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Written by Jordan Hubbard, Social Media Manager
Like many college-age people this January, I attended the Passion Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This conference was attended by 55,000 people from 72 different countries. It was an amazing experience.
Passion is a several-day long conference that has one focus, “calling students from campuses across the nation and around the world to live for what matters most. For us, what matters most is the name and renown of Jesus. We believe in this generation and are watching God use them to change the climate of faith around the globe.” (www.passionconferences.com/about/) This conference is designed for people who are 18-25 years old. It is meant to ignite a fire within a generation.
It is hard to put into words how those couple days had such a profound impact on our generation. I have never experienced such a strong presence of the Holy Spirit. He was present from the very beginning of the conference and His presence just got stronger as it went on.
One of the most impactful moments of this conference was the first worship service on the last day. We started to sing “Agnus Dei” by Michael W. Smith. The worship team started to fall to their knees and cry. The whole stadium still sang, “holy, holy, are you Lord God Almighty, Worthy is the Lamb, worthy is the Lamb, you are holy” for 30 minutes. There were no instruments or worship leaders. It was just the voices of 55,000 college students and their leaders. People were falling to their knees, some were weeping, some were raising their hands to worship, and others were standing there in awe of what was happening around them. It was one of the most impactful and powerful moments of my life. I closed my eyes at one point and just stood there thinking, “this is what eternity in Heaven is going to sound like.”
Something else that was super impactful at this conference was the Bible being translated for an indigenous people group in Peru. The students that attended the conference raised over $2,000,000 to have the whole Bible translated for that people group. We also got to see the first copy of the Bible in their language. It was finalized on stage at Passion and then printed out. We then saw the Bible leave with the translator to go to Peru to hand-deliver it to the people. Attendees of the conference got to see a video the next day of the reactions of these people receiving a Bible in their native language.
Along with these special moments there were also incredible speakers. These speakers were filled with wisdom from the Holy Spirit and a love for others. The speakers ranged from people like Sadie Robertson Huff to Louie Giglio. The spokespeople of the Passion Conference said they tried to get some of the most influential and powerful speakers for this generation.
This conference was such an amazing experience. You get to be surrounded by 55,000 people who are also on fire for the Lord. I would recommend this conference to everyone who fits within the age requirements. It is truly an incredible experience that is hard to put into words.
Jordan Hubbard is a junior communications major and business minor , who is originally from Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee. She is a coffee enthusiast who likes to read and travel in her free time.