Passion 2012 literally just ended a few hours ago, and soaking in God’s presence for 4 days with 45,000 university students in the Georgia Dome (where the Atlanta Falcons play!) was amazing. More stunning (yet believable, as college students are not poor and have always been at the forefront of changing the world) is how worship was wed with justice, as we collectively chose to Do Something Now to end modern day slavery around the world (A sobering reality: There are more slaves worldwide, 27 million+, than at any point in human history).
The result: Over $3 million US dollars (24.5 million RAND) raised through college students in 4 days to combat this!
Don’t ever count college students out!
“A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.” [Peter Marshall]
What will you — and I — do to help our world become different by the time we lay our heads down to sleep tonight?
I just spent the past 5 days in Atlanta at my 8th(!) Passion Conference as a part of Passion 2010. Joining 22,000 university students from almost every state in the US, as well as 40 countries throughout the world, I am more convinced than ever that the glory of God is rising up in creative, beautiful ways throughout the whole wide world. God really is redeeming all things!
I thought I’d repeat what I wrote yesterday:
Suffice to say, I return home to San Jose with an awakened heart, a sharpened mind, wide open eyes to the global generation of university students God is stirring to join His work throughout the people groups of the world, engaging worship + justice together in a beautiful expression of a life poured out for the glory of God. I feel centered, slowed, and dependent again on the person and presence of Christ in my life. I am eager to turn my attention forward to the next few months of preparation and fundraising so that I can return to Pretoria, South Africa with NieuCommunities for the next two years. I am called to step out in faith, to believe that God has called me forward, and to obey what is unfolding in my heart as a result of the Spirit’s internal work. I am ready.
Here are a few unedited scribblings, quotes, and thoughts from the past 5 days of FANTASTIC teaching from gifted communicators around the world. I’ll unpack these in greater depth upon a bit of rest and recovery these next few days.
Scriblings from Passion 2010
“One characteristic that marks the average church today is lack of anticipation. Christians when they meet do not expect anything unusual to happen; consequently only the usual happens, and that usual is as predictable as the setting of the sun…
We need today a fresh spirit of anticipation that springs out of the promises of God. We must declare war on the mood of nonexpectation, and come together with childlike faith. Only then can we know again the beauty and wonder of the Lord’s presence among us.” [AW Tozer (God Tells The Man Who Cares, pp. 168,170)]
Sometimes Tozer defies the 140 character limits of Twitter, so I wanted to add all of this passage. It is such a challenge to me, personally. I know we cannot put the mighty presence and work of God on any schedule that involves man’s doing. But there has to be an expectation that when we gather as His people anything can and should happen because the God of all Creation is in our midst.