Thursday, January 10, 2008

Do Something Now - One Year After Passion 07

As a companion to the world's longest Podcast episode which is now playing at the Passion Podcast [visit iTunes and subscribe or download the DSN-One Year Later installment today], we want to recap what has happened as a result of your efforts at Passion 07. For those just joining us, the Do Something Now Campaign was our way of wedding worship and justice, putting feet to our songs and giving God what He wants most--for us to go to the least of these and meet their needs in Jesus' name.

So, knowing that we were hosting 22,000 "poor" college students and their leaders for four days in January 2007, we did the unthinkable and put a $500,000 challenge on the table. Never counting out this generation's desire to change the world, we linked the momentum of our gathering with eight global causes and asked you to pray, give and go. The results stunned us all, and, I believe, made God really, really happy.

We posted the immediate results after Passion 07 and have told the story all through the year. And, in the spirit of fairness and accuracy, we went back to these organizations one year later to find out just what happened as a result of Passion 07. Did we follow up on what we said we would do? Did we give all we said we would give? Have people gone? And what can we still do to help these causes even though there wasn't a nationwide event this year?

Well, get, ready to be blown away...the results are in. We share more of the story on the current Podcast, and interview Heather Mercer with Freedom Center Iraq and Todd Peterson with The Seed Company and OneVerse, but here's the brief overview.

Cause 1.
Freedom for those trapped in slavery through Stop The Traffik.
Aim: for 1000 people to sign a declaration card to be sent along with hundreds of thousands of others to the UN in 2007 raising awareness of the global human trafficking dilemma.

Result: 3000 signatures were gathered!

Current Need: Stop The Traffik is gathering 1 million signatures for a February 14 meeting with the Secretary General of the UN. You can add your voice and find other ways to make a difference at StopTheTraffik.org.

Cause 2.
Bibles sent to restricted nations through Bibles Unbound.
Aim: to package 3000 Bibles to be sent to people in East Asia, as well as a commitment made by the packager to pray for the recipient for one year.

Result: 4000 Bibles sent. 4000 people being prayed for for one year.

Need: In February, Bibles Unbound is approaching their 500,000th Bible sent. Visit BiblesUnbound.com to get involved.

Cause 3.
Extending the Kingdom to the needy of Atlanta with towels and socks.
Aim: Partnering with 15 Atlanta-area shelters to provide 20,000 towels and 20,000 pairs of socks.

Result: 13,000 towels and 31,000 pairs of socks were collected. That was a pretty incredible sight!

Cause 4.
Clean water for Africa through BloodWaterMission.
Aim: Raise $33,000 to drill 11 wells providing clean water for 11 African villages for life.

Result: $156,000 was given to build 52 wells!

Need: A well can be built for $3,000 and many, many African villages are waiting. BloodWaterMission.com.
(We will continue to support this cause at Passion Regional events in LA, Dallas, DC and Atlanta).

Cause 5.
University education for deserving students through Compassion International.
Aim: Support 20 students in Compassion's Leadership Development Program who have completed the child sponsorship program and are worthy candidates for higher education by paying $250 a month for four years.

Result: Pledged to sponsor 30 students, and 18 were actually sponsored. Once the LDP packets were taken, 40 additional children were sponsored in Compssion's regular child sponsorship program.

Need: To sponsor additional LDP candidates at Compassion.com.

Cause 6.
Fund Bible translations with The Seed Company's OneVerse Campaign.
Aim: Give $150,000 to translate the New Testament for the Dela people of Indonesia by giving $20 per verse for each New Testament verse.

Result: $88,652.77 was given and $355,000 pledged. In the end, $159.914.18 of the amount pledged was received. The Dela translation is fully funded, and Mark, Genesis and Acts are completed. The project will continue for an additional five to six years. Total contribution was $248.566.95 toward six translations!

Need: There are 2000 people groups still waiting for the Scripture in their native language. OneVerse.org.

Cause 7.
Help build a Community Center in Iraq with partner Global Hope.
Aim: raise $55,000 toward the building of an educational/social center called Freedom Center in the middle of a university campus in Kurdistan, see 30 students willing to pray about spending a year there teaching English and have 500 people commit to pray for the Kurds for one year.

Result: $165,000 was given toward the construction of Freedom Center, 1200 plus people took packets to pray for the Kurds for a year and over 500 took applications to go. Of those 500, 50 completed the application process and 21 are now in Iraq teaching in the university as Freedom Center is being built.

Need: 25 more to go as Freedom Center opens in 2008 and an additional $400,000 to complete the 2 million dollar cost. FreedomCenterIraq.org

Cause 8
Life-saving operations for children in the DR with Cure International.
Aim: Provide 51 operations at a cost of $1,000 each. [A donor decided to match what was given at Passion 07 up to 200 operations].

Result: Money was given or pledged for 124 operations and $103,897.87 was actually given. With the matching gift of $103,897.87, which came in December 2007, the total given is $207,795.74, providing operations and hope to 207 children and their families.

Need: Save kids and alter their lives at CureInternational.org.

Total of money redirected to those in need:
Cure International
BloodWaterMission $156,000
Compassion (LDP) $216,000
Compassion (Children/1 year) $15,360
OneVerse $248,566.95
Freedom Center Iraq $165,000

Total $904,824.82

Additional Cure Intl. Matching Gift $103,897.87

Grand Total $1,008,722.60

Wow. That's over 1 million dollars in four days from college students, leaders and volunteers, as well as those who have physically gone, carrying hope in their hands. AMAZING! God really can change the world through this generation! Thank you for being a part of it with us. This is what true worship is all about.


  • Amazing... thank you for the update! And Louie, I promise I won't listen to the whole 92 min podcast all at once ;)

    By Anonymous anna, at 1/10/2008 10:04 PM  

  • Thank you for the update! Can we get an update on the fundraising for the Passion world tour??

    By Anonymous Joy, at 1/10/2008 10:19 PM  

  • WOW- PRAISE THE LORD!! This is incredible! Can't wait to listen to the podcast!

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 1/10/2008 10:19 PM  

  • never underestimate the power of 22,000 college students who love Jesus :-) That is truly amazing!

    By Blogger Kate, at 1/10/2008 10:43 PM  

  • AMEN!!! That is so amazing! God is up to something great! I'm about to listen to the 92 minute podcast (not all at once though).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/10/2008 11:23 PM  

  • oh yeah, passion 07! that's right! we're not so "poor" haha.

    By Blogger Joe, at 1/11/2008 2:25 AM  

  • WOW!! That is so amazing to see God work through us "poor" college students!! :) That is nice affirmation that WE CAN do something to change the world for Christ's name and renown!! :) AMEN!!!

    By Blogger Ashley, at 1/11/2008 9:22 AM  

  • i will admit, i listened to the podcast all at once, i know, shame on me... but praise the Lord for all of the amazing things that have happened! i know a lot of the time when you give money to various "charities" you never hear any feedback... so this was awesome. thanks louie!

    By Blogger TK, at 1/11/2008 1:05 PM  

  • I didn't listen to the long podcast yet... but looking forward to it!
    I was in tears a year ago already! So what's that? Looking forward to cry????
    GOD! YOU are great! and what you do is greater than anything we can think or imagine!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/11/2008 2:22 PM  

  • thats for the passion and commitment!

    By Blogger Aaron, at 1/11/2008 3:24 PM  

  • Thank you for the update! Wow, $1 million...what an encouragement.

    There's still working to be done here in the US too, as most people here need to hear about the hope we have in Christ Jesus, and many churches need to embody Passion's embrace of reaching the nations and the unengaged peoples of the world to fulfill Revelation 5:9

    Jesus is LORD.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/11/2008 5:44 PM  

  • Amazing, really amazing.
    We are the hands and feets of Jesus and this ministry is doing a great impact in the world.

    glory to God!!!

    By Anonymous Victor, at 1/11/2008 7:14 PM  

  • Awesome to hear about and remember all that God did in those days, and I am especially excited to hear about the 21 people now teaching in Iraq! And excited about the new CD...saw the stuff on the 268 store for pre- ordering.

    Thank you Father. May you be known in every tribe, tongue, and nation!

    By Blogger Catherine, at 1/12/2008 1:18 AM  

  • Louie,

    WOW - Thanks for the update !! It is really encouraging to see a generation begin to get invovled with God's heart - Kingdom business for His Glory!

    Second, I agree with Joy Can you let us all know how the fundraising for the Passion world tour is coming along? Still praying for you and Shelly as well as your team.

    God Bless,

    p.s. Will listen to the broadcast and see you all in DC and Atlanta (So miss Passion conferences !! - have been popping in the DVD's as a reminder !!)

    By Blogger Angela, at 1/12/2008 11:12 AM  

  • speechless!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/12/2008 12:29 PM  

  • The podcast always really moves me but seeing that picture of the freedom center brought tears to my eyes. I just finished listening to the Longest Podcast Ever and it was good to hear the ripples. My prayers are always with you guys.


    By Blogger Lindsay, at 1/12/2008 3:53 PM  

  • God is Faithful

    By Blogger Liz, at 1/12/2008 8:05 PM  

  • wow! i dont even know what to say but just a big thanks to God for being active in us, that we would be drawn toward acting out the love of christ to the world in such a huge way.

    By Anonymous Brandon, at 1/13/2008 2:39 PM  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/13/2008 6:36 PM  

  • AMEN!
    im up here in Canada, and was just praying with my housemates about the passion movement. only to log on and find these results. truely in awe of what God has done.
    excited for what will happen at the DC conference!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/14/2008 1:03 AM  

  • Whoa...
    So excited for all God has done, all He is doing, and all He will continue to do!
    Definitely speechless and so amazed by Him!

    Prayers for Passion and for this generation...

    By Blogger Sandra R., at 1/14/2008 1:10 AM  

  • WOW indeed, What an Amazing God we have that stirrs so many to do so much! Can't wait to get home and download the podcast.
    Are the details on the podcast about the world tour?

    By Blogger Boaly, at 1/14/2008 6:25 AM  

  • We celebrate for the amazing things God lets us be a part of.

    Heaven rejoices when its servants are faithful. Great things are yet to come.

    Can't wait for DC.

    By Blogger Andy Kuhn, at 1/14/2008 11:34 PM  

  • Thank you for the update!! How amazing it is to see how God worked in four days! Praise the Lord :) Looking forward to LA regionals!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/15/2008 1:51 PM  

  • When my brother and I decided to go to Passion '07 last year, we had no idea how much it would impact our lives. My brother is currently one of the 21 students teaching in Iraq at the Freedom Center, and I have been to Africa twice on missions trips. Both of us feel called to missions and although it is ultimately God's doing, Passion certainly put the fire in us! Thank you so much!

    By Blogger Sam, at 1/15/2008 2:59 PM  

  • Hey Louie,

    Any updates on Passion LA? I can't believe it's coming up in a week. If there's anything else we can pray for, please let us know. :D Thanks!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/17/2008 3:57 PM  

  • I know that this has nothing to do with the post, but I have a problem and I don't know what else to do about it. I hear about everybody who has "fallen in love" with Christ. I went to a SL conference in Daytona and I recieved Christ, but I didn't "fall in love" with Him. There was an immediate change in myself and I obviously had an outwards change because my family, friends, and church noticed and I became sort of a leader among our youth. But, I don't have passion or love for Christ and I don't understand howe I can. I can't force myslef to feel that way. I've tried everything from praying to reading the Word to going to talks and reading devotionals and books about the subject. Nothing is working. I am really scared of where my faith is going to end up, as well as everyone who looks to me as a leader. Please help me...

    By Blogger Speedy, at 1/17/2008 5:58 PM  

  • I can only say: AMEN!

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 1/18/2008 9:28 AM  

  • simply amazing!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/18/2008 2:44 PM  

  • We did that?!?!?!?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/18/2008 2:44 PM  

  • We, the students of Passion 07, collectively redistributed one million dollars to people who desperately need it.

    By modern standards of charity, that's absolutely amazing. But consider this: We, the students of Passion 07, collectively paid over two million dollars in registration fees to attend Passion 07.

    Two million dollars, compared to one million dollars. By simple math, we don't love our neighbors as ourselves: we love ourselves twice as much as we love our neighbors in need.

    One million dollars in four days is a shocking statistical anomaly, and a bold testament to the power of God through believers in the world today, but we should not be content with merely impressing the world when we can turn it upside-down!

    By Blogger Life on Wry, at 1/18/2008 2:54 PM  

  • I just wanted to share an experience I had tonight that brought back memories of passion 2007. I'm abroad in the Philippines spending 4 months doing missions here and attended a Re-ignite conference today and one of the guest speakers was Heidi Baker. The best part of the entire night was the praise and worship- they love to sing here and most of the songs were Tomlin, Crowder and Redman's. :) There were several thousand people there of all ages engaged in worshiping the King- and the message Louie gave on Heaven and the party that's going to take place came to mind. I felt like we had a taste of that tonight- as there were only a few of us white Americans amongst thousands of people of another culture and language- but we were all worshiping the King of Kings. It's going to be one Giant party when we get to heaven and I can't wait!!
    Praise God for what he has done since Passion 07 and continues to do- and if you haven't read Heidi Baker's book- Always Enough- you should- she's a woman of God that has lived miracles of Bible times and has made them every day events.
    God Bless!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/20/2008 11:57 AM  

  • Hi! Where can I buy Passion 07 DVD?

    Was released? when will be?

    Thanks a lot...

    By Blogger Snaydher, at 2/07/2008 9:02 PM  

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