Passion 2013: We Rocked the Dome

On January 1st, I joined around 60 thousand other college students and young adults as we crammed into the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  We weren’t there for a football game or any sort of sporting event.  We were there for Passion 2013.

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This was my first time ever to come to Passion.  For years, I heard about how all of these thousands of college students traveled to Atlanta for a 4 day Christ-centered conference filled with awesome worship, amazing speakers, and an expectation for God to use this generation of students for His glory.

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I was blown away to get the chance to listen to brand new music from well-known worship leaders like Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockles, Kristian Stanfill, David Crowder, and many more.   God used the messages of speakers like Louie Giglio, Francis Chan, Beth Moore, John Piper, and more to inspire the lives of the students in the Dome.  The Gospel was proclaimed, lives were redeemed, and God was glorified.

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While the speakers and musicians were great, one of the most impacting moments of Passion 2013 was the opportunity to shine a light on modern day slavery.  If you are like me, you might not realize how prominent slavery continues to be in the world or even in America. This year, Passion committed itself to see to the end of the current bondage of  27 million men, women, and children. The college students of Passion gave over $3 million to support organizations that are fighting to end slavery.  Perhaps the most significant display of the willingness to end slavery happened on the last night of Passion when all 60 thousand or so students surrounded the Georgia Dome and held candles while a giant beam of light shone 3 miles into the sky to raise awareness for modern-day slavery.

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(image from @passion268 on Twitter)

You can check out CNN’s report on Passion and its fight to raise awareness of slavery here.

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We all joined the End It Movement,a  movement created by the Passion team to raise awareness about modern day slavery.  If you are interested in joining the End It Movement, you can find out more information by going to www.enditmovement.com .  (You can also follow the movement on Twitter and Instagram (@enditmovement and #enditmovement).

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Experiencing Passion 2013 is one of my favorite  memories from college and was one of the best weeks of my life. I was at a place in my life where I needed to join in the community of my fellow college students and begin my year by focusing on Christ. Don’t miss out on it next year, Passion 2014! In the mean time, I can’t wait to start the new year off with my fellow Choctaws at Mississippi College, continuing to do this very thing.

We rocked the Dome, y’all.

In it to End it,

Micheal

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