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Monday, April 14, 2008

Passion Atlanta Isn't Over
















































































































































































Sure, the arena is empty and you are staring up at familiar walls, but Passion Atlanta is very much still going on today as 9500 of you join a whole wave of others who are living out this thing called "making Jesus famous with our lives." Atlanta was amazing, and the roar (think very long and prolonged, deafening, unprompted, errupting roar) of Satuday PM will stay with us for a very long time as we carry this movement to the students of the world. Jesus was the stuff of Passion Atlanta...in the words, in the noise and in the silence. And He is living in us right now.

Thank you for embracing this cause [being rooted in this theological soil of God's glory] and breathing so much momentum into the journey. Do Something Now happened beautifully in ATL, and I believe God is still smiling at the sight of worship that actually gave birth to love that's tangible. Just to recap, you gave 6140 towels, 27,900 pairs of socks [both of which have already landed in Area shelters, along with 1700 Lenny's sandwiches!], $34,659 to build 11+ wells for villages in Africa AND $118,430 for the Passion World Tour. WOW! All that from less than 10,000 college students in 27 hours. Thank you for giving to people like Sam Lu in cities around the globe. They will be blown away when we tell them what you've done.

Speaking of T&S, two of our Passion Podcast listeners from a nearby town came rolling up with a bunch of towels they had collected through their church. AND THESE TWO GUYS WEREN'T EVEN COMING TO PASSION ATL. They just wanted to be a part of this wave of compassion. Very cool!

Enjoy the images. Remember the seconds and moments. Breathe it in. Live it out.
LG

PS-Many words could be added to the previous post, but we have to add Team and Volunteers. Incredible people both.

61 Comments:

  • Hey Louie! so I went to Passion in Atlanta and it was incredible! I know the movement you guys have started is an awesome movement that will last and grow very much!! I wanna say thanbk yoiu for all youve done and youre doing and youll do for all the college students and all around the world, caring about us and wanting us to get our "bows" in each of our stories. Louie I would like to email you and its kind of important cause its kind of private :) and well is there a way i can get your email? thanks :)
    God bless

    By OpenID krrazzybeautifu1, at 4/14/2008 6:16 PM  

  • amazing...i still cant get my mind out of this past weekend. like i posted on the previous blog, that HOLY ROAR would stay with me forever, i went to passion 07 in atlanta with 20 thousand plus students, but i beileve that the this roar was so much louder, not that the other one wasn't glorifying to God but it was just something amazing...thank you all for allowing God to use you. Can't wait for passion 09
    -jc-
    www.myspace.com/brokenbutsinging

    By Blogger brokenbutsinging13, at 4/14/2008 6:27 PM  

  • I literally just got goose bumps reading the totals of everything raised! Wow, Praise God!
    This weekend was incredible and such a blessing in my life. I can't wait to serve others and share the freedom and love of my Savior with everyone I encounter. Thank you for all for being such servants. God has used ya'll to impact a LOT of lives.

    McKenzie Faith

    By Blogger McKenzie, at 4/14/2008 6:27 PM  

  • UN BE LIEVE ABLE
    Um.. Go God!

    --Victoria Eby

    Ps anyone else going to Mexico? VictoriaAEby@gmail.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/14/2008 6:32 PM  

  • wow.. passion in the atl was incredible! and back to school we go... thanks for the amazing encouragement to share the Gospel.

    ur friends at LSU

    By Anonymous thomas, at 4/14/2008 6:34 PM  

  • Wow, it's AMAZING to see all those hands raised to God, and to know the majority of them belong to COLLEGE STUDENTS!!! I always felt like we are a generation looked down upon, but this weekend was definitely a glimmer of hope! Oh, if anyone knows how I could go about being a volunteer at one of the international events, please send me an email... cricketw1226@yahoo.com. I surrendered to foreign missions a year ago & it would be GREAT to be a volunteer...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/14/2008 7:20 PM  

  • That's so awesome! Thank you so much Louis to you and your team... and of course thank you God!! Your movement for the fame and glory of God in the world is the desire of my soul and it was so great to be around others this weekend who are a part of that movement. This weekend God blessed me and moved in my heart in ways I've never experienced... He's so awesome! I've got to be a part of your movement. I saw earlier that someone asked about volunteering in the world tour...if anyone has any information on that please let me know! enb0003@email.uah.edu
    Thanks!
    Emily

    By Blogger enb0003, at 4/14/2008 7:49 PM  

  • Louie, had to tell you what happened this evening. Kennedy was asking what we were having for dinner and I gave her the typical Monday answer..."I don't know, let's ask dad." She begged me to get her and her sister a footlong Subway b/c as she put it, "they are only $5 right now! $5! That's all. Please, mom!" When I hesitated, she proceeded to tell me that she would give her own money. She said that she has $7 saved up and would pay for her own Subway (crazy, I know...considering she has been saving this money for 2 months now!) But then she goes, "Ah, never mind! I forgot, I'm going to send my $7 to Passion! So mom, could you just go get that sandwich for me instead?!" She got your packet about the world tour in the mail yesterday when we got home from Passion Atlanta and was all aflutter about what she could give. She asked a ton of questions. "Where are they going? How long will it take? Will the people understand that they are talking about Jesus? How much money did you and dad give?" and on and on... She asked how much you guys needed...we told her $4M and she gasped and said that she only had $7 dollars saved up but wanted to send it. I told her that Jesus would be pleased with her sacrifice. So friend, look for it in the mail...
    And thanks so much for everything.

    By Anonymous Kam Roberts, at 4/14/2008 7:54 PM  

  • Wow! The WT stats are stunning! I am so excited and priviledged to have been a part of giving to students like Sam around this planet. Thank you for the reminder of the power of Christ in both the roar and the silence. After a day of work today I got to have dinner with my parents and little bro and tell them about the gathering. I shared how each of the three events that I have been to in the last three years will certainly leave a mark on my life because of the work of the Holy Spirit. However, this time I got to bring five people with me from my community who have never experienced a Passion event and got to talk with them and hear the things that God did in them this weekend. I knew at about 7:25 on Friday night that God was very real and present in the room and that He was about to rock our lives like I haven't seen before. Sure enough He did. I pray that it is real and it sticks with us so that we will truly live out Isaiah 26:8. Thank you all at Passion for your commitment and hard work as well as your desire to put God at the center of all you do and say. Much love from FL.
    -Kyle

    By Blogger Kyle, at 4/14/2008 8:04 PM  

  • I LOVE JESUS, PASSION, and THESE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES! ATLANTA WAS INCREDIBLE..JESUS IS ALIVE!

    By Anonymous mattymaukovich, at 4/14/2008 8:11 PM  

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  • WOW!!! words can't describe my experience this weekend! Its a culmination of healing, renewing, and celebrating in what I've seen the biggest gathering of college students with a never-ending passion to serve Christ! God is truly amazing! Jesus Rocks!!!

    By Blogger jarsofclay435, at 4/14/2008 8:16 PM  

  • Well, I'm still speechless about what God did in Atlanta. How in the world do you find words that describe something like that? I wish I could, but it just seems that any attempt would fall too short. But what is so exciting is that today the rubber meets the road, but because of the Holy Spirit the impact of what would could have been just another conference will now stretch into eternity! That is exciting....
    The only thing that was missing from the weekend is that I wish we could have gathered around the Passion Team and prayed over you all as One- sending you out in the name of Jesus and blessing you as a tiny way of saying "thank you" for all the blood, sweat, and tears you have shed time and again for our good and His Fame. But I hope that you know that there is a very grateful generation that is lifting you up to the Father all the time! And since we couldn't speak it on Saturday night, may this blessing follow you wherever you go:

    The LORD bless you and keep you,
    The LORD make His Face shine upon you,
    and be gracious to you;
    The LORD lift up His Countenance upon you
    and give you peace.
    -Numbers 6:24-26

    God bless you Louie, Shelley and all the team! You are all dearly loved.
    Greater things have yet to come....

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 4/14/2008 8:31 PM  

  • P.S. The new songs were sooo powerful this weekend, and I cannot get them out of my head! Especially the new one from Chris Tomlin's Band- I think it is the most beautiful thing that God has ever given them, and that's saying alot (except for How Great is Our God, which is in a league of its own)! Musically it is breathtaking, and lyrically it just says it all. Hope that is makes it on the new album!

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 4/14/2008 8:36 PM  

  • Hi Louie,
    My name is Lana and i'm from Brazil. I know at this time there're tons of people trying to talk to you and it's kinda complicated, but i wanted to know if there's any way i can reach you - either by phone, email, whatever. Please let me know, i have something really important and serious to talk directly to you before you get here in Brazil. My email is lanarubia@gmail.com, and i really hope i can hear from you as soon as you can!
    In His love,
    Lana

    By Blogger Lana, at 4/14/2008 8:37 PM  

  • hello! i know i wrote earlier but i really wish i knew how to contact you Louie through email... or however is possible... its kind of importtant :) my email is alexyacabezas@yahoo.com
    thank you! :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/14/2008 8:47 PM  

  • Passion Atlanta..was incredible. My favorite part was the orchestra performing Bittersweet Symphony. Francis was awesome, Louie you did an amazing job as well! The weekend was phenomenal!! I wanted to know if anyone can tell me the name of a song we sang..I don't remember all the lyrics, but some of them were "sweet Jesus my clarity, sweet Jesus my sanity" I believe charlie sang it. Well please let me know if anyone knows that song! I want it. = )

    Philip

    By Blogger Philip, at 4/14/2008 8:50 PM  

  • It feels so great to have been a part of Passion Atlanta. I hope to continue doing other things like that and to spread the word of God and help others! It was also great to finally get to meet the infamous Uncle Louie that I've heard so much about, haha.

    - Ivy

    By Blogger ivyo, at 4/14/2008 8:51 PM  

  • Aslan's girl had an awesome idea - imagining all 10,000 praying over the passion team and sending them out to the world tour gives me chillbumps!

    Louie, thanks for sharing the "do something now" totals for Atlanta - incredible, especially the amount given towards the world tour! All weekend, we witnessed the Lord moving and working above and beyond all we can ask or imagine. I count it a privilege to have served as a volunteer for this event, and count me in as an intercessor for the world tour.

    I pray you, Shelley, and the Passion team can catch a bit of much-deserved rest before kicking tour preps into high gear!

    Blessings on you!
    And may God be praised!

    By Blogger Marcia B, at 4/14/2008 8:59 PM  

  • I'm so excited to hear about how much of an impact was made through the Do Something Now campaign in Atlanta!! I was at Passion07, but I was (by the grace of God alone) able to come to Atlanta with 3 friends from my campus who had never been before. I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing it was to watch them experience Passion for the first time, and watch God work in their lives throughout the weekend. We all 4 came with many many stresses and worries, some financial, but in the end all 3 told me that it was all worth it, no doubts.

    I think one thing within my group that touched me happened during the offering for the world tour on Saturday night. Because I knew it would happen, I came to Atlanta prepared for that, but when I came back to my seat during that time, I looked to my friend sitting next to me, and he was holding a dime and a penny. He looked at me with this guilty look in his eyes and said it was all he had, and asked if he should give it. I assured him that it wasn't about how much he gave, but THAT he desired to give that made the difference. As he went to put his two coins in the box, I was so touched. That eleven cents was worth so, so, so much more than anything I ever could have given. I loved it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/14/2008 9:34 PM  

  • Louie,

    Not long after we left Atlanta, I realized that we'd never turned our wristbands around. Weren't we supposed to do that?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/14/2008 9:40 PM  

  • Praise GOD! He came and is alive and He has lavished His love on us, that we might love His children, the lost the broken. Thank you Jesus for saving us and giving us this image and picture of what it means to follow you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/14/2008 9:44 PM  

  • just a thought that came to me.
    i'm not sure how many of you feel like i was just a few min ago, since i left atlanta i been telling myself,"man, i wish i was back there at passion, i wish i could just go back"..of course thats not a bad thing and it would be great BUT i remembered that God already wanted us there, now HE wants us out of passion so that WE may be used by Him...God already used the Passion crew , every single one of you, tthank you...but like i said, God wanted THEM there to teach us, to lead us, to encourage us, now we're back to our homes, dorms, jobs, wherever and He has us right here , right now for His glory, for His purpose...k, im done, like i said, just a little thought

    By Blogger brokenbutsinging13, at 4/14/2008 10:37 PM  

  • So, I'm not usually someone who posts "notes" or "blogs" or anything like that. But this weekend I went to the Passion Conference in Atlanta and my life was changed. This is NOT just a spiritual high.

    I have to share this. I have to share it with the world. I want to scream it so that everyone can hear. All I want to do is dance, sing and jump all the time. It's all because of one man....Jesus Christ. He has turned me inside out. He has changed my world in ways I could have never imagined. He has revealed Himself to me and now it's my turn to do my job. For the first time in my life I can boldly say that I am IN LOVE with Christ. It's the best thing that's ever happened to me. For 19 years I haven't been living. No, I've been dead, asleep. But not anymore, now I am more alive and awake than I have ever been, and I don't want to ever go back to sleep. Jesus saved my broken life. Let me ask a question..
    Do you ever just sit back and think about God? Do you ever think about the fact that He knows your name? How about the amount of love God has for you? So much you can't even comprehend it. This God is the same God who has been there since the beginning. The same God who created everything and everyone you will ever know. The same God who spoke to Moses and Abraham. The same God who parted a sea (He also created that sea, among others). The same God who spoke to the prophets thousands of years ago. The same God who came down to Earth in human form---GOD IN SKIN. The same God who healed the sick and the blind. The same God who fed 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. The same God who was beaten and brutally nailed to a cross to die. The same God that literally CONQUERED DEATH. That God...
    He knows your name. He knows everything about you and me. He loves you and me more than anyone on this Earth ever will. It is the most beautiful and amazing thing. It is miraculous. But it doesn't even stop there, it actually goes way beyond that.

    When you allow God to enter your life, you don't just get to have a relationship with Him, you don't just realize God's unending love. God lives inside of you. You become a temple for God so that He can do His work on Earth through you. Could there be a better job? That means that anything God can do, you can do. You just have to believe. So if you're stuck on a sin, or don't have faith in yourself realize that God has forgiven you and has more faith in you than anyone will ever have. You know what? We're all screw ups, and in God's eyes I'm not any more of a screw up than you are, and you're not any more of a screw up than me, He wants to forgive us so that we can move on with Him and our life. God is MIGHTY TO SAVE!!! He has a definite plan and purpose for your life! A plan that is so amazing and beyond your imagination. Don't you want that? It's the greatest thing I've ever realized.

    I've also realized that life is short. Really short. We don't have that much time on Earth. And it takes a really heavy burden off my shoulders to realize that LIFE ISN'T ALL ABOUT ME. In fact, it's not really about me at all, it's about Jesus Christ and living for Him and allowing Him to live through you on Earth. I thought that it would be really hard for me to say that, because I'm selfish. I'm human, and for so long I've wanted my life to be about me. To realize it's not was hard but also so amazing. Life is so much better now, and so much easier. I am just full of joy all the time, I am so ready to just go out there and really live for God completely. For the first time in 19 years I know why I was created and why I was given this gift called life.

    Of course I'm not saying that now that I've found God and realized life is about Him and not me my life is going to easy and great all the time. It's not. It hasn't been. It never will be. We live in a broken world, and we WILL be affected by it. Let me tell you a little bit about my story. When I was 7 years old, my sister, only 1 and a half, and my Mom, 37, my Dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor and passed away about a month later. He was only 48. And my whole life I"ve always asked God why? Why did He do this to me and my family? We're good people. We don't deserve it. My dad was young, he deserved a longer life, he wasn't finished here. My family deserved more time with him. My sister feels like she didn't even know him. I was honestly angry at God, how could a God that loves me so much take my Dad away from us? I'm not going to tell you I've figured it all out and I know why. I don't. But I do know that I would never be nearly as strong as I am now. I do know that me, my sister and my Mom wouldn't be nearly as close and strong together. I know that so many great things have happened to my family since and we are SO blessed. I learned that when pain and suffering comes, and it will come, just check out John 16, but when it does come we have to keep our eyes on the Cross, no matter how hard it is. My dad hasn't been here for 12 years now, and I've been worshipping God my whole life and I just recently had a thought that just overwhelmed me so much. This weekend at Passion, I was worshipping God and looking at the 10,000 college students singing praises to the Lord and I realized this is what heaven will be like, but better. Then I realized this is what my Dad has been doing for 12 years, with God right by his side, and one day, my family will finally be complete again and we will worship God together for ETERNITY. I am so happy that my Dad gets to do that all the time, and that I know in my heart I will be with him one day. God has all of us in His hand, so don't doubt Him and have faith, no matter how hard it seems.

    One last thing I need to share and then I'll stop, I'm really sorry this is so long, but it's so important. I believe wholeheartedly that God is going to use our generation to change the world. He is raising an awareness among all of us. He is filling us up with His Spirit, so that we can go out with the power of God and really change things. Our mission in life needs to be to serve God, love God, and MAKE GOD FAMOUS. When I do anything, or when people meet me I want them to see Christ shining through me in such a way that they just can't resist it, that they can't resist HIM. I want to shine for Jesus Christ in this dark world. Jesus is doing really big things right now, and we need to be open and willing to do what He's called us to do. We can do anything with Him, and we will, I have no doubt.

    The bottom line is, Jesus is amazing and has saved all of our lives. We need to believe that He can do anything for, with, and through us. I am so sorry that this is so long, but I just couldn't stop. I really hope a lot of people read this because it's really important. This isn't even close to what I've experienced and what I have to say. If you want to hear more and share your story with me, I'd love to meet up with you and talk or just talk. Email me at Cloudsky@aol.com or message me on facebook. I hope that you realize that I'm not preaching to you by writing this, I just had an amazing encounter with God this weekend, and God revealed Himself to me and showed me all this stuff and I'm just SO excited about it, I had to share it with the people I love. God is about to do some amazing stuff, we need to be ready for it. Here is our mission:

    "Let my life shine, come and let my heart shine
    We’re going to walk the world and lift the Bread and Wine
    Like the stars shine, come and let our hearts shine
    In a dark world, we lift the Bread and Wine"

    Thank you Mr. Giglio, and everyone involved at Passion who was able to make this happen. You are going to change the world, and I will be right by your side as we serve the same God together and He works through us in amazing ways. But most of all THANK YOU JESUS CHRIST for coming to Atlanta this weekend and filling us up. Now send us out Lord to do Your will. We are going to dedicate our lives to making you famous.

    By Blogger Christa Ciotti, at 4/14/2008 10:39 PM  

  • These images make me smile!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/15/2008 12:21 AM  

  • Louie! This weekend was absolutely phenomenal! Never in my life have I been a part of such a culminating and spiritually enriching event in my LIFE! Passion 08 was my first visit, but I'd like you to know that this weekend I got the chance to speak to God, and more importantly, listen and hear what He had to say to me in return. I cannot wait to see the success of the Passion World Tour! I only wish I could make it to one of the world stops! God bless!

    is there an email address where I can reach you? Something outside of the 268Blog?


    Brett

    By Blogger Brett, at 4/15/2008 12:24 AM  

  • YES! The Movement and the Event continue long after the arena is empty and everyone has gone back to wherever they came from geographically. PASSION ATLANTA LIVES ON BECAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST!

    I can't wait to engage with the World Tour, I'm still praying about the possibility of attending one of the tour stops somewhere. We shall soon see what the Lord says.

    By Blogger Zach G, at 4/15/2008 12:25 AM  

  • HEY LOUIE, HOW ARE YOU? I ENJOYED PASSION DALLAS,AND ATLANTA.I LEARNED ALOT. I KNEW THE MOMENT YOU GUYS STARTED KNEW GOD HAD A MESSAGE FOR ME. LOUIE SATAN WAS BUSY THAT NIGHT HE WAS TRYING HIS BEST TO I BRING ME DOWN BUT I KEEP PRAYING GOD I AM YOURS AND NOT SATANS. AFTER ALL THAT PRAYING I GOT MY PRAISE ON. GOD WAS THERE! MY CHAINS ARE GONE AND I BEEN SET FREE!!! JESUS IS MY JOY!! HEY LOUIE IS THERE A WAY I CAN GET YOUR E-MAIL I KINDA NEED TO E- MAIL YOUCAUSE IT IS SOME IMPORTANTSTUFF GOING ON THAT I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT.:)THANKS

    By Blogger sachelle, at 4/15/2008 12:45 AM  

  • So i really want to go to mexico. not only for Passion but to go and serve in the church for a week or so. Louie what church are the people in that we prayed for at Passion? and how do I get ahold of them? epassardi@aol.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/15/2008 12:55 AM  

  • Atlanta Passion 08 is something that will stay with me forever. The deafening roar on Saturday night is just one of the million memories that I am still smiling about. I will be in prayer for Tokyo, the Passion team, the volunteers, and my 9,500 brothers and sisters in Christ. Revival is needed guys, and I am so grateful for what God blessed us with this past weekend...I have a feeling it lit the match...
    Thanks Louie for all the hard work.
    Hope all is well.
    jess_ffagal04@yahoo.com

    By Blogger hosannainthehighest, at 4/15/2008 9:54 AM  

  • Hi. I went to Passion Atlanta. It was my first time going to Passion. I have never seen so many college students worshipping together. It was incredible. I will be praying for yall and for the students yall come in contact with around the world.
    Brittany

    By Anonymous brittany, at 4/15/2008 10:25 AM  

  • Louie, I really hate to share this with ya man but I gotta say I am one of the few that has to jump out of the podcast family. I was flakey at 15 listeners and got nervous when it reached 20 but now that you're throwing out like 30 or 40 listeners? man, I'm...I'm out. that's all I got. it's been real. it's been a good run. it's been fun--but man I'm done. it's not you...it's me... have a good run with the podcast now that you're up to like 50 listeners.

    By Blogger DP, at 4/15/2008 11:02 AM  

  • hey louie! i'm one of the old guys (28) who is still around. i went to Passion '98, Passion '99, and One Day 2000 as a college student. Now i'm a student pastor and the first thing i did with my college group was take them to Passion '05 (we were also back in 2006 and in ATL in 2007). we were there this weekend. i figure the biblical figure for "generation" is around 40 years so i'll be showing up when i'm 60.

    praise the Lord for blessing us with His Presence. i've never left a Passion event without feeling like i met with Him. i am praying thousands will say the same in the coming months around the world.

    By Blogger brandon, at 4/15/2008 11:25 AM  

  • What an amazing path behind and such an exciting vision ahead. You are doing great! Keep it up, friends. You'll have thousands of little water molecules praying and dancing and helping move the wave forward to distant shores!

    By Blogger Kendra, at 4/15/2008 12:27 PM  

  • Does anybody know the name/artist of the first song that played over the speakers at the end of the atlanta conference when everbody was leaving? It had some thing to do with the words "save me" in the chorus. Ive been trying to remember the song and its killing me.

    anyways, Passion 08 atlanta was awesome. It was my first time going to a passion conference and i have a feeling that it will be the first of many. I want to personally thank the passion team for providing such a great experience and really allowing God to speak to so many people.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/15/2008 12:29 PM  

  • Louie,
    I know there are a lot of people getting on here and telling you how awesome it was, and I know my comment is a small dot in the billions of comments and emails and questions you will get. I just wanted to say thank you to you and your team for a life changing event in Atlanta. In the words of David Crowder, "Things will never be the same, we will never be the same"

    I love being a part of something bigger than I can even imagine. And what was different about this Passion than many other conferences I have ever been, I left there and could tell that it wasn't just a "mountain top conference high" I was feeling. I was truly changed. The conference was amazing, don't get me wrong. But I know, just like you are saying, It Isn't Over. I found an awesome scripture during the Silent Time at Atlanta and made it my prayer for the time after I left.

    After Jesus talks about the Holy Spirit coming in John 14, He looks at His disciples and says in verse 31, "Arise, let us go from here."

    That was and is my prayer for the students affected at Passion ATL 08. That with Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and each other, we may arise, and let us go from here. What an awesome life changing time.

    Again, thank you to you and your entire team for obeying God and allowing me to be a part of a story bigger than I could have ever dreamed.

    By Blogger Sami K., at 4/15/2008 12:56 PM  

  • I don't have eloquent words to say, but I wanted to say thank you! Passion Atlanta changed my life, and I will never be the same! I've gone to alot of Christian conferences and had a God high. But at Passion the change was deep and not one of emotions...I knew that I was a changed life...But I didn't realize how much my life was changed until i went to work yesterday...everything felt different. I felt different. Even though I've been following God all of my life, and I know what I'm here for, it's like passion amplified my reasons for being here and made it so real that I know that I will never be the same. Now, making Jesus famous in my generation, in my world is such a part of me that no one or situation could get that out of me! Thank you! May God bless you and your team for the part you guys played in changing my life!

    By Blogger psalmist, at 4/15/2008 1:11 PM  

  • hey guys, for all who were there, i remember finding this band about a month ago, its a mexican worship band called En Espiritu y en Verad "in spirit and truth", like the passion movement and they do a lot of redman, tomlin covers adn original stuff..if you dont know spanish you should still check them out...and i was just checking them out again and guess waht...the pastors involved with this amazing band are Enrique and his wife Tita who were with us this past weekend, let's continue praying for them and Mexico as Passion goes there in a little while. Oh yea, as you read about them they have different stuff about Giglio being involved in different events they had. God bless all
    http://en-el.org/en_espiritu/
    http://www.myspace.com/enespirituyenverdad

    By Blogger brokenbutsinging13, at 4/15/2008 3:42 PM  

  • I second the notion that Aslan's Girl's prayer idea was great. We can't do it in an arena with 9,000 other people to send the WT team out, but it isn't too late.

    Let's set up a date ... say, May 16th, the day the World Tour kicks off in Kyiv and pray for the team as they make their final preparations for the event. Maybe we can do it at noon EDT, which (if I figure correctly) is 7 p.m.Kyiv time.

    Imagine all of the Passion family in the states praying at the same time for the team and for all the students ...

    By OpenID fortheglory, at 4/15/2008 4:24 PM  

  • Louie,

    Just wanted to say thanks for podcasting the events over the weekend. I really enjoyed not just hearing about what had transpired, but hearing it live, off-the-cuff and spontaneous. If you'll consider doing this type of podcast again, I may be able to get you one new subscriber (I know people).

    Cheers!

    By Blogger stephen, at 4/15/2008 4:26 PM  

  • Hey Louie,
    Well Passion was incredible.
    I would like you to read something I wrote on my blog about Passion,if you have the time..
    God really was just working in my life,and I just thank you all for living your lives to please God and follow whole heartedly after Him.

    By Blogger Johanna, at 4/15/2008 5:27 PM  

  • Hey Louie,
    I went to Passion this past weekend,and it was just incredible.
    I was wondering if I could get your email please? I would like to write you about what God did in my life at Passion..Thanks!

    By Blogger Johanna, at 4/15/2008 5:29 PM  

  • Louie! This was my first passion and WOW! What an incredible experience! Words don't substitute the feelings and spirits that are overflowing from within. Anywho Sam Lu. I tried to find her on facebook but couldn't. I was wondering if I could get her email. My family is from the city thats like 20 mins. away from Guangzhou. I was born here but still know how to speak the same dialect as Sam. I was truly inspired by her testimony and I want to get in touch with her. Growing up with a Chinese family I think i can relate to her. I'm the only one in my family saved as well! So if you can help out, thanks!

    ps God Bless you and the crew for the world tour! hopefully i will see you in HK

    Kevin

    kevin.fu86@gmail.com

    By Blogger Kevin, at 4/15/2008 7:33 PM  

  • all i can say is..... "we have a REALLY BIG GOD"

    By Anonymous Andy Stinespring, at 4/15/2008 9:01 PM  

  • Okay so all i can say is wow! this has truly changed my life! Thank you jesus!
    Thank you for letting God use you in the way he did! I think i decided this weekend missions is where my heart is and so are college students! i want to impact a nation! i was wondering if you could give me information about helping out in mexico city i really would love to do that!!! I would even love to work for passion haha! My email is prettypidge45@hotmail.com if could send me information or if someone knows any inforamtion and can send it to me that would be wonderful!!!

    By Blogger Kristy, at 4/15/2008 10:32 PM  

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    By Blogger brokenbutsinging13, at 4/15/2008 10:45 PM  

  • good to see Passion Atlanta turned out well. Just curious - what was the World Tour stop repped at Atlanta?
    -from NYC.

    By Blogger Eun, at 4/15/2008 10:47 PM  

  • Tokyo Japan.

    By Anonymous Andy, at 4/16/2008 1:45 AM  

  • thank you Andy!

    By Blogger Eun, at 4/16/2008 10:01 AM  

  • I'm so grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to be at Passion Atlanta as an attendee!! I've been so blessed, energised, excited and encouraged by what God has been saying to me over the weekend and by being able to worship with all you guys; wholly abandoned worship to the One who deserves all praise, worship, honour and glory. It was all worth the trip from London, UK.

    I look forward to serving this generation in Passion::London in June and God willing in KL too. Praying for you Louie, Shelley and the Passion team as you head out to the WT.

    Fiona

    By Anonymous Fiona, at 4/16/2008 11:25 AM  

  • in awe of how the Spirit moves...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/16/2008 11:35 AM  

  • My flame for His glory!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/16/2008 1:09 PM  

  • Louie,

    I just listened to your ATL podcast. Hilarious. You guys just crack me up. Especially the play by play. Loved it.

    Proud to be one of the 40 listeners who used to be one of the 12. I'm not going anywhere. I don't mind being a number. :)

    As always, praying for you guys!

    Kate

    By Blogger Kate, at 4/16/2008 2:58 PM  

  • Hey Louie,

    Since I've been at college I've come to realize that the environment here is not exactly conducive to following God's path for me. Passion Atlanta was really awesome and I feel like I'm starting to get back on track for the first time in a long time! Thanks so much for what you do! I've heard people say that God isn't tangible, but they're wrong. I definitely felt God in Atlanta and his spirit touched me like never before!
    Anyway, I'll get to the point...Something really neat happened that I thought I would share with you! I met this girl who is very cute and happens to be from Kyiv, Ukraine. We were hanging out and I was telling her about the conference in Atlanta. We began to discuss religion and faith and she expressed to me that she was an atheist. I told her that I was a Christian and she began to ask me questions about why I believed in God and why I was Christian...and to be honest I didn't really have any great answers and I was trying to think of a way that I could explain to her or show her not just why, but what - and what it is I feel when I feel the Holy Spirit inside of me and all around me! Well I was browsing the website today for the first time and happened to notice that Passion was going to be in Kyiv, Ukraine!!! And she's actually going to be in Kyiv at that time!! I told her about it and that she should check it out because I thought she would probably have a good time...and I told her it was free so she had nothing to lose! She hasn't told me for sure that she is going to go but I am really hoping that I can convince her. Please pray that this can happen because I've seen what Passion can do for people and it excites me to think about the potential of what Passion could do for this girl's life! And what Christ could do. Anyway, just thought that was kinda amazing. The Lord works in mysterious ways!Thanks again and I'll keep you posted.

    By Blogger Bryan, at 4/16/2008 5:46 PM  

  • Hey, i love listening to your podcasts! It sounds like Atlanta was amazing! I know my life will never be the same since Dallas-- God has brought so much into my life that i can't believe it's only been 2 months! Seeking Him is now my joy, even when i'm shunned out of a church, my aunt dies, friend is deployed to Iraq... nothing compares to giving Him glory! You guy's are in my prayers always! Can't wait to see what God does next!
    ~Rachel from Tyler,TX~

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/17/2008 8:57 PM  

  • These pics bring back the memorys of passion atl.. an amazing time!! I can't wait for you guys to hit London UK!!! Group of us from Northern Ireland making the trip from Belfast.

    Thank you for coming and the effort you guys put in... You may never know of the eternal significance of coming to our lands.

    In Him

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/18/2008 6:08 AM  

  • So a group of ten of us made it to Atlanta! We were so thrilled to be there. We had youth meeting on wednesday and some of us were still wearing our passion wrist bands since we just could not let go of them. I saw a difference in the group that went to Atlanta. It has been a life changing experience. I witnessed one of the guys say, "We cannot be lukewarm anymore." We are here to make Jesus famous and I am praying that the fruit sticks and it continues growing. May God continue blessing your ministry. I know I will never be the same again because I have been touched by the salvation of God. In Him,

    Sarah
    Chantilly, Virginia

    By OpenID sarita421, at 4/18/2008 9:48 AM  

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    By Blogger Vicky, at 4/19/2008 10:51 PM  

  • Louie, I love your term, "holy roar". I still can't explain what happened except to say that it had to be the Holy Spirit. There's no other explanation how over 9,000 people could be moved at once with no coaxing or provocation from anyone in the arena. Even Chris Tomlin was literally taken aback. Just as I felt what was happening, I looked at Chris and he was stepping back from the central part of the stage as if to say, "Jesus you are here, take over." It was then that my focus went completely to Jesus alone. Later a friend told me that she saw a look of joy on Chris' face and that although he is always happy, he looked even more happy. She said his smile was so big and he just glowed. I liked my friend's explanation because I felt the same happiness and same glow within my heart. Later I listened to Francis' message on CD on the Holy Spirit from the second session. Francis had asked the "what if" question about the Holy Spirit...What if He moved and we could forget the faces of Louie, Chris, David...? Though I'm not sure exactly what happened and why, I know that God was there and Jesus was glorified and lives were touched and changed. Thank God for Passion and for the willing hearts of people like Louie, Francis, Chris, David, Charlie, etc. who will go with Jesus wherever He leads them in order to reach a lost and dying world...May God bless you all and be with you always...,

    By Blogger Vicky, at 4/19/2008 11:02 PM  

  • That right there is a five loaves and two fish story right there. Who says God doesn't perform the same kind of miracles He did when Jesus was alive? That is absolutely amazing. That wasn't us....that was God.

    By Blogger Summer, at 4/20/2008 11:03 PM  

  • hey louie. atlanta was my first passion event ever. i had actually never heard of it before and just kinda hopped on the van ready for a trip trusting the driver that he wasn't kidnapping all of us. I absolutley LOVED it. i have been listening to your podcasts for last couple days just remembering everything that went on those 2 days. AND, just random info. i work in a daycare and one of the kids last name is Giglio. have an awesome day!!
    -Amy-

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/30/2008 11:54 PM  

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