Thursday, May 29, 2008

Expectantly Waiting

Hi from Kampala, where we had mostly sun during the day and tonight the sky is star-filled and clear. Thank you God. We are on the verge of something amazing, and we can feel it. Both darkness and light have a lot at stake in these days, but we are here in the name of the One who is light, and in Jesus' name we are expecting great things.

Above: Kampala streets; Press Conference yesterday; Wototo Village-a picture of God's beauty, order and care...and home to the future of Uganda; getting the field ready; a campus street; who are these people on my field?; volunteers who've come to help; students registering (20,000 so far!); drying out the LED panels which seem to be working fine!

For now, we are waiting on the gates to open and the Kingdom to come. Tomorrow is going to be a long and crazy day, so we may not be able to post a Blog tomorrow night. But, we'll let you know something as soon as we can. God will win the day! Don't stop praying. Louie


  • So do you put up gates at all the venues to keep the goats out?

    Just Curious,


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2008 5:29 PM  

  • You guys can ALWAYS count on my prayers!!!

    I wish I coud have all tags with the names of all cities you're going to be!!!

    I'm pretty sure that our Great God WILL do MANY AMAZING and CRAZY things there...

    Always greatfull
    Marcos Sprogis
    São Paulo/Brasil

    By Blogger Marcos, at 5/29/2008 5:55 PM  

  • I am Praying for you guys!!!

    By Anonymous edg-e, at 5/29/2008 6:15 PM  

  • I'm from São Paulo - Brazil.
    Hi PASSION team. I'm praying for you all and our brothers from Kampala. God will do great things there, as He did here in São Paulo - Brazil.
    Hey brothers from Kampala. Are you prepared??? Are you??? God will overcome your expectation. Believe it. He will.
    God bless you all!!!

    By Blogger Bernardino, at 5/29/2008 6:15 PM  

  • So Exciting!!! :^)

    Amen to...GOD Will Win The Day!!!!!

    Thanks again for all the upadates, Louie!

    Praying and Believing in (HOT!) Texas!

    Greater Things!!!

    By Blogger karah, at 5/29/2008 6:16 PM  

  • Praying with you with expectant hearts for the cause of Christ. May many hearts come to know the amazing story of HIM as we join together....AL & Steph

    By Blogger Al, at 5/29/2008 6:20 PM  

  • that's exciting! No worries! God reigns in Uganda! So I have no doubt great and mighty things will happen with these students!

    By Blogger amber, at 5/29/2008 7:07 PM  

  • thus says the Lord: "I am with you. I will say to north, 'give up' & to the south, 'do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by My Name - whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made. Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes - who are deaf, yet have ears! All the nations gather together, and the peoples assemble.
    Who among them can declare this, and show us the former things? Let them bring their witnesses to prove them right, and let them hear and say, 'it is true.' 'you are my witnesses,' declares the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen - that you may know and believe me & understand that I AM HE. Before ME, no god was formed. I- I AM the LORD - and besides me, there is no Savior - and you are my witnesses..." - IS. 43.5+
    God's heart is always for full redemption of all His people. Thank you - Thank you - Thank you for going, for singing, for shouting, for making HIS heart clear - 'all over the world'. I'm jealous. What incredible opportunity. & i'm praying - faithfully. What an awesome God!

    By Anonymous Julie Givens, at 5/29/2008 7:42 PM  

  • I read 20,000 students SO FAR and goosebumps went all over my body. We're praying for you over here in East Tennessee. I know your time spent in Kampala lifting the Bread & Wine will be nothing short of amazing and unique!

    Praise the Father, Praise the Son, and Praise the Spirit Three in One!

    By Anonymous Katie V<>, at 5/29/2008 7:43 PM  

  • It's a blessing to be a part of what you are doing via prayer. These podcasts are changing the course of my work days as I get a few minutes to focus on what God is doing through Passion. Thanks for sharing what's happenning.

    Praying and going to donate to you as well!


    By Blogger Lissa, at 5/29/2008 7:59 PM  

  • Louie, You ask us not to stop praying and I ask you, HOW COULD WE EVER STOP? There's no way I could ever stop asking God to do more of the AWESOME, INCREDIBLE, UNBELIEVABLE THINGS that He has done. Greater things are coming to Uganda, and God will keep doing Greater things after Kampala, just as He will in every city and nation.

    Praying for Kampala and those cities that remain on the tour...


    By Blogger Zach G, at 5/29/2008 8:18 PM  

  • agreeing with julie given's prayer!
    JESUS get all your Glory! in Kampala as it is in Heaven!

    By Blogger anne, at 5/29/2008 9:04 PM  

  • THAT IS SO COOL! (with giddy giggles ;) Wow, I can't wait to see what all God has in store! And of course we're going to keep praying for you all- you know you don't have to ask! We love you here in Kentucky!



    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 5/29/2008 9:07 PM  

  • I remember when you first showed us the World tour promo video in Boston. We got so excited for it, and now it's actually happening. Praise the Lord for the Passion movement, and for the team. I will continue to pray for the upcoming cities, and students that will be touched through these events. God is so great! Keep going strong!!

    ~ Kim

    By Anonymous Kim, at 5/29/2008 9:12 PM  

  • P.S. Once again, all the pics are incredible, and I especially love the registration tables :).

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 5/29/2008 9:14 PM  

  • Louie,

    I just have seen the great pics you took from Kampala. The thought about what our Great God has for you and the studants, brought me tears.
    I was a volunteer in São Paulo (Mark's team), and I can't remember the last time I felt so touched, so sure that a new time is coming!
    I always dreamed about beeing in Africa (missionary), but... by the time was passing, I started to think that it was something impossible. I don't know God's plans for me... But now I'm sure that I can be there because my heart and my prays are with the whole Passion Team.
    God bless you and keep using you to bless people all around the world, as you did here, in Brazil.

    São Paulo - Brazil

    By Blogger Wandriesy, at 5/29/2008 9:27 PM  

  • Louie,

    God is amazing and will be glorifed and magnified with 20,000 plus voices lifting the name of the FAMOUS ONE.

    Praying for you and the team here in Naperville, IL.

    By Anonymous teepee, at 5/29/2008 9:42 PM  

  • Praying that Kampala will experience God in all His majesty like we did on a field in Memphis, Tenn. 20,000 registered. Great! Well on your way! May God be magnified and glorified by His many people around the world.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2008 10:02 PM  

  • Wow, 20,000 students already!
    Praying for the event today and tomorrow and that lives are changed forever and that Jesus is glorified.

    May all go well but I believe that God will do what He wants to do regardless of what happens."Our God Reigns"

    Thank you all for being open to God's leading and for serving these young people.

    Praying health and strength for you all on this huge undertaking.

    By Blogger gail, at 5/29/2008 10:08 PM  

  • Thank you so much for these updates and podcasts! i am very much with you! i sense so strongly that this is truly the kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven. Prayers going up for you guys from montgomery alabama :D


    By Blogger megan stout, at 5/29/2008 10:27 PM  

  • We keep praying!!
    And we already see God working great things! and greater things are yet to come!
    Today in Kampala will be a blessing!
    God bless all Passion team and each of the more than 20.000 students who will participate the Passion!!

    hugs and pray from Brazil!

    By Blogger Wellington, at 5/29/2008 10:45 PM  

  • 20 000....far out! Amazing blessing. Knowing how amazingly fired up the people of Africa already are...it's probably hit 30 000 as I've typed this. With expectant hearts they come...Isaiah 65:24. Be blessed guys.

    By Blogger Aash, at 5/29/2008 10:59 PM  

  • Praying for Passion as I so often do and reading scripture aloud over you guys and the field that will hold the 20,000+ (amazing!). May God's annointing rest on you and all of the Passion family. Oh, how I wish I were right there beside you...thanks for posting when you can so we can all live vicariously through the pictures and descriptions. :) Praise the Lord that the LED screens seem to be okay! Can't wait to hear from you about Passion Kampala!!

    Praying in KY....Mel

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2008 11:09 PM  

  • Hello,

    Cannot wait for the updates..Believing with you Louie and Passion team for God to show up in mighty ways to birth a generation for His Renown in Uganda.

    God Bless,

    By Blogger Angela, at 5/29/2008 11:24 PM  

  • Wow! I can't believe y'all have made it to Kampala already! It doesn't seem that long ago that you were in DC, and we were praying for Kampala...

    God has, is, and will continue to show how awesome He is!

    :) Sheena

    By Blogger Sheena, at 5/29/2008 11:30 PM  

  • we're with you 110% louie! Uganda is hopefully gonna be flipped up side down by God's grace and love. On a side note, my friends find it crazy just how much i keep up with the news and details of these events through this blog. but they know that it's something that so many people are keeping up with and something that I can tell them with 110% certainty that even though i'm not there, I feel like I am because my mission and yours have collided. Keep coming with updates, and know that there is an army of prayers from all around the world headed right in the direction of Kampala

    By Blogger Michael, at 5/29/2008 11:33 PM  

  • So it's the middle of the night over here and I'm on the website for Watoto...this is where blogging becomes a problem, because how are you supposed to describe something so beautiful and heartwrenching with words? I'm listening to "The Peace Song" right now, and just might for the rest of the night. All I keep thinking of is if those children can trust God with such transparent love, then so can we- no matter what we're going through.
    I sincerely hope that they can somehow be a part of what happens this weekend; whether or not they sing, they are the living pictures of a vulnerable, beautiful generation of children that desperately need us to rise up and lead them, and love them, and shelter them, because they have no one else to turn to. I pray that God would birth that vision in the hearts of Kampala's young adult generation and all of us around the world: to "suffer the least of these to come" to Jesus and "to defend the cause of the orphan and the widow". We MUST do it- if we don't, WHO WILL?
    But if the beautiful children of Watoto are any indication of the faith and calling of the students of Uganda, then the future is bright with hope- and today is going to be a day long remembered- by the world, yes, but if in the end it is only remembered by one beautiful, lonely child who's life is forever changed as a result of this weekend- it will have been MORE than worth it!
    God pour out his Grace and Blessing on you all today!

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 5/30/2008 12:50 AM  

  • awesome. praying. cant wait to hear more. thanks for the pic's they are amazing and bring us closer to you all thousands of miles away.
    We are united under Jesus - for His glory!!!

    I love that - " God will win the Day."

    By Blogger Anna, at 5/30/2008 1:04 AM  

  • 20,000 students?! Oh my word thats amazing :)!!!

    Praying for you guys and the students that will be there!

    By Anonymous Judith, at 5/30/2008 5:36 AM  

  • LED working!?!?!?! Yeah!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/30/2008 7:07 AM  

  • glory to God!!

    we're still praying for you guys, to the God's Kingdom come over Kampala, as it cames above us in Sampa!
    can't wait for more news!!

    just few hours to start...

    By Blogger bell, at 5/30/2008 7:57 AM  

  • Ohh my God...just few hours to start...
    Every little thing is gonna be alright in JESUS'S NAME!!

    By Blogger Wellington, at 5/30/2008 8:58 AM  

  • Thanks Louie for the pics!
    WOW 20,000 people I can't wait to hear how God will work this weekend.
    Praying for all there in Kampala. Praying for peace on the team as you go forth and tell 20,000 people of the story of HIS grace!
    Praying that all goes smoothly and the Jesus' name be lifted high!

    Praying here in Connecticut...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/30/2008 9:06 AM  

  • wow. i'm a little overwhelmed with what is coming. deep breaths. ministering with you from Texas.

    By Blogger Kendra, at 5/30/2008 9:24 AM  

  • Praying for you guys. Louie the Holy Spirit is really going to be with you, and working through you.

    Its so amazing to see people gathering. I did not expect to see pictures of people gathering at that magnitude over seas. It is different when you see it.

    By Blogger adam, at 5/30/2008 9:50 AM  

  • Today is the day!
    praying for kampla!I hope that is as wonderful as it was here in brazil!
    são paulo/Brazil

    By Blogger Bruninha, at 5/30/2008 10:01 AM  

  • Today is the day!
    praying for kampla!I hope that is as wonderful as it was here in brazil!
    são paulo/Brazil

    By Anonymous Bruna, at 5/30/2008 10:02 AM  

  • WOO HOOOOOO... Praise the Lord the day has arrived!!!
    Brothers of KAMPALA, we are praying for you!!! I know God will do wonderful things as He did here in Sao Paulo and I know you will have a phenomenal weekend!!
    God bless you all!!!

    By Blogger Tiago, at 5/30/2008 10:11 AM  

  • Wow! those pictures gave me chills!!! To awesome from an awesome God!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/30/2008 10:23 AM  

  • Wow, that's it, in about 90 minutes Passion Kampala officially begins! It's such a privilege to be part of this...

    "God will win the day!" - amen!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Praying for great things today and for greater things yet to come.

    God bless you all!
    Sao Paulo - Brasil

    By Blogger Rodrigo, at 5/30/2008 10:40 AM  

  • We prayed for sun yesterday, and I'm so happy God heard! I wish I was there!
    Nicole - Brazil

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/30/2008 11:09 AM  

  • Hi Louie and Passion family,

    So I'm training for the 3day 60 mile walk in Atlanta in October and I listen to the Passion podcast while I walk. Today I listened to the last couple of podcasts and I just have to say that when you posed the question about making Jesus famous in this generation and the roar went out...tears welled up in my eyes and I had chills. I just wanted you to know that we are here, we are standing with you and kneeling with you and believing with you and hoping with you for all that God will do in these days. I'm just a 33 year old mom, a wife of a youth/college pastor, a woman who loves Jesus and loves students in His Name and I'm with you! We are praying and changing our facebook picture each weekend and sharing the story with our daughters and whoever else will listen...that God is moving! Kennedy is only 8 now and Syd is just 5...but, "tell these things to your children...when you rise up and when you lay down and when you walk along the way..." We love you all and we're with you!
    Can't wait to hear from Kampala!

    Kam Roberts
    Canton, Ga

    By Anonymous Kam Roberts, at 5/30/2008 11:17 AM  

  • So awesome that you guys got to go visit Watoto. We've enjoyed having their children's choir come by our church several times over the last 8 years. They are phenomenal. Such happy souls filled with the love of Jesus.

    It never fails. I come to their concert with all my baggage and worries and those children minister to me in word and music telling their stories. How they lost their mother and father to AIDS, went to live with their aunt or out on street. Then Watoto took them in and gave them a home and introduced them to Christ. By the end of the concert, my worries and cares have melted away and I've been taught a very humbling lesson by my younger brothers and sisters in the faith.

    I can no longer enjoy the luxuries and obsessions of this world knowing that $10,000 will build a home for 8 children and a house mom. Knowing the lives that will be impacted in this world and for eternity, I cannot in good conscience enjoy earthly extravagance when I know they can be exchanged for eternal reward and impact the kingdom.

    A new Lexus LS430 for $60,000? That's 6 huts and 48 children at any one time. A depreciating earthly treasure to be enjoyed for 8-10 years or a treasure to be enjoyed for all eternity. Are you kidding? Do I even have to think about that?

    So praise God for your visit to Watoto. If you spend any time with them at all, you want to take them all up into your heart.

    God be with you tonight in Kampala. May God be glorified in that emerging generation and ignite a passion in their hearts to see Christ lifted up in their country and all of Africa.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/30/2008 11:46 AM  

  • Hi Kampala!Hi Passion Team!

    Well It´s here 13:30 and Passion is starting now in Kampala.

    I just want to say that right now, so many people here in Brazil are praying for it.

    Jesus will do Great Things in Kampala.

    I´ll be praying for all Passion team in the other events, because it´s so beautifull to know there is a lot of young people praising God all around the world.

    Thank you for coming to Brazil!

    PS: I´m sure that Great things Will be done here in Brazil and in every heart and nation in this Planet.

    Rodrigo Telles
    São Paulo/Brazil

    By Anonymous R.T., at 5/30/2008 12:40 PM  

  • God blesssssssssssssssss you, guys!

    Lilian from São Paulo - Brazil.

    By Blogger Lilian, at 5/30/2008 12:49 PM  

  • photo's are fantastic!

    By Blogger Jeramy Sossaman, at 5/30/2008 12:58 PM  

  • I'm praying for you guys.

    Greater things still to be done... BTW, tks for the Passion Sao Paulo... It was amazing, I'm Brazilian, but I live in Boston and my friends in Brazil do not stop comments about the powerful time they had over there. " Sim Senhor"!!!

    No worries Louie, God reigns in Uganda. I have no doubt great and mighty things will happen with these students!

    Psalm 116:17 I will offer you my special "thanks" when I pray to the name of the LORD.

    I'm truly thankful

    Jeanne Kelly

    By Blogger Jeanne, at 5/30/2008 1:44 PM  

  • Hi Louie and all Passion people!
    I'm Stephanie from Sao Paulo.
    I just want to thank you guys. God did marvelous things here in Brazil and I'm sure He is preparing something more special for Kampala.
    I've been praying for Kampala and I can feel God is going to do amazing things there.
    I wish I could be there to see God "in action" once again...
    so... keep being used by God and God bless you all.

    PS: please come back to Brazil anytime!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/30/2008 1:48 PM  

  • Our God is amazing

    There is no one like our God

    For greater things have yet to come
    and greater things are still to be done in this city (Kampala)...

    I Believe

    we're still praying for Kampala and you.

    God bless you all!

    São Paulo - Brazil

    By Blogger ..., at 5/30/2008 3:13 PM  

  • Just want to add my encouragement and prayers from Maryland! Can't wait to hear all that's going on and how God is working in Kampala and throughout the world....thank you!
    Elaine Bennett

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/30/2008 3:37 PM  

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    By Blogger Fábio Carrenho, at 5/30/2008 3:55 PM  

  • Shout to the North & the South !!! in all directions no matter where we stand that God is a great God and there is none like Him!! Praise Him for the sun & Son. Following the blog makes me want to fast forward to our visit in Johannesburg in Aug to see our young adults take hold of the Fathers hand and fall before His feet. Bless you one and all for your hard work and wonderful hearts.See you in Jhb !!!

    By Anonymous Deidre, at 5/30/2008 3:57 PM  

  • Brazilian students from Morumbi Baptist Church will pray for us!
    God bless this city: Kampala!!
    We loves you!

    Fábio Carrenho - Morumbi Youth Ministery
    Brasil - São Paulo

    By Blogger Fábio Carrenho, at 5/30/2008 4:01 PM  

  • uhu
    Praying for the very Passion in Kampala!

    How would you like to be there, or to say there, but OK, because I know that my God is there and contribute in some way, and offer prayers.

    Praying hard to check that the Passion Kampala and that bears fruit amazing!

    I love the Passion and its cause!

    "God bless the very Passion in Kampala, in surprise with your wonders" This is my prayer and I think that for all!

    Well Passion!


    By Blogger Pampis Fróis, at 5/30/2008 4:10 PM  

  • Always praying for you!

    although you asked to pass one week praying for kampala, my heart and my prayers will go with you during this world tour

    By Blogger leo_cfa2, at 5/30/2008 4:15 PM  

  • i have been prayin' for all ya'll, especially since the storm when the LED wall fell! God is so amazing to make sure that the wall works for ya'll! Glory to God! :)
    I will continue prayin' for ya'll tomorrow, saturday, as well as during the rest of the tour! :D
    God is awesome, and let His Name be known to every nation!

    austin, tx

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/30/2008 6:37 PM  

  • when you came, my campus had been closed coz the lecturers wre being underpaid, and had gone on strike three months prior.i've been reading the blog since i heard of the passion world tour, n that was when i heard you guys were coming to kampala. i was so excited coz i had been listening to chris n matt's music for sometime n loved it. the excitement pushed me to the limit of sending a text to every campuser in my phone book,(that's over 100) and most of them showed up. the night was great and God bless you guys soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!n am praying for you guys. finally our campus is open and all leaders at my are praying for you (not too sure about the cell members). mwebale nnyo! which means thanks alot in luganda. ope you'll pass by again on the next tour.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/07/2008 12:21 PM  

  • Ok,guys, I have never experiened the touch of God Like it was in Kampala 2 weeks ago!!! I Pray for you and the movement that the lord will touch the hears of men and women in all universities. the seed you planted shall surely grow. Praise the Lord Almighty!!

    Can some one remember the song "...great things are yet to come and greater things are still to be done in this city...."(Kampala)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/11/2008 4:30 AM  

  • Ok,guys, I have never experiened the touch of God Like it was in Kampala 2 weeks ago!!! I Pray for you and the movement that the lord will touch the hears of men and women in all universities. the seed you planted shall surely grow. Praise the Lord Almighty!!

    Can some one remember the song "...great things are yet to come and greater things are still to be done in this city...."(Kampala)

    By Anonymous Rukundo, at 6/11/2008 4:33 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 6:58 PM  

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