By Victor Ochieng
It’s more than twenty years since Louie and Shelley Giglio started a Bible study program in Texas in an effort to help college students interested in learning more about Christianity and God.
That simple step is what has since grown into the Passion Conference, an event that brings together thousands of young people from across the globe for a united worship.
The 2018 conference was held at three sites in Atlanta and Washington D.C. The conference brought together young people aged between 18 and 25, as well as the leaders of their campus churches.
The number of those who attended the conferences has been approximated at more than 32,000.
This year marked the first time in the history of the event that it has taken place in three different locations and also its first time in Washington.
Speakers at the event included famous Christian leaders such as John Piper, Priscilla Shirer, and Louie Giglio.
Performances at the conference were offered by Andy Mineo, KB, and Crowder.
“Passion is more than a conference,” said Pastor Louie Giglio in a statement. The Giglios currently lead Passion City Church, which has two campuses in metro Atlanta. “Passion exists to see a generation leverage their lives for what matters most. For us, that’s the fame of Jesus and the privilege we have to amplify His name in everything we do.”
The three venues of the conference were all sold out, but those interested in following the event were welcomed to register for an online streaming.
Passion Conference 2018 brought in students both to serve and worship, giving them a strong brethren experience and an opportunity to interact with fellow Christian students. Over the past couple of years, participants have given out $8 million to be channeled towards fighting against modern-day slavery through “The END IT Movement,” with the funds targeting awareness creation, prevention, rescue, and restoration. Even though Passion 2018 still focuses on ending modern day slavery, students also embraced other avenues through which they’d positively impact the lives of other people locally and across the globe.
Attendees of the conference also donated backpacks to be given to children in Houston, Texas who lost all their fortunes to Hurricane Harvey.
The worship experience at the event was quite powerful and so was the word that was shared by the guest speakers.