Day 3. Everybody.
Christianity is not an American phenomenon, nor an exclusive club for those of us in the western world. The family Christ is building on earth and in heaven is filled with every nation, tribe, tongue and race. We are part of a global movement which in many ways is expanding faster outside the States than within.
That’s why we’re thrilled to have people from 31 nations at Passion 07…and those are just the ones we know of. For many of them the journey is next to impossible, filled with complexities and costs most take for granted. Just yesterday, students in Brazil and Romania had their visa applications denied…again. For Rodrigo, it was his second attempt this year. And for the Romanians it was the second year in a row they have been denied permission to attend Passion. Rodrigo is appealing his decision and more Romanians go for their hearings this week.
Many factors go into these decisions, and the denials don’t necessarily reflect a bent against Passion or Christianity. But they do highlight three things: The incredible opportunity we have to gather in Atlanta. The cost many are willing to endure to taste Passion for the first time. The need for us to go and meet them where they are.
Check out Rodrigo’s beautiful comment in the previous Blog post. And pray for students and leaders coming from the following countries. Pick one, write it where you’ll be reminded to pray for them all the way to Atlanta.
Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kazakstan, Kenya, South Korea, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Mariana Islands, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
Father, please open wide the gates and make a way in the wilderness for all who long to be a part of Passion 07. In Jesus name throughout the world, Amen.
“All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord, and they will bring glory to your name.” Psalm 86:9