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Monday, June 02, 2008

Uganda In Our Hearts!














Saturday AM.














Meeting with the Archbishop, His Grace, Archbishop Henry of the Church of Uganda.














C. Hall leading us in the afternoon.














The smiles.














Welcoming a godly force, The Inspector General of the Government.














Hope for a nation.














Young Ugandan leaders.














Came a long way to help us.














Francis going for it.














Ugandan necessity.














Some of the team + 700 volunteers who made it happen.














Rowdy, glorious night.














Chris with the Watoto kids.












Once again, we're sitting in the Amsterdam airport, this time waiting for a flight to Paris. This morning we saw our fourth airborne sunrise, this one over Europe as our overnight flight from Entebbe, Uganda, jetted us from one of the most stunning experiences of our lives. To sum it up, as I was talking before we left with one of the leading pastors in the nation (and one of the men responsible for our gathering being all it could be), I asked him if Passion Kampala was everything the Ugandans were hoping for. He said, "Louie, let me answer this way, NOTHING like this has ever happened in this country before." In case you're wondering, that was a "YES+!"

Somewhere around 25,000 people were with us over the weekend for Passion Kampala, but once again, I can't help see faces...individuals whom God so deeply loves and through whom He wants to open a new destiny for Kampala and the nation. Yet, I must say the crowd was AMAZING! Who knew you could dance to "God Of This City?" And, though it's early and we're all a little groggy from a semi-sleepless night, one thing I can tell you with clarity and certainty--our God is the God of every city, and from the valley slums of Kampala to the most prestigious addresses on the planet, Jesus Christ is building His church and awakening a generation marked by grace and truth.

Once again, our Passion mini-mob is breaking up here in Amsterdam, with the Hall guys heading for OKC, the Chans to LA, some of our Passion Staff Team back to ATL, amazing friends and volunteers to places everywhere and the rest of us heading to the City of Lights. We've been floored by the amazing team that assembled from all over the world to help us pull off this event. Our Kampala event team was phenomenal, and college students and volunteers came from across the US to serve with us. We are grateful to you all!!

Some keep commenting with thanks for the effort it takes to update the Blog, but how could we not stop and send pics and thoughts to those of you are are 120% on this tour with us in your hearts? You have no idea what your prayers, thoughts, encouragement and support mean to us and the students of the world. We are humbled by your friendship and, though weary, we are confident that your prayers and our hopes will be met tomorrow in Paris by the supernatural life of the One who leads us and lives His life through us!

Don't miss new videos at Passion's MySpace.

Louie


99 Comments:

  • I was praying for Uganda for soo long, and I'm overjoyed that God was with all of you!
    I sponsor a child from Watoto, and I sent him letters telling him to spread the word about Passion coming to Kampala!
    I really hope he had the chance to go!

    By Anonymous Vincent, at 6/02/2008 2:04 AM  

  • beautiful and it brings tears to my eyes. dont stop team---keep going and keep finding your strength in Him.

    By Anonymous nick brandt, at 6/02/2008 2:10 AM  

  • Great stories, Louie!

    Keep lifting up the name of Jesus on every continent of this planet! We were once dead and now ALIVE in Jesus!

    Hoping and praying that you all will find rest and renewed energy for the days ahead!

    By Blogger Michiel, at 6/02/2008 2:35 AM  

  • I have been praying about Kampala for the past few weeks. When i read the comment about making a dance to God of this City, i just had a huge smile on my face...wish i could have been there!

    I will be praying for you and the Passion team, for greater things are yet to come!

    By Anonymous Jeff, at 6/02/2008 3:30 AM  

  • Ok so its like hurry up and let us see the next amazing city - Paris take hold of Gods love and hand.
    Africa is my country and seeing the people of Kampala on fire gives "gospel goosies"(gooseflesh for those who don't know)and wow the little ones singing!!! Let God refresh you all that are tired.

    By Anonymous Deidre, at 6/02/2008 3:50 AM  

  • OH MY GOD!! that was what came out first..then my eyes got a little cloudy & i started smilling..GOD IS SOOOOOO GOOD!!!you guys are really doing a wonderful work for HIS name & kingdom...God bless you & everyone else that is involve in making this happen..im exicted to see what God has in store for us here in Malaysia..looking forward to it..

    Lots of love & prayers : Melissa francis, Malaysia.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 4:11 AM  

  • A BIG THANK YOU LOUIE and your team. it was my first time and being a volunteer with the resources team taught me many great lessons. my greatest joy is to know that i was able to make a contribution in making Jusus Famous to the young peole in Kampala Uganda. just seeing them run wild in praise to God filled me with tears of Joy. i could not contain it but just stand in awe. Thank you guys for laying down everything and devoting your lives to fulfilling the great commission. i will be standing wit you in prayer as you tour the world. tell the youg people in Paris and London that we back here in Kampala Uganda LOOOOOOOOOVEEEEEEE THEM BIIIIIIIIIG TIIIIIIIMEE.And we are praying for them to experience the love and peace of God that we can never comprehend.

    God bless you 268generation.
    Daniel Mondo Tumusiime

    By Blogger Daniel, at 6/02/2008 4:39 AM  

  • Oh! Wish I was there in Kampala. But I know my heart was there in my prayers. I pray that God would change the history of every nation that He has sent you to go. And that He would show more and more mercy and love to you, guys.The treasures of His heart.
    Brazil loves you!

    Praying for Paris.
    (Sorry for my English)
    Liza!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 4:46 AM  

  • wow! amazing! its amazing to hear how God works through your ministry, even if all i can do is - read about it and pray about you guys.

    my heart is with y'all.
    Go and do some miracle works in Paris. Just got back from that city, it really needs to hear about Jesus.

    I hope you will podcast songs from Kampala soon. really would like to hear Chris singing with those kids.

    blessings,
    Ya (LV)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 5:04 AM  

  • Louie and the whole passion team, i just want to say that passion is the best thing that has happened on our college campus so far.we have always had people come to perform and exalt themselves but it was so Good having people who exalt the King of Kings.usually students are just passive attendants but there was a Godly fire that was stirred on the inside of me and i think so many others that we could not stay silent or seated when praises were being lifted up to the Lord most High. The Indescibable movie was mind openiing. I had personally never thought of things that way.Always thought my issues were so important and many.ooooo i have been so so ignorant but am glad God used you to let me take my place and exalt Jesus in my life.I am praying for Paris, believing that the God who holds nations in His hand as though they are a drop in a bucket will take control over there. I really believe God has set you guys apart to take His light to the dark parts of this universe..I learnt alot even as a leader, there was order and excellency in the conference and this really brought fame to the name of our Jesus. some times we do sub-standard things for the things of God but yopu people did wonders and i learnt not to settle for less for my Jesus...i could write and write but all in all... may God bless you and be with you all through and through..even in all the other passion tours..

    Betty Male
    Uganda

    By Blogger Beti4JC, at 6/02/2008 5:15 AM  

  • WOW!!! God is so amazing! I was so glad to read this update! Glad it all went well. THanks so much for posting all these great pictures (they say a pictures worth a thousand words, right?!) and thoughts about the different gatherings. It was cool to see the Watoto Children's choir was there! they are great kids and have such angelic voices! May God continue to bless you all, give you strength, and prepare you for the next gathering and prepare the hearts of those who will be attending.
    Blessings from So-Cal, USA! (where it is currently 2:15am, i know, i will go to bed soon! i just had to comment! :)) ~AM~

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 5:16 AM  

  • I was blown away by God's presence and power in Kampala this weekend... I was truly blessed to be there and take part. I've been in Kampala working for Watoto for 3 weeks now and I can't wait to see what God does through Passion for Uganda as well as through Watoto. My prayers are with you as you continue on the tour! I'll definitely be checking the blog regularly now.

    By Anonymous Sydney Berry, at 6/02/2008 5:41 AM  

  • Great news about Uganda! Wow Gods glory is so there!!! Great to see all those shiny faces :D
    You should've done an event in Amsterdam.. ;) You've passed my country like.. 4 times already now ;) Anyway.. will see you guys in london and i'm praying for paris!!

    Let Gods grace move with you guys and soak into that french soil!! :D

    By Anonymous Judith, at 6/02/2008 5:55 AM  

  • amazing just read the stories and see the pictures.


    Every time I think about the world tour it just blows me away to think about the fact that we are all worldwide praying for it and just experiencing it although not everyone can be at each event. It feels like God is indeed blowing this HUGE wind through the world.

    I pray that this wind gets bigger and bigger and will set more and more hearts on fire!!

    I hope you all can rest a bit today. We are already exploring Paris and have visited Maison de la mutualite just an hour ago... TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY!! Excited!!

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 6/02/2008 6:32 AM  

  • I don't have long to post, but I've got to say something- WOW (have a feeling that will be oft-repeated :)! Thank you for the update and the stunning pics! I may not have access to the internet over the next few days, BUT PLEASE KNOW that I will be fervently praying over both Paris and London (I'm taking my World Atlas with me!). I can hardly wait to hear about all that God starts this week for His Glory! You are all very much loved, no matter where you're flying to (but out of curiosity: how does one get from Kampala to Paris via Amsterdam?! ;). GOD BLESS!
    Christis Joy

    P.S. I got SOOO excited when I saw the Children's Choir! I wish I could have been there- it must have been unbelievable!

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 6/02/2008 7:02 AM  

  • Singing His praises and giving Him thanks!

    Humbled and grateful to God for allowing us this opportunity to be part of PWT thru prayer, as well as cheering from the sidelines.

    As we pray today, we are reminded of 1 Corinthians 3:7:

    So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

    As He multiplied the loaves and fishes that were offered up, may He who causes the increase, increase the fruits of your (PWT) labor in Him.

    All Glory to Him!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 7:08 AM  

  • the blog posts over the past few days may have been some of the most encouraging moments I've read in a long time. To a person whose heart beats and aches to bring change to the nations of Kenya, Uganda, and Sudan and to see God and His Kingdom come and change lives for generations to come THIS is encouraging. "Greater things have yet to come, and greater things are still to be done." Habakkuk 1:5 screams in my heart and mind and I praise God when I think about the days Passion had in Kampala Uganda. God will use these days in Kampala to change the lives of Uganda's future leaders, He will change the direction for an entire nation through one generation, and the story of Uganda and Africa will be one of Hope, Resilience, and Praise to a mighty God from this generation on. You want to talk about encouraging? Seeing God in those countries and in a way as vivid as Passion Kampala is encouraging not only for the church in Uganda or Africa but for the church in America and across God's earth. I can only dream how your hearts were full of joy worshipping with 25,000 Ugandan students and how your hearts were moved SEEING with your own eyes the future of a nation before you running to the feet of Jesus and worshipping His beautiful name.

    "Look at the nations and watch—
    and be utterly amazed.
    For I am going to do something in your days
    that you would not believe,
    even if you were told."

    praise God

    By Blogger DP, at 6/02/2008 7:09 AM  

  • Just found the Podcast.... Thank you! Thank you! For posting it! I prayed last night that it would be up before I left- isn't God amazing?! :)

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 6/02/2008 7:11 AM  

  • Wow, Loui, that's great. I can assure you that we here in KAMPALA are praying for the PARIS Concert. I know the LORD who made me wonder at his beauty especially after the ASTRONOMICAL talk will change the lives of teh PARIS collegues. This is the best thing that has happened to me in my four year stay at Campus. It was great.We miss you all and pray to meet you later(Remember, Yes LORD in everything we do) Let our collegues in Paris know that too.Great is OUR GOD who "holds teh constellations in his palms" and he is unconsumable,indescribable and all in all. Chao.PHILLIP K, Kampala, Uganda

    By Blogger Phillip K, at 6/02/2008 7:22 AM  

  • Passion team, I just want to say a big thank you to you. Thanks for giving us the opportunity of spending a weekend with you and most importantly sharing our faith and imparting into us. It was amazing..its monday but i still cant get over the whole event. I believe the effect of this spectacular weekend will outlive us & truly you have brought fame to the name of Jesus in Uganda!!
    I also want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to bless Paris, not only by prayer,but also by contributing financially.like you said, that was upsidedown. But i believe God is raising the church in Africa to lead the charges around the whorld in proclaiming the name of Jesus..This is just the beginning of what God is doing!! Thanks again,& God bless you in Paris!!I am praying and believing for 2,000 people to be there...I'll be anxiously waiting for the post that confirms this miracle in France!!God bless you all

    Louis Tumukunde,
    Kampala

    By Blogger Louis, at 6/02/2008 7:24 AM  

  • Am real speechless now,i don't how i can express my gratitude for the wonderful weekend at Makerere grounds. It was such a blessing to me.
    Infact,it came at the right i needed help in my life,i have been living a double standard life giving a portion to God and the rest to the pleasures of this world,...forgetting that my body is the temple of holy spirit.

    I thank God for the revival that came through Passion in my life. I can now stand,because i have been strenghed,encouraged and above all reloaded with the passion for Christ.

    Thanks alot Louie and the rest of the passion team,for inspiring me and making me believe that there is still hope eventhough things are not well.

    God bless you all.

    By Anonymous Danny Lam, at 6/02/2008 8:06 AM  

  • PARIS,i love you!
    Am praying for you students of Paris,i wish i could be there rightnow for the renown.

    All the same am standing in the gap to pray for you. I hope that through Passion you guys will be strengthened and encouraged.

    God is with you.

    By Anonymous Danny Lam, at 6/02/2008 8:13 AM  

  • Go go go go Paris for Jesus christ.

    Uganda is praying for you.

    By Anonymous Danny lam, at 6/02/2008 8:18 AM  

  • LOUIE here in Uganda we are on our knees for passion Paris. we believe God is going to move in an amazing way in Paris as it was in Uganda. i pray that more students show up to surprise those who say that if 1000 show up will be a miracle. I believe God is going to show his power and presence in Paris. The world has to know that Jesus is Lord. Paris has to be drawn and immersed into Jesus. Jesus move in Paris, Jesus move. Paris is for Jesus. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Its time for Paris to see the glory of God who saves. Paris for Jesus.

    Kents

    By Blogger kents, at 6/02/2008 8:44 AM  

  • We pray every day to Kampala and
    we are so happy here in Brazil that all things to be ok...
    I know that Our God make a difference in this city and He will do more in around of World.
    And so sorry with my English..hehe
    Let's do the name of Jesus Famous... because He is a Lord, He is the way.

    We'll are waiting news of Paris.
    Jesus you are Indescribable.

    In love Jesus...

    By Blogger Leonardo, at 6/02/2008 8:45 AM  

  • i am 125% with yall louie!!

    every morning i wake up and, well, pretty much run to the office to check the blog. the anticipation grows with each step and when you update w/ so many AMAZING pictures my heart just melts! how could anyone not be excited for God is doing through yall!?!?!?

    love and prayers from michigan!

    By Blogger TK, at 6/02/2008 8:50 AM  

  • Praise God for what He is doing all over the world! It is a privilege for us to join you in praying for every one of these cities and we rejoice in the work that Jesus is doing through you! Thank you for keeping us up-to-date! We LOVE seeing the pics and are so humbled to see people all over the world worshipping the One, True God! We are thankful for the safe travels you all have had and pray that He will give you rest and strength...My children are standing here and my 5 year old wanted to say "I love Chris Tomlin and his songs"...Amen!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 8:51 AM  

  • "Pair-ees"!!!
    hoping for some incredible event in Paris that will spark something awesome in that European country.

    Great news from Uganda!

    Get some rest team!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 9:27 AM  

  • My 8 year old said "But we love ALL of the Passion people! We don't want to leave anyone out!" :) Amen. Praying for "greater things" in Paris! We can't wait to hear the podcast!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 10:13 AM  

  • OVERWHELMED!
    What an incredible journey God is leading. Thank you Jesus for using Passion - Louie, Francis, Chris, Matt, Charlie, David, the bands, Passion staff, volunteers, etc. to be Your hands and feet. Thank you Lord for the technology that allows me and the rest of the world to share in Worldwide Worship! The pictures are amazing but the podcast blew me away. I was so overcome by emotion when I heard the Watoto kids singing, How Great is Our God with Chris that I was crying and laughing all at the same time. Praying in anticipation for the next stop - Paris, Yes Lord!

    By Blogger rich, at 6/02/2008 10:19 AM  

  • Louie, those pictures are amazing!

    My prayers have certainly been yours (I spent six good years with you through 722) and I've been so energized by this world tour.

    We prayed for you guys specifically last night at church here in Atlanta...and we sang God of This City not only for Atlanta but also for Kampala and beyond.

    Stay strong and know that the passion of Christ is within you!

    By Blogger Anna B, at 6/02/2008 10:43 AM  

  • Thanking God for great things in Uganda and praying like crazy for Paris and all of France!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 11:30 AM  

  • I can't wait to see what our God does in Paris!!! Praying for our Passion family.

    By Blogger Mayra, at 6/02/2008 11:48 AM  

  • Our God is awesome God and He reigns forever!!!

    Still praying for Passion! With all my joy, hope and faith.

    By Anonymous Letícia, at 6/02/2008 12:07 PM  

  • Great pics, great news, great work, Great God!!!

    After one week continually praying for Kampala, I'm really happy that Uganda received the same impact Sao Paulo (and all of Brazil) received the week before. Please, keep praying for Sao paulo and for Brazil, there's so much to do for Christ over here as well... but together we'll make it.

    Kampala and Uganda students: I'm so happy for all of you!!!

    I'll keep praying for Kampala - I haven't taken off my wristband yet... in fact, I think I'm gonna wear it till the end of the tour in October, so as to remember to pray for all the cities of the tour... unless it falls off by itself, which I hope not!

    Praying for great things in Paris as well!!!!

    May God renew your strenght and prepare you all for the greater things he's going to do in France!

    Rodrigo
    Sao Paulo - Brazil

    PS: I have a problem with iTunes in my computer... could somebody please place a link for the podcast here? Where can I find it besides iTunes?

    By Blogger Rodrigo, at 6/02/2008 1:19 PM  

  • I sponsor a girl from Uganda through Compassion, and as I was writing her a letter today I was so glad I could tell her I've been praying not only for her, but for the movement of Christ in her country and how inspired I am by them, and how I hope she is spreading this same message of the fame of Jesus.

    I went to Passion Chicago and a friend of mine went to Passion DC and we both have been praying for the world tour!

    By Blogger morganleigh, at 6/02/2008 1:43 PM  

  • THanks for keeping us posted and for the pics...but i have to say the podcast had me in tears as I heard the ROAR of the Ugandan students and the sweet voices of the children! :)
    THanks LG and Team!!!
    Praying for Paris!!!

    By Blogger teagirl79, at 6/02/2008 2:21 PM  

  • WoW!!! :^)


    I love all the pics, but esp. the one labeled (The smiles) and also the one with the guy holding the flag!!! :^)

    It is all just so 120% Amazing, what God is doing!!!!


    I do have a small ??????, is FRANCISE trying to Compete/Catch-up with CHARLIE, on the goatee thing???!!!!


    Thanks Again Louie, For the Pics and Updates!!!


    Isaiah 40:29
    He gives strength to the WEARY and increases the power of the weak.

    Isaiah 40:31
    but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow WEARY, they will walk and not be faint.



    Karah and TEXAS are still 120%
    behind you all!!!

    By Blogger karah, at 6/02/2008 2:28 PM  

  • C-R-A-Z-Y!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 2:38 PM  

  • SOOOO awesome to see Chris with the Watoto choir. Wouldn't that be a great CD? I know it's bad, but a small part of me hopes to hear them doing some jam sessions together in the hereafter. In between times when Christ allows us to glimpse all He did in our own lives and in and through those connected with Passion for his fame around the globe.

    I've prayed for Passion Paris since Louie showed the picture of the Paris students at a concert and asked that we imagine if that were a Passion event they were attending.

    Paris is the culmination of the PWT for me because I know what a dark country that can be for anyone who espouses any more than just a passing familiarity with Christ in their religion. A young woman in our church was the daughter of a missionary who ministered to that city. But because they were Protestant Evangelicals, they were treated almost like they were members of a cult.

    So I'm praying that the Parisian students will not be hindered by any of that and instead they will be touched by the Holy Spirit and choose to radiate and reflect God's light and love that rains down on that city.

    By Blogger jason, at 6/02/2008 2:44 PM  

  • Everlasting Hope for Kampala, Everlasting Hope for Africa, Everlasting Hope for the World..
    ‘coz the Good News has found so many new hearts……
    Yup, the wave is growing. RAPIDLY.
    Beware of a Tsunami....BUT when it comes we'll be SURFING it dude!

    Thank you Passion for all your commitment to bringing the Good News to so many corners of the globe. Africa needed it so much.

    Remember to get your surfboards out...

    Much love,
    karin ;)

    By Blogger kari, at 6/02/2008 3:15 PM  

  • This is absolutely amazing. It encourages my heart so much just to see people from all across the world lifting high the name of Jesus. The most amazing picture to me was the one looking back on the crowd at night, where it looked as if there were millions of Africans crammed into that field to praise God. Growing up in Alabama, it has been easy for me to "do church things." Sometimes I wonder if I do the things I do out of habit or because of a deep desire to know God on a deeper and more intimate level. Seeing Christians who worship God with a passion and fire based solely on necessity absolutely humbles me and challenges me. I pray that this Desperate Holiness can sweep our nation, but it has to start with us, college students. Thank you so much for the encouragement and the updates, and absolutely continue to let God's fire rain down through you to truly help raise up a generation concerned with making Jesus famous.

    By Blogger jdgarrett12, at 6/02/2008 3:17 PM  

  • I love it! Go God!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Dana, at 6/02/2008 3:37 PM  

  • great! amazing! awesome! glorious!
    majestic!
    GOS IS THE GOD!
    paris, are you ready?!?!?!?!?
    we are praying for you !!!!!

    passion team - wea rea also praying for you... you are fullfilling god´s desire...may He bless you, renew your strengh, give you wisdom, grace, power, courage, everything yuo need to make him even more glorious and great and know !!!!!

    LOVE YOU

    By Anonymous Lilian Faleiro, at 6/02/2008 4:21 PM  

  • I am loving the picture of Tomlin with the Watoto kids! And I cried when I listened to the podcast with them singing....how much sweeter their voices must sound to the Lord!

    Covering Paris with prayers and scripture and keeping Passion in the forefront of my heart....

    Mel in KY

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 4:34 PM  

  • Thank you for sharing all the pictures and showing us glimpses of what God is doing in Uganda. I just listened to the podcast from Kampala and WOW, it was amazing! I love the part where the kids are singing about the love that is greater than any other.

    It is beautiful to see that the story of incredible rescue is for everyone ... for all peoples ... for all countries. I'm praying for the Passion Team and the students in Kampala. May God continue to do greater things there!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 5:28 PM  

  • Louie,
    Thanks so much for sharing! My prayers are covering all of you and the cities on the tour. I listened to a talk from Passion: Dallas today and was revitalized all over again! Sending you all much love and wishes of sleep!!!

    By Anonymous Laurie, at 6/02/2008 7:19 PM  

  • It was such an honor to have been praying for this wonderful country the past few months. Seeing even the tiniest glimpse of God's answer absolutely astonished me. When I watched the videos on MySpace, I instantly got God-chills, especially during "God of This City." Our God is wonderful beyond comprehension, and this is truly only the beginning of greater things. Even though I was not in Uganda physically, my heart was there one hundred percent. I can't wait to keep praying and see how God moves in Uganda next. Even just thinking about how it must have felt to be in the midst of 25,000 college students worshiping God blows my mind. I can't think of anything else to say except that God is absolutely amazing.

    By Blogger Susan, at 6/02/2008 7:49 PM  

  • also, i can't WAIT to hear this podcast. it should be awesome. :)

    By Blogger Susan, at 6/02/2008 7:50 PM  

  • Louie, thanks so much for the update. I will be praying and expecting to hear great things about Paris

    I am reminded of this scripture, Louie, that you shared some time ago on the passion podcast -
    "To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me."
    - Col 1:27-29

    So, in that I trust - that everything you do is through Him, by Him and for Him - who gives you the strength...

    Thank you Jesus, for Greater things!

    By Blogger Anna, at 6/02/2008 7:51 PM  

  • Isn't this fun? You're getting to find out exactly what God means when He promises to renew your strength!
    "O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God - sing praises to the Lord - to Him who rides in the heavens. Behold! He sends out His voice - His mighty voice. Ascribe to God whose majesty is over Israel & whose power is in the skies - Awesome is God from His sanctuary, the God of Israel - He is the One who gives power and strength to His people. Blessed be God!"
    Amen! May you know his power & strength beyond any measure of human sense! Still praying!

    By Anonymous JulieG, at 6/02/2008 8:01 PM  

  • Louie,
    thank you so much for the pics and the update notes. My 19 year old son was there on a short term Navigators mission trip. He was so thankful that his arrival on Thursday coincided with this event. I'm sure that it will season the soil for any planting that he will be involved with. God bless your journey........

    By Anonymous Ed Ruppert, at 6/02/2008 8:02 PM  

  • amazing!!! wow! Praise God!
    Thanks for much for the updates!
    Praying for you all!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 8:14 PM  

  • Wow again I have tears as I read what wonderful things our God is doing around this world! It warms my heart to see my brothers and sisters in Christ praising Him!! One day we will all be together in heaven singing His praise side by side.

    Thank you Louie and Passion Team for the work you are doing. :)

    Praying for all of you and for your time in Paris and London. May you be blessed with an aboundt amount of energy for the next few days!

    Janet in CT

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 8:25 PM  

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    By Blogger Emerson_Brazil, at 6/02/2008 8:30 PM  

  • Hello LOUIE, lol... i should call you Mr. Giglio but i remember you were asking yourself while you're in Brazil "why people call me Mr. Giglio?" so... i`ll just call ya Louie ok!!??

    So... I am an Art college student in SAo Paulo - Brazil, and you might know how hard and difficult it is to make HIM famous around that kind of campus... bc most of them are in drogs, homossexuality, etc, etc...and a christian soul in their sight could be worst than the "fruit cake" from Ashleys story.
    Well...
    this past week i was whilling to see someone else from my college wearing it one of those bracelets from PASSION... but guess what?! I got no lucky! I was the only one wearing it around there... which made me a little unconfertable, BUT... kinda of little shy i started walk around very proud of my white bracelate... btw...my HOSPITAL bracelet lol... sorry but it does look like one, and everyone that approached me make the same funny question: "did you went to the hospital this weekend?" ... Yeah you can laugh at me...its on me this time ok!

    Like i was saying... it was amazing how that little white unfashionable thing, i mean ... bracelet it does work.

    My classmates from "visual arts class" started asking about and i have to explain to them everything that happened on that weekend and that for now that braceler it was just a reminder of a prayer request for 20 thousand friends i have in Kampala - Africa, and they were so ... WOW... i mean ... they thought that was so cool, and right away i just got their e-mail addresses and asked them if that JESUS conference happens here again if they would go as guests. Their answers was, yeah! Well... even having no clue if that would be possible i just told them next time i would pay for them to go and be my guests. The important thing was ... how different it was their reaction when they figured it out i was a Christian, wich just encouraged me to do more, and more around there.

    Well... if this message finds you...plz let me know than i`ll send ya more news, ok.

    Always in HIM,
    Emerson - Brazil.

    PS.: for answer me back you can use ermesonbrazilsp@hotmail.com

    By Blogger Emerson_Brazil, at 6/02/2008 8:51 PM  

  • Wow and praying! I have a feeling that Paris will have a taste in the Spirit like Boston (even though I wasn't in Boston).

    Did that make any sense?

    By Anonymous Brian, at 6/02/2008 10:02 PM  

  • It brings joy to my heart to read and see all that the Lord Most High is doing! Praise to Our King for EVER!!.

    With ever lasting joy am praying for renewal of the teams and great abundence of Gods fire and excellence in and for the days ahead.
    I am glad Gods Glory has been felt and refreshed to those during the last few days and will continue all around this beautiful world that He alone created with love, that is unstopable!!

    By Blogger Liz, at 6/02/2008 10:04 PM  

  • Yet again, tears of joy!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 10:19 PM  

  • also seeing the God of This City clip.. so cool that the truth of this song was embraced in their hearts enough to dance as they sang!

    By Blogger Liz, at 6/02/2008 10:24 PM  

  • Hello Louie!

    Man!!! AMAZING! I just wishe i could be there! Maybe go to Kampala could be a great mission trip!

    Just listened the Kampala podcast and i am amazed what GOD has done over there and i just cant imagine how powerfull HE will use all those students to make HIS name famous in AFRICA... trust me... HE already has some of that down here in Brazil and we are going on just looking for more that is to come...some many doors and opportunities has being opened... I just praise HIM in all.

    Make sure the PASSION team knows that we here in Brazil stil in prayers for you guys in FRANCE and plz tell our friends in Paris that the numbers is not important for what our GOD want to make happen there... We are praying for them also... and as always FRANCE still in the Brazilians hearts too.

    Talk to you soon.

    Alawys in HIM,
    Emerson - Brazil.

    By Blogger Emerson_Brazil, at 6/02/2008 10:25 PM  

  • Thank you seems so small, but reading the blogs really are a *huge* bright spot in my day. They encourage me so very much; reminding me of just how beyond-incredible Jesus is. He's so absolutely amazing and I'm praying Paris is rocked to its core by our Amazing, Marvelous, Earth-Moving, Jesus!!!!!!
    "Jesus, I know it's not Christmas, but can you make a bunch of fruitcakes in Paris?"

    Again thanks so much for the tireless (literally) efforts you all put in to keep those of us at home so well informed with words and pics. It's a blessing!!!!

    Covering Paris with lots of love and prayers!

    Leah, Missouri

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 10:31 PM  

  • Thank you for all the pics and updates. We are praying for the entire Passion team - He will give you strength every step of the way. Keep going...I can feel the momentum!! How exciting and AWESOME!! :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 11:11 PM  

  • Louie:

    My boys (Chris, Daniel, Jesse, and Travis) are on this World Tour with you and the rest of the Passion Team. I miss them terribly here at the Stone. I am so proud of them and you for saying YES to what the Lord has asked of you.

    Continue to Bless God.

    I love you guys.

    Susan

    By Anonymous Sooz, at 6/02/2008 11:20 PM  

  • i weap with every new post. i cant even begin to imagine how much He is smiling and loving His praises. glory be to God. thank you for taking me on this journey with you. i am praying for you and your team.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 11:21 PM  

  • LOVING the blog updates. Thank you. We ARE praying for you.

    By Blogger Annie, at 6/02/2008 11:22 PM  

  • Haha!
    I just want to laugh with
    JOY
    as I read, see, and hear all that God is doing around the world.
    Today's podcast was just amazing (and yes Louie.. I'm one of the original 19 listeners! I'm ok with the podcast expanding!). Probably the best one yet. I wish you had gone for 3 hours to tell us all that had happened.

    Kampala: Prayers go out to you that as the weeks and months pass, God will continue to use this event to change and shape this generation Ugandan students for his Fame.

    Paris: It's coming!! Can you feel it? It's rising up.. A generation of French students and young people who are PASSIONATE about the GLORY and FAME of GOD! I pray that Passion:Paris will ignite a flame that will change your schools, cities, and nation for
    HIS
    GLORY.

    Greater Things Have Yet To Come!
    Still praying!

    By Blogger Taylor, at 6/03/2008 12:31 AM  

  • Wonderful sight! My husband prayed with us last night that these students will go out and spread the message of redemption.It all gives me goosebumps to think of what God is going to do around the world:)
    As for today in Paris... "Thy kingdom come !"

    By Blogger gail, at 6/03/2008 2:11 AM  

  • Wow! That may well be the most moving podcast ever, Louie!

    Thanks for sharing this amazing story!

    Praying for supernatural strength on all of you as you take the stand in Paris today.

    Let God arise!!!

    By Blogger Michiel, at 6/03/2008 2:46 AM  

  • WOW!!!!! I love seeing all those faces...so amazing. Yeah, God!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/03/2008 8:46 AM  

  • As I look over the pics I just weep. God is doing amazing things because of the Passion team's willingness to go and answer the call. I was intrigued by the picture of Chris Tomlin and the Wototo children singing. I am sure that was a highlight of the service. There is nothing like hearing children raise their voices to God Most High.

    May Paris, the City of Lights, glow even brighter with His presence.

    By Anonymous Kelley, at 6/03/2008 8:54 AM  

  • Just stopping in to say I'm praying for Paris today!

    Greater Things Have Yet To Come!

    Janet, Conn.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/03/2008 9:05 AM  

  • I listened to the Kampala podcast late at night yesterday when I came back from college. There are so many things I'd like to say, but it would make this comment way too long. Just know that I'm really happy to see that God's name was exalted in that weekend in Kampala and that it will continue to be exalted by that generation of young Ugandans!

    KAMPALA, the email Louie read (Pam's) truely represents our hearts here in Brazil. We spent last week with Kampala and Uganda in our hearts and I am so happy to be part of it... even though I wasn't able to be there with all of you physically, my heart was with you all the time. And please know that Kampala and Uganda will always be in my heart.

    I'm still wearing my wristband as a reminder to keep praying for Kampala, for the Passion team and for every city on the tour. Besides, as other people have said, it is a great opportunity to start talking about Jesus with my non-Christian friends... even though they do remind a little bit hospital bracelets as some fellow Brazilian here mentioned.. lol.

    I loved the roar from Ugandan students and I loved the Watoto choir singing in Luganda while "uncle Chris Tomlim" (that so cool) sang in English. And it was awesome to know that the Inspector General of the government was there as a volunteer (I was thinking she was just there for burocratic official stuff, you know) and that she's doing such a great job for Jesus's renown in Uganda!

    So... it did end up being a long comment (sorry!).

    THANK YOU SO MUCH Louie, Chris and all the team... thank you so much for coming to Sao Paulo and for sharing this great message with us here in Brazil... and for sharing the podcasts and the pics and the blog...

    ...I know God changed my life forever through Passion Sao Paulo and it's my daily praier that he will also change the lives of many in my campus, in my city and wherever else our Great God leads me... I just want my life to count!

    PARIS, we're also praying for you!!! May the City of Lights see the one true Light that will never ever fade: Jesus! (Ephesians 5:14)
    Passion Paris is a few hours away and the expectation is growing! Let God arise!!!!

    For greater things, for His renown,

    Rodrigo
    Sao Paulo - Brazil

    By Blogger Rodrigo, at 6/03/2008 10:05 AM  

  • Wow! Thanks for the incredible podcast! I listened to it last night walking my dog - I'm sure my neighbors think I'm crazy as I laughed and wept off and on as I listened on my ipod! Loved hearing "Uncle Chris Tomlin" (love that!) and the Watoto children singing - awesome! Those children are amazing - they'll never forget this experience (I'm sure neither will you all)! Praying for Paris today!!! Can't wait to hear all about it! We hope Matt Redman is feeling better!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/03/2008 10:08 AM  

  • Hallelujah! I so wish I could have been there to see their faces as they had an encounter with the One True Living God! Thank you for pouring your heart out for the world. Keep on keeping on.
    Hope is alive.

    By Blogger sfgasf, at 6/03/2008 10:10 AM  

  • I loved being at Passion, this past weekend. it was lovely. I have never been this tired in my life and someone said earlier, cannot seem to get over it. It was awesome.
    PARIS, hang in there, God is good. your lives will never be the same again.
    Love you all.

    By Anonymous Ruth, at 6/03/2008 11:08 AM  

  • Passion changed my life, it was a once in a life time experience which i will never forget. Paris better get ready coz passion is going to rock the deepest core of your heart. Thats a guarantee.
    God bless everyone who in a great or tinniest way helped to make passion the Great it was.
    Davie Maish
    from Kampala

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/03/2008 11:44 AM  

  • Just wanted to tell you guys...

    I'm praying right now for Passion Paris...as it should be just an HOUR or so before it STARTS!!!!!! :^)

    Let GOD ARISE!!!!!!!!!!!


    Karah in Texas

    By Blogger karah, at 6/03/2008 12:18 PM  

  • Louie & Shelley & Passion World Team,

    Thank you for giving 120%... your all for God!! I'm still praying and believing with you! Now on to Paris...hope the word has spread and God will do great things and spark a generation of college students to radically live out their Faith in Jesus!!

    O.k now to go & listen to the Kampala podcast :-)

    God Bless,
    Angela

    By Blogger Angela, at 6/03/2008 2:45 PM  

  • Louie & Shelley & Passion World Team,

    Thank you for giving 120%... your all for God!! I'm still praying and believing with you! Now on to Paris...hope the word has spread and God will do great things and spark a generation of college students to radically live out their Faith in Jesus!!

    O.k now to go & listen to the Kampala podcast :-)

    God Bless,
    Angela

    By Blogger Angela, at 6/03/2008 2:45 PM  

  • we are 120% behind all of you traveling to these various cities/countries. we are praying for God to move in mighty ways as well as for each of you & all of the equipment/luggage. God nevers sends people out to minister without having a network of prayer warriors/supporters established. we are ministering WITH you; we just aren't there with you. thank you for the blogs so we can see the journey & rejoice with you! to God be the glory!
    melinda
    austin, tx

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/03/2008 6:39 PM  

  • Hi Passion Team and all the students around the world reached by this wave of passionate seeking for our God!
    Just wanted to say, as Louie just posted, that we cannot imagine or phanthom what The Almighty God can do through our prayers.
    I remember that after the passion night in Sao Paulo I wondered about how blessed were those who were praying for us for God had answered them, and when Louie said the students from Kyiv and Stockholm were praying for us, just - WOW! To know that we, students, can do great things by faith! Our faith can really move mountains! Know that all of us touched by the Holy Spirit are supporting all of you longing to spread Christ's name through a strong column of continuous prayers.
    "(...)We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will". Romans 8:26-27
    "(..)
    No eye has seen,
    No ear has heared,
    no mind has conceived
    what God has prepared for those who love Him"
    1 Corinthians 2:9
    Glory to the KING!
    God bless you all with His Peace and love beyond understanding!
    Christine P.,
    Sao Paulo - Brazil

    By Anonymous Christine, at 6/03/2008 7:44 PM  

  • I was in Passion-São Paulo and I was praying for Uganda untill last week. Now, reading the posts and the comments (specially those from people who were in Kampala), I have to say that God is much powerfull than I though and His grace overpasses my comprehension.

    I was alone, in my room, asking God everyday to bless Kampala, but He did much more than I asked for... That's our God! The God of the impossible, the impredictable!

    I lived in France for a couple of years, so I know how hard it can be to have a christian event with a big impact on the society. But, as I said before, our God is the God of the impossible. I'll keep praying for Paris and I really believe that God can make a miracle there! 1000? 2000 people? It doesn't matter. The name of Jesus will become famous in France!

    God bless you all.

    Rafaela
    São Paulo, Brazil

    By Blogger Rafaela Ribeiro, at 6/03/2008 8:01 PM  

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    By Blogger Rafaela Ribeiro, at 6/03/2008 8:02 PM  

  • Loiue and the passion team, there are no words to express our gratefulness to you but one thing for sure thank you for laying down your lives to be used of JESUS the King of king. Uganda will forever be for Jesus and thanks for lifting up His banner for all to see. Praying hard for the World tour. Take heart and know that HE is in control and that with HIM all is Possible. God bless you.

    Masiko James
    Calvary Chapel Bible College Uganda

    By Blogger James, at 6/04/2008 3:20 AM  

  • Hey Louise and the team
    i am so grateful to God that i was a part of Passion Kampala....thanks for coming to Uganda.......the message on the greatness of our God was amazing i have never thought about God in that way....THANKS

    I loved the song,

    You alone can rescue
    you alone can save
    You alone can lift us from the grave........
    This brings tears to my eyes

    always in my prayers......from city to city.

    sylvia kirabo
    Kampala

    By Anonymous sylvia, at 6/04/2008 7:00 AM  

  • Hi Loui and the team.am glad that l was among them who had the chance to share the greatness of our God with your team.
    may the Good Lord bless you abundantly wherever u will go to share his greatness.
    Am greatful that he is a God of this city.
    chao to Chris.
    GOD BLESS!

    TIMOTHY.
    NAIROBI,KENYA

    By Anonymous timothy, at 6/04/2008 7:43 AM  

  • Yes Our God is the God of cities worldwide. Great news to hear about the amazing restoration to the 1st love for Christ, the amazing understanding who we really are in this life and lives of many souls being touched by God-inspired word.Awesome.Great stuff about what has been happening in Europe...And AFRICA-a place close to my heart.Although commonly known as the dark continent,Jesus Christ who is the Light to the world no doubt is shining even brighter.Keep on keeping on.The safest place in the world is to be in the will of God.All glory & praise to Jesus for everything and for the faithfulness & humility of the Passion team.
    Keep on praying for all of you.
    Brisbane, Australia

    By Anonymous Anneline, at 6/04/2008 8:13 AM  

  • oh yeah one more thing - nice comment about dancing to God of this City...Welcome to Africa - where dance is part of who we are...put up Amazing Grace or He is Lord and Africans would be able to dance to it.This is praising God unashamedly with all that we are, with everything we got, and every emotion of gratitude to Almighty God. Loving it...

    By Anonymous anneline, at 6/04/2008 8:19 AM  

  • Passion team and sponsors,just knw wat ever you do for the Kingdom is not awastage of resources,ohhhhh God i wish Passion c'd stay in Uganda...anyway P'ple in different countries knw that God is seekimg out for those who can worship Him and HIM alone.my way of worshiping God changed and for sure i was humbled by the men of God.Chan,Louie,Chris,Matt,Hall,kristen,Brad,Joshua,another Brad,thank u for serving God and to all of us in Kampala keep the spirit and to every one i din't mention the names,you were great,THANK YOU.stellah kampala.ndastellah@yahoo.com

    By Anonymous stellah, at 6/05/2008 1:58 AM  

  • thank you the passion team and every one who made it an amazing experience for the people of kampala uganda. i had an amazing weekend, i am yet to find the right words to describe the whole experience.

    i love y'all. AND MAY GOD REFRESH YOU as you visit more and more cities and touch more and more lives.

    my prayers and with you

    By Blogger sharon, at 6/05/2008 6:19 AM  

  • HI.i just want to say that i loved the conference.me n a coupla friends were prayin 4 many people to show..AND THEY DID!!what a joy to see those little arm bands on so may people's hands,even early in the week.praise God!Francis' word abt bein luke warm was what we needed.we tend to settle for what Campus has got 4 us insteada standing for God's bigger plans.we've continued to pray for Paris and it is my belief that more than 1000 showed..didn't they??Glory to God..his Spirit is hovering,causing change of heart EVERYWHERE.

    By Blogger Straight A, at 6/05/2008 9:00 AM  

  • How amazing! I just recently saw the Watoto children's choir, and they were so beautiful to watch in concert. Their joy is God-given. Praise God and keep it up! My prayers are with you!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/05/2008 4:19 PM  

  • today i listened to the last three podcasts and i cried the entire two hours. i am tearing now as i write this. God is so amazing and to think...He is SO MUCH BIGGER than Chicago (where we are at) and the US. He is moving in hearts around the world. Our college ministry is going to Africa in August for a mission trip and we will conclude our time there at Passion Jo-burg. WE CANNOT WAIT!!! To worship the Creator with thousands from South Africa will be unbelievable. How could anyone not love this God! Trust me when I say that our team will be praying consistently for the World Tour and for Passion Jo-burg too.

    By Anonymous Becky, at 6/05/2008 5:29 PM  

  • WoW!! You did it! God did it through you guys...and I believe through our prayers too...
    I'm amazed!!! The smiles say everything! Thank God!! I kept praying even when the event had already finished! :D
    I trully believe that God is going to suprise us even more!! God bless Kampala - Uganda and the hole earth! Thank God for you, Passion!!! :D

    Raquel Fonte
    Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

    By Anonymous Quel, at 6/11/2008 3:43 PM  

  • Thanks Passion team for coming to my country Uganda,I was overwhelmed by your spirit of excellence all for the glory of God,if I learnt anything from you, its is "Giving my very BEST to the Lord" May the faithful Lord continue to use you as you make Him FAMOUS!! Love from Uganda.IRYN

    By Blogger Agogong, at 6/18/2008 6:14 AM  

  • I think Passion Uganda was great though i expected an altar call to be made. for other cities passion should be a fishing ground for the kingdom of God.
    I loved the teaching by Loiue Giglio
    on friday then the saturday teaching was owesome.
    GOD BLESS YOU GUYS

    By Blogger jroliam, at 6/18/2008 10:45 AM  

  • Hey Louie,
    i cant find your email address like ashley did so this is as close as it gets so if u could just email me or somethin dat would be great. i was at student life at the beach when you had the journal. Also we just got back and i really wanted to find your email but couldnt so there you go.

    By Blogger jonathanshorteris, at 7/11/2008 8:32 PM  

  • I just returned from Uganda working with Scripture Union in Kampala and Jinja. I am so thrilled that you were in Kampala! The Ugandan people were joyous and welcoming. Rich spiritually and humble in their service. God has shown me the New Testament come alive in my time in Uganda.

    By Blogger Kimm, at 7/31/2008 10:16 PM  

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