Friday, June 06, 2008

Let's All Say It Together - London = Wow!

We're less than 24 hours away from a brilliant night here in the heart of west London and the whole thing is still powerfully reverberating in our hearts. The more we think back on it, the wider our smiles. Almost 3000 university-aged young people amplifying the name of Jesus over this city was -- wow. I know, wow is not really and adjective, but sometimes you just have to step back and say, "You know what, I am a bit overwhelmed in this moment and all I can really say to sum things up is WOW!" When words fail, and trust me, they will for anyone who has been on the first leg of this tour (the post-Passion dilemma), you just have to smile and say -- wow. The pics are stunningly beautiful, but they can't quite do it justice. My words are meager, and even if I could write all night it wouldn't really matter. To fully grasp the moment you really have to stand in the room when those first big words of the opening video say "HELLO LONDON" and feel the entire atmosphere in the room change in an instant as individuals are melded into a massive collective and thousands of single hearts start beating as one. The Kingdom of God becomes more than a theological idea, and supernaturally something even greater than crowd dynamics transforms a moment and galvanizes faith. You know right then that there is a risen Savior and that He is constructing a community of Believers around the globe and empowering them by His Spirit to light up the world. London was bright last night, and as the last image portrays, a wave of His sons and daughters are trickling back into the city and the nation (the nations) carrying fresh vision in changed hearts. I know I am. For those of you around the world who are linked to this adventure, please know that you walked with us every step of the way and will go with us to Manila in coming weeks as we begin again. I'm guessing many of you, like me, are somewhat attached to the journey and wondering what you will do when the images and blogs stop. Well, for one, we will try to NOT have an abrupt ending...thus the post tonight! But in the end, we each have to turn our eyes to the circumstances God has placed us in and be the change we hope to see in the world.

London, we love you so much and will hold this night in our hearts forever!

PS-London, you gave $18,320 to help us do this in Manila on August 1. Again, wow.


  • WOW!

    Glorifying God for the Marvelous things He has done on the Passion World Tour!

    Grace and Peach be multiplied to all of you! We love you!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/06/2008 5:59 PM  

  • London does = Wow!

    Marching onward in HIS great Story!!! :^)

    Karah in Texas! :^)

    P.S. Thanks once again for all the post!!! :^)

    By Blogger karah, at 6/06/2008 6:01 PM  

  • wow,wow,wow!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/06/2008 6:06 PM  

  • Ooops...I meant:

    Grace and "Peace" be multiplied to all of you!

    hehe - SavedByGrace

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/06/2008 6:12 PM  

  • great to see the northern ireland football flag there!! love it boys...

    the night looked AWEsome. keep goin passion!

    By Anonymous rick hill, at 6/06/2008 6:30 PM  

  • wow!!! it was an amazing night!! I'm so thankful I could be a part of it. 3000 people, LOUD!

    Lost for words...


    Keep shining!!

    will continue to pray!

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 6/06/2008 6:41 PM  

  • Wow so amazing!!!!

    By Blogger COMEDIA EM PESSOA, at 6/06/2008 6:50 PM  

  • totally amazing. we have such a brilliant God!!
    thanks again for the updates... safe travels and REST to you all!

    michigan loves you!

    By Blogger TK, at 6/06/2008 7:04 PM  

  • no words...just..


    By Blogger Wellington, at 6/06/2008 7:16 PM  

  • WOW again!!!
    So amazing to read this blog and listen to the podcasts!! So powerful what the Lord has been doing through Passion!!
    Praise the Lord for this first leg. I can't wait to see what He will do in the second leg!!!
    God bless y'all!!
    Tiago - Sao Paulo/Brazil

    By Blogger Tiago, at 6/06/2008 7:40 PM  

  • Louie & Shelley & Passion World Team,

    Thanks again for bringing everyone together on part One of the Journey!! Now to get some rest and refocus abit from home with new things coming ahead in Atlanta (YEAH!!) and for part two of the tour !!

    To all the students in the world tour cities... thank you for sharing and cannot wait to hear the updates of what God has done through you on your campuses and in your cities!!

    For me it is to continue to pray for things here at home in N.C.and for Passion team members and leaders as well as hanging out with my siblings and friends before I head out to South Korea for a year in Ausgust(Don't know where to next ...BUT GOD DOES... Greater things to come in my life)

    Yeah...I'm sooooo excited to Rock this world with Jesus Love !! So humbled that God chose me and the rest of you to use however HE choses in His story !!

    God Bless,

    John 4:23-24

    But the hour is coming, and now is,when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirt and Truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
    God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

    By Blogger Angela, at 6/06/2008 7:50 PM  


    The first leg of the World Tour has been an awesome glimpse of what it would be like when multitudes "from every nation, tribe, people and language" stand before the throne to proclaim Jesus is KING!

    Can't wait for Passion Manila to kick off the second leg in 7 weeks' time! Ancient doors of religiosity are opening up to let the King of Glory in!

    Greater things for this city!
    Hallelujah to YOU, LORD!!

    John - Manila

    By Anonymous John - Every Nation Manila, at 6/06/2008 7:59 PM  

  • Hey guys.

    Thank you for an amazing night. Couple of us came down from Glasgow, Scotland for the night and was just amazing to see God being giving all the glory but you know I just have that feeling that there is so much more to come...and we ain't seen nothing yet of what God wants to do in all these cities!

    Bless you guys and praying for the second leg!

    By Anonymous James Renwick, at 6/06/2008 8:35 PM  

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    By Blogger nosbors@hotmail.com, at 6/06/2008 9:15 PM  

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    By Blogger nosbors@hotmail.com, at 6/06/2008 9:18 PM  

  • Hi everyone!!!
    I vibe whit each photo!!!
    I see HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!!! I feel the love of Jesus like never before!!!
    I'm most passionate for God and somethimes I stop to think how many youngs are passionate for God too, i'ts amazing!!! I really feel the joy of God with this 'wave' around the world! our lives shining like stars in the universe!!

    God bless Kiev!
    God bless Stocolm!
    God bless São Paulo!
    God bless Kampala!
    God bless Paris!
    God bless London!
    Praying for Manila!!!!

    and... the wave is growing huahuahauha Glory to God forever!!!

    Rosana - São Paulo/Brazil

    By Anonymous Rosana, at 6/06/2008 9:20 PM  

  • So amazing and inspiring to see a glimpse of what God has done there in London. Thanks for sharing it with us all!

    By Blogger annechovie, at 6/06/2008 9:35 PM  

  • WOW!
    So glad to be back with you guys! THANK GOD for all that HE has accomplished these past 3 weeks for HIS glory, and for all that HE has planned to continue what has begun. HIS KINGDOM COME...
    This week has been a life changing, powerful week for me as well, one in which God has given me very clear direction for my life right now, but I do have to admit that at times it was still difficult to focus on the tasks at hand because my heart and prayers were with you so very much. But I finally understand and grasp what you said at the end Louie (thank you for saying it), that "in the end, we each have to turn our eyes to the circumstances God has placed us in and be the change we hope to see in the world." Its an uncomfortably thrilling place to be (and can be difficult at times when your heart is drawn somewhere else)- but when Jesus is there it is the best and only place to be! So as the Passion Team returns to your individual homes I pray that you would each be strentghened, protected, and filled with renewed vision from our God Whose vision is limitless! And please keep the updates coming to your Blog Family as you get a chance :). MUCH LOVE to you all!
    Christis Joy

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 6/06/2008 9:44 PM  

  • Brazil prays for you London!
    FOr his Glory, for His Cause
    For His Fame!

    We are with our hearts burning for Manilla!!!
    It's a wave that's growing!! FOR HIS GLORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (Jesus, clap clap clap clap clap, Jesus, clap clap clap clap clap, Jesus,...) By Brazil Youth


    By Blogger Jitsuchaku, at 6/06/2008 9:50 PM  

  • Wonderful to hear of such a great ending in London to the first leg of the tour.We'll be praying that the flame ignited in hearts burn brightly for His renown !
    P.S.Glad to see some of you made it from Glasgow :)Glasgow's motto is aptly "Lord let Glasgow flourish through the preaching of Thy word and praising Thy name."

    By Blogger gail, at 6/07/2008 12:03 AM  

  • You are right, 'WOW' is really the only word able to sum up everything... WOW and THANK YOU LORD! I am practically speechless whenever I think of everything I've lived since Passion Sao Paulo... and I'm so excited about what's yet to come in (and through)my life and in (and through) al the other cities!

    I totally identified with your words in this post, Louie... that is so true! Every word.. wow!

    I'm so glad for London! And for the Passion Team...! I really feel we are all a big family around the world... this is amazing.

    GOD you are so good!

    Thank you all...
    ...always praying for everyone.

    God bless you all commenting here! You are all part of my life as well... I love reading everyone else's comments :^)

    Sao Paulo - Brazil

    By Blogger Rodrigo, at 6/07/2008 12:06 AM  

  • Thank you LONDON for praying for & giving to Manila! That was a mighty roar you let out and WOW (hmm, that does seem to be the word around Passion), seeing the YouTube clip made me cry.. happy tears though don't worry =) I've lived in Vancouver for 11years now but Manila (the city where I was born) still remains in my heart and I am sooo believing for greater things to come for that nation.

    London, I am praying & believing that what God did in your hearts this weekend will be so evident in the lives of the people around you... that you guys will just sHiNe.

    For the PASSION team, again, many thanks for all you do... hope you get the rest you need before kicking off Leg 2 of the WT.

    prayin daily,

    Vancouver, Canada

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/07/2008 12:58 AM  

  • Our Father ia powerful in all the nations! Thanks Louie that we can read what`s happening in your way. Kiev is praying!

    By Blogger Ania, at 6/07/2008 4:42 AM  

  • That was an amazing night, God is stiring up something in this nation, we can all feel it.

    We are curious, but it doesnt matter what God decides to do... All that matters is "YES LORD" :)

    We are praying for Passion Manila, that God would reveal a glimpse of himself to them, that they will be changed forever. May God pour out his blessing upon Manila!

    Passion London was lifechanging, when are the dates being released for Passion 09? :p Just jokin, but I agree with Louie, WOW!

    By Anonymous Chris Clark, at 6/07/2008 6:36 AM  

  • Yep. Passion London was WOW indeed!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/07/2008 6:54 AM  

  • AMAZING!!! Praise God!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/07/2008 9:22 AM  

  • Get a move-on with that Paris/London podcast... I want to hear some French voices!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/07/2008 9:52 AM  

  • it was definitely life-changing! i still can't even put into words how i was touched and changed. God is awesome and i pray we make His name famous here in London!

    Angie- a Texan living in London :)

    By Blogger Angie, at 6/07/2008 10:40 AM  

  • hellooo passionnnn

    i'm very very happy






    By Anonymous Katiucia Amanda, at 6/07/2008 11:03 AM  

  • Thank you to the guys at Passion and thank You to the Lord who made it happen. It was such a great night and it is so great to have the memories, the challenges and the passion that I'm sure we all took away from that night. Greater things have yet to come!

    God bless you all as we look forward to and pray for the event at Manila!


    By Anonymous Alex, at 6/07/2008 11:11 AM  

  • Thank you.
    I pray and pray that one day we can also worship God in Vietnam like we did on thursday in Passion.
    Go Manilla!

    By Anonymous trang, at 6/07/2008 11:35 AM  

  • London passion was BREATH TAKING!

    Keep up the great work and I am looking forward to see you again when we welcome you to my home city JOHANNESBURG!

    Go Louis and Chris - you rock

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/07/2008 11:47 AM  

  • Louie, your posts and Podcast give me the chills!


    You are all in my thoughts. Whenever I read your posts or the podcast, I have to flip over to my Passion God of this City album and belt it out, arm outstretched in my car as I drive to different assignments for work.

    For his renowned!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/07/2008 1:44 PM  

  • Sadly, I missed out on about a week and a half's worth of updates, but I am so deeply inspired by reading and viewing what is on the blog today. I want to be in those places! It is unbelievable (almost) what God is doing to spread his gospel of life around the whole world. People are waking up and not just getting saved but realizing that life is about the Kingdom. This is huge!!! The trouble for me is that everyday life here in Florida can seem so much more mundane and absent of the supernatural than 25,000 students in Kampala surrendering to Christ and carrying his story beyond last weekend to change a nation. I'm longing for the supernatural move of God to invade our communities here at home too. Come Lord, shake us up! Thanks for all the posts, this is amazing! Love you guys!

    By Blogger Kyle, at 6/07/2008 4:00 PM  

  • Ephesians 1:7-10 = The mystery of God's will is to, through Christ, unite all things, both things in heaven and things on earth. For this reason believers must stand united in Christ!

    Thank you for obeying God's calling on your life! I'm grateful for 268!

    By Blogger Jacob, at 6/07/2008 4:28 PM  

  • W*o*W!!! I have been very blessed being along for this ride Louie and Passion team.
    Praying for Manila!!

    But till then may God saturate everyone with rest and renewal, safe travels, health and great peace!!

    Ps.. this next wee I finally will be able to listen to all the pod casts, I am super excited!!

    Love all of you faithful people of God.

    Just going on this journey has made it easy even now to... "in the end, we each have to turn our eyes to the circumstances God has placed us in and be the change we hope to see in the world."

    By Blogger Liz, at 6/07/2008 10:39 PM  

  • our God is a God who saveeee
    our God is a God who saveeeeeeee

    Let God ariseee
    Let God ariseeeee huahua

    Our God reigns now and forever
    He reigns now and foreveeeeeeeeeer


    By Anonymous Katiucia Amanda, at 6/08/2008 11:58 AM  

  • wow thank you London for your generosity and making this possible for Manila. im posting a portion of the prophecy for the Philippines delivered by Cindy Jacobs 4years ago about the universities in Manila, and know that your prayers and financial support have contributed to the fulfilling of destinies in Manila....

    ....Look to the university in Manila, says God. For I will bring a revival that the-Oh my Lord- The Lord says, not hundreds; thousands and thousands are going to get saved. The Lord says, can I touch a whole university? Yes, I can touch a whole university. I can come with my glory and I can come with my power in ways that you cannot imagine. For I am coming, says God. I am coming and I will remain, says the Lord.

    Godbless you all!

    By Anonymous Ellanie from Phils, currently in MO, at 6/08/2008 2:51 PM  

  • Praise the Lord!!


    Jéssyca -
    São Paulo - Brazil

    By Anonymous Jéssyca, at 6/08/2008 3:44 PM  

  • my favorite part of the day is stopping by here to see what God is doing now--and re-reading what He has done. Words can't communicate the encouragement I receive when I see what God is doing through you all. God is uniting our generation in a mighty way. I feel so connected to everyone coming to meet with you guys at these world gatherings. This is only explained by Jesus' spirit resonating in all of our hearts to bring us all together for amazing works to make His name great.


    By Blogger DP, at 6/08/2008 3:52 PM  

  • Praising God with you ...and thankful for that all God accomplished during the first leg of the pwt... praying that seeds planted during those nights will be ones that take root in deep soil... and continue to spread and flourish in each city...praying for rest and refreshing to the pwt team~

    Isaiah 25:1
    O Lord, You are my God. I will praise You. I will give thanks to Your name. For You have been faithful to do great things, plans that You made long ago.

    blessings all~

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 6/08/2008 6:21 PM  

  • London was great! And thank you for podcasting trough the tour, making us able to follow you. One small feedback: If possible, it would be great to hear some more of the other guys reflections during the tour as well - Chris, David and so on. What about some small interviews with them?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/09/2008 7:22 AM  

  • London was mighty. The presene of the Lord was very much in that place and it just melted my heart and brought me to a true place of worship. A group of us traveled from belfast and we were just thinking how great it would b if Passion came to belfast. mayb something for u's to consider!!
    many thanks again
    God Bless


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/09/2008 7:41 AM  

  • What a brilliant night in the Apollo! Once again- thank you so much for coming to the UK hopefully it wont be long to you come again (maybe with a visit to Ireland?!)- the turn out was amazing to think that many of the people there caught the vision of passion through CD's and DVD's.... there is a hunger here for what the movement stands for!

    Love and prayers from Ireland!

    Manilla we are with You!

    Rest Easy!

    In Him!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/09/2008 8:18 AM  

  • Passion London was such an amazing event! It is the first time I have been at such a massive event and I was just in awe of the thousands coming together to worship God. Praise God.

    I was wondering whether the story that was told was available or published anywhere on the web. I was trying to tell one of my friends who has fallen away about the event. As asoon as I tried to tell him about the story he stopped me and said that they were all the same and he has heard it many times before. If I had the story to send him, I'm sure his mind would be changed. Can anyone help me?

    By Anonymous Edward Wildsmith, at 6/09/2008 9:48 AM  

  • Edward - you can download the story of Ashley as it was told at the Passion 07 regional events. Go to www.268store.com and click on 'messages'. Click on 'Passion::Regionals[USA] Speaking Series Downloads' and both of Louie's talks about Ashley can be found there.

    By Blogger Jimmy, at 6/09/2008 12:07 PM  

  • I drove down with my flatmate from Birmingham last Thursday, was well worth it.

    Is there any chance of you putting Louie's talk, the story of Ashley and the Fruitcake onto the podcast, it was so amazing!

    Much Love


    By Anonymous Greg Cooper, at 6/09/2008 12:41 PM  

  • sorry - didnt read the comment above mine!

    By Anonymous Greg Cooper, at 6/09/2008 12:43 PM  

  • Wow.

    That indeed is the only word I have for passion london last thursday. It was totally amazing to worship with so many students and you could totally see that it wasn't about the band or speaker but about God and what He spoke through you guys! I'm so thankful that you did a world tour. So many hearts have been set on fire and I'm sure so many more will be in the second leg. God is totally amazing isn't he? To be such an all powerful God, able to do ANYTHING and still take us back into His arms time after time.
    Like David Crowder put it in one of his songs:
    'The truest sign of grace was this; from wounded hands redemption fell down, liberating man'


    I pray for the second leg that it will be a great time at all the places you are going to, that Gods name will be glorified and that His grace will fall down in all those cities. I also pray that you guys can get some rest, take all in that happened and get refreshened :)


    PS and thanks for keeping us so up to date with the blog and podcast. It probably takes quite an effort to do it every time so, many many thanks for that!

    By Anonymous Judith, at 6/09/2008 1:58 PM  

  • I can really feel the presence and power of God while reading about all the places and all god is doing all over the world through passion!!!
    God is great and has a great team working for his kingdom these days... ad his army is growingmore and more...hw amazing!!!!
    Love you in Christ

    By Anonymous Lilian Faleiro, at 6/09/2008 3:24 PM  

  • Louie and the gang,
    Thank you again for letting me share in the journey that God has set y'all on. The blog and podcast are truly a blessing to the rest of us who can't personally be there but can join in in prayer and spirit. I pray for all that He has begun and all that is yet to come in His cities. I also pray for much needed rest and recuperation for you and the crew and hope that you will find some quiet time to digest it all. Lastly, I pray for all of the preparation that is in place to stay there and for all of the other necessary pieces to fall into place for the second half of this amazing adventure...

    By Blogger rich, at 6/09/2008 10:29 PM  

  • WOW! Passion needs to come to Soth Africa! Our country needs this.

    By Anonymous Donavon, at 6/11/2008 5:53 AM  

  • WOW! Passion needs to come to South Africa! Our country needs this. God is Great!

    By Anonymous Donavon, at 6/11/2008 5:54 AM  

  • Actually Passion IS coming to TWO cities in South Africa...

    (I wonder if there's still a venue update for Manila...)

    By Blogger Mallard 1, at 6/11/2008 7:02 PM  


    The podcast Paris/London is absolutely wonderful!
    Greater things...greater things...
    How great is our AMAZING GOD!

    By Blogger Wellington, at 6/12/2008 9:39 AM  

  • hey everyone,
    keep the Philippines in our prayers.
    in the midst of this national tragedy, may hearts still reach out for the Lord.
    God is the God of the city of Manila!

    im from Malaysia (going to Passion KL) but i had the opportunity to visit Manila recently, and there's a real need for Jesus there.
    we have to pray for the Passion Manila event and lead team as well.

    By Blogger tim, at 6/24/2008 4:08 AM  

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