Thursday, May 15, 2008

Hello Kyiv!

Inside Sports Palace

Some Of Us

Saints To Be?

Friends Who Lead One Of Kyiv's Churches

Praying Many People Find This Place Tomorrow

What You Imagined?

Out In Kyiv

Beautifully Man Made

Glimpse Of Kyiv

Crew Arrives At Sports Palace

Cool Kids

They Call Her "Big Mamma"

Hello from sunny and gorgeous Kyiv, a city where old (the place is 1500 years old) meets new and soviet meets Europe. We all made it... and finally everyone's luggage has joined us. The big news of the day is that Tomlin's band's guitars have arrived, but, sadly customs failed to release our resources and they are on their way back to Atlanta.

We've had an amazing day out and about in the city, and on behalf of the Ukrainian board of tourism want to say you all need to come and check this place out. The city is awash awash with warmth and covered with blue skies today. The city is emerging moment by moment, yearning for the next and newest...striving for change and a future.
Yet, you notice few smiles among the people, and a quick look around tells you the Story we are carrying has not reached the hearts of many.

Pray for smooth set up as the crew continues in the AM and power and clarity for all of us as we seek to tell His Story well. Continue to pray the word spreads throughout Kyiv tomorrow!

"Lift up your heads, O you gates, be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is He, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty, He is the King of glory." Psalm 24:9/10


PS-The images accompanying our journey are in large part be from crazy-talented photographer Jeremy Cowart. Jeremy is traveling with us, photo-journaling the whole World Tour for a book we hope to release at the end of the year. Enjoy!


  • My wife and I join our hearts with those of you carrying this amazing Story to those lost and hurting!!! What an opportunity to see the Hands of God move in the hearts of HIS children. My heart is so excited to see what HE is going to do!!! Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in prayer...AL & Steph

    By Blogger Al, at 5/15/2008 6:45 PM  

  • Thank You Lord Jesus For Kyiv! And Thank you for the Passion Team and their safe arrival. I pray that you will pour out YOUR presence on this place. God I pray that each and every person who will be in attendance will taste your love as they have never tasted it before. Captivate them Lord Jesus. YOU ARE GOD OF THIS CITY!

    By Blogger Bethany, at 5/15/2008 6:53 PM  

  • Friends, may your Passion Team have wonderful time in our Kyiv city of Ukraine! God has been using you all to promote passion for his glory in hearts of young people of my country. I am sure you'll have young people not only from Ukraine but from Russia and Belarus coming specifically to the event in order to join the celebration of our Risen Lord Jesus with you! Bring them all near to Him!
    God bless!
    With prayer and appreciation, Sergei.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/15/2008 7:23 PM  

  • WOW- so it finally begins! After months and years of dreaming, and planning, and praying, and sweating, and praying some more, it all comes down to this. There seem to be a million things and hopes and prayers that could be said right now, but probably don't need to be. Now its God's turn. The stage has been set... the invitations have been sent... now it's time to be still and know that HE IS GOD in Kyiv, in all of Ukraine, and in this whole world! Wow!
    We love you guys and are carrying you in our hearts so very far away! Please give our love to all the brother and sisters in Ukraine! And tell the Story- lift up Jesus!

    Greater things are coming- TONIGHT!

    Christis Joy

    P.S. Jeremy Cowart- You are amazing!!

    P.S. MATT REDMAN- Take a look at the photo, Buddy: Chris wins! How did you ever let that one slip past your radar? ;)

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 5/15/2008 8:46 PM  

  • Praying the Lord will pour out His Spirit upon you and flood the Sports Center with His love, power, and beauty!

    By Blogger Marcia B, at 5/15/2008 8:55 PM  

  • YAY! I love pictures! :)
    Thanks so much for the update, and I am SO EXCITED to hear what God is going to do, and I'm thanking Him in advance for the amazing, life changing, history-altering things He has in store!


    By Blogger Brittany, at 5/15/2008 9:01 PM  

  • wow! the image of the sports palace there..it holds so much potential for huge change in Kyiv and in that nation. so incredible. God will move at Passion::Kyiv

    By Blogger Joe, at 5/15/2008 11:04 PM  

  • "Yet ,one thing you notice among Kyiv's people is few smiles, and a quick glance tells you the Story we are carrying has not reached the hearts of many."

    Louie, this quote captured me and my heart grieved. I know exactly what you are talking about. I spent a month in St. Petersburg Russia 10 years ago and I encountered the very same thing. These people's spirits have been broken by years of communism and poverty. Their hearts are hard and it is written all over their faces. I could tell you many stories to go along with this.

    To someone who has not witnessed it you can't describe the absolute lifelessness in these people's glare. I still see their faces, there was no life, there was no joy, no hope. However, the transformation that took place when one would come to Christ...It is truely a life being raised from the dead.

    My heart is with you guys in Kyiv. I love these people. God loves those people, that is why you are there. I am praying that the joy of the Lord will fall on your passion meeting and Christ will fill the lives of those students with everlasting hope.

    Be Blessed!

    By Anonymous Sarah, at 5/15/2008 11:06 PM  

  • I guess next time you should use UPS for your resources!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/15/2008 11:10 PM  

  • dude! Louie, I cant believe you wrote that scripture- Psalm 24:9-10!!!
    Thats the verses I wrote yesterday about Kyiv! awesome!

    SOOOO EXCITED THAT YOU ALL ARE THERE! And SOOO looking expectantly to what Jesus will do in the hearts of everyone present!


    By Blogger Anna, at 5/15/2008 11:19 PM  

  • Praise God! He is there and He loves His children! Praying with you-Greater things have yet to come!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/15/2008 11:36 PM  

  • thanks so much for sharing your impressions & photos of Kyiv with us. Some of my best friends spent a few years in Uzbekistan as missionaries, the cultural descriptions sound very similar. Praying for the set up to go smoothly tomorrow...and for people to be drawn like magnets to the sports palace tomorrow night... for their minds and hearts to be open and respond to the message of Jesus in an unhibited way...for each person leading to sense clearly what to share...for God's presence to saturate the place and accomplish all that He longs for~

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 5/15/2008 11:52 PM  

  • So, it's 1:00 AM here in Dallas, TX, and 9:00 AM there in Kyiv... we're ending our day as you're starting yours... and what an incredible day it will be!!

    Thanks for sharing the pics and letting us be a part of this amazing journey!

    Still praying...

    Isaiah 52:7 and Romans 10:15,
    "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"

    By Blogger Sandra R., at 5/16/2008 2:04 AM  

  • It really is happening!!! The World Tour is starting!!!

    I am sooo excited for you guys!!!

    Praying over here in Cape Town for Passion Kyiv. I have been blessed with a few Ukranian friends in my life, and one thing that I can say is this: When they go for Jesus, they go all the way!

    I pray that God would not only bless them through you guys tonight, but that He will bless you in return through His children.

    PS. Can't wait for Passion Cape Town... :)

    By Blogger Annami, at 5/16/2008 2:40 AM  

  • so i just got laid off. im in need of a job again. in discussing with like minded christian friends here i've told them: i need a job. i wish i could find a job where i can go around the world, change the world, make christ famous and get paid for it.... you guys have my job. .sigh.

    i just finished praying for you guys in kyiv. it's a beautiful city. it's God's city. greater things are yet to come. i pray that these words would be sung prophetically over the city from the stage of the venue. God, just be there. Holy spirit, show up, stirr the hearts of the young population of Kyiv. Jesus, walk along the streets and let your words resound through the city...

    so how can i join the passion team? God can use me in envelop folding, worship leading, chair folding.... haha. be blessed guys. i'll be praying for you all day.

    By Anonymous kristellys, at 5/16/2008 3:37 AM  

  • "You're the God of this city...."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/16/2008 4:07 AM  

  • wow that is amazing! so cool to see all your faces in that beautiful place. AMAZING buildings. Thanks for updating us. I pray that today that venue is filled with students! May Gosd lift up their hearts this weekend!!! Praying. Love & Blessings, Jacoline

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 5/16/2008 4:32 AM  

  • Thanks for sharing from Kyiv! Praying that each person that enters the Sports Palace will be transformed from Spirit-hungry people into Spirit-filled people by the end of Passion!! May the Lord continue to bless and lead you guys as you start this journey to the ends of the earth! Love, Fiona

    By Anonymous Fiona, at 5/16/2008 5:26 AM  

  • I am so excited to see what God is going to do in Kyiv. Praying with everyone else that we will see many smiles (raised from the dead)as you all share the great news of Jesus. There in heart and prayer!! Beth

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/16/2008 7:26 AM  

  • Its begun! The Movement is on the ROLL!!! Praying that the event is filled with student who will embrace the message of Jesus Christ with a passion to see his name glorified!
    Louie enjoy your time in Kyiv and may God grant the Passion team safety and travelling mercies.
    roll on london.

    In a world of the shrinking God, I often wish that the highest heavens were my pulpit and the who world was my audience What would I say? I would say that that God is there, that life did not spring forth from its own, but it was brought into exisitance by a great creator. And I would tell them that also there there is an even greater issue than the existance of God. A God who exists but does not matter- who does not make a difference in the way we live on this earth might as well not exist.

    To go through life and not know Him is to have existance without meaning.- Alister Mcgrath


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/16/2008 7:30 AM  

  • Well, it is too bad that the resources won't make it in Kyiv, but it is better that the guitars did instead! If you had to choose between the two, I'd say the guitars are a bit more important. But, it is too bad about the resources. :(

    I have been praying for you guys since you left, I can't wait to hear/see the update after the event!

    By Blogger Kate, at 5/16/2008 9:05 AM  

  • May the glorious light of God, reflected in our beloved Passion team, bring light to the dark places and hearts to the Glorious One. We love you all and pray for His presence to surround this blessed conference.

    By Blogger Prodigal Daughter, at 5/16/2008 10:45 AM  

  • I am praying with and for you! I pray and hope that their hearts are touched as much as mine was at Atlanta.

    By Blogger psalmist, at 5/16/2008 11:03 AM  

  • Open up the doors and let the music play
    Let the streets resound with singing
    Songs that bring your hope
    Songs that bring your joy
    Dancers who dance upon injustice...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/16/2008 12:08 PM  

  • Louie!
    today, i am in the states, but my thougths and prayers will be with you and the whole Passion team.
    Rock on!
    Believing MY GOD is mighty to save,

    By Blogger Courtney, at 5/16/2008 12:26 PM  

  • Wow!! Praying for you!! A Passion Event without rain. I couldn't help but notice all the sunshine!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/16/2008 12:39 PM  

  • how incredible! i cant believe it's finally here!!! and it's beyond amazing that jeremy cowart is with you! what brilliance will be captured and shared with the rest of us through his photos is more than words could say!

    By Blogger Melissa, at 5/16/2008 1:23 PM  

  • simply amazing!

    you've come a long way, LG and I for one am so proud of what God is doing through you!

    My prayers are yours!

    By Blogger Anna B, at 5/16/2008 2:21 PM  

  • What an incredible day here in the US as I have thinking and praying throughout the day for all of you. It's been hard working today as your team has not been far from my thoughts and PRAYERS.

    I know that the Holy Spirit will have engulfed the Passion Team as well as the students as He "WILL NEVER LET GO".

    May these students know that Kyiv is part of the grand plan of the creator of this universe. May they encounter the God of this City like they never have before.

    God bless all of you. Can't wait to read your update today or tomorrow since it is 10:00 p.m. in Kyiv.

    By Anonymous teepee, at 5/16/2008 3:04 PM  

  • I imagine that the event has just about come to a close now, and that lives in Kyiv have been forever changed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit! Thank you Lord for the work that you have just done, although all of us here in America have no idea yet! Lord, thank you for opening up those doors and letting the music play...

    By Blogger Chris, at 5/16/2008 3:27 PM  

  • Kiev has been on my mind all day, in fact so much so that I changed the clock on my computer to match the time zone there. It's now 11:30 in Kiev and I'm sure that God has completely rocked the Sports Palace tonight. We'll pray for some of the best sleeping ever imaginable, and some safe travel as you get ready for the next event Sunday and as we (people all over the world praying) look forward to greater things.

    "Greater things have yet to come, and greater things are still to be done in this city."

    By Anonymous Michael Prevatt, at 5/16/2008 4:33 PM  

  • Rumours on Facebook are already saying there were 3500 in Kyiv - that's amazing!!

    Welcome to Stockholm, Sweden, in two days - we are really excited to see you here!


    By Blogger David, at 5/16/2008 5:24 PM  

  • Praise God that the city will be even more alive when you leave!! May those eyes and hearts be shining with God's love!!
    - Freedom

    By Blogger Barefootin, at 5/16/2008 5:47 PM  

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH for coming to our city! I am originally Oklahoma City, but have live here in Kiev for over 10 years! Thank you so much for the opportunity to help reach the youth of Kiev and Ukraine for Christ. Thank you again!


    By Blogger Leah Franks, at 5/17/2008 4:39 AM  

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH for coming to our city! I am originally Oklahoma City, but have live here in Kiev for over 10 years! Thank you so much for the opportunity to help reach the youth of Kiev and Ukraine for Christ. Thank you again!


    By Blogger Leah Franks, at 5/17/2008 4:41 AM  

  • Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman and everyone else involved in this amazing ministry, thank you so much for coming to Kyiv!
    You've been a blessing & an encouragement to me for a few years already (ever since I heard your wonderful worship album "Everything Glorious")!
    It's was cool to see all of you in person in Kiyv & see your love for our Lord!
    I will be praying for your time in Stockholm as well as the rest of your world tour!

    P.S. Too bad you didn't include "Jesus Paid It All" in the worship program! But I'm conforted by the fact we might sing it in heaven together!

    By Anonymous Mykola (The guys at whose raised hand Louie pointed when asking about the shoe store.), at 5/18/2008 8:13 AM  

  • Thanks... I was there in Kyiv, it was amazing!!!

    By Blogger Nadya, at 5/20/2008 10:05 AM  

  • I'm not english speaker and can say many words, I,m from Moldova and came to Kyiv for this conference, thanks for it was free, I don,t have any words to explain what I feel now when think about it... Thaks God for Passion and for it was in Kyiv!!!

    By Blogger Nadya, at 5/20/2008 10:13 AM  

  • I have one question... will be Passion in Kyiv on dvd? I would like to see it again, how it was... Thanks)))

    By Blogger Nadya, at 5/20/2008 10:51 AM  

  • Thank you for sharing the updates with all of us back here praying.

    By Anonymous angela, at 5/21/2008 1:10 AM  

  • Hi! I am from Kiev. I just wanted to say: THANK YOU VERY MUCH to our God and Passion Team! It was amazing!!! God touched my heart during that conference. He reminded me that doesn't matter how long you will live, much more important for what you will live. Welcome to Kiev next year! I like worship to the Lord very much.
    Thank you for the song: How Great is our God!

    By Anonymous Julia, at 5/21/2008 12:05 PM  

  • Thank you so much to Passion team :))) I was at Passion in Kiyv , I came from Kherson :)) It was the greatest thing in my life, it is so good to be around christian people and to Praise God together!!! Again thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You all are amaizing and wonderful people :))

    By Blogger Anutick, at 5/23/2008 8:02 AM  

  • God is awesome!!!
    I am from St.Pete, live and work in Moscow, and ... went to Kyiv to join my Family in praise and worship to our Father and Lord!
    I pray that everyone who would be in touch with you guys during your ministry in their cities will come to know the Father, experienece His love and freedom...

    praying for you, brothers and sisters, Passion Team!

    come to Moscow, and shake it with PRAISE!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/25/2008 4:25 PM  

  • God is awesome!!!
    I am from St.Pete, live and work in Moscow, and ... went to Kyiv to join my Family in praise and worship to our Father and Lord!
    I pray that everyone who would be in touch with you guys during your ministry in their cities will come to know the Father, experienece His love and freedom...

    praying for you, brothers and sisters, Passion Team!

    come to Moscow, and shake it with PRAISE!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/25/2008 4:26 PM  

  • Man Louie this whole movement is so amazing. The work being done and the presents of God in all the places you have visited. God is truely working in all the cities your working in. I love the podcast and i havent been to a passion event,but from the How Great Is Out God tour I went to man it must be 100X more God-powered!! I'll always remember, "If the Earth was the size of a golfball." Ill be praying for you and the Passion team. Good Luck Louie.

    By Anonymous stephen, at 5/25/2008 8:56 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 7:33 PM  

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