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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hello Kampala!















Home of Passion Kampala














The word is out!














The field w/ a female dorm behind.














Grassroots marketing.















Keeping our stuff secure.














Making it happen.














Going to hang the LED wall here.
















After the storm.


About sunset we descended over massive Lake Victoria and touched down in Entebbe, Uganda. An adventurous 20-mile drive brought us into the chaos of Kampala rush hour (the infrastructure was built for 60,000 and there are over 2 million) and to our hotel. There's much to say and so many images I want to share (uploading one image is a labor of love), but tonight I want you to visualize this field filled with Ugandan students devoting their lives to make Jesus famous. Passion Kampala is happening on the main sports field at Makerere University, a campus of 36,000 students. So far, 12,000 are registered (it's free, but you need to register to get a wristband) and they are expecting twice that many inside the fence and who knows how many outside. While I was there set up was going smoothly and our crew was doing a great job getting the field ready, but an afternoon storm changed all that and sent one of the LED walls crashing to land face down in the rain soaked ground. As of now we're not sure what is or isn't going to work and ask for your prayers for our production crew.

We are quickly falling in love with this place and the spirit of the people, and as we've told them that Brazil is praying for them (and students in Kyiv, Stockholm, the US and the world), they can't believe it. So if you're out there, please cover this field and all of us in the expectant belief that God is going to win the day and use this weekend to change a nation. I'll be back tomorrow with more pics!
Louie

64 Comments:

  • I do really want to hear what God will have done there!

    I´m sure.. great things for Kampala too as in Brazil.

    " Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you" Isaiah 60.1

    Kampala the Father loves you that´s why we´re praying for you. Be ready!

    By Blogger Lily, at 5/28/2008 5:45 PM  

  • Thank you for your labor of Love! It is truly appreciated!

    God is Exalted, satan is defeated and Jesus Christ is Lord!

    We believe!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/28/2008 5:55 PM  

  • I'm out here, and I'm one of the ones covering you (and the field).

    By Blogger carolinabrown, at 5/28/2008 5:59 PM  

  • we are praying from idaho. woo hoo

    By Blogger Jana, at 5/28/2008 6:10 PM  

  • I'll certainly continue praying for Passion Kampala. I'm so excited to think these thousands of students in Kampala are going to experience the same we did here in Sao Paulo. May the result be a different Kampala, a different Uganda, a different world, for the glory of our King!!!!!

    I wish I had a wristband for every city, because I'll be praying for all the other cities of the tour as well.

    God bless and protect you all and the production crew!

    Always praying for you...

    By Blogger Rodrigo, at 5/28/2008 6:19 PM  

  • GOD BLESS U KAMPALA WE R PRAYING FOR YA EVERYDAY HERE IN BRAZIL :)

    i hope u make the diference in Ughanda

    passion is amazing enjoy it

    By Blogger COMEDIA EM PESSOA, at 5/28/2008 6:20 PM  

  • Pray that it all goes well and the power works. The greatest security guard is watching over you all!
    Seems like a massive amount of miles and energy you guys are using up, pray he gives power to your voices,
    take care Clive in the UK`kw

    By Blogger Clive Parnell, at 5/28/2008 6:27 PM  

  • Please know of many prayers being lifted for Passion Kampala! God is so creative to lay this ministry on your hearts in order to reach the "uttermost parts of the earth!" Thanks for going!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/28/2008 6:28 PM  

  • WE ARE PRAYING FOR YA EVERYDAY HERE IN BRAZIL!!!!

    GOD BLESS YOU!!!!

    KAMPALA, great things have yet to come, in Jesus Name!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/28/2008 6:33 PM  

  • I am so excited to watch God totally surprise and delight!!! I know things are hard and off to a rough start but God is so good!!! I know there are going to be thousands on that lawn and even if you have NO LED screens - God is going to MOVE!!!!

    forever HIS child, freedom

    By Blogger Barefootin, at 5/28/2008 6:33 PM  

  • WE ARE PRAYING FOR YA EVERYDAY HERE IN BRAZIL!!!!

    GOD BLESS YOU!!!!

    KAMPALA, great things have yet to come, in Jesus Name!

    By Blogger Paulo Alberto, at 5/28/2008 6:34 PM  

  • Kampala students are going to write a different story for this Country, for Jesus renown. God has an amazing plan for them!

    More than 2000 Brazilian students are praying for you every single day!

    "Do not be afraid Daniel. Since the first day you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard and I've come in response to them." Daniel 10. 12

    By Anonymous Letícia, at 5/28/2008 6:44 PM  

  • Praying big for Kampala. These challenges are just an opportunity for God to show up and make Himself famous. He will do it. Can't wait to follow along and watch Him show up!!

    By Blogger Jill, at 5/28/2008 6:46 PM  

  • Uganda!!! Praying for God's freedom and grace to touch all those in this place. May the name of Jesus Christ radiantly illuminate hearts with hope and joy from this location...and out to all surrounding cities and villages.

    Praying for sponsored child, Sonia Muber, on the plains of Koch Awinga...that she may feel the warmth of these rekindled spirits.

    Shine brightly, Passion Kampala!!!

    By Blogger Hook, at 5/28/2008 7:02 PM  

  • Louie & Shelley & Passion Team,

    Still praying and now I know how to pray more specific. Know some U.S. volunteers that are in Unganda with you:-) ..praying for the volunteers as well!!

    Believing God will do mighty things in the college students's hearts gathered on the field!! May God give you all wisdom and direction as you set up and prepare for Passion Kampala!

    God Bless,
    Angela

    By Blogger Angela, at 5/28/2008 7:49 PM  

  • praying over the field and praying for Kampala...praying for Valerie who is there with you from West Virginia! God has called her to be with you. Get ready to God to do something amazing.

    By Anonymous Lisa, at 5/28/2008 8:12 PM  

  • são paulo IS praying for kampala and the world passion tour (every time that I look at my plastic bracelet and especially when I’m teaching english to my kids I start to pray for Kampala)

    we all have a strong desire to make Jesus name famous


    (and maybe a little part of the são paulo will be present in mexico, still praying about it)


    kiki
    =)

    By Blogger tessarin, at 5/28/2008 8:16 PM  

  • WOW- what incredible pics! Thank you so much for the "labor of love" in posting them- I don't think you can possibly know how much it means to pray for something so much and then to see pictures or videos (thank God for YouTube) and hear the podcasts showing all the ways that those prayers are answered! Its absolutely amazing, and encouraging, and so thrilling to witness, even from so far away, the awesome ways that God is moving. MAY HE BE GLORIFIED IN KAMPALA! You are all continuously on my heart and in my prayers.

    AND TO ALL THE BEAUTIFUL STUDENTS OF UGANDA: HE IS WITH YOU, HE LOVES YOU MORE THAN YOU COULD EVER KNOW, AND THIS WEEKEND HE IS GOING TO SHOW MORE OF HIMSELF TO YOU THAN YOU HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE! GET READY... GREATER THINGS ARE COMING TO YOUR CAMPUSES AND YOUR CITIES!

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 5/28/2008 8:22 PM  

  • I hope that Kampala enjoy The presence of God there!!
    Here in São Paulo was amazing. I'm praying for the event in uganda!
    God Bless you all!
    I can't believe that I made part of this!!!!
    ... Jesus...Jesus!!!

    By Blogger Cristiane, at 5/28/2008 8:47 PM  

  • praying in CT....

    Just remember God doesn't need LED lights just a willing heart...

    praying for the students in Kampala and the passion team.

    Janet

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/28/2008 8:49 PM  

  • Kampala 'll never be the same.
    Passion was here (São Paulo), last weekend, and I can say that São Paulo now is a new City!
    Enjoy the presence of God!
    I'm praying for you all!!
    God bless you!!!!

    By Blogger Cristiane, at 5/28/2008 8:51 PM  

  • We wouldn't miss the chance to pray for such an amazing event. Thanks for updating so often as we enjoy hearing how our brothers and sisters are embracing and growing this World Tour.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/28/2008 9:09 PM  

  • Serving you all stateside! (Texas)

    By Blogger Kendra, at 5/28/2008 10:23 PM  

  • We praying for Passion::Kampala! In each of our prayers Kampala is remembered, and we have certainty that God will bless as well as in Sao Paulo!
    Different people, different culture, but the same Jesus, the only one!

    GREAT, GREAT, GREAT things have yet to come!

    [praying]

    By Blogger Wellington, at 5/28/2008 10:27 PM  

  • Praying!!

    By Blogger Liz, at 5/28/2008 10:38 PM  

  • We are praying for you guys -know that we are tracking with you every city along the way. Tell the Auburn team there hello (and maybe war eagle) for us.

    matt & april

    By Anonymous grace campus, at 5/28/2008 10:39 PM  

  • Woooowwwww!! Great things have yet to come in Kampala!!!

    We are praying for this!!
    In São Paulo was "indescribable"!

    God bless you all!
    I can't believe that I'm part of this!!
    The same Lord, Jesus!

    Kisses and prays from Brazil!

    By Blogger Natalia, at 5/28/2008 10:48 PM  

  • Here's to praying to our God who can "do more than we could ever ask or imagine!" The people of Kampala will be blessed regardless of the circumstances...waiting to watch God do what only HE can!

    heather from ky.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/28/2008 10:48 PM  

  • God has something BIG in-store for Kampala.....

    Be Blessed

    By Blogger Brandon, at 5/28/2008 11:02 PM  

  • Praying for the God’s hand over the set up, safety, production crew and equipment while you all are in Uganda ... That every piece of equipment He wishes to use this weekend will work …. that He will use everything available to pour His message through to open hearts and minds… that each person He is calling there will be drawn to pwt with open hearts…That many people will come to know Jesus as Savior… and that those who know Him, will be drawn closer to Him during the pwt in Uganda
    Thanks for the update and letting us know how to pray for you
    Blessings 268team~

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 5/28/2008 11:56 PM  

  • Kampala for Jesus!
    Praying that all goes well, that the equipment, setup and all will work efficiently. Even if it doesn't may the Holy Spirit come down on the land and it's future generations to change Uganda for ever.
    All the best and have fun in the pearl of Africa.

    By Blogger Mjay, at 5/29/2008 12:10 AM  

  • WoW...once again!!! The pics are so great to see, Louie...and then to imagine all the students there for HIS Renown!!! WoW! is all I can say!!!!
    It is just Sooo exciting!!!

    Also...

    In the Mighty and Awesome name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST I speak Favor and Blessings over the next few days and over every person there, every piece of equipment and every other aspect of this event...for HIS Glory!!! I seal it by the Blood of The Lamb! In the name of Jesus...Amen (So Be) and Amen (So Be)!

    Praying...for the whole world tour!

    Karah in Texas :^)

    By Blogger karah, at 5/29/2008 12:27 AM  

  • Hello passion....shout out from London ky....God is truely amazing when people come together as one and worship Him for who He is and what He has done!!!!! i love that and Love the face you are taking this around the world...LITERALLY it blows my mind...But kampala I will be praying for you and pray that you will recieve the Blessing that overfloweth. Jesus said in John 5:17 My father is still working, and im working also.

    Dont give up yet..God is still working and still on the throne.

    Love you very much Jo

    By Blogger Jo, at 5/29/2008 1:04 AM  

  • Guys Uganda looks AMAZING! ts set for an amazing night in His presence, those Ugandans will be up for it! Praying the LED wall is ok and the logistics pull together on the night!!!
    One week today and it will be london! can't believe it!
    Prayers and love for the Ugandans from Ireland!

    THE LORD GOD WHO WE SERVE IS ABLE!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2008 5:35 AM  

  • praying for Kampala here in Brazil!!
    people always ask me about this bracelet I'm wearing, but I don't mind, cause they doesn't understand what it's behind it. Let's just pray =}

    By Blogger Strong_Wind, at 5/29/2008 7:48 AM  

  • Podcaster at 76! (oldest???)
    Passion rocks! Praying for the world tour. Been following passion since '05.
    What an incredible opportunity you young people have been handed - to live your life with passion for Jesus! Don't blow it like I did for so many years on running after things of the world (experimental test pilot F-14 Tomcat).
    Then 33 years ago, I was ambushed by Jesus, wrecked by His love and set on fire with passion for His fame.
    The world is running on empty - run with Jesus!
    Louie's da man.
    Joe From Bronx
    www.youtube.com/profile?user=JoeFromBronx

    By Blogger JoeFromBronx, at 5/29/2008 7:53 AM  

  • Kampala, be ready for all the great things God is already doing!!!
    We are praying for you!

    By Anonymous Lilian Faleiro, at 5/29/2008 8:15 AM  

  • In Japan and SO excited for you to come here! We're following your journey and praying for you every step of the way.

    Keith and Lisa Cash

    By Anonymous The Cash Clan Japan, at 5/29/2008 8:26 AM  

  • Hi people! We're praying, everday, at work for you...I'm sure God is going to do great things there!
    Miss you! Nic

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2008 8:47 AM  

  • I lived in Kampala for 2 years as an IMB missionary. I know the challenges you're facing. Just keep a smile on your face and let the Ugandans show you how's its done! When something goes wrong, we would just smile (sometimes through tears) and say, "TIA...this is Africa".
    I'm so excited for what God is going to do there this weekend. He's going to show YOU things as well as the students. I'll be praying! It's going to be HUGE!

    By Blogger Christy, at 5/29/2008 9:05 AM  

  • Thank you so much for the updates! My children and I continue to pray each morning for the WT. You are all such an example of humility and unselfishness as you willingly go around the world proclaiming Jesus. We didn't know where some of these cities were (Sao Paulo, Kampala), so we found them on a map - great geography lesson!

    I listened to my 1st podcast last night (I'm 37). Wow! The amazing people of Brazil are such an example of life and excitement for the Lord! We (myself included) in America can be so reserved! Let us learn from them and worship Jesus freely!

    One more thing...I just read about how Matt Redman willingly left the Atlanta airport as soon as he heard about the Chapman tragedy - instead of going home as intended, he went directly to Nashville to be with the Chapmans. I am so convicted on so many levels by ALL of you - may I be so surrendered to the Lord's plans that I put others first, even when it's not "convenient".

    God is amazing and we can't wait to hear the "greater things" that He does in Uganda (now we know where Kampala is!)!

    Happy tears and prayers from Virginia...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2008 9:16 AM  

  • Louie and gang,
    When will Passion be back in the states? Particularly Texas. More particularly Dallas :)

    Michael Metts

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2008 9:18 AM  

  • GOD IS AMAZING! Thanks for sharing that message with the WORLD! Just know that Charlotte, and many other cities in the US are praying for your whole team!

    Dina
    Ps. 121

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2008 9:39 AM  

  • Praying the Lord will continue to pour His grace over all of the preparations, including the damaged LED wall. And looking forward to see all He has in store for the youth of Uganda! Greater things...

    By Blogger Marcia B, at 5/29/2008 9:40 AM  

  • Still praying!
    Our God is All Powerful, He controls everything, He controls the wind and rain...He will bless the days of Passion::Kampala!

    By Blogger Wellington, at 5/29/2008 9:51 AM  

  • Go Kampala!!!!!!!!

    May God Bless you all, pouring his love, his Holly Spirit in your hearts.

    Praying for you people!
    Praying for your Nation
    Praying for Passion

    God Bless!

    By Anonymous Tiago, at 5/29/2008 10:28 AM  

  • gGo Kampala!

    Praying for God to bless you people, nation and passion.

    May God bless you all.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2008 10:29 AM  

  • Guard your "powercord" don't let anything discourage you. The Holy Spirit is manifest in this place.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2008 12:15 PM  

  • wow, that's amazing how many are going to attend...

    praying things work out in the end, or you think of other ways to show visuals...

    thanks for the podcast from Sao Paulo... it was amazing to hear and then see the video on the myspace.

    -throughHislens

    By Blogger throughHislens, at 5/29/2008 12:24 PM  

  • I pray that God will provide in all that you need! And He will be there no matter how many LED lights fell down, his light is so much better then those LED lights ;)
    But am praying that all goes well and the power will work!!!

    May God be glorified in Kampala!!

    By Anonymous Judith, at 5/29/2008 1:10 PM  

  • Praying in Tennessee

    By Blogger hadsell, at 5/29/2008 2:14 PM  

  • PRAYING!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2008 2:23 PM  

  • Awesome stuff! Welcome to Africa, my dearest beloved Africa.... :)

    I was 2 years ago on a mission trip in a rural area of my country with evangelist Des Sinclair. We were a team of about 8 people who went right into the center of a big African suburb and settled ourselves on a dusty red soccer field. There were so much pain,scars and poverty to see. I was humbled like never before and wept for all the broken children I saw. They couldn't even speak Afrikaans or English so I taught them in Sesotho that Modimo (God) loves them and that He will always take care of them. I wish you could have seen the glimmers of hope in their eyes...

    We had limited recources and had to set up everything and pack up again, every day. During the one evening a crowd of about 4000 pitched up. We had around 200 salvations and numerous healings. It was a thrilling experience. Yes, no matter where we are on this planet, there is always hope through the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ!

    Thanks so much for allowing its shadow to fall on the rest of this beautiful continent and its beautiful people.

    By Blogger kari, at 5/29/2008 3:09 PM  

  • Since I am on a production crew myself I can totally feel for your team. My prayers are with you and everyone on your crew.

    By Blogger Rachel Gardner, at 5/29/2008 3:12 PM  

  • I don't know whether I can post a link for a video here (if I shouldn't do it, forgive me), but I've just found this video on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygRVCQrHZfA&feature=related

    It shows the last song sung by Chris Tomlin in the last session of Passion Sao Paulo - so it was pretty much the end of the Conference and it shows a little bit (a very little bit) of how we felt.

    In the last 20 seconds you can see and hear all of us there clapping and shouting KAMPALA! KAMPALA!

    I just thought you might like to see that.

    Still praying, I hope to hear from you soon with good news.

    Many of us calculated the time difference to be able to keep praying during the actual sessions of Passion Kampala (it's 1pm in Sao Paulo when it's 7pm in Kampala).

    Kampala, we are praying for you all the time, it will be great for sure.

    For His renown!!!

    By Blogger Rodrigo, at 5/29/2008 3:49 PM  

  • Praying for Kampala as I write. Listened to the Sao Paulo pod cast (I guess I am one of the 41 or maybe I take it one person higher) and it was so awesome. I got chills listening to them scream for Jesus and shout his name. Just incredible. God is so great. Thank you Passion for taking the message to the world and ministering to this generation. Praying for the team to have energy and excitement and that the storm will have damaged nothing. God will be lifted up no matter what I am sure of that. Thanks for taking the time to upload the pictures. I am checking often and it really gets me and my family excited about what God is doing. May the Holy Spirit just descend on you there in Kampala and fill you up (to OVERFLOW).

    Beth Morgan in Charleston, SC

    By Anonymous Beth M., at 5/29/2008 4:40 PM  

  • I am praying for you and the team Louie! Thanks for sharing this journal of the tour!

    By Blogger Tom, at 5/29/2008 4:52 PM  

  • I am so excited for what our Lord is going to do in Kampala!!! I am praying for our Passion family and the students there!!

    By Blogger Mayra, at 5/29/2008 5:06 PM  

  • Greater things have yet to come for Kampala!

    It's gonna be awesome.. Jesus will be praised and His name will be lifted high!

    We're praying here with all of our hearts.. God will change that nation.. He will bless that country with hope and JOY!

    Miss u guys.. can't stop thinking about what hapenned last week!

    Love u!

    For His name.. and His fame.. forever and ever!

    By Blogger Anna Carol, at 5/30/2008 12:58 PM  

  • I was there! I was a volunteer at Passion Kamapala. All I can say is WOW!WOW!WOW! AWESOME! GOD IS GREAT AND WORTHY TO BE PRAISED!

    Scovia
    Kampala

    By Anonymous Scovia, at 6/02/2008 7:26 AM  

  • My life was Postively,Permenently and eternally damaged!!

    i could write forver

    thanks passion for clearing the defiled airs of kampala

    Am at another intimate level these days

    blesse

    eddie

    By Blogger semakeddie, at 6/03/2008 3:19 PM  

  • Im so grateful for passion! you really blessed kampala, Louie thanks for reminding us of the greatness of the lord! you really blessed me and i desire that you become my spiritual dad pliiz i need someone like you.my email is ronkalinim@yahoo.com. to Chris and other musicians please god richly bless you and lm daily on my knees praying for passion wherever you go.Awaiting your return in uganda.
    My desire is that the will of God be done in our lives
    Ronald.k. kampala

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/06/2008 5:19 AM  

  • thanx passion u really brought the name of christ on high and pse keep it up
    steven kampala

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/06/2008 5:21 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 7:00 PM  

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