Louie is the pastor of Passion City Church, located in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a public speaker, author, and the founder of the Passion Movement.
The movement and the annual Passion Conference is a gathering of young adults between the ages of 18–25, more specifically college students. The purpose is "...uniting students in worship and prayer for spiritual awakening in this generation," In 2013 they also launched the End IT Movement at Passion Conference bringing to light the issue of Human Trafficking.
Since 1995, the Passion Movement has hosted millions of university students at events ranging from the first Passion Conference in Austin, Texas, in January 1997, with 2000 college age students. In 2008, Passion Conferences launched a global tour that visited 17 different cities in 16 countries, kicking off in Kiev, Ukraine and finishing in Sydney, Australia which I attended.
In 2013, Louie and his team hosted Passion 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia on 1–4 January 2013. Over 60,000 university students from around the United States and over 50 other countries attended. More than 170,000 people from more than 130 countries streamed the conference online.
I took three months off work and dedicated my time helping with the conference preparations and was very privileged to be a doorholder in the End IT Movement that year. I got to speak into the lives of numerous college kids which in returned inspired me to step up and start doing something about ending modern day slavery. If 18 year olds were full on passionate about driving change in the world, what of earth was I doing as a grown adult sitting on my back side doing nothing?
Words will not be enough to describe the impact this man has made in my life. His life is a living testimony of the values he holds close to his heart. He is a man of integrity. He always follows through with what he says. He genuinely cares about the people who is around him. He remembers the names and stories of everyone he has spoken to. His eyes are full of compassion and his heart is filled only with love. Every time I get to speak to him face to face, my inside starts to burn… I don’t even know how to put that properly in words.
There was a season in my life where it was very very dark and I thought I was going crazy and somehow it seemed that The Divine knew that I needed help and coincidently Louie was in town. I went and visited him and he shared about his life and the “dark night of the soul” which really encouraged me that I was not the only one that experiences such stuff. I am thankful that someone has videoed a similar message called “I lift my hands” and posted it up on YouTube. I watched the video on repeat every day for a period of time and that really helped me get over that very dark period.
You can watch the video message below:
So thank you Pastor Louie… thank you for being my Pastor. Thank you for reminding me that I mattered. Thank you for always believing in my and always reminding me that I have hope and that God had great plans for me. Plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give you hope and a future. That whatever has happened in my past is the past and that I can have the future that I decide to have for myself. That I can be the change I want to see in the world. My world…