Friday, February 17, 2017

Passion 2017

55,000 people. That's roughly how many college students were in the Georgia Dome, January 2nd-4th.


The Trip:
The trip was long, but fantastic. We left about 11 pm on January 1st, and drove through the night. I slept most of the way, and listened to music as I stared out the window for the rest of the way. We arrived in Atlanta around 3:15 pm, with time to check into our hotel, take a short nap, and eat, before we headed to the Dome.

Day One: 
The view from my hotel room. Gotta love that flashing Coca-Cola sign.
ALL. NIGHT. LONG.

After Session One, with Christine Caine, all 55,000 people flocked across the street to our "Community Groups"

Day Two:
What a beautiful thing to be a part of. I couldn't help but get teary-eyed a few times, just being there in the overwhelming presence of Jesus.

I especially enjoyed the worship times with Chris Tomlin, Passion, Crowder, Matt Redman, Hillsong, and even Carrie Underwood (Yes, she was there)!

Lunchtime was extremely chaotic, but cool to see, in the CNN Center. Droves of people waiting in line for Chick-Fil-A, Taco Bell, and whatever else was in there...

*smile*

Day Three:
Within the "Community Groups" there are small groups called "Family Groups." This is exactly how it sounds. You and seven other college students become family over the course of the conference (with only four family group times), and provided you exchange contacts, you remain family for the rest of your life.
This is me with my family. <3

The Last Session... I was not ready to leave.

All loaded up and ready (more or less) for the 20 hour ride back home...

Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.

All in all, it was a blessed experience. This post does not even come close to it, but It's the best I can do. It definitely exceeded my expectations, and I want to go back.  Guess I'll have to go again next year! Y'all should come, too!
-Elizabeth