Monday, January 7, 2013

Passion 2013

There's no way I can describe Passion 2013 in a few paragraphs. I'll try to tackle it in a couple of blogs.  I think I'll write about the emphasis on slavery first.

I was a Doorholder; a volunteer.  I worked on the Worship and Justice Team which among other things operated the EndIt giving stations where we collected more than $3.2 million for 19 ministry partners bringing Awareness, Prevention, Rescue, and Restoration to modern day slavery.

In case you've been living under a rock, there are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today; more than at any other time in history, far surpassing even the Atlantic Slave Trade of the 18th Century.

The social network "enditmovement" was launched at Passion 2013.  Probably the last thing we need is another "organization" but that's not what the "Enditmovement" is.  It's a temporary thing designed to "shine the light" on slavery and to point people through social media to those organizations that are already in the fight.  You should check it out at

One afternoon featured a Round Table Discussion with Louie Giglio and leaders of several prominent domestic and international anti-slavery ministries.  I didn't get to stay for all of it but I was very impressed with how articulate and passionate everyone was.  I'm looking forward to the release of the DVD.

In an effort to put a name on the face of slavery the first night featured a very dramatic story about the rescue of a 12 year old Filipino girl named Rachel who was raped by her Uncle and sold to a brothel.  The highlight of the night, maybe even of the whole conference, was when that precious child was introduced to 60000 students in a standing ovation Louie later described as louder than anything heard during the Chick-Fil-A bowl the night before.  What I learned attending Passion City Church after the Passion Conference was that several of the EndIt giving station attendants (Doorholders) reported receiving donations of $73.  At first they thought it was an odd amount and didn't relate it to the Rachel's story but when the supervisors kept hearing more and more stories they finally put two and two together.  It wasn't a coordinated effort; just random students choosing to honor Rachel.  You see, she was sold to the brothel for $73.


Anonymous said...

Clinton, thank you for sharing about Rachel. I haven't heard much of the story. $73~wow!

Grace and Rob have been so encouraged it defies words!God is just so good, and sometimes it's just magnificent to be encouraged by 65,000 people.

Oh, and they are still arguing about WHO got lost!

Love ya and can't thank you enough for allowing them to come with y'all!


Anonymous said...

Hay Mr. Clinton your so right about ending slavery. Beth

Anonymous said...

oh i sent that comment me beth