There was a Passion 05 conference and concert held at the Ricoh Colesium in Toronto, Canada last Fall and now Passion 07 has continued to bring people from around the world, this time to Georgia. More than 21,000 students from 31 countries have already registered for Passion Conferences' Passion 07, a four-day indoor gathering in Atlanta for college students from around the nation and world January 1 - 4, 2007. The students will not only be led by renowned speakers and acclaimed artist-worshipers, but will also have the opportunity to impact lives on a global scale through Passion's Do Something Now campaign.
"Individually, we can make a difference in the world, but collectively we are a mighty force," says Louie Giglio, Passion Conferences founder/director. "Moving together, small sacrifices from each of us can make a huge difference in the lives of people around the globe."
With the goal of raising over $500,000 in global aid, Passion 07's Do Something Now campaign challenges students initially to participate by bringing a towel and a pair of socks as they arrive at registration, thus providing 20,000-plus items for the homeless through Touch Atlanta. Passion 07 is also challenging students to collectively provide 11 clean water wells in Africa through Blood: WaterMission (www.BloodWaterMission.org); college expenses for 20-students who have completed the Compassion Child Sponsorship Program (www.Compassion.com); monies for the first-ever translation of the New Testament for the Dela people of Indonesia through The Seed Company's One Verse campaign (www.OneVerse.org); a community center for the Kurdish people of Northern Iraq through Antioch Ministries International (www.FreedomCenterIraq.org); life-changing surgery for 51 children in South/Central America through Cure International (www.CureInternational.org); Bibles by mail to 3,000 people/families in East Asia through Bibles Unbound/Voice of the Martyr (www.Persecution.com); and monies to help stop human sex trafficking through Stop The Traffik (www.StopTheTraffik.org).
More information about the Do Something Now campaign will be in the Global Awakening - World Mobilization Area at Passion 07. It is an area where people can awaken to the plight of the poor and the cries for justice by responding in practical and attainable ways.
Inspired by Hebrews Chapter 13, Giglio shares in a recent Passion podcast that "We are not just trying to be nice to poor people, or trying to fill that little need in our hearts of something good for someone down on their luck. We want to worship God and glorify God by caring in practical, tangible ways for people who need food, clothing, shelter, liberty and life. And this is an act of worship for us. It is our gift to God."
To keep up with the swell in registrations this year, main Passion 07 gatherings will be held in two locations, the Philips Arena - Atlanta and the Georgia World Congress Center, both in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Leading the worship, teaching and prayer gathering will be renowned speakers Louie Giglio, John Piper, Beth Moore, Francis Chan among others, as well as such acclaimed artist-worshipers as Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman and more.
Registration information, schedule and conference details can be found at www.268generation.com.
Writer: Soul Shine Staff