what you guys are doing.. making Him famous!! God is moving and even though i am over a thousand miles away i know God is doing mighty things in this moment!! GLORY!

    By Blogger Ashley, at 10/13/2007 8:06 PM  

  • I’ve spent this evening working on a project on my computer while listening to one of my Hill song cds. The moment I started reading this blog the song “fire fall down” began to play, and when I got to the line in your blog regarding the response cards this line of the song “you came to fix my broken life”

    Cause I know that You're alive
    You came to fix my broken life
    And I'll sing to glorify
    Your Holy Name
    Jesus Christ

    You changed it all
    You broke down the wall
    When I spoke and confessed
    In You I'm blessed
    Now I walk in the light
    In victorious sight of you

    Your fire fall down
    Fall down
    On us we pray



    Praying for your session tonight. I know lives are being moved. Was a volunteer at Passion in Atlanta and saw the impact God had on my life at that event, as well as my friend Michael Ann from Austin. She felt the call to missions, when she went back to Texas she quit her job and started training classes. September she left for Germany for a year.

    Praise God!
    Lisa
    Cleveland, Ohio

    By Anonymous Lisa, at 10/13/2007 8:58 PM  

  • i have been watching and praying for what God would/is doing in Boston!!!

    By Blogger amandabolin, at 10/13/2007 9:16 PM  

  • wish I could have been there but glad it was awesome


    Jacob

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/13/2007 10:17 PM  

  • awesome! I'm glad you are making it possible for Boston and New England to experience God, through Passion! As someone who lived in New England till age 11, and has many family members their still, I am very excited to see what God will be doing through the experiences the students have at Passion! God bless!
    Lauren

    By Blogger lauren, at 10/13/2007 10:19 PM  

  • So exciting about what is going on in Boston! Thank you for the updates on how we can be praying for this one, Chicago and all the others! Looking forward to the DC Regional!

    By Blogger Jill Wyman, at 10/13/2007 10:52 PM  

  • YES!!!! This is sooo exciting!! God, just keep it up! Let it grow! And a big amen to "let the Kingdom come here, now"! We're holding our breath.

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 10/13/2007 10:59 PM  

  • Lisa-
    Thank you for posting the lyrics to Fire Fall Down (which I don't even know if that is the actual name of the song). I've had that one on my heart for several days as well- especially the "Fire fall down" part.

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 10/13/2007 11:02 PM  

  • Hey Louie,
    thanks so much for the update, it is great to hear what God is doing in Boston! I love hearing how you all are praying over the cards the students are leaving at the cross...
    ...praying for the students that the ways God is moving in their lives this weekend will take root deep in their hearts... that they will find healing, hope & new reservoirs of strength in Him... that they will each be drawn closer to Him ...and Shine :)
    blessings all ~

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 10/13/2007 11:20 PM  

  • I was in Agannis arena this weekend...what I saw God doing in the lives of students in Boston was amazing. Praise God for His amazing love!

    By Blogger TJ, at 10/13/2007 11:27 PM  

  • Thank you so much for your prayers for Boston! I lived in Texas my whole life until 2 years ago when I moved to Boston. We are a city in need of prayers and I know God can and will do great things here!! This weekend in Boston has been amazing and we are now all praying for our brothers and sisters in the next 5 cities. Let us all join together in glorifying God throughout this country and the world!!

    By Anonymous kelli b, at 10/13/2007 11:43 PM  

  • hi louie and rest of the passion team, thank you so much for coming all the way up here to boston- this weekend has been incredible, God has definitely been breaking hearts and stirring up in us a huge fire for his renown in new england!

    thank you especially for praying over my campus, Boston University. it was the greatest blessing and i cannot wait to see God continue to move in this city and show us the greater things that have yet to come. will be going with you to all the other regionals in prayer!

    By Anonymous christina, at 10/13/2007 11:53 PM  

  • wish i was with you!

    By Blogger ::it's all for Jesus::, at 10/14/2007 12:03 AM  

  • so after you tell chicago and the subsequent cities that we turned their wells blue before they even knew about them, i hope you challenge them to make an even greater impact, and then make sure to tell us all about the results! it'd be awesome to keep tabs on what God does in the other cities across the country. thanks for coming to boston!

    By Anonymous Liz, at 10/14/2007 12:34 AM  

  • iniThanks to MR. GIGLIO (*smiles*) and the rest of the PASSION team. These past 2 days have been wonderful and affirming. God's promises to me are beautiful and sometimes hard to TRULY believe, so it is nice to be reminded - especially through the music. Thank you, too, for convicting me to DO. It is our responsibility as Christians to be IN THE WORLD shining the light and love of Jesus through our words and actions.

    Thank you for living God's calling.

    JCS from central Mass

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/14/2007 12:55 AM  

  • It was a blessing and a privilege to serve alongside you in Boston. I don't have the words to express what was birthed in the hearts of so many people these last 2 days. I've seen the slimmest of slivers of what God has opened wide and it's just simply dumbfounding.

    A million thanks for loving on, serving, and praying for Boston. God certainly made a way for us all these last 2 days.

    May God heap blessing upon blessing as the regionals tour continues and those strong sails of this movement catch the gale-force wind of a hurricane.

    By Blogger Jen, at 10/14/2007 12:56 AM  

  • Thank you Jesus for Your work on the cross and the healing that still comes from You through it.

    Humbled, yet again, by what I've heard God has done this time in Boston over these two days..

    By Blogger gail, at 10/14/2007 1:00 AM  

  • wow, it was amazing to be in Boston. It was worth travelling all the way to Boston! It was amazing to meet the Passion staff! Mr Giglio you floored me with the fact that you knew who I was, haha.

    But most of all I HAD AN AMAZING TIME. God was moving big time in the hearts of everyone who was there. HE'S THE FAMOUS ONE, HE'S THE ONE WE ARE LIVING FOR.

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 10/14/2007 1:09 AM  

  • I was at Passion and am from Boston and am amazed that it was as great as it was. If the rest are half as good this WORLD will be changed. Jesus is here and stirring a generation!!

    By Blogger Joseph, at 10/14/2007 1:13 AM  

  • Just got back from Passion Regionals was AWESOME! God bless you guys for coming to our hometown! Praise God for those 6 WELLS!! ;) High five to my new england mates! Praise God for being a part in Passion global! Hey Look!! it's me on the picture blog!! hahaah Praise God! Amen!!!

    By Blogger Kao, at 10/14/2007 1:39 AM  

  • Louie,

    some of us cared about the Sox, just not too many.

    Thanks for coming to boston.

    God bless

    By Anonymous andrew, at 10/14/2007 1:46 AM  

  • Louie!!!

    (or Mr. Giglio, if you prefer)...

    WOW. Stunned. That's all I can say as I stare at the cross. Passion Boston was a wonderful and beautiful picture of Jesus changing a city where greater things will come. Thank you so so much, Louie! I so love the Passion movement, but love Jesus a trillion times more. This was definitely a remedy for the city of Boston. After the World Tour, i hope you guys can come back to Beantown again, sometime.

    I got the experience of my life tonight...at the last main session, I was on the floor in the fourth row. I'm sure you didn't recognize me (the one with the red sox hat and goatee haha), but I was so honored to just be down there worshiping with you and chris and steve. I'll never forget this day. thank you so much for coming to boston.

    my prayer and dream for my life is to someday get the opportunity to lead that many people in worship like chris, charlie, dave and matt get to do each night. thank you for helping me better realize that God has a direction for me and a purpose for me. Wow!

    ...now go out there and SHOCK this world with the story of the redemption of Christ. the time has come to take the world by storm with Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    God bless you and all in the Passion movement!

    -Joe

    By Blogger Joe, at 10/14/2007 2:15 AM  

  • Passion was awesome i had a blast...i truly became closer to god this weekend...i wish it never had ended...PASSION BOSTON!!!! im praying for you guys on the regionals..Praise God!!!

    Chris Johnson & Wales university providence

    By Blogger Suthie, at 10/14/2007 2:36 AM  

  • AMAZING! :}

    By Anonymous malia, at 10/14/2007 2:54 AM  

  • Mr. Giglio =]
    Words will never be able to describe Passion in my life ! It was the most amazing weekend ! From the worship, to the talks, to seeing, and feeling God work in our hearts, and the 6 wells we were able to fund made this the best experience of my life ! I had never heard of Passion until about a month ago, and I am so thrilled that I have come to know this movement ! Thank you soooo much to all who made this happen in Boston ! I'll be praying for the next five cities, and for the world tour ! I hope you'll make your way back to Boston, sometime ! God Bless you all !

    By Blogger Poly, at 10/14/2007 3:41 AM  

  • i just want to say thank you so much for doing the regionals louie. i went passion 07 too and both events have drastically changed my life for the better! i hope that i will attend many more passion connfrences.

    By Anonymous Aaron, at 10/14/2007 7:02 AM  

  • Thank you, God, for making YOUR name great this weekend-
    and thank you for the people you use and let take part!
    May it have an huge impact for eternity!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/14/2007 10:42 AM  

  • I just listened to the Boston podcast, and I have been wishy-washy about whether or not I could afford (both financially and temporally) going to one of the regionals, plus I just moved to a new city for grad school and didn't want to go alone, but I asked the one person I've met here who has heard of Passion if she wanted to go to Chicago with me, and now I'm going. Look for us coming from Columbus!

    -Morgan

    By Blogger Morgan, at 10/14/2007 11:15 AM  

  • thank you GOD for this weekend!!! It was awesome that we prayed for each of our campuses, I know in mine we needed that prayer and those of us that were there this weekend are still praying that God will do an amazing work in Harvard and use us to make Christ real to all to the kids on campus. i love you JESUS!!!

    By Anonymous eli, at 10/14/2007 11:45 AM  

  • Mr. Louie and Passion team,
    I was in Agannis arena this weekend...what I saw God doing in the lives of students in Boston was amazing.
    This a new season and a new mark, like "water Mark" in my life.
    Praise God for His amazing love!
    I wish it never had ended...PASSION BOSTON!!!!
    Go forward, no matter what I'm going to, I'm going with Jesus Christ.
    Thankssssssssssssss

    By Blogger Jeanne, at 10/14/2007 12:19 PM  

  • What an amazing two days! I look forward to seeing the majesty and power of God sweep through this city! I know with all my heart God has not forgotten Boston - and that excites me.

    By Blogger Michelle, at 10/14/2007 1:30 PM  

  • I've never felt the Spirit so strong so many times in a weekend! God is undoubtedly making a strong movement using every single one of you on the Passion team!

    We hear you Mr. Louie Giglio :) and we are and will be posting more on the blog! Can't wait for the podcast!

    You guys seem really technologically advanced, but if I may, I'm just going to offer one tip for the blog (to increase readers!): Add a button that allows us to subscribe to the "Site Feed." Doing so lets us get email and homepage (google, yahoo, msn, etc.) notifications every single time you post!

    Here is the blogger page on how to do this:
    http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=41450

    May the message of Passion reach all that wish to hear it and then some!
    For the glory of it all!!!

    By Blogger John W, at 10/14/2007 1:31 PM  

  • Thanks for the update Louie, despite your crazy schedule!! I am so encouraged by what you've shared. The flame is definitely rising up all across the globe - and I'm glad to be able to share that with you guys. Will be praying for the Passion team as you guys head to Chicago this weekend and for the rest of the tour.

    I'm glad to hear that Passion World Tour will take off in 08. Would love to be part of it in Europe, as I live in London. May the Lord continue to guide and open doors to the Passion team, for His Glory and Renown.

    Btw, I was at the Nashville HGIOG stop and was tremendously blessed by your sharing.

    By Anonymous Fiona, at 10/14/2007 1:47 PM  

  • Passion was a sweet time of worshipping God in Boston, I must admit. I'm praying that God continues to work in New England!

    P.S. I'm pumped about the wells.

    By Blogger Tertullian, at 10/14/2007 1:59 PM  

  • THANK YOU PASSION FOR COMING TO BOSTON!! I was there this past weekend and I can't even describe the energy! God truly blessed the people of New England through you!
    ...EVERYONE PLEASE PRAY FOR MY HOME COUNTRY OF UKRAINE AS PASSION PLANS TO GO TO KIEV ON MAY 16-17 2008! Mark 16:15!

    By Anonymous Serj, at 10/14/2007 1:59 PM  

  • so excited to hear what God is doing in Boston... praying that God would take what was started this weekend and cultivate and grow throughout the city and New England so that His name and His renown will grow larger and larger and take this entire globe by storm!!!

    By Blogger The BOB-O, at 10/14/2007 2:01 PM  

  • All I can say is WOW!! This weekend has been such a blessing to all those that came. I wish that I was able to go with you guys around the US and see God's work in each city just as He did here in Boston. Thanks so much for coming.

    By Blogger Erik, at 10/14/2007 3:32 PM  

  • Passion:Boston was AMAZING! Seeing all these students and what God has been doing in this area just blows me away!

    Thank you for coming to Boston and I pray that GOd will continue to use the momentum that's been building up and break down anything that's hindering these students. It was an honor to serve along side all of you and I hope, God willing, to be able to help at Passion:DC.

    God bless and may He keep you safe and provide everything that's needed not just for the US leg of the tour, but for the World Tour.

    By Anonymous Samuel So, at 10/14/2007 3:47 PM  

  • Praise God for how He poured out His Spirit at the Agannis arena during the past two days! I wasn't there, but I sense the power of His work in those who were!

    Lord, please seal the work You did in each heart, and continue to pour out Your love and power in and through each life. Bring revival to each campus represented through all you have done and will do in the lives of those who attended. In Jesus' name, amen!

    By Blogger Marcia B, at 10/14/2007 5:15 PM  

  • what a blessing that God allowed me to be a part of!! Even though I was only able to bring a few students from our church, we were SOOO blessed!! True lightning bolts hitting the ground, not merely pretty laser light show!
    :-)
    Thanks for your Passion (sorry for the pun) but looking forward to the work that He is doing thru the lives of college students throughout the nation and spreading into all the corners of the world! To Him be the Glory!!!!

    By Blogger hugs4jesus, at 10/14/2007 6:59 PM  

  • WOW. This was my very first Passion, and I LOVED it!! Thank you so much for coming to Boston it was amazing. We rocked that arena!!!

    By Blogger ~sarah~, at 10/14/2007 7:43 PM  

  • amazing. amazing. amazing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/14/2007 8:07 PM  

  • This weekend really revitalized my spirit. I have been in a dead period for awhile and i'm so glad that through Passion, i was able to reconnect with God again in a more personal and active way. i don't know how God works the way he does because it seems so simple: one weekend + worship + Word = loving God in a more passionate way all over again.

    By Blogger Margaret, at 10/14/2007 9:34 PM  

  • Mr. Giglio,
    Your team is an amazing collection of people. Thank you for being so obedient to God's will. We will lift up the remaining 5 cities in prayer as they have done for us. Boston will never be the same; we are too inflamed with passion for God to back down now. May the floodgates burst forth all over the world and may the name of Jesus be known to ALL!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/14/2007 9:43 PM  

  • Rejoice,again I say REJOICE!!!

    joining with the highest of praise.
    that is fantastic.

    Continuing in prayer as you embark on this journey of spreading His love from the east to the west.

    I love hearing about all of the great things God is doing.

    By Blogger Liz, at 10/14/2007 10:46 PM  

  • woo yeah! rock on God. I'm so glad that so many people who would've otherwise missed out got to get in on this thing!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/14/2007 10:49 PM  

  • Louie,

    It was absolutely amazing to serve with Passion in Boston this weekend. I don't even really have words to describe my experience. I was so excited to go and just serve the students who would be attending. I never expected that I too would have my heart filled to the top with exactly what I needed. It was an unexpected and humbling experience.

    I sent you an email through the general mailbox about my experience on Friday night. Just incredible. God is so amazing.

    Thanks doesn't even begin to say what I am really feeling...but I feel unable to truly express my thoughts.

    God Bless you, and looking forward to *hopefully* serving in DC!

    Kate

    p.s. It was fun to briefly shake your hand (I was the volunteer with the striped scarf that you complimented) It was very kind of you to ask me how I was doing. Thank you for that.

    By Blogger Kate, at 10/14/2007 11:10 PM  

  • such a blessing for you guys to come up here to boston. worshipping with you guys was absolutely amazing! praise God for the weekend and i'll definitely be praying for chicago!!

    By Anonymous Jeff from Boston, at 10/15/2007 2:25 AM  

  • Dear Mr. Giglio,

    I just want to thank you so much for coming to Boston! You truly changed my heart and my life. You know, I wasn't one of those non-Christians who, by the grace of God, changed into a Christian. I was actually a Christian who lost his way and had weak faith. I believed for a long time that God was real, but for sometime now I feel like He's been absent from my life. I felt like He had great plans for everyone else but me. After coming to Passion, I felt my heart was renewed and restored. I felt a happiness and joy that I haven't felt in a long time. I'm not talking about a giddiness feeling when I saw Charlie Hall or Chris Tomlin. I'm talking about a feeling of true joy that you can only feel when you're in His presence. The last night you guys were here I saw a glimpse of what heaven would be like. A place where we can sing praises to God all the time with brothers and sisters all around us. I didn't need to know the person next to me to love Him, I loved him because Jesus loved him and because Jesus loved him and died for him (and me) I can call him my brother.

    You mentioned how some people are chosen and some people are called to do His works. When Passion arrived I felt a calling from God to go. I don't know why, I personally thought it would be just another Christian concert but it wasn't... it was sip of God's true power, mercy, and love. From this point on, my love for God has skyrocketed and I want to do more of God's work. I know this is a long e-mail but Mr. Giglio I have a message for you: " Mr. Giglio, thank you for all you've done and showing me how broken I really was. Thank you for sharing to me a sip of the true heaven...and the true love of God."

    A brother from Christ,
    Abe

    By Blogger Abe, at 10/15/2007 9:16 AM  

  • GLORY TO GOD! that is so encouraging! I'm really praising the Lord for that gathering in Boston. It's so awesome Jesus' love is so concentrated, flowing, and pulsing in Boston over the weekend! I pray after it flows and pulses at the confrence it spills out over all of new england and runs rampid on the TONS of campuses up there! praise Jesus!

    By Blogger David, at 10/15/2007 9:34 AM  

  • I was at Boston with a few of our students who drove all the way from Philadelphia to take part in the event. In a word: AMAZING!

    To hear the words spoken and the songs sung and to witness the lives changed in those moments was truly breathtaking.

    Don't miss out on these events when they come near you! And be prepared for the new Chris Tomlin song for the cities! Awesome!

    By Anonymous Brodie, at 10/15/2007 9:35 AM  

  • As a volunteer in Boston, my prayer was for the volunteers...that in spirit and focus they would come and serve Jesus. God supplied the most amazing group of volunteers I've every been had the honor of serving with. From all over the country you came and poured yourself into the students. Even the most menial jobs were done with passion and I'm thankful for the Holy Spirit moving in your hearts! Thank you Boston for letting us serve your precious students and thank you God for showing up HUGE in the hearts and hands of the volunteers! HE IS GREAT!

    By Blogger Cog, at 10/15/2007 10:15 AM  

  • Passion:Boston was AMAZING.
    On our drive back to Nova Scotia, Canada, one of the people in our group flipped over their Passion bracelet...
    FLIP YOURS OVER and CHECK IT OUT!!!

    "i don't know where i'm going, but i'm going with Him"

    By Anonymous Laura E, at 10/15/2007 12:49 PM  

  • the other side of the bracelet sais KIEV, UKRAINE (as a reminder for people to pray for the people of Ukraine)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/15/2007 2:28 PM  

  • Man, Boston's regional was great. It was just what I needed right when I needed it. It was amazing to see so many young Christians come together for a weekend of worship. I am so excited I get to go to the Chicago regional with some friends who couldn't make it this weekend. Looking forward to and praying for Chicago (Hopefully we can beat the 6 wells!).

    By Blogger Gabriel, at 10/15/2007 4:13 PM  

  • Having been to Passion the past few years with thousands of people in participation, I had no idea what to expect in Boston. Coming from the South, we've got a church on every corner and it would not seem uncommon for a big chunk of college students to go to a passion event (even though we've still got thousands who wouldn't).

    It was amazing to me to talk to the people on the T or around campus who were attending passion about how they had never been to a Passion Event. It was even more amazing to me that we didn't fill an entire arena and that registration took 5 minutes (we'll see if that happends in Atlanta).

    The cool thing though, was to see the need for Jesus in Boston/New England and the responce of the people who were ready to do something about it. 1,200 people can make a difference even if the odds seem way against them and I believe they will.

    Passion, you made a good move by going to the people (plus, I got to go to a way cool new city which I fell in love with - yes, that is selfish, but hey). I can't wait to hear about the amazing things that will result from this weekend. Boston, you have a place in my heart! Help New England know Jesus.

    Piper, you said exactly what I've been trying to do and express through my life, but you explained it way better! I really hope our generation gets this message!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/15/2007 6:00 PM  

  • This was my first Passion Christian Conference of any time, and it was a REALLY GOOD experience, i hope you guys come visit Boston again very soon!

    By Blogger mary, at 10/15/2007 7:01 PM  

  • Dear Passion Staff,

    I am so thankful for your service and your commitment to spreading the fame of Jesus! His fame will outlast eternnity - what a marvelously humbeling thought!

    I want you to know that this past gathering did more for me spiritually than I can express. With every new morning, Christ is unfolding the beauty of His worth, holiness, passion... to my heart. He is once agian cultivating an unquenchable hunger and thirst for His holiness within me. I must tell you, I was at a cross-road. I needed to decide whether I would adhear to Chrsit's call for holiness and purity - which deep down I knew was the path I should take - or if I should succumb to the deceptively, sweetness of selfindulgence. I was teetering on the precipice, but Hope reached out to me and set my feet aright! Temptation is washed out by the brilliance of Christ's holiness! How liberating!

    With that said, I want to thank you. I am excited about the change in me. I am eagerly anticipating the fruit of a generation in awe and totally consumed by the holiness and purity of God.

    By Blogger Michelle, at 10/15/2007 7:22 PM  

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