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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Brightening Stockholm!














Meeting with friends and Swedish ministry leaders
before the night...














Waiting For Doors At Hovet














Prayer Triangle? That's the Latvian flag!















Start. Start = a little reserved. End = crazy!














Stockholm style














Matt showing mad language skills

It's late in Stockholm (early Monday AM, actually) and the hotel internet went down for a while, but I wanted to get some pics from tonight up before the day was over everywhere else in the world. We really felt your prayers tonight in Stockholm and had a beautiful night with 1400 new friends from Estonia, Latvia (50 people came from there), Norway, Finland, Holland, others and, of course, all across Sweden! If you're in New England, it felt a lot like Passion Boston to us...light breaking forth and God stirring things up in a city that is more dark than light. But, trust me. The church Jesus is building is alive in Stockholm and there is a generation here that wants to make Jesus famous with their lives. We felt so honored to be with these people tonight as God put His grace on display and invited us to let His awesome exchange (the Sinless for the sinful) move us to lives that are fully His. We believe God did something lasting tonight, and as one Swedish leader told me after, "This night will echo throughout the nation."

Two cultures in three nights. Two cities - one Jesus. A little surreal, but amazing!

Thank you to our Ukrainian friends who prayed for us tonight and gave $31,000 Ukrainian for this night. The Swedes are now praying for Sao Paulo and gave $50,000 SEK ($8200 US) for what's about to happen there. Pretty cool!

More to come. Passion loves you Stockholm!
Louie and the Passion Team

PS-Podcast coming soon!

64 Comments:

  • O Lord, I pray in agreement with the Swedish leader's statement: Let all you did tonight echo throughout Sweden, as well as Estonia, Latvia, Holland, Norway, and Finland. Continue the work You began in Kyiv and Stockholm. And Lord, please give the Passion crew restful sleep and safe travel as they head for Sao Paulo!

    Hallalujah!

    By Blogger Marcia B, at 5/18/2008 8:07 PM  

  • A bunch of tennis playing Christians in sunny Florida want to send a note of encouragement to your missionary efforts in such difficult places.

    Paris is on our hearts and we pray for an opening as you seek to bring what they desperately need... Jesus.

    Anastasia especially says thank you for going to Ukraine. Her home town is Kyiv.

    Stay focused, stay strong.

    By Anonymous Florida Sun!, at 5/18/2008 8:58 PM  

  • Thanks for the update Louie! It's so exciting to hear what God is doing ALL AROUND THE WORLD!!
    I have the list of the tour dates hung up on my wall so I can be reminded to pray for you all along this journey!!
    Blessings!

    Miranda from NH : )

    By Blogger FanofGod, at 5/18/2008 9:02 PM  

  • WOW !! Our God is MIGHTY TO SAVE!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2008 9:20 PM  

  • Praise the LORD once again!!!!
    It Never gets old hearing that the good news is being proclaimed!!!! :^)

    God Bless as always and Thanks Louie for the upadates!

    Praying Still!
    karah in Texas :^)

    By Blogger karah, at 5/18/2008 9:21 PM  

  • louie thank you so much for doing this blog and keeping us posted... although physically im in michigan, i feel so with you on this journey and this whole weekend you all were in my thoughts pretty much the whole time. i pray that all the students who went will be the change & the LIGHT the world needs to see. praying for yalls safe travels and much needed rest!

    By Blogger TK, at 5/18/2008 9:23 PM  

  • Prayers lifted up from Iowa. Thanks for being God's mouthpiece to the nations, tribes, and tongues of the world. May Jesus continue to SHINE through you to the world. We are all believing God that in each city after passion leaves that greater things are yet to come and greater things are still to be done in each (Kiev and Stockholm so far) city!

    By Blogger Tiffany, at 5/18/2008 9:43 PM  

  • Thanks so much for the updates! We are checking frequently for new posts...You guys are such an encouragement to us as you willingly go to some pretty dark places to share Christ. We're continuing to pray for your safety, smooth travels, rest, God's peace and Words, and for God to fill up each of these places with people whose hearts He has prepared....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2008 9:45 PM  

  • thanks for keeping us up-to-date, Louie! So glad to hear of what God is doing around the world. I'm praying for you all and the individuals that are being impacted through the Passion World Tour! Blessings from Ft. Myers, FL

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2008 9:49 PM  

  • Thanks be to God, who always causes us to Triumph thru our Lord Jesus Christ!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2008 9:57 PM  

  • wow.

    By Blogger fredsterific, at 5/18/2008 10:56 PM  

  • I also am grateful that you are keeping us up to date even though you are probably tired. It is just so exciting to see God at work across the globe. Praying for all of you: peace, wisdom, continued vision and continued joy. Praise God for it all.
    Beth in South Carolina.

    By Anonymous Beth, at 5/18/2008 10:59 PM  

  • God is awesome!

    :D

    P.s.- thanks! ;)

    By Blogger throughHislens, at 5/18/2008 11:20 PM  

  • Hello Louie,Shelley & Passion Team,

    Again thanks for the pics and updates. WOW ...Still more to come even after two Amazing events!! Jesus is in the midst of HIs people..MIghty TO SAVE!! MAy God Rock this World with HIS Love Grace and Mercy!!

    Beware... SAO PAULO BRAZIL WILL BE LOUD for JESUS!! My roomate is Brazilian and praying for you all as you prepare for this night of worship. I also served with William (also Brazilian) at Atlanta(joined in prayer for Brazil). Can't wait for the podcast ..

    Jesus:

    I pray the students of Sweden will continue to connect to your story and that they will come to know the LOVE that you have for them..they will be able to catch the vision for their lives to bring others to know your love for them so they may CHANGE their nation for your Glory!! (Oh that they may know your GRACE and be encouraged as they see lives changed around them in their community!!)

    2 Corinthians 9:8
    GOd is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

    Psalm 27:13
    I AM STILL CONFIDENT OF THIS:
    I WILL SEE THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING

    God Bless,
    Angela

    By Blogger Angela, at 5/18/2008 11:21 PM  

  • awesome.

    By Blogger Anna, at 5/18/2008 11:26 PM  

  • Speechlessness...

    Still prayin'...

    1 John 1:1-3,
    "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ."

    By Blogger Sandra R., at 5/19/2008 12:30 AM  

  • I'm so glad for reading about what God has done in distant Sweden! I'm part of the Campus crusade and we've been praying for Passion here in the south of Brazil! And after checking your blog tonight guys I'm even more psyched about going to São Paulo! Yay! God will give us two amazing days, which I also hope will echo throughout the nation! We've also been praying for that! Let's shake things up in Brazil! Let's stand as a generation who will pay the price!
    woohoo!Hopefully one day God will give me the opportunity of talking about Him in Europe - but this is another story!

    See you on Friday!!

    maria teresa

    By Blogger teresacostaguta, at 5/19/2008 12:44 AM  

  • I can't wait for the podcast!! Your post made my night!! God is so wonderfully awesome it is amazing that He can come in and storm a city/nation/ continent! Praise GOD for awesome works done in the past couple of nights and still coming as y'all rage throughout the world!!
    GOD is AWESOME.

    By Blogger Barefootin, at 5/19/2008 1:00 AM  

  • Hi Louie and the Passion Team

    Just want to give ya'll a shout out from China! Great to hear about Passion Kyiv and Stockholm! Praying for Passion Sao Paulo!

    Sam Lu

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2008 1:18 AM  

  • Thank you so much for yesterday night. I was soo blessed and encouraged and filled with new hope to make my Jesus Christ famous in this crazy world. Greater things are sure yet to come!! aaaaaaah. God's so awesome.

    Be blessed in your ministry!!

    By Anonymous Sofia, at 5/19/2008 1:23 AM  

  • Louie, many blessings and I am in awe of what the Lord is doing through you and the many hearts that are being touched. I feel so close to the Passion World Tour so far, even though I am all the way back in Canada. I am praying for you and the team constantly! I am gonna try and help a bit with Passion VANCOUVER since I live here and love Jesus.

    Keep posting and thank you so much for taking the time! It is really special to hear what God is doing after the many prayers! Keep lifting up our generation!

    Be Blessed.

    --Mike from Vancouver, Canada.

    By Anonymous Mike, at 5/19/2008 2:50 AM  

  • Sounds great Louie! Its true that God has answered prayer already and is breaking down walls. It all starts with a spark.
    Prayer From Ireland for the rest of the tour, esp lifting up Paris.
    268 gen utd

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2008 2:59 AM  

  • wow, that is amazing!!! Keep praying!!

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 5/19/2008 3:31 AM  

  • Just wanted to pop in and say a HUGE THANKS for yesterday evening! It was truly awesome! The presence of God was strong, the message unbelievably inspiring and the worship truly amazing! I love the fact that u let us sing in swedish a bit! It felt amazing to sing "O store Gud!" in your native tounge after a night of listening to english (not that the english was a bad thing :)

    Anyway...just wanted to say, from the bottom of my heart: thank you for a WONDERFUL night!
    Will keep praying for Sao Paulo and the rest of your tour!

    Lots and lots of love from Sara of Sweden ;)

    By Blogger sara, at 5/19/2008 3:54 AM  

  • Hallelujah, what a great evening. What Passion does this team have, to encourage young people all across the world. I was there last evening (from Holland) and had a great revelation for our student ministry. We pray for Sao Paulo and the rest of your world tour.
    God Bless, Erik Prins

    By Blogger Erik Prins, at 5/19/2008 5:07 AM  

  • "Då brister själen ut i lovsångsljud.." AMAZING! I was crying. Thanks!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2008 6:07 AM  

  • Come to Latvia with Passion and you will see at least 100 times more people than 50:) But thanks from us for so great, powerful and blessed time! All Passion USA and SWE team! God is good!!!

    By Blogger Toms, at 5/19/2008 8:50 AM  

  • So incredible! I am blown away.What an amazing journey is still ahead! praying for you guys.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2008 9:04 AM  

  • Thanks for a wonderfull evening Passion crew. We loved that you came and we wish you the best. It´s amazing that we togheter can spread the word of Jesus and let him be known. We´re praying for you and Sao Paulo.

    By Anonymous Jenny, at 5/19/2008 9:12 AM  

  • sounds like another wonderful time with God and God's people.

    keep on keeping on guys and may God bless y'all with the choiciest blessings.

    By Anonymous Zee, at 5/19/2008 9:21 AM  

  • Just wanted to say a big "Thankyou!" to all of you guys on the the Pasion World Tour team. It was a priviledge to be able to serve with you all as a volunteer. I believe last night was a significant event in the history of Stockholm. We have seen a steady decline in the number of Christian believers since the 1950's and I believe last night was a turningpoint in our nation. Many young people were touched by the Spirit of God and profound commitments were made to serve the Lord without compromise.

    By Blogger Per-Olof Danielsson, at 5/19/2008 9:25 AM  

  • Wow, its so exciting to hear about all the opportunities you are getting to share the gospel with millions of students all over the world. I get goosebumps just reading about it!!!!
    Praying for all you guys and just cant wait for Passion Cape Town, South Africa!

    Keep loving Jesus.

    By Blogger Kirsty, at 5/19/2008 9:41 AM  

  • Praise God!!

    Thanks for all your hard work LG and Passion team. Great to hear what God is doing in the lives of those in Kyiv & Stockholm. Praying for Sao Paulo...and as some have said prepare for loud!! Have some friends from Brazil who are so passionate and are not afraid to shout it! Can't wait to hear about it.

    Get lots of rest and safe travels.

    Praying for all of you.

    JS

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2008 9:45 AM  

  • Louie! I'm so excited that things are taking off like a rocket. And when you said it was like Passion Boston, that just brought back so many great memories of being there. The power that was in that place in Boston, I can picture it in Stockholm.

    Safe travels as you guys move on!

    Kate, from Maine

    By Blogger Kate, at 5/19/2008 10:19 AM  

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    By Blogger SandraS, at 5/19/2008 10:26 AM  

  • Thank you so much!!Praying for you!

    By Blogger Sandra, at 5/19/2008 10:32 AM  

  • Eagerly awaiting the podcast! :)

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 5/19/2008 4:11 PM  

  • That was and still is amazing, what I - one of crazy Latvians - experienced yesterday in Stockholm! Glory to God!!!
    Thank you Passion team! You did encourage me to keep on going deeper in faith, keep on praying and believing that greater things are yet to come!
    May God bless you all, Passion team, and uses each as perfect instruments in His great plan for Sao Paulo and other cities!

    Laura
    P.S. Passion team, you are welcome to Latvia, Riga! :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2008 4:43 PM  

  • In the name of São Paulo, thanks Stockholm! humbling and amazing!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2008 4:47 PM  

  • Good to hear things are going well and God is at work.
    I have been praying for you guys, and praying for energy, and for all the travels. I pray too that you will be able to sleep well.
    Louie I pray that you will have peace of mind and great clarity.
    Your friend and brother,
    Clive

    By Blogger Clive Parnell, at 5/19/2008 5:15 PM  

  • Praying!!

    By Blogger Liz, at 5/19/2008 9:33 PM  

  • YES!

    By Blogger Joe, at 5/20/2008 1:15 AM  

  • Thank you so much for that amazing evening :) THANK YOU :) praying 4 you ...

    Tabita (from Latvia)
    p.s.- Yes, You are welcome to Latvia (Riga) :)we are praying for that :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/20/2008 5:52 AM  

  • Praise God for such a wonderful beginning to the WT. So many countries represented and lives touched already. May those young students go out now energised by the Holy Spirit and tell their friends about the Life they have in Jesus.

    Still praying for the whole tour, for venues still to be secured, for student in Paris to be drawn to the night there and for a really awesome finish in Sydney:) I have even heard that some Kiwis plan to cross the Tasman for the event !

    By Blogger gail, at 5/20/2008 6:23 AM  

  • Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on the PWT goings-on. We serve a mighty God and He's doing mighty things!

    Check out this video that Jeremy shot of their arrival in Sweden:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94ty9Wu2Dcs

    By Blogger stephen, at 5/20/2008 8:57 AM  

  • Thank you!! The concert was amazing!! I got my first Passion CD in 2002 and since then I have hoped to attend one of your events and experience this powerful worship time with so many other young people!

    Praying for Sao Paulo!

    Hope to see you in Latvia! :) Come here next year!

    By Anonymous Agrita, at 5/20/2008 9:07 AM  

  • Hey!
    It was very great time!
    We need you in Latvia,too!!
    And we hope very much that you will come to Latvia!

    Thank you for the time in Stokholm!!:)

    The children of God in Latvia:)
    www.matejs.lv

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/20/2008 9:44 AM  

  • Hi!

    I was at the concert as well. Im from holland and i spoke to some girls after the concert. Now i forgot to give my email and that bugs me. If you know who i am let me know.

    peace!

    By Anonymous Jurjen, at 5/20/2008 12:38 PM  

  • the Podcast has been posted.
    it gave me goosebumps!!!!!

    By Anonymous Michael Vickers, at 5/20/2008 1:53 PM  

  • I agree- that night was special! I didn't expect something like that! praying and the Word of God really spoke to me! And I must say that, You should come to Latvia. Our land needs praying and supoort! So if You want to see more of crazy Latvians- come to Latvia!
    And of course- now we ar praying for Sao Paulo!
    and thankyou people from Thrinity church- you showed amazing love to us :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/20/2008 2:54 PM  

  • LG -

    Just heard the podcast. All I can say...crying, tears, praising God for the work being done in His name!

    Thank You! Praying for rest for the whole team and safe travel and of course for the work to be done in Sao Paulo.

    Blessings,
    JS

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/20/2008 4:32 PM  

  • Watch out - I've heard rumours that the Latvians are planning to come to Passion:Paris too....

    By Anonymous David, at 5/20/2008 4:42 PM  

  • Steven - thanks for the link to the video!! So wonderful :)

    And Louie and Passion team! thank you for being willing to hear God and follow Him!! My work is a dark place and it is so wonderful to hear of God lighting up those type of places and to listen to Chris singing in Russain over my computer - what a blessing.
    Y'all rock my socks off!!!
    -forever HIS child, freedom

    By Blogger Barefootin, at 5/20/2008 4:46 PM  

  • When is Passion in Paris?:):)

    By Blogger Sandra, at 5/20/2008 4:50 PM  

  • Passion Paris = May 3
    268generation.com/worldtour

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/20/2008 6:08 PM  

  • Louie, thank you for the podcast! I loved it!

    Cant wait to hear more as you cicle the globe!!!

    By Blogger Anna, at 5/20/2008 6:54 PM  

  • ... i mean circle the globe :)
    lol

    By Blogger Anna, at 5/20/2008 8:36 PM  

  • All I can say is WOW! After listening to the podcast, I just got shivers down my spine, and tears in my eyes! God is Awesome!

    I, like many others, have been praying for you all and am very blessed to hear the updates from the places around the world ya'll have been to so far.

    I can't say it enough: GOD IS SO AWESOME!!

    I pray God will continue to pour out his Spirit in a mighty way through your ministry.

    God Bless!

    -Sarah (from Texas)

    PS- I got a real kick out of hearing Chris singing in Russian! Very cool ;)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/21/2008 1:30 AM  

  • I hope that maybe yall will release a DVD so we can see what God is doing on the world tour. But hearing it is still really encouraging!

    By Blogger Mayra, at 5/21/2008 3:02 AM  

  • WE WANT PASSION IN LATVIA!!!!!

    because we,latvians,thouht that we are normal,but no- We are freaks! :D

    Thank You,Louie, all that You said was in right place, right time for me and like I heard after Passion, for so many hearts.

    -LATVIANS-

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/23/2008 3:55 AM  

  • Praise God !!! It is so wonderful that you are doing may God richly bless your amaizing team!! You are doing a great job in His name ! Thank you!

    By Anonymous Anya, at 5/23/2008 6:59 AM  

  • Heyy guys

    I had a wonderful evening with you... I hope you guys could visit stockholm again....
    Stockholm loves passion and stockholm loves JESUS

    Good luck with world touring


    God bless you, all of you:)

    By Anonymous Stenley Riry, at 5/29/2008 2:15 AM  

  • Ever masturbate with the thoughts of someone else besides Jesus in your head? That is why the goal of passion is to make Jesus the most famous name in your life. There isn’t a car ride or a conversation, a bite to eat or a sip to drink, or a single entertaining thing out there not waiting to give us the choice of whether or not we have Him in mind first and foremost. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that He didn’t make.-Homeless John 1:3. Every step we give. Every thought we take. Every second of the day is HIS. What are you going to do with Jesus next? “What do you mean, if I can’t?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

    By Blogger bonomsa, at 6/30/2008 7:17 PM  

  • Ever masturbate with the thoughts of someone else besides Jesus in your head? That is why the goal of passion is to make Jesus the most famous name in your life. There isn’t a car ride or a conversation, a bite to eat or a sip to drink, or a single entertaining thing out there not waiting to give us the choice of whether or not we have Him in mind first and foremost. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that He didn’t make.-Homeless John 1:3. Every step we give. Every thought we take. Every second of the day is HIS. What are you going to do with Jesus next? “What do you mean, if I can’t?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

    By Blogger bonomsa, at 6/30/2008 7:18 PM  

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