This year's Passion Conference helmed by author and speaker Louie Giglio has attracted over 40,000 young adults from all 50 states, 51 countries and more than 1,600 universities. These young people have gathered across three locations in Atlanta (Infinite Energy Arena and Philips Arena) and Houston (Toyota Center) on January 2-4 for Passion 2016. Together, members of the conference have raised at least $811,813.39 for Project Haraka, a mission to build a hospital for women and children in Syria.
This hospital will provide care for more than 12,000 displaced Syrian women and children every year in the war torn region. Through a partnership with World Vision USA, the facility will become the first newborn ICU in NW Syria. "We aren't fleeing from the need, we are actually leaning into the need," Pastor Louie Giglio says. In addition to raising funds for Project Haraka, 10,000 towels and 60,000 pairs of socks were collected to address a tangible need in the surrounding communities.
The conference's new album, Passion: Salvation's Tide Is Rising, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Albums chart and reached the Top 5 overall after its January 1 digital release. Physical copies of the album will be available January 29. Featuring Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, Melodie Malone, Brett Younker and Jimi Cravity, the worship anthems were introduced to more than 40,000 18-25 year olds at Passion 2016 conferences held in Houston and Atlanta arenas this past weekend.
Passion: Salvation's Tide Is Rising follows in the footsteps of several Passion albums, many of which have debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Albums Chart. Listeners have become accustomed to hearing live Passion albums recorded at the annual conferences, but for the first time ever, Passion: Salvation's Tide Is Rising was recorded in a studio prior to Passion, bringing a new element to the latest release.
Salvation's Tide Is Rising
1. Salvation's Tide (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
2. My Victory (feat. Crowder)
3. Remember (feat. Brett Younker & Melodie Malone)
4. God and God Alone (feat. Chris Tomlin)
5. Simple Pursuit (feat. Melodie Malone)
6. I Turn to Christ (feat. Matt Redman)
7. Your Grace Amazes Me (feat. Christy Nockels)
8. All We Sinners (feat. Crowder)
9. Surrender (feat. Jimi Cravity)
10. Good Good Father (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
Passion was birthed in 1997 to see the 20+ million college students across the globe awaken to the reality of an omnipotent and glorious Creator. Since then, millions of students from across the globe have joined the Passion movement, united across ministry and denominational lines, to seek the face of God in worship and prayer at several conferences, four world tours and multiple one-day and regional events. Passion's core scripture, Isaiah 26:8 states: "Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts." The small Passion Team is led by Louie Giglio and operates under the direction of a Board that is committed to spreading the fame of Jesus Christ to college students around the globe.