05 June 2008

Passion Kampala... final thoughts...

Passion Kampala was one of those events where you sit around after its all over and you just smile and shake your head… your stunned with disbelief and fatigue…

It all came together…

A few of us “glass half empty” types had our doubts…

On Wednesday the million-dollar LCD screen… scaffolding and all… was blow over by a massive storm and landed in what looked like a 2-foot deep lake in the middle of the field…

On Thursday the crew walked around in rubber boats to register some 600-800 volunteers… praying that the field would dry… that the rain would stay away… that the LCD screen could be repaired… and that the hundreds of MIA would-be-volunteers would soon show…

Friday night when the bands got started 10,000 students came from nowhere and all tried to enter the 10-foot opening in the fence at the same time… I lost my camera, radio and a fair amount of pride in the process… but once they were on the field all the prep and exhaustion of the team was all worth it…

Then Saturday night the entire field was covered with 25,000 Ugandan college students worshiping God in song, dance and triumphal shouts… Chris Tomlin did an impromptu English-Lugandan worship song with choir of Ugandan orphans which brought most of the crew to tears… then to top it off the students took an offering for Passion Paris and over 5 million UGX was collected to spread the message of God’s fame in the next tour stop… I’m still shaking my head…

For the last few days I can’t walk anywhere in Gaba without hearing the voices of students singing the Passion songs they learned over the weekend… I can’t greet a any pastor without hearing a testimony of the effects Passion Kampala had on their church… and I can’t believe its over already… come back!


The American- Ugandan Leadership Team that has been working for the last 6-12 months to put Passion Kampala together...


Our NMSI teammates from Africa Hope Kenya who rode a bus 14 hours to help out... thanks for coming and come back soon!

2 comments:

Lena said...

Thats AWESOME! I went on the 286 blogsite and it said the exact offering was 6,147,200 UGX.... I can't even fathom it, WOW!! Uganda is thinking globally, that rocks!

Darren T. Rusco said...

who's the one guy in the picture wearing a blue shirt?!