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Monday, February 18, 2008

120% For Jesus





































OK, so if you weren't at Passion Dallas, you're probably wondering what deal is with the 40/40/40 thing and the 120%. Well, it's a long story, but let's just say I'm not that swift with numbers (and, for the record, there's a fairly large amount of information floating through my brain at a Passion event!), but at the end of the day the students in Dallas gave the clothes off their backs to help the students of Union University, many of whom lost theirs in a tornado that completely devastated almost every residence on the campus two weeks ago. I said quite boldly that 40% had lost everything, 40% would get some things back and 40% would recover almost everything. Only the next day did I realize what I had said and everyone had a nice LOL moment at my expense...including me. So we just decided to embrace the 120% idea and left the place thinking we wanted to be 120% committed to Jesus. Why not, right?

The feedback from those of you who were in Dallas has been amazing. What we prayed for happened right in front of our eyes as God breathed the hours we shared to life and changed us in a way that will change history. The worship was powerful as songs and actions merged to make God happy. DSN (Do Something Now) was incredible. Are you ready for this? The students brought 3700 towels and 17800 pairs of socks for shelters throughout the Metroplex. They gave $18,992 to build over 6 wells for African villages, and $80,040 to help make a Passion event in Seoul possible in October! WOW! And do you want to hear something really cool? Someone who was there Saturday night offered to double the number of wells AND the Seoul offering before knowing the totals. We haven't seen the check yet, but when it comes that will mean 12 wells and $160,080 for Seoul!

In the pics above you can see the potential of 6000 people to change a campus and the world. But at the end of the day it's not about a huge crowd, but a huge Holy Spirit of God who makes the weak strong, the afraid brave, the broken whole, the dead alive and the impossible possible. That's the hope of Passion Dallas and the hope of every nation! We love you guys and feel so honored to have the privilege of serving you through Passion. And we're SO glad we came to the Big D and know you are with us on this beautiful adventure.

120% believing that Greater Things Have Yet To Come,
Louie

54 Comments:

  • 80,000+ by us is awesome.. but for someone else to double that number.. praise God! I wish I could have given even more knowing that someone would double that...

    It was an incredible weekend, now, lets do this!
    ~~120%~~

    By Blogger Erik, at 2/18/2008 10:45 PM  

  • 12 wells in Africa! 80,000x2! That is so awesome! God overcomes!!!

    By Anonymous Jake, at 2/18/2008 10:54 PM  

  • giedwSuper Sid & Friends from Arkansas,
    we thought we could count but we found out that you can go over 100% with Jesus. Louie let us know we could give an extra 20%.
    Every Passion event is PRICELESS in its own wright and you leave ready to go out and make a difference.
    Gazing at the Cross,
    Sid<><

    By Blogger SuperSID, at 2/18/2008 11:01 PM  

  • Hey Louie, where is it that we can find your e-mail? You said people do it all the time and I was just wonderin' where exactly they found your e-mail?

    Dallas was amazing and God really moved! Overcoming Savior really did a lot!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

    By Blogger katie.marie, at 2/18/2008 11:07 PM  

  • wow! thats amazing! i can't believe someone doubled it! God is going to do some amazing things in Korea!

    and i am waiting for those '120% for Jesus' t-shirts! haha

    By Anonymous Jonathan Harris, at 2/18/2008 11:17 PM  

  • You gave an address for the clothes, and I plan to use it, but also, regarding DSN, is there an address for the headquarters for that as well? I work in retail, so I can get towels and socks. I just need to know where to send them.

    By Blogger Brian, at 2/18/2008 11:45 PM  

  • brian, towels and socks went to dallas area shelters. dsn is just the name of passion's campaign. if you want to give more, contact local shelters in your area!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2008 11:48 PM  

  • it totally blew me away when I heard about who much we have given. I had just gotten out of class when my friend texted me that we had raised $80,040. The only thing I could say was "Praise God!" I also praise God for the fact that God using y'all through Passion and blessed me and words cannot explain my feelings of joy. I came home and wrote a 5 page note of facebook about everything.

    now and forever giving 120% for Jesus,

    Kristin

    p.s. my prayers are always with y'all! and next year Passion Dallas needs to be bigger :)

    By Anonymous Kristin, at 2/19/2008 12:17 AM  

  • i am so blown away
    WE ARE GONNA MAKE 120% SHIRTS!

    By Blogger B-Rack 2000, at 2/19/2008 1:54 AM  

  • Hey Louie...
    I was wondering if I could get the best way to contact someone regarding going to Iraq. I checked out the website but it was under construction and I checked out the website that is tied in with this one but no one has gotten back to me. I really would appreciate this. Travel safe!!!

    Andrew

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/19/2008 2:22 AM  

  • Good Stuff LG.
    See you all in Johannesburg!

    - Milan

    By Anonymous Milan Ford, at 2/19/2008 3:55 AM  

  • Wow i looked at the numbers last night of what we gave and i was amazed but to know that someone offered doubled it, that something only God could do. But louie, Me and a friend was wondering if our church were to raise money for the two projects, how would we contact you. We havent even had a chance to discuss it with our churches yet but we want to help any way possible. My email is scooby_catcher_32@hotmai.com.
    thanks alot and i hope u get a chance to read this lol.
    Our prays are with yall
    Allen

    By Blogger Scooby, at 2/19/2008 5:51 AM  

  • Wow! God Is Truly Amazing. COntinuely Praying for you all!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/19/2008 9:39 AM  

  • awesome!
    God is so great and has greater things yet to come! ;)
    can't wait till ATL!
    praying that students in DC this weekend will respond in even greater amounts to the Holy Spirit's promptings!
    love and peace,
    AM

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/19/2008 9:58 AM  

  • hey so im commenting again all of you who went to passion and who live in texas
    we should get organized and give more and do more to the least of these throughout the state and the world. Lets Do it. CHANGE OUR CAMPUSES FOR JESUS

    By Blogger B-Rack 2000, at 2/19/2008 11:25 AM  

  • God is raising up this generation to the Awakening He has for us. Passion is a wonderful tool in the Creator's hand. This is going to change the world.

    By Blogger Miqueias77, at 2/19/2008 11:31 AM  

  • All of these comments have a lot of excitement about how much we GAVE. We need to REMEMBER that we can still give through PRAYER.

    We have to remember that prayer is the life line between the Holy Spirit and us.

    So PRAY, PRAY, PRAY and more amazing things will happen.

    P.S. Passion is NOT OVER so lets not talk about it in past terms, but look at it as something that is taking hold of people's hearts and lives.

    ~SLM~

    By Blogger Suzy almost-a-Sypert, at 2/19/2008 12:24 PM  

  • wow! That is so encouraging! It's SO wonderful to see something actually change NOW when we get together to glorify Jesus...

    I'm still speechless :)

    By Anonymous anna, at 2/19/2008 1:16 PM  

  • FACEBOOK GROUP: 120% For Jesus!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/19/2008 2:55 PM  

  • that is super!!

    By Blogger Liz, at 2/19/2008 3:52 PM  

  • I have a friend of mine who serves on staff at Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, TN. He called me yesterday and said "what in the world were you guys up to down there in Dallas?? I looked out my window and I'm staring at a mountain of clothes for the Union Students!" What a cool thing... Hands down this past weekend was the best weekend of my life. I've been praying for an awakening in my own life, and I can honestly say those prayers were answered this weekend. Seeing all those people going hard after God in worship... wow! And to think what Heaven will look like??

    Goodness... What a blessing! God bless you guys as you head to DC. Knock it out of the park!

    By Blogger Bryan C. Bailey, at 2/19/2008 5:04 PM  

  • I just got off the phone with Englewood Baptist Church and they said they don't need anymore clothes, and that they have an abundance...so basically God is amazing and has more than met those needs for the students...great job to everyone who attended, thank you for being so faithful and teaching me so much about active faith...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/19/2008 5:18 PM  

  • anybody know louies e-mail?

    e-mail me: freedindeed24@aim.com

    :)

    God is good

    By Blogger katie.marie, at 2/19/2008 8:04 PM  

  • That gives me chills just looking at all those numbers. God is good, all the time.

    By Blogger BLAKE, at 2/19/2008 8:05 PM  

  • A-mazing!! God is oh so good!! I got goosebumps as I was reading that. Louie, God has given you an amazing gift through theses Passion events. I am so glad that you were (and still are) faithful to His call.

    Give 120% to Jesus!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/19/2008 8:27 PM  

  • passion was an amazing awakening and reminder of God's continual and ancient work for His people and nations. I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of getting that promo for the world tour. I wanted to show it in my chapel at school to raise awareness, funds and prayers. any ideas???

    By Anonymous alycia., at 2/19/2008 8:27 PM  

  • That is absolutely AMAZING! Praise God for all He did in Dallas!

    Praying for Him to do mighty work in each life gathering in DC this weekend!

    By Blogger Marcia B, at 2/19/2008 9:29 PM  

  • I was at the Dallas conference and I just wanted to say that it was completely unique of all the Christian conferences I've been to before. It wasn't just the music (which was incredibly amazing) or just the speakers (who were the best, and so moving); what truly made it unique is that I left not just with a spiritual high (but I did get one) but a new fervor to reach my lost friends so that they could feel the incredibly joy that I have felt and do feel! I have a new determination as well to not let this feeling get pushed to the backburner over time but to keep it at the foreground of my mind. My heart has never felt so full spiritually and so broken for my friends.

    By Anonymous Mandi Jean, at 2/19/2008 11:13 PM  

  • Wow...huh; WOW!

    By Anonymous Brian, at 2/20/2008 12:05 AM  

  • God gave me a great idea in a cool way even I can do something NOW....

    stayed tuned...

    praying with and for you,
    Liz

    By Blogger Liz, at 2/20/2008 12:59 AM  

  • Have been reading the blog for a while - 1st comment.

    It's amazing to see that ever time you guys meet there's even more stuff happens from the last time (if that makes sense).

    Scary but exciting to see what could be achieved this time next year.

    God is the God of the immeasurably more.

    It's inspiring to see people walk the walk and not just talk it. I love it

    By Blogger JILL BOYD, at 2/20/2008 4:08 AM  

  • I went to the Dallas conference, and I'm glad I could be a small part of something so amazing! 120% for Jesus!

    By Blogger Román, at 2/20/2008 11:42 AM  

  • FYI ~ According to Jared Schuler at Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, TN, they are fairly inundated with clothes for the Union University students right now. He says that the most pressing need for the students right now are gift cards to Walmart and Target for incidental items now that they are trying to get back into the swing of things. Jared said the gift cards could be sent directly to the church address.

    By Blogger Micky, at 2/20/2008 3:55 PM  

  • totally 120% for Jesus!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2008 3:59 PM  

  • Our God is an AMAZING God

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2008 4:36 PM  

  • Can't wait for DC Friday!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2008 4:40 PM  

  • I snuck into passion.(I did Pay!) But Im a highschool junior, this event was so much more than the generic teenage confrences i've been to. (The conferences that tell me to aquire the fire and scream about how christians should decide whats cool...or tell us to reach out yet never explain how)

    Mr.Giglio (if it's even possible for you to read this i would like to give the grand cliche of gratitude in a most sincere manner, thank you. Thank you for the words spoken through you and the stories that you shared. Honestly(this in meant in sincerity) what i saw there possibly changed ,my life. I go to a christian school that does a rather poor job fufilling the christian misson. I am concerned, if a insane cacausian man were to blow up my highschool during a chapel session the majority of the students killed would wind up in hell(this not for sure, i am not God i can not possibly know. however if i happen to belive the teachings of a man who claimed to be one with the eternal creator then my assumptions are proably correct) But i have dillema, i am ambivalent as to how i can reach those lost at my school. The school does have biblical teachings but these teachings are an enigma to those who hear it and the majority of my generation is apathetic concering the things of eternity. I have no flippin clue as to what i can do... Louie(if you not to busy to read this) i need help...im familar with way of the master evangelism and the concept of letting my light shine but my soul is still bogged down. It hurts, the false assurance of some and the blind eye my school turns makes me want to vomit. Thats not good for anybody...vomit is pretty gross. Please, Louie help...or someone help. I'm in houston texas i go to westbury christian school, what can i do my email is on my blog and my alternative is this:
    footballguy675@yahoo.com
    any advice would be greatly appreciated. i would love to get in greater detail as to what goes on at my school...but this space is to small.

    By Blogger R.e. young 268, at 2/20/2008 7:16 PM  

  • http://northernjewelsdesignsforhisrenown.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger Liz, at 2/20/2008 10:12 PM  

  • Passion Dallas was more than I could have imagined. Praying for everyone who will be at the DC event this weekend. Get ready!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2008 10:15 PM  

  • See you in DC!!!

    By Blogger Grace, at 2/20/2008 11:17 PM  

  • okay, I didn't eben notice that whole "120%" thing. I just heard everyone start laughing, and was a bit confused until you explained what happend haha.
    i'm not sure if you actually read all of these but this really was such an incredible weekend. i feel like i really did have an encounter and AWESOME experience. you, and ya'lls whole team of people, are so annointed and God really used this weekend in my life.
    Thanks
    --Lauren

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/20/2008 11:25 PM  

  • Last weekend in Dallas was so incredible and it was just as good as last year's passion event in ATL, and i am trying to save up money to fly to Atlanta for the April event, so Lord willing i will be able to fly down to ATL with a boat load of socks and Towels...

    Your Brother in Christ Jesus,
    AJ

    By Blogger AJ1215, at 2/21/2008 12:57 AM  

  • Passion Dallas was ASWEOME. The only thing I can say was I can't wait for the DVD. Also I was amazed at the Amount we raised and at the Person who (praise God) Said they would double the amount the offerings brought in. Meaning from 6 wells and 80,000$ for Passion Seoul to 12 Wells and 160,000$. Amen God. I also would love to go to Passion Seoul to see how our offerings influence the College students in South Korea as they see the love of God shine through Passion. Amen God.

    By Blogger Douglas L., at 2/21/2008 10:26 AM  

  • Hi Louie, Shelley, and everybody else at the Passion House...

    40% + 40% + 40% = 120%

    I think that's beautiful!

    (Reminds me of the time when I said in a sermon, "God is huge! He's huge!! He's H-U-G-H, huge!!!" Of course, I had to immediately acknowledge amidst all the laughter that God's name was indeed not, "Hugh.")

    Anyhow, Kimberly, Carly and I are thrilled to see what our "HUGE" God is doing through the Passion Regional Events! We'll be praying for His manifest presence in DC this weekend!

    We join with you in "120% believing that Greater Things Have Yet To Come!"

    David, Kimber and Carly Guion
    one24worship.com

    By Blogger David Guion, at 2/21/2008 12:28 PM  

  • Wow! I on my way to Big with a bud, to serve and Worship the King of Kings with all 6,000 of you. But both my folks ended up in the hospital, and I got to serve the Almighty in a different way. I'm jacked up about the reports of God rocking the students, and the resources for Africa and Korea.

    We serve an Unstoppable God!

    All for His Fame, paul

    By Blogger All For His Fame, at 2/22/2008 12:16 AM  

  • I was really hoping that it wouldn't be a mountaintop experience, but instead it's gotten so much awesomer since I've been back! The Holy Spirit has thrust me into such a constant state of prayer, worship, and servitude that I don't know what to do with myself! Thanks guys for letting God work through you to change my life!
    -Chris P in Wichita Ks

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/22/2008 9:39 AM  

  • Did that person on Saturday ever give the check??

    By Anonymous Sarah, at 2/22/2008 6:56 PM  

  • Oh, and I think everyone wants their $5 "120% for Jesus" shirts! ;)

    By Anonymous sarah, at 2/22/2008 6:59 PM  

  • passion: dallas was amazing! i only got to see friday night due to the stomach flu, so i had to miss saturday. from what i saw it was worth everything, i just wish i could of seen the rest of it. it was my first passion event, and i had been looking forward to it for months, but God knows best. God bless from Arkansas!

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 2/25/2008 12:16 AM  

  • Wow. I never heard of Passion until I visited a particular church after moving to go to school here in Dallas. This church had a handful of tickets to give away at their college ministry and low and behold...I won a registration! It was the first time I had ever been to this church. I really think that God wanted me at Passion. Everyone around me knew about Passion and was disappointed about not being able to go, but I had no idea why it was such a big deal. I've lived in the Dallas area my whole life and never heard of Passion.

    I went into the Passion: Dallas conference exhausted from a LONG week. Despite my lack of sleep, the Lord really spoke to me, and ministered to my heart and soul. I have to say that the testimony of Ashley's life and Krista's witness...just everything about this entire situation, her family and all...was one of the greatest testaments to the power of God that I have ever heard. I cried...cried again...and cried some more. As a college student, I identified so closely with everything about Ashley and Krista's story, including Ashley's family. It impacted me so much that I bought the conference CD's and I couldn't wait to listen to them again. This past Sunday I went home to visit a church an hour and a half away with my mom and brothers, but we got lost and were to late to go in once we got there so...while we drove around, I popped in the CD's with Ashley's testimony. Louie, my mom was so impacted by everything that you had to say and by the evidence of God's power in Ashley's life. She was moved to tears as I was. When I went back to school, I left the CD's at home so that my dad would have a chance to listen to them, as he was at work on Sunday. My mom told me tonight that he thought they were REALLY good.

    All that to say, thank you Louie. And thank you to Ashley's family for allowing Louie to be so candid with your lives. Ashley's testimony is being used to make the name of our Lord famous right now, right here in Dallas. Seeing this big picture has helped me to stand back and look at my own big picture. God Almighty is using this tragic, yet amazing set of circumstances to minister to his church as well as unbelievers. I know that my mom is greatful as well, so thank you from the Baldwin family in Terrell/Dallas, TX. I am so greatful for your ministry and following the Holy Spirit's leading. I want to see my CHRISTIAN campus change, not to mention the secular campuses all around me. They DESPERATELY need JESUS!!!

    To God be the glory forever.
    megan

    By Blogger Megan, at 2/27/2008 2:18 AM  

  • I'm so excited to see the effects of Passion Regionals! Dallas was great! After waiting for 6 years to be able to go, it was unreal! Praise God for the ministry :)

    And you now have 22 listeners.

    By Blogger amber, at 3/01/2008 3:08 PM  

  • Louie, first off, thanks for all of your dedication to minister to college students across the globe...it was a weekend I will remember for a long time; hopefully I can remember it 120% every day!

    I noticed you mentioned something about Ashley and how she never had the chance to really minister to anyone since she died 5 months after she gave her life to Christ. I wanted to let you know that God used Ashley in Dallas to minister to me, and it was very special, especially since my name is Ashlee and my dad's name is Mike and he is not a Christian either. Really encouraged me to try sharing Christ with my dad again. I hope I can get that fire back that Ashley had, and that I once had, and be a fruitcake all over again!

    P.S. I agree with Jonathan's comment...I am also awaiting for the 120% for Jesus t-shirts!

    By Blogger Ashlee, at 3/05/2008 11:45 AM  

  • hey does anyone have that address for union students to send clothes to? i can't seem to find it anywhere!!! if you know it, could you email me at roanie1012@aol.com? THANKS!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/07/2008 8:59 PM  

  • for all of you talking about the church being overwhelmed with clothes, I collected clothes from my sorority, and have 3 boxes full. what should i do with them???!?! email me at roanie1012@aol.com and let me know!! they are just sitting in my apartment!

    By Anonymous Tory, at 3/07/2008 9:04 PM  

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