When it comes to college students celebrating or partying, prayer and Bible reading would never figure in their list, but 65,000 young people gathered together at an Atlanta stadium to start the new decade right, with worship, prayer and Bible study.
The Passion 2020 conference is a sold-out event where over the course of three days, thousands of young teens and adults, including church and campus leaders would fill up the Mercedes-Benz Stadium along with Passion founders Louie and Shelley Giglio as hosts and music by the Passion Band.
“Passion is more than a conference. More than an event. More than a feeling,” the website states. “Passion is you and me saying goodbye to lesser things and saying yes to Jesus, the One whose name is above every name.”
The Students in attendance aged between 18 to 25 would hear from guest speakers like Tim Tebow, Ravi Zacharias, Christine Caine, Levi Lusko, John Piper and Sadie Robertson, and worship from Hillsong United, Lecrae, Kari Jobe, and Cody Carnes, Elevation Music, Crowder, Trip Lee, Andy Mineo, Social Club Misfits, Tedashii and Sean Curran.
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Students gather every year to raise money for different initiatives, including the END IT Movement, which launched at Passion 2013 and has raised $8.3 million to fight modern-day slavery. In addition to that, students will raise money for Share Light, a campaign to see the Bible scriptures translated into the 6,000 known languages during this generation’s lifetime.
In addition to it, a flame was lit in Jerusalem, the birthplace of Christianity, and carried to the stadium where the students are encouraged to share the light with the world.
“We’re not simply keepers of the light, but we are carriers of the light of Jesus to the world,” Louie Giglio, Passion founder, said. “One of the practical ways that we can carry that light to the world is to participate in the goal of Scripture translation.”
Last year saw 40,000 students gather at Passion 2019 and raised more than $400,000 to translate the Bible for deaf people across the world.