I am blogging the 2012 Passion Conference being held at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta. I hope you will benefit from these notes if you were unable to attend or catch the sessions online. Check out my notes from the previous sessions as well.
[Session 1] Louie Giglio [Session 2] Beth Moore [Session 3] Christine Caine [Session 4] Francis Chan [Session 5] Ephesians Reading (Multiple Speakers [Session 7] Cause Representatives and [Session 8] Louie Giglio
This session contained several speakers, including members of several of the organizations that passion is partnering with.
Pre Speaking Song List:
1. The King Is Coming – Charlie Hall with band backup
2. Christ is Risen – Charlie Hall with band backup
3. I’m Awakening – Charlie Hall with band backup
Louie Giglio walks out and gives a shout out to Jason’s Deli (who has served lunch to 45k people these past two days)
Louie introduces Casey Kagle, the Georgia Lieutenant Governor.
Kagel: Louie and I go way back. I am so pleased and thrilled to be here today.
Kagel: I know all of you are going to walk the walk and make us proud.
Louie: I thought we would flip things upside down and take from the poor and give to those in need.
Louie: I have something pretty awesome that the students would like to present to the Mayor of Atlanta.
Louie now introduces the Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia – Kasim Reed
Louie: Today, everything seems to work in order. This is the 2nd anniversary of your inauguration as the Mayor to the City of Atlanta.
Louie: We set a big goal for the APD Task Force 1. To train officers, 2. To educate children 3. To restore children freed from exploitation.
Reed: I believe that is the highest compliment you can pay to an individual, to say they are a true man of God.
#Passion2012 attendees have raised over $100,000 dollars for the brand new Child Exploitation Taskforce in Atlanta.
The Mayor of Atlanta says “God Bless You” as he and the Lt. Gov walk off the stage at #Passion2012
Louie: I think that the time is now. So I want to introduce a couple of folks to you today…
Justin Dillon: You have to sing songs about freedom to release it as a contagion into culture.
Justin: People remember stories, not statistics. We have to start telling our stories.
Courtney: I started to realize the body of Christ is not meant to sit in a high-rise building reading stories about what others are doing.
Courtney reads from Isaiah 58:6
Courtney Dow’s organization, “NiteLight” has a website – nightlightinternational.com
Courtney: We looked in Atlanta to stop trafficking by prevention, intervention, restoration, and education.
Courtney: We need to stop trafficking at it’s source.
Louie: There is a direct correlation between porn and what is breaking our hearts today (the slave industry)
Justin: Enthusiasm does not equal accomplishment.
Justin: Just like every verse needs a chorus, every piece of work needs action.
Caine: It’s priceless – that moment, to see hope restored in rescued eye.
A group of enslaved girls prayed to Allah for a year. Nothing. They prayed to Jesus. 3 days later, they were rescued.
Justin: When you think about 27 million, consider the least of these. The people who make the products we use every day.
Justin: The way that we consume today is a global village.
Justin: Slavery is hidden deep within the global infrastructure.
Justin: If you think it takes 3.2 slaves to make your smart phone, you might think twice about purchasing it.
Louie: There are people out here who are on board with you, but a lot of people here don’t know what you mean.
Louie: How would someone know that what they buy is created with forced labor?
Justin: We’ve created a mobile app you can take with you into the marketplace so you can say ‘We want change’ Passion 2012
Go to SlaveryFootprint.org to see how many slaves actually work for you. Quick website to check this out. Spread this out to your network. See how many friends will take it.
Courtney: What I’ve learned today is that the auction blocks of the trans-atlantic slave trade don’t look like auction blocks of the past.
Courtney: The auction-blocks for the slave trade are now found in strip clubs or on the internet.
Courtney: We met another girl – the earliest time she could remember being sexually abused was 4 years old.
Courtney: The last grade she could remember finishing was 4th grade.
Courtney: She was brutally raped at 14 years old. I met her at 22 years old, she was stuck in the cycle of exploitation.
Courtney: Last Easter she got baptized. The father of her children also came into the kingdom. They got married.
Courtney: Now she’s in school and received the highest honors in her class.
Courtney: Jesus is the answer to this issue. I am jealous for this city of Atlanta. I want to see revival here.
Courtney: Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.
There are a lot of terrible things about human trafficking, but there is also a lot of hope surrounding it.
Today is about looking at your life and letting the spirit of freedom come onto you.
Louie: The main message I’m hearing today is that the church for once might be ahead of the curve.
Louie: We might be making some real progress here because the church is awake.
Louie: I would love it if you would just say thank you to these guys for being here today.
Louie: Prayers don’t have to be long to be powerful.
Louie: I want you to pray out loud today, in Jesus name. Let’s pray over them. Raise your voices. Be heard.
Louie now prays over #Passion2012
The last installment of the Freedom film is about to start
Redemption – “Making Broken Things New” begins to play on the screens.
There are 27 million people around the world whose stories have yet to be told. Some stories end with rescue. Most do not.
Unless… we do something NOW.
We need to stop listening to statistics and start changing them. Ignorance is not an excuse. Indifference is not an option.
Slavery still exists.
Louie: It’s hope and sorrow in it all. I guess that’s the joy and pain in it. There’s rescue today and there’s not.
Louie: Our lives are meant to be lived as lives of worship and worship is not just meant to be sung.
Louie: Worship is about singing songs on the way to bring relief and life to those in need.
Louie: You have guys have brought 25,429 towels and 124,800 socks.
Louie: You’ve given $780,013 as of this morning. As of now, it’s $1,002,000
Someone yells FREEDOM in the crowd.
Louie: There are other people giving as well. I’ll tell you about that later on.
Louie dismisses everyone. See you back here tonight at 7 PM ET.
*These notes are my own and may or may not reflect what each speaker actually said.