Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Quick Stop Seoul, New Chapter In Passion's Future

As just a little tease for what's to come in October, the Passion World Tour has touched down in Seoul for a few hours before heading on to Manila and night one on a second leg run that also includes stops in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Johannesburg and Cape Town. A long Korean Air flight will take us to the Philippines where over 7000 low-cost tickets have been sold for Passion Manila this Friday night. As well, KL is SOLD OUT with close to 4000 and Jakarta is OVERSOLD! Response has made it necessary to secure a larger venue in Jakarta that will allow more Indonesian students to be a part of this night! Spread the word that Passion Jakarta is still open and pray like crazy as we lift up Jesus in the heart of the most populous Muslim nation on earth.

But before we get rolling on Leg 2, I wanted to say a few words about what most of you have already heard about, a new chapter in Passion's future. If you don't already know (and we wish we could have been the first to talk about it, but circumstances beyond our control caused info to spread a little sooner than we would have liked), Passion is taking a pretty big turn as we continue to say "yes" to Him. At the heart of the shift is an unmistakable calling Shelley and I have sensed in our lives over the past eighteen months...a calling to not only serve The Church around the world, but to give our lives to building up a church where we live. So, in coming months, by the grace of God, we will be planting a local expression of the Kingdom of God in our rapidly growing and diverse city that we hope will serve as a base for our influence throughout the world.

We'll say much more as details become available toward the end of the year, but we wanted you to know what's going on within our hearts. Obviously, this has not been a quick decision, but one we have walked through with our Board over the past year and one in which we have sought and received the blessing of our pastor. Our intention is to continue to lead Passion Conferences, love university students, guide sixstepsrecords and have a global reach. It's just that we'll have a local community with the same DNA as the Passion Movement...a place we pray will touch Atlanta and the world.

Chris Tomlin is joining Shelley and me as we launch this new venture, and his band, the Redmans and the Nockels are going to be with us, as well. We are all blown away by what God is stirring in our hearts and ask for your prayers as we seek to follow Him. Many of you have sent encouragement our way, for which we are so grateful. For now, we ask that you not send resumes or requests for more details. All that is premature at this point as the Passion World Tour is squarely in our view and what we'd like the topic of conversation to be about.

In a few hours we will touch down in Manila and we need your prayers and support. Thanks for helping make the journey possible and for taking each step with us.

To make Jesus famous,
Louie and Shelley and the Passion Team


  • Praying!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/30/2008 4:59 AM  

  • I'm praying for this new chapter in your lives and I pray that God will guide all of youi this step you are making together as a family!

    "I will instruct you and teach you
    in the way you should go.
    I will guide you with my eye."

    Psalm 32:8 NKJV

    I continue to pray for the Passion World Tour. Amazing to hear that the venues are sold out Students there are so thirsty for God! AMAZING! It's also so amazing that you guys are doing this. Not only that but seeing that God makes it all happen is just....awesome.

    I've been travelling a lot this past year and have met many wonderful people...people I've met through Passion! It's incredible to see how big the family of God is. And whereever I go I know there are brothers/sisters waiting for me! Very cool! I'm very thankful for that!!

    Take care!

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 7/30/2008 6:19 AM  

  • Love you guys, and will be praying for you both as you continue the World Tour and start down this new path!

    By Blogger Ryan, at 7/30/2008 7:39 AM  

  • Hi Guys,

    Hard to believe this next leg of the PWT is already here - wow! Fervently praying with you all.

    I thought about you this morning regarding the new church plant in Hotlanta. Right in the middle of Paul's teaching about marriage in 1 Corinthians 7, he makes the following statement in verse 17:

    "Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches." (ESV)

    Thank you for so faithfully following "calling" that our Father has "assigned" to you through the years. In this new season of Passion, may you know the favor of His astounding grace and mercy. We can't wait to see the work of His hands in and through this next preparation of His Bride.

    Hey, have a great tour. Praying especially with you for Jakarta that Isa will receive resounding praise!!


    David, Kimberly and Carly

    By Blogger David Guion, at 7/30/2008 9:19 AM  

  • praying in Bham, AL, USA for the 2nd leg!

    By Blogger Ann Marie, at 7/30/2008 9:42 AM  

  • I'll continue praying for this new venture for you, CT and his band, the Redmans, and the Nockles. How exciting!

    By Blogger Marcia B, at 7/30/2008 9:44 AM  

  • Louie thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to post this update! I got on every thirty minutes yesterday (literally) waiting to hear what was going on, and you all have been in the forefront of my thoughts and prayers. To hear the response in Manila, KP, and Jakarta is just mind-blowing (GOD is awesome!!!) and further confirmation that He is in this and it is for His glory, because humans could never make that happen. But may you, and all the volunteers, and all the team leaders, and all the students, who have allowed yourselves to be completely used as vessels for His Spirit, be blessed, protected, strentghened, and prepared for the mighty things which our God is going to be doing in your midst! We're with you, even thousands of miles away!

    Much love,
    Christis Joy


    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 7/30/2008 10:01 AM  

  • Louie and the team,
    first off, thanks for the update - I have been thinking about all of you non-stop the last couple of days.

    I have an excitment about Manila. I'm thrilled that the second leg of the world tour is up and running - I will be praying for you there.

    Wow! Jakarta is sold out - how awesome is that?!

    I still have the seoul keychain card from passion Dallas on my keys - I see it everyday.

    Thank you Lord, for your wisdom & strength, in this upcoming new adventure that you are calling for.
    For Louie, Shelley, Chris, Matt, Beth, Nathan, Christy, and all the band.
    You guys, greater things have yet to come around this planet and greater things are still to be done in YOUR city!

    Praise Him, the Unchanging One!!!

    By Blogger Anna, at 7/30/2008 10:45 AM  

  • louie, just keep doing what God tells you to do :) you don't need us to back u up when you have the Lord God Almighty.
    but we'll pitch in too.. just a little bit :P

    By Blogger tim, at 7/30/2008 10:55 AM  

  • i'm just sad i'll never be able to go to a service!

    By Blogger Mayra, at 7/30/2008 12:10 PM  

  • Wow! :)

    The numbers are amazing for Manila and the other cities!!!
    What a Great God we serve!

    Manila…Get ready!
    God’s Greatness is coming your way through Passion!!!

    Also, the church planting sounds amazing can’t wait to hear more!

    I’ll be praying for you all on this second leg of the WT!

    God be with you all!

    Waiting to hear what God does and Praying you on!

    Karahly in Texas :^)

    By Blogger Karahly, at 7/30/2008 12:52 PM  

  • thanks Louie for sharing what God has been doing in your heart (and the rest of the team). i heard the podcast a couple weeks ago and that is just so exciting!

    can't wait to see you guys here in Manila!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/30/2008 1:27 PM  

  • Praying for you and the students of Manila!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/30/2008 1:34 PM  

  • "...and they sang a new song with these words: 'You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. Any they will reign on the earth.' "

    This is what is to come, and it's been beautiful to glimpse a tiny picture of it through the World Tour. Praying and thinking about you guys. Keep choosing bravery over safety.


    By Blogger schromiester, at 7/30/2008 1:50 PM  

  • awesome ... just wanted to let you know i'm praying for you guys for the new church and for the world tour. it's exciting to see what God continues to do as you say "YES" to Him. :D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/30/2008 5:04 PM  

  • awesome to see you guys continuing to say yes. Because of you guys saying yes has lead me to say yes in different aspects of my life. THANKS

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/30/2008 5:11 PM  

  • Louie,
    I was visiting a friend in GA this past weekend and got to hear you share some of Ashley's story again at North Point. It's so amazing what God continues to do through her life and testimony. You shared from II Cor. 5:13-21, too, which was especially cool for me since I claimed vs. 17-21 of that chapter years ago as my life passage! Love it. I've recently been astounded in a fresh way by CT's song "Jesus Messiah" that "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God." Thanks for helping to drive that home through your message.

    Praying for you all in Ft. Myers, FL

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/30/2008 9:08 PM  

  • The news of Jakarta is unbelievably....unbelievable!!! Thank you Jesus!! This makes my heart soar in worship of the One and Only - The Famous One. Lord, simply have Your way in their midst.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/30/2008 9:15 PM  

  • TO Louie & Shelley & Passion Team,

    Thank you for all you do and I am still praying for YOU ALL !! I love you guys and may God bless your new adventure & give you wisdom in the choices ahead!!

    I plan to make Atlanta my home base in 2009 as I continue to travel and be a part of missions in Asia!! THank you for being God's servants to this generation.

    As Always praying for Passion Manila, Jakarta and will see you guys hopefully At Passion Seoul!!

    Praying for all you college students in the cities on the tour!! May you feel the presence of God as you worship together!!

    God Bless...

    By Blogger Unknown, at 7/30/2008 9:33 PM  

  • Louie,

    We'll be praying for you and the team on the next step of your journey on the World Tour.

    I just finished listening to your message from this Sunday at North Point titled "Home Free - Even Me: Fruitcake & Ice Cream" and am just blown away by the story of Ashley, her mom, dad and step brother. Let's just say the tears will not stop streaming down my face. This young lady's life is going to change and I'm sure already has changed people's lives around the globe.

    I am so excited about the plans that God has in store for you, Shelley, Chris, Matt, Beth, Nathan, Christy, and Chris' band. You are your team are an inspiration just like He who walked this earth 2,000 years ago changed this earth forever.

    He is Mighty to Save!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/30/2008 9:50 PM  

  • My heart is so full of praise to God while reading all that God is doing through you all.

    Praying for this leg of the tour.

    " Worthy is the LAMB who was slain to receive praise and honour and glory and blessing for ever and ever .Amen "

    By Blogger gail, at 7/30/2008 10:27 PM  

  • I am so excited that you are on this side of the world! I wish I would have known sooner to go out and join you all in Indonesia, but the timing of finding out now is great in that I can be praying for the people you will welcome into God's presence. I thank God that we can enter His powerful and loving presence so confidently through faith in Jesus Christ. May you be blessed as you worship Him in all places. Much joy and thankfulness to Him for what you are getting to be a part of. anonymous in China

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/31/2008 10:11 AM  

  • I'm exited to experience how the Lord will move tonight in Manila!

    By Blogger Jez, at 7/31/2008 2:05 PM  

  • I think I peed my pants a little...welcome to the world of church planting my friend!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/31/2008 2:22 PM  

  • ^

    By Blogger Brittany, at 7/31/2008 2:25 PM  

  • Praying!

    By Blogger Liz, at 7/31/2008 7:13 PM  

  • Hey Louie,
    I've been thinking and praying for Seoul a lot (coming from the Dallas stop) and I also took a class on Asian Government & Politics in the spring semester that focused a lot on the Koreas (both North and South)...I think I remember in some blog something about y'all needing favor with a certain pastor in Seoul, or something. I think he had said no or did not say yes. Is that right? To get to the point, what I learned in my AGP class is that Confucian culture permeates even Christianity in that it is custom to ask the elder/boss/person of authority three times for a request (even if they say no the first two times). It's a respect, honoring, and devotion kind of thing. They want to see your "passion" and commitment. They may seem stern in saying no but on the third request they might be like, "Ok." The Lord always brings to mind the persistent widow in Luke 18 when I think about this situation (even though the widow is asking for justice against an ENEMY). Anyway, I just want to encourage you/y'all to not give up hope. KEEP PRAYING AND ASKING! I'm praying too! And I'll see y'all in Seoul(study abroad)!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/31/2008 10:42 PM  

  • Praying, praying and more praying....I can't wait to read all the posts from each city!!!

    "for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose." Philip. 2:13

    Mel in KY

    By Blogger Mel, at 7/31/2008 11:19 PM  

  • PLEASE!!! We need an update for the homecoming!

    also the next leg will be more "WOW's".

    By Blogger AdamDePasqua, at 7/31/2008 11:28 PM  

  • To the Passion family,

    IN the midnight hour, lifting you guys up in prayer as well as the STudents in MANILA !!!!!

    As I dig deeper into HIs word & Listen To His voice according to His word !! Asking for guidance and asking for clarification on things that are distracting form HIS truth and doing HIs will!!


    MAY strongholds be broken in lives as they Seek to worship JESUS!!

    Thank you JESUS !!!

    God Bless,

    By Blogger Unknown, at 7/31/2008 11:53 PM  

  • So very excited about all of these things and all that God has in store...

    Can't wait to hear about everything God will do in Manila and the other cities on this second leg of the Tour...

    Praying with you all and for you all during these AMAZING times!

    By Blogger sandra r., at 8/01/2008 3:19 AM  

  • My Passion London wristband has survived right through till Manilla!! ...and I'll be keeping it on today to remind me to continue to pray as you guys set up and get going!

    May God stir up a passion among the students in Manilla tonight, to live for His name and for His fame!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/01/2008 7:22 AM  

  • Praying for Manila from Spain! A group of us who were at Passion London are working here for 2 weeks and we took time out of the programme today to pray for Passion Manila. Still wearing our wristbands!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/01/2008 7:43 AM  

  • I love OVERSOLD!!!!!!!

    By Blogger Kendra, at 8/01/2008 10:26 AM  

  • :) hi, im from manila.. i am so blessed to be there at the PASSION WORLD TOUR MANILA :)

    it was awesome!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/01/2008 1:10 PM  

  • oh, and yeah..


    PRAYER works!!! :)Thank you LORD!

    we'll pray for the next stop: Kuala Lumpur!! :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/01/2008 1:13 PM  

  • Hey! Passion Manila was a huge SUCCESS!!! Whooott! Whooott!!!

    I was there and it really blown me...I was so contained. We felt really blessed and honored that Passion team and Chris Tomlin went here. It was so so amazing!!!

    Good luck on Sunday as you hit KL. Will be praying that it will be the same or even much high spirits will lift up the name of Jesus!

    I hope you come back again here in Manila.

    By Blogger Jhan, at 8/01/2008 1:32 PM  

  • Malaysia Passion ROCKED!!!

    now i gotta sleep.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/03/2008 11:16 AM  

  • WHOA! last nite in PASSION KUALA LUMPUR was totally awesome!. simply b cuz JESUS showed up!!..

    it was something i was reali lookng foward to and i got wat i wanted! and im sooo on fire right now! gonna go back to my callege n make Jesus famous! haha!




    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/04/2008 1:33 AM  

  • From Kuala Lumpur. Good job guys! Keep it up! Praying for Jakarta.. Get ready to experience God! Big thanks to Chris, Charlie, Luie and the rest of the team who made this event a memorable one!

    By Blogger Daniel Tan Wei Zhong, at 8/04/2008 2:42 AM  

  • Hi ..I'M icha form Jakarta....i'm so excited about your Passion World Tour...that was so amazing, thanks for remind us about GRACE..and the stories about Ashley and her diary blessed me and all my friends... Now i'm praying for your next tour, Johannesburg in South Africa...may God Bless South Africa, fill a lot of love, grace, peace in their hearts...

    Good Luck, and God Bless y'all

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/07/2008 2:00 AM  

  • Thank God that He is Our Father.
    Thank you for setting me free from all the burden that I try to carry for this earthly world.
    I am yours.
    use me whatever way you want to use me.
    Everything will fade but.. my God will be forever
    He calls me His friend by the Grace of Jesus Christ.

    I want to live my life to make Jesus Famous!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/11/2008 10:49 PM  






    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/18/2008 1:42 PM  

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