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“Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.”   

Isaiah 26:8

Passion held its first conference in Austin, TX on January 1-4, 1997. That event drew around 2,000 students. Louie and Shelley Giglio are the founders of the Passion movement that seeks to see spiritual awakening on college campuses and to see many students to come to know Christ. Several national gatherings, OneDay events and tours would follow along with worship recordings and DVDs. I was introduced to Passion in 2007 (their 10 year anniversary) by the Pastor of my young adult group at that time. He flew over 30 of us to Atlanta, GA for their 4 day gathering at Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center (over 22,000 students in attendance). I was newly single and just went on my first mission trip to Belize. I was pondering God’s will and direction for my life after my 9 year marriage ended. After participating in the “Do Something Now” campaign which raised $1.5 million dollars for global ministries on six continents and listening to Louie Giglio’s message about a party for the nations, I started to see some clarity in God’s calling for me. Passion ’07 absolutely change my life forever.

Fast forward to 2017 and it is now the 20th anniversary of the Passion conferences. In that time I have attended gatherings in 2010, 2013, 2015, a regional gathering in 2008 and a concert on the Take it All tour. Each one of these events were special to me and contributed to me following God’s will for my life. Passion 2013 in the Georgia Dome (over 60,000 students!) was life changing because of the launch of End It Movement  X – an awareness campaign that seeks to abolish modern-day slavery and sex trafficking. I am so incredibly thankful to the faithfulness of the Giglio’s and their staff for pouring into me through these amazing gatherings. I prayed about it and made the decision to attend one more gathering in the soon-to-be demolished Georgia Dome. This time I felt I needed to give back by being a door holder. Door holders are the hundreds of volunteers that serve on different teams such as community groups, logistics and registration. They are the glue that holds these Passion gatherings together. I’m not only excited to being a part of serving these students but also being a part of this 20 anniversary gathering of Passion.

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” 

 Psalm 84:10

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Passion ’07

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Passion ’97

Above is a photo taken at the very first Passion gathering in 1997. It’s amazing to know that a gathering of 2,000 students would eventually grow to over 60,000 in a twenty year span. Below are some videos describing the heart behind the lyrics of the worship songs that will be sung at this year’s Passion gathering.

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– in Atlanta, GA

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“Out of the bow of brokenness God flings the arrows of healing!” – Louie Giglio

Louie Giglio opened Passion 2012 in Atlanta with this amazing message from Luke 7 that has been speaking into me at this particular moment of life in which God is using my circumstances to use me to live for him. It’s about intercession. God at this time is intersecting my life and he is healing and fighting for me. I am putting my past behind me and through his power he has freed me. I have tried to control my sin for some time and now his grace has come just at the right time. The gospel at its heart is a resurrection of the dead (Ephesians 2:1). And he is using this moment to use me for something awesome because God uses all trials for good if we follow HIS ways.

They all realized they were in a place of holy mystery, that God was at work among them. They were quietly worshipful—and then noisily grateful, calling out among themselves, “God is back, looking to the needs of his people!” The news of Jesus spread all through the country.  Luke 7:16-17

Passion is all about making the name of Jesus famous (Isaiah 26:8). He cares about the needs of his people. One way Passion makes that tangible is through their Freedom campaign. Do Something Now is a way you can give to causes that frees slaves and the oppressed. Every year thousands of students will raise millions of dollars during this four-day conference to help these causes. It’s amazing! I love what Passion does and what they are all about. Passion has changed my life and aimed my heart to the world and what I can do.

Thousands of students standing up for FREEDOM outside the Georgia Dome in Atlanta

Freedom – Indifference is not an option

My friend Keira is doing something amazing with her gift of photography. She is using her business to fight injustice. She is donating funds to three amazing organizations that I have been directly been involved with – Streetlight Phoenix, Harvest India and Homes of Hope. I had a great talk with her about this and I was so inspired by her heart for this. Her and her husband Jonathan are such an encouragement to me as a couple. Check it out her blog post on her new ministry here.

God has been working in me as well with injustice ever since he has been working in me these past couple months. I’ve always had a heart to speak against it. God hates injustice and so do I. I’m really praying for direction on the path he is taking me at this moment, yet being still to listen so I don’t do things my way. My pastor just finished a series in Micah and the passage about acting justly and with mercy has been flowing through me. God is raising me up from the ashes and I am putting my trust in him. I am ready to be brought back to LIFE and live for him!

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I took a little time by myself to go to the Global Awaking section. Everyone had been taking about how cool it was. There were different causes displayed that you can become an active part in.I was blown away by all the poverty and needs all over the world. God had been working in my heart since I went to Belize a couple of months ago. I was really moved by all of this. What was God teaching me? I was able to sponsor a verse that would be translated into another language and I got to mail a Bible to someone in their country.

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