Sunday, January 8, 2012

Post Passion/ Pre Ukraine

January 2-5 I volunteered at Passion 2012.  It was my second time to be a "Doorholder" (their term for volunteers taken from Psalm 84:10 where it says it's better to be a Doorholder in the house of God than dwell in the house of the wicked).  I also worked at the one-night Passion event in Kyiv, Ukraine back in 08.

I served on the Do Something Now team.  Beginning back in 2007 Passion made a decision to be known for more than "Worship".  They believe (and I agree) that our worship is empty if we're not moved to action; to justice.  So every Passion event since then has incorporated an "outlet" to impact the world.

My particular job was to direct the students who gave financially to respond in worship by writing prayers, creating artwork...whatever on items representing those articles that are commonly made by slave labor around the world.  It was really humbling to "handle" those articles and attach them to the statute.  I felt like I was "handling" the Prayers of the Saints.  It was a sacred service.

In past years Passion partnered with a variety of  ministries around the world.  This year the entire focus was FREEDOM for 27 million slaves in the world.  All of this years' partners work in the areas of Prevention, Rescue,  and Restoration.  42000+ College Students (and at least 1 Adult with deep pockets) gave more than $3 Million dollars for 10-12 ministries around the world.

This morning I attended Passion City Church and it was an incredible Post-Passion Celebration.  It was neat to be there this morning and hear some of the stories.  36000 Towels and 156000 pairs of socks given to ATL area Homeless Ministries!  People in downtown ATL with no connection to Passion coming to the Lord because of the influence of these students and the work of the Holy Spirit that permeated the event.

Here's a cool story:  One of the "creative" voices at Passion who worked to develop the DSN theme came up with the idea last summer to fly 27000 White Flags (each flag representing 1000 Slaves).  She shared her idea (inspiration?) with Louie and he just stared at her like he'd seen a ghost.  He then told her that only 2 or 3 people in the world knew that Tomlin was working on a song they thought would (and did) become the anthem for the event...the song was named, "White Flag"!

A Muslim Student came to the conference...who knows how that happened.  He was assigned "randomly" to a Community Group (that's one of 19 groups of about 2000 students!).  He was then assigned very "randomly" to a "Family Group" of 8 students and a leader.  Guess what?  His leader was a former follower of Islam.  That leader led that student to Christ!  Crazy!

The 103 foot artwork.  The Hand.  Here's how it was described this morning in church.  "A Hand of Worship Covered in Justice".  That's awesome!


Vickie (Clinton's sister) said...

Amazing! I'll be there next year!

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