January 5th, 2012
05:39 PM ET

College kids vow to end slavery

For the better part of an hour, 42,000 college students stood in the frigid Atlanta night, patiently waiting for a statue illustrating the fight against human trafficking to be illuminated.

They filled the Georgia International Plaza next to the Georgia Dome stadium and stood in the crisp 40 degree air this week staring up at the 100-foot high hand reaching toward the sky. Just a few minutes after midnight, they lit candles and the lights below the statue came on. The students cheered then started to softly sing. A chant of "FREE-DOM! FREE-DOM!" grew momentum.

The event  was one of the final gatherings during the Passion 2012 conference, an annual meeting of 18 to 25 year olds. The students were encouraged to donate money to causes that battle trafficking.

The statue, covered in items made by slaves like clothes, represents many things said the man responsible for coordinating the outreach efforts with the organizations that will receive portions of the more than $2.6 million raised during the four-day conference.

"Is it a hand of worship? Yes. Is it a hand of justice? Yes. Is it a [helping] hand from this generation? Yes. It is all those things," said Bryson Vogeltanz, the chief steward of Do Something Now, a fundraising arm of the Passion City Church. "We believe in these students so much and we felt like this issue was something they could rally around. Not just for these four days.  We believe they will not only leverage these four days, but ... their lives."

Vogeltanz said the kids were asked in the months leading up to the sold-out event to learn more about human trafficking so many came to Atlanta with some awareness of the immense nature of the problem.

But sometimes people still think of trafficking as something that happens in other countries,  "Melissa," a former sex slave, told CNN.

Melissa was raised in the Atlanta area, but had a bad life at home and says she moved out when she was 18. She and another friend found an apartment that became unaffordable when they both lost their jobs. They were approached by a man who offered quick cash if they would go out with men. $300, no sex, he promised. It was a lie.

He plied the teenagers with drugs and kept them trapped in a town home. They had no car, no way of getting away. They were high all the time so Melissa's family disowned their druggie daughter. Melissa was beaten. After a year in hell, Melissa asked a random man she met to take her to a hospital. She thought she was going to die.

The hospital released her and told her to go home. At 3 a.m., Melissa called her mom for the first time in many months. Thinking her mom wouldn't come, she also called the man who ruled her life. Her mom showed up first. Eventually she ended up the first woman in Wellspring Living, a program for former sex slaves.

Today, Melissa is a stay-at-home married mom with a 2-year-old child. She stays active with Wellspring, which she says saved her life physically and emotionally.

She came to Passion to tell young people her story and thank them for supporting Wellspring, the group that helped her rebuild her life.  She was overwhelmed by the tens of thousands shows of support.

"As I was driving up to the conference this morning, I was watching the kids and I just smiled," she said. "Because they are learning and they are becoming aware of things that happen in the real world - in Atlanta, in California, in Alabama, not just in the movies or in other countries."

Melissa said when she was a slave none of her neighbors ever called the police, never got involved in any way.  They probably were too afraid to get involved, she said.  And she hopes that that will change, that the kids who were so selfless with their money will also speak up when they see something wrong.That they will get involved in other ways too.

Vogeltanz echoed her thoughts.

"Our goal is not to get a bunch of  transactions. It's not about the money," he said. "It's about these students lives being changed and [them] engaging ... This is a shift in your core. Because once you know the facts, you can either go for it or you can ignore it. And for us, indifference is not an option."

Later, after the singing died down and the college kids turned to leave, most cupped their hands around their candles instead of blowing them out. They slowly walked back to their hotels, not wanting the light to die out.

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  1. Joel Dahl

    Great cover on the story, but some things have changed since this was released. There were about 45,000 of us, me included. And also we raised 3,660,670 as of 1pm on 1/5/2012. 🙂

    January 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      I was there too!

      January 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • jon

      silly college hippies

      January 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
      • joe

        grow up and show some respect

        January 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
      • Derek

        If you witnessed the horror that trafficking is.... your perspective would change.

        January 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
      • David

        What if you were enslaved. Yous hould be encouraging them right now.

        January 6, 2012 at 1:25 am |
      • Jackie Riverside California

        Example of America that makes us all proud. The young people are the future and it looks good. Thank you all and bless

        January 6, 2012 at 3:16 am |
      • shrub

        far from hippies.. we are college students united we fight slavery. all for the Glory of God.

        January 6, 2012 at 11:48 am |
      • Alexandra

        Really? Think about you just said. What someone took you, your mother, your daughter, wife friend etc. And forced them into slavery. You inconsiderate jerk, I hope you rot.

        January 6, 2012 at 11:52 am |
      • SeanNJ

        @Alexandra: Lemme get this straight...slavery = bad, rotting = ok. I'm hoping that post somehow missed your internal editing process.

        January 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        "we are college students united we fight slavery. all for the Glory of God."
        Shouldnt you be fighting slavery just for the fact its wrong?

        January 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
      • dan

        Wanna get some lunch? Or play Ultimate Frisbee?

        January 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
      • Jonathan Bay

        Jon, there's a lot more than being a hippie to this movement. This week was all for the love of Christ and compassion for others. That opportunity to reach out to others was just a bonus. Brother if you were there and saw what some people went through I believe you would want to make even the smallest contribution to help the helpless that we are unaware of. They have no voice and that is something I didn't know or care about until Passion partnered with orgs to raise the issue and spark a generation for change. It's here.

        Alexandra that was def not the way to respond to his comment. When others don't understand things and certain other people don't respond properly (people who try to represent Christ and fail to do so properly)... Christians get the hypocritical and judgmental name.

        Do everything in LOVE.

        January 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
      • Katy

        @ SeanNJ

        If I could "like" that, I would!

        January 7, 2012 at 9:47 am |
      • david, USN RET (SS)

        These young people care and can relate to the victims, we all should be thankful for their work.

        January 7, 2012 at 10:15 am |
      • sam

        there's something wrong when you exploit slavery to promote your christian beliefs. end slavery because slavery is wrong, not so you can advertise your god.

        makes me scared to think of all the problems of the world you would ignore because you don't think it would promote your god well enough.

        January 7, 2012 at 10:25 am |
      • Brock

        Didn't see a single hippy there.

        January 7, 2012 at 11:43 am |
      • Samantha

        Thats extremely rude.Why would u say tht?

        January 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Mary Moriarity

      I saw a bunch of your demonstrators sittin in Dunkin' Donuts early in the morning–doing nothing but drinking coffee and eating donuts! rough conference

      January 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
      • BobRoss

        I didn't know conferences were supposed to be out in the wild living on berries and pine needle tea and sleeping under the stars.

        January 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
      • Timothy

        Demonstrators? Where do you see demonstrators? I think youre confused.

        January 6, 2012 at 1:19 am |
      • Mackenzie

        Really? It was a conference....we're allowed to eat breakfast.

        January 6, 2012 at 3:02 am |
      • Lisa

        They were just getting energized to get back at the true work they were doing. Everyone's gotta eat. They helped raise over a million dollars for a good cause. What did you do that day other that eat? Just sayin'.

        January 6, 2012 at 10:03 am |
      • Claire

        Mary, I reply to your statement with understanding and no animosity. I am not sure if anyone was able to talk to you about what the students were doing at the Passion 2012 conference, that is ok. They were not demonstrators. I am sorry if you had an unpleasant encounter with someone from that conference. I wish I could have met you and honestly had a chance to talk and learn more about you.
        My friend and I work 50-70 hours per week as medical professionals. She is a nurse and I am a doctor. We chose to be Volunteers for this conference and glad we did.
        I see how you may have thought the college students appeared to be "doing nothing" within the time span of their meal at Dunkin Donuts and maybe they appeared lazy and not going anywhere with their time. For most of them it was their Vacation time and the only free time until they start back to classes next week.
        We all pace ourselves differently and make choices to give our time and life to what we believe is important. Our lives our short and we see it in our families and friends who have passed before us. Reality is we all wake up any morning of the week with our hair a mess, a little sleepy, moving a little slower, use the bathroom, or need a shower. Their not perfect but are growing, in maturity and in character. I have much respect for this "young" generation that chose to wake up another day of giving their breath to what matters in life.

        There is an old song that I love. I post it for me, others and Mary who read this post.

        "Why you holdin' grudges in old jars?
        Why you wanna show off all your scars?
        What's it gonna take to lay a few burdens down?
        It's a beautiful sound

        When they all fall
        Like a million raindrops
        Falling from a blue sky
        Kissing your cares goodbye
        They all fall
        Like a million pieces
        A ticker tape parade high
        And now you're free to fly"

        by the Newsboys

        January 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • SteveT

        Ok, so let me get this straight. Young people who went to this conference should've be there 24-7 without eating or drinking ANYTHING ANYWHERE. Your statement doesn't make sense. What's your point?

        January 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
      • Patrick

        @ Brock
        You’ll forgive me I stopped reading at the point you posted scripture. It’s circler logic and if there were only one interpretation we wouldn’t have some many translations and sects. Besides I’ve read it all before.
        To your other point, I said short of god himself answering.
        Why are we dancing around the issue here? If you have proof (which is needed to for the conversation to even be credible)then please give it to the world. I’m not sure if proving god was real is such a great thing considering all the evil and violence he as commented. But at least we’d know.

        When you come down to it, all you have is Faith. And that is a horrible position to be debating from.


        World English Dictionary
        faith (feɪθ)

        — n
        1. strong or unshakeable belief in something, esp without proof or evidence
        2. a specific system of religious beliefs: the Jewish faith
        3. Christianity trust in God and in his actions and promises
        4. a conviction of the truth of certain doctrines of religion, esp when this is not based on reason
        5. complete confidence or trust in a person, remedy, etc

        January 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
      • KatyaKatya

        Mary, what do you expect people to do at Donkin Donuts???? Humans need sustenance occasionally.

        January 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
      • Jordan

        Who said Passion was a rough conference. It was a LIFE CHANGING conference and we were all there to Glorify God and Praise Him for what He has given us, and yes since we are humans we need to eat and breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

        January 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
      • Landon Harris

        They weren't just demonstrating, they gave 3+ million dollars of their own money AND THEN went to get breakfast. Quit trying to make yourself feel better for doing nothing.

        January 6, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
      • Katy

        @ Patrick

        Everyone has faith in something. Many even hold faith only in themselves. What is it you look to? What is it you have faith in?

        January 7, 2012 at 9:46 am |
      • Bobby Bryant

        Just want you to know you made yourself look like a fool in front of the whole nation...people are not Gunna starve themselves over this...it is not a hunger strike! What makes it so bad that people are having a conference to stop this...and surround the topic with the power of god?

        January 12, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • CherryBerry

      I was there as well and man what and experience!!!!!

      January 6, 2012 at 12:18 am | Reply
      • Alicia

        This is me liking your comment 🙂

        January 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Rebekah Chaplin

      Praise God for putting this compassion inside of our hearts! 😀 So amazing, and I'm still fired up to give more!
      (Missing my brothers and sisters from Passion already)

      January 6, 2012 at 1:55 am | Reply
      • Patrick

        Now if only ‘god’ would free those slaves. Yes yes.. I know.. he has a plan. I’m sure filling our hearts with compassion for these poor slaves is more important than their freedom.

        January 6, 2012 at 8:47 am |
      • JS

        Patrick...Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world, when He could do something about it...but I'm afraid He might ask me the same question.

        January 6, 2012 at 9:42 am |
      • Patrick

        When I am all powerful and all knowing, he is welcome to ask. Nice try though.

        January 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
      • Brock

        You don't think He is doing something? Lets look at it. Before passion Google gives 11 something million to fightsalavery. Passion comes pushing for awareness on freedom for slaves and Human trafficking and raisies over 3 million as of yesterday. then about oh an HOUR after passion ends Obama makes January the national month of awareness for slavery and human trafficking. So sir he is doing something. I understand its hard to know why he simply doesnt release them now but thats not for us to ask. He has commanded US to help the oppressed and free the slaves so thats what His People are doing. I hope this helps.

        January 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
      • Patrick

        Prove any of that was ‘gods’ doing and I’ll eat my computer. If you can it will be a much bigger story than this article. Headline: man finally proves ‘god’ is real and is fighting slavery by inspiring others instead of snapping his all power fingers!

        January 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • kassandra

        yes praise the Lord! Patrick, i'm sorry that you don't understand this and i pray that you come to know. there is a song that i know of that i really want you to go listen to. idk if its your kind of taste in music or not, but it has a great message that i think is suitable for what you are asking for. it is called Blessings by Laura Story. it is such a beautiful song and i feel that this song is true because i've experienced it first hand. and while you are sitting there on your computer, i pray that you acknowledge that it's a blessing for you to even have that computer. or that house u are sitting in. you could be a homeless person on the streets that has to steal everyday to survive, and still thankful that you are still alive! cuz being dead aint a lovely thing. we have this compassion in our hearts because God put it there so tht we can do something about how our humanity is becoming so stained. we learn through our hardships. "when you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that i carried you" said God. instead of denying it, why don't give it a shot and try to see how this is true. and i mean literally think and ponder on this. because God doesn't have to let you continue living your filthy life if you havn't let Jesus into your heart. he could take it away any moment, but he hasn't yet cuz maybe someday you will be saved and see the justice that our generation is trying to enforce for the better of society and loving everyone as our sister brothers and neighbors. we are to love each other. i pray for you because i love you as a brother and hope that you will eventually see the light.

        January 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • Patrick

        Pray in one hand, spit in the other. See which fills up first. You do nothing to disprove my point. I am open to education and wisdom. If you can prove me wrong, please do. Why are you holding back?

        January 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
      • Brock

        hey Patrick imma try to post a vid here but in case the link doesnt transfer look up "gospel by propaganda" on youtube. but ya lets keep conversing. to simply believe without searching it out would be dumb. i may not have all the answers for your questions but i know the One who does.

        January 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
      • Patrick

        @ Brock
        Thank you for trying Brock. But you don’t have the answer because there isn’t one. Even if ‘god’ is real and it’s impossible to prove a negative, without him landing on the White House lawn. (Because god is American) It still doesn’t answer why he was able and willing to flood the world, destroy multiple cities, bring plagues onto an innocent population because of one man and inspire others to have a rally instead of setting the slaves free (what happen to that who plague thing?) Only he can answer that.

        In short you give credit where there is no evidence said being exists, let alone is playing a role in this.

        January 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
      • Brock

        I wouldn't say God is American. He knows now racial bounds (Romans 1:16). But you say i don't have the answer because there isn't one. But humor me for merely a moment and think on this. If you have already dismissed there being any possible answer, but there was one, how would you expect to be able to discover it? If the heart and mind are closed how can any revelation permeate into your thinking? I wanna say that the way God works will never be full understood to man. He says "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," (isaiah 55:8.) But that doesnt mean he has left us with no way of knowing. I believe the answer to all questions regarding this come to Jesus. Jesus said "i am the way the truth and the life. no one comes to the father except through me." John 14:6. We cant understand the methods of the Father without first knowing the son and sharing in his spirit. "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." matthew 11:27. The Bible shows that God uses suffering. There is evil in the world because of our choices. In the past God has interviened and destroyed evil as in some of the ways u described. But when it comes to suffering im reminded of that saying that goes something like a leader should never ask one of his followers to do something that he isnt himself willing to do. Jesus, part of the trinity as the son of God, came and suffered and died so that we may have life. he was beaten and crucified so that we wouldnt have to pay the death penalty held over us by our sins. He lived a sinless life but chose to gave himself up. There are many books i would suggest to look at as far as the validity of Jesus such as the case for christ by lee strobel or the evidence that demands a verdict by joshua mcdowell.

        January 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
      • Patrick

        @ Brock
        You’ll forgive me I stopped reading at the point you posted scripture. It’s circler logic and if there were only one interpretation we wouldn’t have some many translations and sects. Besides I’ve read it all before.
        To your other point, I said short of god himself answering.
        Why are we dancing around the issue here? If you have proof (which is needed to for the conversation to even be credible)then please give it to the world. I’m not sure if proving god was real is such a great thing considering all the evil and violence he as commented. But at least we’d know.
        I admit the American quip was about the serotype of American Christians and less about anything you’ve stated.

        When you come down to it, all you have is Faith. And that is a horrible position to be debating from.


        World English Dictionary
        faith (feɪθ)

        — n
        1. strong or unshakeable belief in something, esp without proof or evidence
        2. a specific system of religious beliefs: the Jewish faith
        3. Christianity trust in God and in his actions and promises
        4. a conviction of the truth of certain doctrines of religion, esp when this is not based on reason
        5. complete confidence or trust in a person, remedy, etc

        January 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
      • James

        Patrick- just a thought...so often, so many folks try to tell Christians to prove that God really exists. Unless we can come up with undeniable, tangible proof that He is real, we are ridiculed and told how foolish we are. But those same people that ask us to prove His existence cannot themselves disprove Him no matter how hard they try. They can only come up with hypothesis or guess (albeit educated, still just a guess). God is not american or middle eastern, He is THE Creator of everything.

        How do you prove God exists? Well...how do you prove air exists? Or wind? Or anything? You see the effects of the wind, you breathe the air...not everything that is real has a tangible mass. Emotion for example, or conviction, or passion. Just thoughts to chew on.

        January 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
      • Benjamin

        God created the earth and along with that He created us and along with that He created us with the free will to choose Him or not. So if you used His power to stop slavery that would be putting a stop to free will and that would be putting a stop the the opportunity of love that can ONLY come by someone CHOOSING.
        Anyway, I'm not going to argue, no matter what card you throw at me, for debating does not help someone who is burnt (by Christians or other religions) or is just here looking for a fight. The real issue here is not the question.

        January 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
      • Benjamin

        So if He* (typo)

        January 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
      • Brock

        Haha well man ya def forgiven but i really think your missing out on what i believe to be some evidence to Gods existence and assuming that since youve read the bible before that you know it in its fullness and therefore dont need to read it again to be foolish. But thats your decision. The bible was written over a period of 15000 years by 40 authors from about every human emotion in 3 different continents, europe africa and asia. and in thre different languages greek hebrew and aramaic. yet it is consistent in content and the message it portrays, Jesus. Scripture holds authority and thats why i use it. as far as the evil in the world i wanna share this exerpt by an artist i like called lecrae and i hope it helps. "You look man, "Some people say that God ain't real 'cause they don't see how a good God can exist with all this evil in the world. If God is real then He should stop all this evil, 'cause He's all-powerful right? What is evil though man? It's anything that's against God. It's anything morally bad or wrong. It's murder, rape, stealing, lying, cheating. But if we want God to stop evil, do we want Him to stop it all or just a little bit of it? If He stops us from doing evil things, what about lying, or what about our evil thoughts? I mean, where do you stop, the murder level, the lying level, or the thinking level? If we want Him to stop evil, we gotta be consistent, we can't just pick and choose. That means you and I would be eliminated right? Because we think evil stuff. If that's true, we should be eliminated! But thanks be to God that Jesus stepped in to save us from our sin! Christ died for all evilness! Repent, turn to Jesus man! "

        More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmania.com/truth_lyrics_lecrae.html
        All about Lecrae: http://www.musictory.com/music/Lecrae

        January 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
      • Joshua

        @ Patrick
        when looking for answers you always should go to the source. Brother I know where you are at and I have been there quetsioning God and His existence. I just wanted to let you know that I found the answer and it took going to the source that being God Himself. so I challenge you to go get before him and talk to him and before you do so rid yourself of bias and get it out of your head that he aint going to talk to you and go in expecting to hear somthing from and just be open to that and don't cut HIm out before you even give him the chance. He loves you man whether you believe it or not. I know you think that sounds crazy and will feel crazy about trying to talk to God but trust me bro you do that and you will get your answers. And if you have "tried before" please do so again and do it completley openly and 100% honest and descriptive on what you are wondering and what is going on in your life. and when He answers you seeing how you have read the Bible you should know what to do next but if not man find a a Bible preaching church and some good Christ-followers bro to go and explore Jesus with. Also DOn't let people and "Christians" get you down or turn you away because we are all sinful and do wrong but God loves us and has pardoned our sins and all we need is faith in HIm to experience this. trust me man when you openly go to him he doesn't disappiont. Let me know how it goes man via email: redten31@yahoo.com or phone: 850-532-0008.
        P.S. just wanted to let you know I am Praying for you and that if you go to HIm he will let you know all about Himself. I was there at passion (met God before this event) and trust me if you were there you would of had all the proof you needed. none of us can quite explain it because we are not talking about worldy things we are talking about the Creator of all things and a God who is holy great and above all. Brother mere words can not describe Him and death can not hold Him. give HIm a real chance and He will show You.

        January 7, 2012 at 12:25 am |
      • Corrie

        @Patrick You are asking for proof that God is real. My question for you after saying this is what proof will you accept?

        January 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
      • BH

        @Everyone: This is not an appropriate forum for this conversation.

        @The Christians: Guys, we need to learn how to cut out the Christian-ese; it doesn't further understanding and it causes more confusion. Also, please listen and identify for what your discussion partner is asking. Offering something else makes it seem as if you weren't listening.

        @The Athiests: Yes, God is not scientifically provable; there is no repeatable experiment to (dis)prove the divine and there never will be. And while the scientific method is a reliable system for discovering a specific subset of truth, it is not the only system. For example, the scientific method is inherently unhelpful to matters of history – there are no repeatable experiments. Historical truth is discovered by a different method, but it is, nonetheless, truth. Scientism, the belief that the scientific method is the only avenue of truth, is dogmatic to the core.

        So God is not provable according to the scientific method and (most) Christians know it. But that's a red herring, a distraction. What these Christians students prove is that their faith in God has prompted a movement greater than any the world has seen. Perhaps that's intimidating to some, but to others, it's a testament to the power of pure, unadulterated faith.

        Appreciate what these students have done to "bring heaven to earth", or don't.

        January 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
      • John

        Patrick #1It is God not god #2 Scientifists not all agree on the history of Christianity #3 You want proof that God exists,We want proof God doesn't exist! We believe he and know he exist! #4 God tells us Love one another,as God loves us..Romans 13:8 ... 1Peter1:22 ...There's the proof,but of course that won't be enough...But see us as Christians shows us this does show our God doesn't care for slavery! #4 I have never seen a Million dollars but I know it's out there,TO BELIEVE IN SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN'T SEE IS SOMETHING YOU(PATRICK),AND US ALL DO EVERY DAY! We watch the news,read newspapers,listen to the radio and we believe what we read,hear,and yet many of the times there's no proof! If you were to believe in God and died and found out there were no God,then you would have lost nothing! But,if you died and went to heaven then you would gain everything!

        January 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
      • D Bo


        I agree with you even though everyone else is not. People I think you're missing his point. God did not make you all stand up and do this. You stood up and did this. What everyone did here is amazing no one is taking away from that. You need to give yourselves more credit, and say we united and we had compassion to push for a change. What you are saying is without God you all would care less about each other, but that's not true. God or whatever put you on earth, but you do what you want with your lives.

        January 8, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
      • Joshua

        @ D BO brother to answer you question it is God's will we want for our lives. We want HIm to have His way with us. As to what you said about us saying we would care less for each other without God is true. without God in my life and without what He has done in my life I never in a million years would of given anything to these people in slavery or cared for anybody on here or that was there. But God has showed me His love for me and everyone here on this planet and that He plans to use me and His people to reachout to this world for HIm. Also without God we would of not united or come together at all because we all came to be united with Him and in that we focused the resources HE has given us to help this cause not the other way around. One last point for proof as to the fact that only because of God do we care for these people I would ask you to look at most these posts and see where the majority of love is coming from... the Christians. I do not say this to be condeming but to tell you that we are all sinners but Christ has changed us that truly believe in HIm and due to the great love shown to us how can we not show love back. and before anyone says it I know that so called "Christians" have said and done mean and hurtful things and I am sorry for that but as I have said we are all sinners and I am sorry for what they have done to you but I am here to tell you that God loves you and praise Him for sending Jesus Christ to die for us so we would not have to face death and enternal damnation but instead life with Him and all we have to do is confess with our mouth that He Jesus was raised from the dead and believe that in our hearts that He is Lord. after that just follow Him. I love everyone on here and pray that all of you will soon see HIs glory if you have not yet already and @Chrsitians do not retaliate and attack leave that to the Father instead pray and show your love to these people that are in the same place you once were.

        January 8, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
      • Brian


        Patrick, You have the right to believe as you wish, just as we do. May I ask you this, why must you critique our believing. We do not criticize you for not, and if there are people who have done this, please accept my apology for them. However, does berating, or maybe rebuking rather our faith in Christ really hurt you that much that you have to interrogate us for it? Is it something you care about maybe one day believing and so you question us to have a better understanding or is that you really just enjoy questioning folk on their personal beliefs and disbanding it entirely if it cannot be proven.

        Reasoning aside, deity aside, motives aside, what these kids did and four days may not do anything for anyone, but it speaks volumes of this generation. It shows that they can be united, at least some of them. I'm personally proud to say I'm in the 18-25 demographic, I'm proud to say I was at the Passion Conference, I'm proud to say that I feel change coming.

        I'm sorry again if there was ever an instance in your life that someone ruined Christianity for you, but I implore you to not be that person in these peoples lives. We believe in Christ, we believe in heaven, we believe we have helped change the world, even if its only for a moment. We donated our time and money for both reasons, because slavery is a terrible thing and it should be abolished, and in the name of our Lord and Savior. If that doesn't appeal to you, then there is nothing I can do. I was taught that one person cannot save another, it's not our place. However, a person can indeed condemn another. Please don't condemn these people. They love you.

        On the other hand, those of who are reading this that are Christians, we do not have the right to condemn this man. If you are without fault, please feel free to cast the first stone, but until then, show compassion. Wishing someone to rot (@Alexandra) is not a good way to show someone that you care about them or are being a compassionate person. At the end of the day, we are one in the same.

        If there is anything more I can say for you Patrick, or any questions you have, feel free to respond, but I refuse to (1) argue with you, and (2) make any attempt to justify myself to you. All do respect, I don't have to justify myself to you.

        With great regards,


        January 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • Ted

      Very admirable, but I would hope you realize that money will only line the pockets of everyone but the victims, and nothing will be done to stop this.

      January 6, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
      • Corey

        The money actually was already designated to organizations.

        January 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
      • Chloe

        I was there, and watched some of the money be handed over to one of the people in charge of one of the organizations we donated to.

        January 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
      • Kiera

        Please educate yourself before throwing comments out there. Its inuslting to the people who gave money (me being one of them) and who were there experiencing this (also me being one of them) I am not angry just frustrated that people would think this way about something good that is happening. It very saddening.

        January 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
      • Joey

        I was one of those college students who gave. I sacrificed breakfast for two mornings and dinner one night so I could give what little I had. I as well saw the money being handed over to those beneficiaries.

        January 6, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • Katelyn

      I was able to witness this and I came away with something to say: http://magnoliameadow.blogspot.com/2012/01/dear-world.html

      January 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • Aleasha

      Together, in Jesus' name!

      January 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • jonathan

      my daughter was there. The nay-sayers are those that do nothing, except throw rocks. If the energy used to throw rocks was applied to something positive, our world would be much better.
      I am very proud of her. The point is the effort....there's alot wrong in this world, but we can't fix the entire world. We can start with our small patch.

      January 7, 2012 at 7:04 am | Reply
    • Julie

      We lift the cross, lift it high lift it high~~
      God is good..
      no matter the judgement, the persecution, we'll work for His glory~!

      January 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • queenbee10

      What slavery? There is no more slavery–especially not in the USA and there is no more racism either-just ask all the white people. LOL

      January 9, 2012 at 3:39 am | Reply
      • TERMOYL

        CONGRATULATIONS!! You're a racist. Are you aware that MOST victims of human trafficking are WHITE girls...?? Read a book.

        January 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Kathua

      So happy for you. Good job. Now I must let you know I have given 5 million to help increase slavery so all your work is for nothing.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:12 am | Reply
    • Frank Garrett

      Wake up idiots! Slavery ended 160 years ago.

      The South will rise again!!!

      Rebel Pride!!!!!!!

      January 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  2. yeah

    whatever charity they ghive it to will just have some jew pocket it

    January 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
    • Inflamed


      January 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
    • heather

      A list of the organizations involved for you to investigate so you can recant your cynical remark.

      January 6, 2012 at 3:35 am | Reply
      • andrew.peter

        Thank you heather! awesome.

        January 6, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • James

      Stereotyping is a argumentative fallacy.

      January 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • James

      Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Willberforce didn't listen to the people who said it couldn't be or shouldn't be done, why should I?

      January 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  3. OperationShadowProject

    Slavery will be eliminated when we as a society stop supporting companies who employ such measures...

    January 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • Skegeeace

      Not all slaves are employees of companies- a lot of them are *literally* held hostage by under the radar traffickers and pimps.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
    • Kevin

      Check out slaveryfootprint.org for steps on asking companies not to support slavery

      January 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  4. John


    January 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • Matt


      January 6, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  5. yneemee

    Illegal migration into the U.S. to serve as our farmworkers, custodians, service workers in hotels, restaurants, stores is HUMAN TRAFFICKING as well... why doesn't our President and the politicians both demokrats and republikans alike STOP SUPPORTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING in the United States

    January 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • Cason

      Because "human trafficking" doesn't extend to those who go where they want willingly perhaps? Focus buddy! That has nothing to do with the story!

      January 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  6. Brent Alexander

    Praise the Lord!

    January 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • Brett

      Praise the Lord for slavery? war?, Hate to attack a good cause, but dont forget all the alter boys that have been abused by so-called men of the lord.

      January 5, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Reply
      • Dana

        I don't think he was praising the Lord for slavery, but rather for the way God's people responded. And the best thing you said was "so called" men of God.

        January 6, 2012 at 12:46 am |
      • brad stenberg

        Slavery and bondage come in many forms, including personal sins and addictions. Oh, and btw, this was a conference not a demonstration. When this spreads not only will the human trade end, but eyes will also be open to how powerful the one true God Jesus is.

        January 6, 2012 at 6:13 am |
      • Rob

        @brad stenberg – I just wanted to point out a quick little fallacy to you – Jesus may be your messiah, but he is not the christian God, he is the son of God. He is a lord in the kingdom of heaven, but he is not the king (Hint: that one is Also God). People seem to like to intertwine the two together, that's wrong, and it makes you look like an uneducated fool. Please remember of the ten commandments – Thou shalt have no other gods than I, and Thou shall not praise false idols.

        January 6, 2012 at 9:00 am |
      • Deanna

        Rob, you don't have any knowledge that gives you the right to call someone else an uneducated fool. Jesus and God and the Holy Spirit are all individually God–the same person–and they have different names basically because they have different roles. But they are all God, and there is only one God. Look it up. Trinity doctrine. What you said is heresy, but I won't call you a fool–clearly you're just uneducated.

        January 6, 2012 at 9:56 am |
      • Patrick

        @ Rob
        Thank you sir, this is something I’ve pointed out myself many times.

        @ Deanna
        You are in position to accuse someone else of not being educated.

        According to James Rendel Harris (1852–1941), the doctrine developed as early Christians tried to reconcile the traditional Jewish monotheism recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures with their portrayal of Jesus as also divine.[5] According to the author of the article on the Trinity in the current Encyclopedia Britannica. Christians traditionally believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, performed miracles, founded the Church, died sacrificially to achieve atonement, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, from which he will return.[14] The majority of Christians worship Jesus as the incarnation of God the Son, and "the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity".[25] A few Christian groups, however, reject Trinitarianism, wholly or partly, believing it to be non-scriptural. Judaism rejects the belief that Jesus was the awaited Messiah, arguing that he did not fulfill the Messianic prophecies in the Tanakh.[29] In Islam, Jesus (in Arabic: عيسى‎ in Islamic usage, commonly transliterated as Isa) is considered one of God's important prophets.

        YOU look it up.

        January 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
      • dan

        But you probably won't read it...so look up John 1:1 it'll answer all your questions about the Trinity (and to clarify the term "Word" refers to Jesus). Hope you have a good day!

        January 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
      • Joey

        Actually, God and Jesus are one. they are most definitely intertwined. That is how Jesus was so pure, immune from sin. Not even the dirtiest person could touch him to make him dirty, but that which did would be cleaned. He IS God. It's in the bible bud ;D

        January 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
      • Joey

        John 10:30-33 – Jesus answered them, “I and My Father are one.” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”

        January 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
  7. SLAVE

    3.6 milion!!! holy crap! Only $250,000,000,000,000,000 more to go. I love how coleege students like to "raise awareness" of situations, throw a little money at something and then walk away and hope somebody fixes it. Everybody needs a cause I guess.

    January 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • Joel Dahl

      Google has also donated 11.5 million dollars!! God is so good!

      January 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
      • Carson

        Yes, Google did donate $11.5 million to help alleviate human slavery, but it was not because of Passion 2012. They donated a while back ago. Yet, God is still good.

        January 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
      • Joel Dahl

        Google donated to most of the organizations we supported while at Passion 2012

        January 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
      • Chris

        No, google is good. God had nothing to do with it.

        January 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
      • Brett

        Agreed, Google is good, not some fictional character who was created by people who thought the earth was flat.

        January 5, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
      • Hayden

        God has everything to do with it. None of this would have happened without Him! Praise God!!

        January 6, 2012 at 2:34 am |
      • Steve

        flat earth? You need to read Isaiah.

        January 6, 2012 at 6:40 am |
      • Patrick

        Well let’s see, we can prove Google donated. Can you prove they did it because ‘god’ made them do it? What happen to free will?

        Which part the slavery or the donations?

        January 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids


        flat earth? You need to read Isaiah."

        which bit? the bit that says the earth is a circle? as in a round 2 dimensional flat shape.

        January 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
      • Joey

        A 'fictional character' cannot compel poor college students to give their money, but by God's grace alone! God is alive, and he lives in me! Praise jesus!!!!!

        January 6, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
    • Ben Birdsong

      I think they're leading by example. Most of them don't even have a career yet and they've been saving for months to give. This should be to the shame of the rest of the affluent world. That the next generation is going to clean up and pay for their mess for the glory of God. You can still give to this cause. God bless!

      January 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
      • Con Belvin

        to ben birdsong, I was one of these many students that was there and I my self was unable to pay for this trip but someone paid for me to go. I was so blessed for this because it has given me a new found love for God. You are completely right that there were students there who had been saving for months, and they gave all they could for this! Thanks to CNN for coming out and supporting what we have been trying to raise awareness for!!

        January 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
      • Carol Wood

        I know the young man who designed that big hand and I would love to see him interviewed and get some credit forhis creativity. Anyone know how to get someone to do this? Great cause and proud of all of you who were there!

        January 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
      • Jordan


        If the man who designed/built this loves the Lord than he won't care if he' s interviewed because he did it for God, not for himself ha.

        January 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • Lora

      $3.6million is no little task for college students. Many of them saved all year to donate their money to this cause.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Reply
      • zack

        the fact that you said 3.6 million dollars is no big deal. many of them went barely with enough money to get there eat and pay for the conference. how many college students do you know gladly give their money AWAY for something that's BIGGER than THEMSELVES...speaking with people i know personally who did give to the cause gave because they trusted in God to spread it where it should go. i figured up that each student gave an average $80 there. I also figured up that in order to pay that extra amount on min wag thats about 11 hours to for their donation.....GOD IS GOOD

        January 6, 2012 at 2:33 am |
      • Hayden

        it is a HUGE task for college students (like myself for example), the majority of them are broke, some dont have regular jobs and if they do they have to pay for school and a lot of other things. the fact that they still were not only able to give but eager to give joyfully to such an amazing cause its beautiful. Glory to God!

        January 6, 2012 at 2:36 am |
      • Dana

        Lora you are absolutely right. My daughter saved and paid her own expenses on this trip plus donated to the cause. I can say I am so proud.....

        January 6, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Dee

      This will save so many lives! If it saved your life, wouldn't you think it was worth it?

      January 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
    • Atlanta

      I am a highschool student, and i will be going to college this fall. I am so thankful that God gave me the opportunity to go and be a part of something so incredible. I gave what i could. I watched thousands of college students, vounteers, and adults do the exact same thing. Chi Alpha at my church, which is a college christian group, plans to partner with one of the many organizations working to end slavery and human trafficking so that the giving doesn't stop here! When people are passionate about something, they can do great things. And its all through God. Praise Jesus!

      January 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
    • Mary Moriarity

      they were sittin in Dunkin Donuts one morning-eating donuts/drinking coffee-Changing the World!!

      January 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
      • kan

        45,000 STUDENTS- I don't think they were all at DD drinking coffee! Be happy something great happened in Atlanta!!!

        January 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
      • michael allison

        Well you obviously made an impact on someone else like these kids did

        January 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
      • Bradley Roney

        What time in the morning was this?

        January 5, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
      • amber

        well, they have to eat, are you against college student eating? These Students have done amazing things this week and if they want to enjoy DD, well thats a good thing to do.

        January 5, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
      • Amber

        Really? A human being can't enjoy a doughnut and some coffee? I may not have been at this conference, and I may not be the most religious person on earth, but what these students have done is phenomenal. I've learned in a health class how human trafficking has affected many and how it is such an issue, just like anything else that raises money for the awareness of. Have a heart and get over yourself.

        January 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
      • YogiDayavati

        People who speak like you do are a reason to try to Change the World!! I hope before I did, human dignity can be restored to EVERY HUMAN BEING!

        January 5, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
      • Jesus Follower

        simply bread for energy to praise and worship OUR GOD! He is so good! And He loves you too!

        January 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
      • Erin

        I was one of the many students that attended the conference this week. Eating just gives us energy to praise Jesus Christ our Savior who loves us no matter what. He loves you, too!

        -"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." -Romans 8:38-39

        – "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." -Romans 10:9-11

        January 6, 2012 at 1:19 am |
      • jbcal

        So you're saying that they aren't allowed to eat?

        January 6, 2012 at 9:31 am |
      • Archibald

        Seriously, you've posted this at least twice and in both cases it makes absolutely no sense. Were they supposed to be out burning someone in effigy or planning para military action against human traffickers?

        January 6, 2012 at 11:20 am |
      • Brock

        I was at this conference every day and two of my mornings were spent cleaning toliet and a shower because we were blessed to stay at a local church. no donuts for this kid although there is nothing wrong with eating lol God bless ya man

        January 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
      • Ally

        Well, human beings do need food.

        January 7, 2012 at 2:52 am |
      • faithful 10

        Mary, could you please explain further why you have a problem with someone eating breakfast? I'm really not understanding it.

        January 10, 2012 at 6:30 am |
    • BobRoss

      @SLAVE "I love how coleege students like to "raise awareness" of situations, throw a little money at something and then walk away and hope somebody fixes it. Everybody needs a cause I guess."

      I love how you sit back commenting on CNN.com and just criticize people actually doing something about world problems. Everybody needs a hobby I guess.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
      • Matt

        Hahahahaha! I really needed that laugh this morning. That was funny.

        Hats off to 45,000 college students who descended on Atlanta for lifting up a Passion for Christ. Wish I could have been there...

        Donut-eating, sleep-loving, school-bill-payment-struggling, college students that were determined not to waste their lives or their financial resources. Determined to make a difference in our generation!

        January 6, 2012 at 10:53 am |
      • Patrick

        I like how the only defense you people have is to assume / accuse others of doing nothing. Must be that magic ball you have that tells you what ‘god’ really wants.

        January 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Skegeeace

      Well, what the crap are YOU doing about it? You probably spend all your money on big screen TVs and don't even care about anybody else. How do YOU know these kids are going to walk away and do nothing??? Plenty of them do stuff every day individually that just doesn't make the news.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
    • Dana

      And I guess the proper response is sit back and DO NOTHING?! I am so proud of these students.....they gave, they are praying, and many will become actively involved in the fight! God has moved them to act and they were obedient. He calls us to help those in need. So, it doesnt matter what anyone else says.....it only matters what God says!

      January 6, 2012 at 12:50 am | Reply
      • zack

        GOD IS GOOD

        January 6, 2012 at 2:35 am |
      • Dana


        January 6, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Erin

      I was at the conference this week and not only did the students raise awareness, they gave over 3 million dollars that will go toward rescue operations and restoration for victims of slavery, etc. That's pretty impressive, but God gave the means for this to happen. With God ALL things are possible (Matthew 20:26)...even ending slavery... All glory to GOD!

      January 6, 2012 at 1:26 am | Reply
    • brad stenberg

      Walk away? Its a wonder why so many fail with support like this! I'd say its more like spreading a fire across the nation that thinks that knowing is just as good as doing. Btw, where was this donut shop, I'd have loved to get some? If you want to go badmouth a cause why not go a few pages over to Afghanistan.

      January 6, 2012 at 6:18 am | Reply
    • Amy

      We're college students who have ramen noodle budgets – I'd say over $3 million is a pretty good start to this goal. Romans 8:31.

      January 6, 2012 at 9:47 am | Reply
    • Kiera

      Id like to just point out to you that we did not just "walk away" from this after throwing money at it. Some of us are involved in raising awareness. I am getting involved with 2 different organizations to raise awareness on this issue. As well as a ton of other people. Not everyone can or will do this but please dont speak for all of us because you dont have facts.

      January 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
    • Ally

      Yes, there is still more money that needs to be raised and we are a long way from abolishing slavery. But you have to start somewhere! Each step in the journey gets you closer to your destination, your ultimate goal. If one continues to not do anything, then nothing will definitely be accomplished and those 27,000,000+ slaves will continue to have no hope for their futures.

      January 6, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  8. Huw

    Having slaves is OK as long as they are treated correctly. There are people working day in, day out for abusive bosses who are worse off than some slaves. Instead of dole(UK) welfare (US) we should introduce a form of slavery, but time limited.
    It's going on and it can't be stopped. Bring it under the umbrella of legislation and see where it leads.

    January 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • CP

      Are you insane? It was under legislation and it led to civil war. I don't think anyone could think that slavery could be humanely legislated. The words slavery and OK don't belong together, they never have and they never will.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Reply
      • Patrick

        @ CP
        NO the civil war was not about slavery. In fact Lincoln is quoted as saying if he could win the war without freeing a single slave he would do so. Education my friend…get it.

        January 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Maya

      having slavery is ok as long as they're treated correctly? seriously? At least people will abusive bosses get PAID, and aren't FORCED into doing something they don't want to do. There is a reason why there are slaves- it's because they do the stuff that NO ONE wants to do. Really, and do you think it's possible for someone to be a slave and be treated correctly? No.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
      • Massa

        You are SO judgemental! Slave owners have rights too!

        January 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
      • Joshua

        just wanted to clarify diffrence between slavery and having a paying job with a bad boss or good one for that matter. You can quit whenever you like but slavery you are stuck

        January 7, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Skegeeace

      Why don't you sign up to be the first legal slave in the U.S. since the last go round, then? Be a leader!

      January 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
    • Massa

      I agree with Huw. The key is treating your slaves well and not beating them too hard. After all, a crippled slave can't work very hard.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
      • YogiDayavati

        I moved to SC from NJ. I had no idea people like you still talked out loud. That's why I'm leaving for New Mexico in a few months. And I'm white!!

        You'd better pray that God is good, for your own sakes!!

        January 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
      • Jeff Davis

        Gosh, yogi, why don't you just move to Swaziland and be some nigra's punk?

        January 6, 2012 at 2:40 am |
      • jbcal

        Gosh Jeff, why don't you go stand on a corner in Compton and spout that nonsense. I'll be watching the news on tv for your results.

        January 6, 2012 at 9:35 am |
      • Patrick

        This is why it is so easy to debate Theists. It is a biblical reference and sarcasm…

        January 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
      • c

        What you think people are always rational people can be cruel. We have seen time and time again when people have power over others they abuse it slavery is the same way. Patrick I've heard the whole the civil war was not about slavery it was about reuniting the states. You are right but what you are forgetting is the fact that the majority of tensions between the north and the south were because of slavery. Open any textbook and you will find countless fights about the issue of slavery. The souths seperation was just the final step in a long fight about slavery

        January 6, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  9. Jocelyn

    Jesus is working through His children to set people free!! CNN, thank-you for sharing this story.

    January 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
    • sumwunn

      Jesus has had over 2,000 years to set people free. He is either really crappy at it, or he does not exist.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply
      • Dee

        Sorry you miss the point by being negative about Jesus. Many people are going to be helped by this money. As for Jesus, perhaps you don't understand the concept of free will and a fallen world?

        January 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
      • Skegeeace

        Yeah, and there's been SO many other people that have done SO much better. Oh wait- there hasn't been. Grow up- Jesus doesn't force people to be good, but He can help those who are hurt by the selfish.

        January 5, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
      • Stuart

        If you would, imagine saying that to someone that has been freed from slavery in the name of Christ. Imagine yourself as a slave not knowing Christ, having no hope of ever being free after being abused and used, and a Christ loving person came to YOUR rescue when they never knew you in the first place. The love that you receive from Jesus, gives you a passion to help those in need (James 1:25-27), whom you have never meet or heard of before. You say, why doesn't Jesus do this or why does He allow this to happen, and the truth of it is, we are all children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3-5). You can't deny it. So therefore, why does a merciful God (Romans 103: 8-12) owe us anything when humans choose sin and death over life? The power that Christ has to move the hearts of 44,000 college aged students to raise $3 millions to go towards modern day slavery, is the same power that can change your heart (Luke 7: 11-16). Jesus Christ loves you!

        January 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
      • Bob

        @Stuart – Why are you quoting the Bible to validate the Bible's own claims? That's a bit idiotic... I mean, you might as well say "I am the King of the world. Why? Because I wrote a book which states that I am the King of the world."

        January 5, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
      • Romans 6:1-10

        Jesus Christ freed me.

        "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been unified with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be unified with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin- because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we sill also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once and for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God."

        January 6, 2012 at 12:35 am |
      • Bob

        Or believing in Him disrupts your personal life so it's easier to deny Him

        January 6, 2012 at 12:57 am |
      • Patrick

        @ Dee
        No sir I believe you missed the point.

        @ Skegeeace
        Jesus isn’t a person. Ignoring the fact he likely never even existed. He was supposed to be the son of THE one and only all powerful god of the universe. I’d say the standards are a little higher for him than say George and Nancy smith from suburban, Nowhere.

        @ Stuart
        What if they are freed by a Hindu based organization and still never learns of your ‘Christ’ or worse by a mooslim! Christianity isn’t the only religion let alone group out there doing ‘good works’.

        January 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • Tyler

        , or he's really patient with us, or maybe something else. I don't know why he's waited this long. Who are you to say that there are only two possibilities? You can't really, as long as you're talking about God...

        January 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
      • Ally


        Not all the organizations donated to were Christian organizations.

        January 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
      • Ben


        Historians are in agreement, Jesus existed. You can't deny that as much as you would like to.

        January 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  10. Tyler

    This right here shows just how strong and passionate this generation is. I too was at this amazing conference, and what i saw wasnt just kids donating. I saw hundreds, if not thousands of people lining up to put an end to such a hideous and hainous crime! This is a generation that has wanted to change the world, and i believe that this was an excellent start for achieving that goal!

    January 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  11. Ron Paul 2012!!!

    The IRS and the FED are the biggest slaveholders of all.

    January 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
    • Tr1Xen

      I like Ron Paul too, but I don't think this is the forum for that.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply

        People can never, every talk too much about Ron Paul. Or ending the Federal Reserve. Or tax revolt. Keep it coming! Woo Hoo!

        Screw you, Bernanke!

        January 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Tr1Xen

    Excellent work, guys. I'm not even Christian and I support what y'all are doing. Keep it up!!

    January 5, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
    • Mary Moriarity

      i spend all my money on druggin and drinking–that's all i wanted to say

      January 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply
      • Dana

        What is sad is that you don't know what you are missing! You think those drugs and alcohol are good......but you are in bondage! Christians have been set free and do not need drugs and alcohol or anything else to bring us pleasure. Christ is sufficient and so much more fulfilling than all of that!

        January 6, 2012 at 12:16 am |
      • Android

        omg no one here gets the 'troll', I think u may acctually believe in this cause

        January 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Tyler

      I honestly appreciate what you said here. While i cannot say I agree with your religious views (given that I am both a follower of Jesus and an attendee of said Passion conference), I think i speak for the entire Freedom generation in saying that we appreciate your support, would love to have you alongside us, and pray to God that you will help us spread the word on the Freedom movement in secular circles.

      as much as I would love to engage in evangelistic discourse, I think that a CNN forum is not the proper place for it, and humbly request that nobody flames this post with the usual "God doesn't exist so you all wasted your money" trope.

      In Christ,

      January 7, 2012 at 1:24 am | Reply
  13. Dee

    My 18 year old daughter just returned from the Passion conference with a heart overflowing for God and compassion to help other people!

    January 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  14. Dee

    My 18 year-old daughter just returned from the Passion conference with a heart overflowing with God and a compassion to help people!

    January 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  15. Hera

    How fantastic! I needed a good story like this today. THANK YOU ALL who participated in this! You all helped to cheer up my day by just hearing this story!

    January 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  16. yep

    Wherever there is money and power, there will always be slavery of one kind or another. That kind of society and human nature prove it time and time again.

    January 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  17. Sara

    I was one of the students at the conference. I stood in line for an hour to GIVE money. How many people can say they have seen a line of college students(better yet 42,000+ students) to give money for a good cause and to help others? Passion 2012 opened my heart to things I hadn't realized. GOD IS SO AMAZING!

    January 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  18. studdmuffins

    Ladies and gentlemen, our future. Some non-profit is going to separate these suckers from their cash in very short order.

    January 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      someone's already separated you from your brain it appears

      January 6, 2012 at 1:01 am | Reply
      • studdmuffins

        I don't care who you are, that's funny right there.

        January 6, 2012 at 6:08 am |
  19. Sam

    All of your efforts will fix maybe 5 minutes of time worldwide,

    I hope you all pay your loans off first before trying to do this again, or you will end up in the human trafficking sector,


    January 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
    • Dana

      Our God is bigger!

      January 6, 2012 at 12:18 am | Reply
    • Brock

      God will get my loans paid. My Father in heaven owns it all anyways. Its ok if i have to suffer until he provides. glory be to Jesus 🙂

      January 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
      • Patrick

        Wow I know we don’t agree on everything, but you just made me snort coffee. I work for a major bank in Loss Mitigation and I can tell you one thing, ether everyone that’s come through my office is an ungodly heathen, hasn’t prayed hard enough or is still waiting as they are being foreclosed on. Please pay your bills before you go wasting money. Doesn’t matter if it is a charity or a credit card bill, I don’t want to see anyone go homeless.

        Is this why so many are losing their homes? And here I thought it was Bush or Obama depending if you chose the red hat or the blue.

        January 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
      • Kristy

        @Brock,Your faith encourages mine. Thanks. I'd rather live in a shack and see a slave freed than live comfortably. Life here isn't about comfort, is it? I didn't go to Passion because that's not what God called me to this year, but I did watch as many sessions live as I could. Psalm 37 bro; keep the faith.

        @Patrick I'm thankful for people like you who work hard at their jobs. If I ever have loans (which by God's grace I have none right now) and don't pay said loans, have at it to foreclose me. I'll still trust God to take care of me. Also, even though I'm saddened you do not believe in God and wish you did, I'm glad you have challenged here today many young college aged kids and others to know better what we believe and why we believe it. In the case that you're truly searching for proof, look into books by Josh McDowell and Lee Strobel. Both set out to prove God doesn't exist and can't prove it.

        January 7, 2012 at 1:14 am |
  20. Massa

    They aren't seriously suggesting that nigras no longer be enslaved, are they? That would be absurd!

    January 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • Rose

      No we are not. Slavery sees no skin color, there are people everywhere of every skin color who are enslaved everyday. Many times they are born into it, kidnapped, or tricked into it. There are over 27 million slaves in the world right now, when are we all going to do something? Children are losing their parents and sometimes their own lives by this injustice. It is almost impossible to walk around your house today without looking at multiple things that were made by slaves.

      January 6, 2012 at 12:00 am | Reply
  21. Tony

    What Slavery?

    January 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
    • Timothy

      Exactly, it goes unnoticed. 27 Million people worldwide are slaves. More then anytime in human history.
      Today, youve learned something. Now make a difference with this knowledge.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:28 am | Reply
    • Zray

      There are an estimated 27,000,000 million men, women, and Children in slavery world wide.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:33 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      God helps those who help themselves.

      Bring on the plagues!

      January 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
      • Joshua

        @ Patrick

        Sorry posted this twice just wanted to make sure you got it bro.

        when looking for answers you always should go to the source. Brother I know where you are at and I have been there quetsioning God and His existence. I just wanted to let you know that I found the answer and it took going to the source that being God Himself. so I challenge you to go get before him and talk to him and before you do so rid yourself of bias and get it out of your head that he aint going to talk to you and go in expecting to hear somthing from and just be open to that and don't cut HIm out before you even give him the chance. He loves you man whether you believe it or not. I know you think that sounds crazy and will feel crazy about trying to talk to God but trust me bro you do that and you will get your answers. And if you have "tried before" please do so again and do it completley openly and 100% honest and descriptive on what you are wondering and what is going on in your life. and when He answers you seeing how you have read the Bible you should know what to do next but if not man find a a Bible preaching church and some good Christ-followers bro to go and explore Jesus with. Also DOn't let people and "Christians" get you down or turn you away because we are all sinful and do wrong but God loves us and has pardoned our sins and all we need is faith in HIm to experience this. trust me man when you openly go to him he doesn't disappiont. Let me know how it goes man via email: redten31@yahoo.com or phone: 850-532-0008.
        P.S. just wanted to let you know I am Praying for you and that if you go to HIm he will let you know all about Himself. I was there at passion (met God before this event) and trust me if you were there you would of had all the proof you needed. none of us can quite explain it because we are not talking about worldy things we are talking about the Creator of all things and a God who is holy great and above all. Brother mere words can not describe Him and death can not hold Him. give HIm a real chance and He will show You.

        January 7, 2012 at 2:03 am |
      • Andrew

        @patrick I'd like to have a convo with some of my friends if your down, what is a way to get in touch other than this mean of communication?

        January 9, 2012 at 1:44 am |
    • Ally

      Dear Tony,

      That was one of the main points to this cause...to bring awareness to the people of the world that there is still slavery going on and that there is something that needs to be done to end it. I was one of the fortunate 45,000 people who attended the Passion conference. I was one of the people who was unaware of how widespread slavery was in the world. I had absolutely no clue there were over 27,000,000+ slaves! But thanks to the conference, I was made aware and had a wonderful opportunity to give to the cause even though I am a college student. It all starts somewhere.

      January 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Reply
  22. Jenn

    I don't believe that our money will be misused, however I understand that I have no proof of that. I have faith that people will be blessed because I gave money out of obedience to God – not obedience to any man! You can never fully know where your money is going short of going to a brothel in India to buy a girl free yourself. While I would be thrilled to be personally involved in freeing someone from bondage I would rather have people who are trained and more knowledgable about the subject raiding brothels.

    January 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  23. McDonald's Corporation LOVES Slavery

    Want to end slavery? Stop shopping at places that lobby to freeze the minimum wage while the value of the dollar tanks, places like Wal-Mart and McDonald's.

    They're not just big, easy targets vulnerable to unsubstantiated attacks, either, as their spin doctors and hired mouth pieces would prefer you STFU and believe. No, they actually do spend millions and millions and, yeah, keep stacking up those millions, lobbying our government officials who come cheaper than illegal aliens on the run from SWAT teams eager for weapon-testing opportunities.


    January 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • Artfox

      Our economy is in a world market and unless we, the consumers, demand it, companies like Walmart will continue selling products that were made using slaves. We have to hold the big companies responsible for what they allow on their shelves and what they know about how it got there.

      January 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  24. Brooke

    Oh, wow! I watched just about all the sessions live stream. God was moving and at work. I wish I could have been there! God is doing amazing things!
    "On the altar of our praise, let there there be no higher name, Jesus Son of God! You laid down Your perfect life, You are the sacrifice, Jesus Son of God! You are Jesus Son of God!"

    $3,066,670 given at Passion 2012 for the Freedom of those who are enslaved around the world!
    Sola Deo Gloria!

    January 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  25. bcinwi

    what a waste of time

    January 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Reply
    • Hayden

      What is a waste of time? Giving to a cause that will actually do something? Believing in and giving to help end the most disgusting crime in the world? Taking a stand for the freedom of 27,000,000 people trapped in slavery today, which is more than any other time in history? Rising up to help the young man who is forced to work against his will and is beaten and tortured if he doesn't, or the teenage girl who is trapped in a brothel and is raped by 20-30 men everyday while they pay her pimp for the time?

      Or is it sitting on a computer and making fun of causes that are actually doing something worth while. I think you need to re-think what a "waste of time" really is.

      Bless you.

      January 6, 2012 at 2:46 am | Reply
  26. PSU

    Good for these students, but I wish Penn State would get some press for the $8 million + the students raise EVERY (70+ million so far) year to help pay for medications and research for children with cancer, instead of everyone just ragging on them because of a scandal none of them could have possibly known about.

    January 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply
    • Dana

      Do what you do because it is good and right, not to be seen before men. Sounds like a great thing they are doing at PSU, so don't worry about the press.....just continue to do good!

      January 6, 2012 at 12:22 am | Reply
    • Bill

      Im guessing you're referencing THON. The efforts of students from PSU are greatly admired globally for everything they do for THON and the other events each year. <- From a Pitt student.

      January 7, 2012 at 7:24 am | Reply
  27. Massa

    So what are slaves going to do if they can no longer work as slaves? In the United States, we have millions of slaves who can no longer work as slaves because of a bunch of pie-in-the-sky do-gooders. They spend their time lying around in their own filth in places they've destroyed, like Detroit.

    January 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Reply
    • aPASSION4Jesus

      But that is the BEAUTY of this! The organizations that have been donated to do not just rescue a slave from a slaveholder. They also do something with each individual rescuee termed "restoring." That means that they give them counsel about their trauma, educate them in careers, and also relocate them to a safe place where they can live a new life and support themselves. When we invest in this, we are investing in freedom of a life, not just saying, "Hey, we rescued you, now you're on your own."

      Your comment is totally unfactual.

      January 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  28. Kyle

    Great work guys!

    You solved nothing!

    January 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      Yeah I mean really, why do something when you can do nothing. Ignorant.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply
    • Tyler

      solved? no. probably not. the Passion conference, in and of itself, is not big enough to solve the issue.
      but maybe, just maybe, a few of us that went will continue to pursue this cause with vigor. which would infer that this cause does not stop when the conference ends, and we continue to raise the awareness of others in positions of power, who in turn can do more than we can.
      and if not, i take joy from the fact that at least some will be rescued from bondage by the funds that we provided.

      so I agree. We did not solve anything. But it is a start, and I hope and pray that we continue to speak in defense of people who have no voice and are bought and sold every day.

      there's a phrase I heard once, that 27 million is a statistic, but 1 is a life. and when it comes down to it, I would willingly give everything I have so that one person could be freed and brought into the fullness of life that is possible. if they seek Christ after their rescue, all the better.

      January 7, 2012 at 1:31 am | Reply
    • Harmony

      And tell me, what have you ever done for the world? You think sitting on your computer making pointless comments about people WORLDS more amazing and beautiful than you ever dreamed of being is helping anybody? At least these students are active and have love in their hearts to try. Evaluate yourself.

      January 7, 2012 at 3:29 am | Reply
    • Harmony

      And tell me, what have you ever done for the world? You think sitting on your computer making pointless comments about people WORLDS more amazing and beautiful than you ever dreamed of being is helping anybody? At least these students are active and have love in their hearts to try. Evaluate yourself...

      January 7, 2012 at 3:29 am | Reply
  29. aPASSION4Jesus

    Thank you, CNN, for doing a cover story of this.

    January 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  30. Qr1129

    I was there. This is not somethimg that our generation is walking away from. When there are 27,000,000 people in slavery, was this a baby step? Yes. But is it a start to somethimg HUGE to come? Yes. And does it make an impact on those who will be educated so they don't become victims, rescued from the bonds of slavery, and restored afterwards? Absolutely. So please, let's praise God for what he is doing. And if you're not a college student and have greater resources than we do, please step up. Educate yourself. Give. Because there are 27,000,000 people desperate for your help.

    January 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  31. Ashleigh

    I went to passion 2012 not knowing what would happen and what we would be doing. The past 4 days rocked my life! God is so amazing and the people around the world who now get to hear this story can help end all of this going on around the world! WE HAVE GOT TO RISE UP!

    January 5, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Reply
    • Mary

      Totally agree!!!! 🙂

      January 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  32. Massa

    Well, we can all see how one-sided this story is (great objectivity, CNN!). Anyway, I'm going to start a pro-slavery foundation to help educate people on the many benefits of slavery. I'm calling it the Land of Cotton Foundation (LCF). Your financial help is appreciated.

    January 5, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • Dana

      When you are kidnapped, taken from your country, locked in a room, and raped repeatedly.....then we will see if you still think it's a great idea!

      January 6, 2012 at 12:26 am | Reply
      • buttpirate

        Count me in!

        January 6, 2012 at 1:14 am |
    • Ally


      I have noticed from your various comments that you obviously support slavery. How would you feel if you were a slave forced to work for another with no choice or free will? I'm curious, why do you approve slavery? I'm just trying to understand your viewpoint.

      January 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
      • Harmony

        Don't feed the trolls, you guys.

        January 7, 2012 at 3:30 am |
  33. Brandon

    This 2012 Passion conference was put together because people who loved Jesus and loved other people enough to raise over 3 million dollars from just college students directly. Out of OUR own pockets. We wanted to do something for others! And so what if It's just 5 minutes of time on a world scale, guess what?! I can honestly say that if it took over two million dollars to just reach two people alone, we still would have done it. We are not ashamed.

    Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do IMMEASURABLY more than all we ask it imagine according to His power that is at work within us!

    January 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
    • Brandon

      #stripedgreen (:

      January 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
      • for His Glory


        January 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
      • Timothy


        January 6, 2012 at 1:29 am |
      • Michael

        plain old #yellow 🙂

        January 7, 2012 at 12:18 am |
      • Mary Beth

        Striped green Rocks!! 🙂

        January 7, 2012 at 2:50 am |
    • Hayden

      #glittergold!!!!! 😀

      January 6, 2012 at 2:48 am | Reply
      • brad stenberg

        Glitter blue

        January 6, 2012 at 6:24 am |
      • Ben

        Yea Brad! #glitterblue !!!

        January 6, 2012 at 10:48 am |
      • Ally

        Yay for Glitter Blue!!!! 😀

        January 6, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
      • Corrie

        #glitterblue! 😀

        January 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  34. Brian Alexander

    If anyone wants notes from the sessions on passion to see what they really talked about feel free to check them out on my blog. http://lifexpresseddigitally.me/blog/notes/conference/. It truly was a life-changing conference for many people, and I know our world will be impacted.

    January 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
    • Mary

      Thanks for blogging the sessions! 🙂

      January 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Reply
    • Mary Beth

      These are awesome! I was there but I have loved reading back over these! Thanks for posting! 🙂

      January 7, 2012 at 3:00 am | Reply
  35. for His Glory


    January 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  36. Amy Beth

    I got to stand in the midst of this confrence for the past four days. I got to see the very hand of God work! Thank you, CNN for helping raise awareness.

    January 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  37. Richard Aberdeen

    There are all kinds of slavery and the term "slave" is itself deceptive, as many slaves throughout history have been better off than many migrant workers and homeless day laborers in the modern age. Not that I wish to minimize human trafficking and slavery, but there is all manner of slavery and, it would be refreshing if a few college professors could get it right for a change. For example, a CEO who earns 100 million dollars per year while the men and women who cook and clean for him can't afford a roof over their heads, is one of the most egregious examples of human slavery.

    January 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply
    • Ben

      No it's not. Slavery is being held somewhere against your will working for no wages with no way out. Anyone who works for wages at a big company is not a slave just because they get paid very little. Please don't group the poor with slaves because they aren't even close to the same thing.

      January 6, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
  38. J

    A true philosophy, the man in the mirror, god bless.

    January 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  39. Brianna

    I don't care what anyone says; God is on the move. I was there during this conference and I am amazed and blown away at how all of the funds poured in. This is literally saving people's lives, and not just their physical lives. The organization Passion partners with, such as the A21 Campaign, not only provide intervention, prevention, education and such things. In addition these precious human beings get to hear the truth about Jesus Christ and how they can have a relationship with Him. That is TRUE freedom. Praise to God for all He has done and is going to keep doing! We, this generation can put an end to this, together and with God moving!

    January 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  40. erzhik

    So...whose pocket is it going into?

    January 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Reply
    • Christen

      Organizations such as A21, Tiny Hands, The Atlanta Project, and many more that help educate those at risk of encountering human trafficking, rescue people that are enslaved and help them start a new life of freedom.

      January 5, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply
    • Razi

      To see exactly where the money is going, check out the Passion 2012 website. I'm usually very skeptical about donating money to causes that seem to promise these kinds of things, especially being a college student myself, but these organizations are specific and each one has a specified goal. I am so blessed to be able to be a part of what happened this past week and I plan to continue to support this cause of freedom not only financially but with my life as well. God is very clear in His Word that He opposes slavery to the world. What His heart is for so shall mine be.

      January 5, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  41. There_In_Spirit

    People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
    Love them anyway.

    If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
    Do good anyway.

    If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
    Succeed anyway.

    The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
    Do good anyway.

    Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
    Be honest and frank anyway.

    The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
    Think big anyway.

    People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
    Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

    What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
    Build anyway.

    People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
    Help people anyway.

    Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
    Give the world the best you have anyway.


    January 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Reply
    • Carly

      Thank you! After reading all of the negative comments, I was quite discouraged. But yours was an uplifting reminder. Thanks so much 😀

      January 6, 2012 at 1:15 am | Reply
  42. skmac

    JESUUUUSSSSSS. You are too good!!!!!

    January 5, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  43. Mary

    This was an amazing conference! Thank you so much, CNN, for posting this story! We serve an amazing God!

    January 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Reply
  44. Sal

    We abolished slavery in America in 1865, let's focus on our own country. Why not help people HERE?

    January 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Mary

      This money DID go to help people here...and around the world. check it out! http://www.dosomethingnow.com

      January 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
    • Be Real

      Since when does abolishing something erase its existence? Plus, are you not part of the human race like anyone else on this planet? I'm tired of people thinking their own countries are the only ones that matter. We are a connected world and we have a duty as neighbors to each other. Plus, who said none of the funds are aiding the removal of slavery in the good ol' US?

      January 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
    • Rose

      We did, we partnered with organizations set up in the US also to abolish slavery in the city of Atlanta and in many other cities also.

      January 5, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Reply
    • Brandon

      MANY programs were funded and donated towards. Not just overseas but we started at the very home front where this conference was held. None other than Atlanta Georgia! In fact, we gave money to stop slavery in Atlanta and some people are dedicated to work around the clock to put a stop to it in the U.S. Right NOW as you read this comment.

      Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do IMMEASURABLY more than all we ask and imagine according to His power that is at work within us!


      January 6, 2012 at 12:01 am | Reply
    • Timothy

      The Mayor of Atlanta and Lt. Governor of Georgia personally came to the conference to accept a $100,000 donation from Passion 2012 on behalf of the 45,000+ students to create and fund a task force within the Atlanta PD. The goal of this task force is solely devoted to stopping human trafficking through Atlanta, one of our nations busiest transportation hubs.

      Thats doing something HERE. You can do something here as well by donating to a similar cause.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:33 am | Reply
    • Hayden

      Read up on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery...it happens here in America just as much as everywhere else in the world......there are more slaves today than any other time in history.

      January 6, 2012 at 2:51 am | Reply
    • Harmony

      The world is bigger than this country.

      January 7, 2012 at 3:32 am | Reply
  45. Sam

    Dang! So much hating from both sides on this board! I for one think its a great thing what they did. Now follow your giving with action and your doing exactly what you are called to do. Cannot wait to go to this next year!

    January 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  46. scott silva

    We are teaming up with organizations from the Texas area to do our part. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those hurt by this evil. Lets go get our brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, and mothers and fathers out today!

    January 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  47. Mike P

    We ' ll be a city on hill shining brightly.

    January 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  48. PassionateCollegeKid

    I think people are missing the point. A bunch of college kids came together and raised over $3 million dollars to help end slavery. It would be the same as donating money to find new cancer treatments or anything that would help people live better, healthier lives. Trying to take away from that is simply wrong. We can't all be in India, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and we aren't all really sure how to go about fixing the problem, but we've heard the stories, we've been moved and in response we gave money so that the professionals could perform more operations to help end trafficking in all parts of the world (including the U.S). If it takes 3 million dollars to save ONE person, then our money didn't go to waste. That's what I believe.

    January 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  49. CT232

    Well done. This sort of effort, even though small, honors God by helping people. As for the ways that donations are spent, many if not most of the anti-trafficking organizations nowadays hold to financial accountability standards such as those of the ECFA. If there is any question, donate to those groups. Better yet, become sufficiently involved that you can see where the money is being spent.

    January 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  50. PassionateCollegeKid

    Thanks CNN for letting the nation know of human trafficking and the steps people are taking to end it.

    January 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  51. Mike P

    Why am I not shocked of the hate comments. My brothers and sisters in CHRIST we need to remember we are dealing with a world that hates church religion and our LORD JESUS. So to you world we still won't hate we love uuuuuu and JESUS loves uuuuuu. And we will pray for yall always. And if we did rattle you a little bit wait till PASSION 2013. When we come back
    stronger and larger than ever LOWER THAT CURTAIN!!!!!!. And still THAT ONE THING WILL REMAIN..THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD will be present AGAIN. Dont be ashamed guys let's be that CITY ON A HILL SHINING BRIGHTLY.

    January 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
    • TheFaceless

      I imagine a few of us gave up the faith once the church decided to condone pedophilia amongst it's clergy and tried halfheartedly to conceal it from the masses. Seriously not for me.

      January 6, 2012 at 4:28 am | Reply
      • Ben

        The Catholic Church is not the church. Don't use that as a reason to stop worshiping and loving our God!

        January 6, 2012 at 11:06 am |
      • Michael

        That is a huge tragedy, and it does sicken me to this day. However, unfortunately we live in a society where the label of "Christian" is just tossed around and people use that label to describe themselves when they in fact are not in love with Jesus. I think it's obvious that nobody that follows Christ wholeheartedly would condone pedophilia. Some churches and organizations do get it wrong, and on their behalf I apologize.

        January 7, 2012 at 12:24 am |
  52. bob

    new plan. make slavery legal. slaves prior to the US civil war were treated USUALLY much better than the modern hidden slaves. perhaps we should look in to making slavery legal again. then we could better monitor when people are getting abused.

    January 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  53. FreedomInChrist

    So thankful that CNN picked this story up! It is a blessing to be a part of the 45'000 students who raised over 3 million dollars in just three days to fight against (not just raise awareness about) modern day slavery. We did something while in Atlanta, and we go back home to continue to do as much as we can!!! In the name of Jesus, trapped and broken people are being delivered and healed. Praise God!

    January 5, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Reply
    • hxc19d

      why is all this being done in the name of Jesus in the first place? It's cool you guys raised that much money as individuals and I salute that effort. But it's almost like you think it doesn't hold the same meaning if it was money not in Jesus' name. Oh wait...it's all god's plan right so it's all in jesus' name. Here's a fact without being facetious, those being helped by these funds could care less whose name the money's in. Applaud yourselves and give yourselves more credit....seriously. YOU did the hard work that earned over 3 million dollars...Stop thanking God for just a second, and seriously thank and salute each other. It's not selfish to feel proud of what you've done as a human being for another human being. Just stop thanking God for it...humans taking care of humans is what this is really about. Plain and friggin simple.

      January 6, 2012 at 3:39 am | Reply
      • Ben

        Because this would not have been possible without God in the first place. This took place at the Passion Conference, a gathering for worship and praise. We were all united around our Lord and then collectively united around another cause, to see human trafficking erased. Those of us there don't like to praise ourselves because we know that nothing could be done without Him.

        January 6, 2012 at 11:11 am |
      • Patrick

        @ Ben
        Because this would not have been possible without God in the first place.

        You’re right, if he didn’t just sit back and let them take slaves this wouldn’t be happening. Bring on the plagues!

        January 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
      • Ally

        God doesn't just sit back and do nothing. He stirred the hearts of these college kids for a reason...to start a movement!
        For those of you who have said over and over again that "why does God create evil?"...let me explain. You see God did not create evil. This is a misconception that many people have about God. Insted, evil is the absence of God...just as darkness is the absence of light. God created the light, but yet when you take that away then it becomes dark. In the same way, when you take God away the world becomes evil.

        January 6, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • Ben


      What is your deal? Do you just like to troll stories like this and try and make yourself feel intellectually superior because we can't prove to you God is real over the internet? God is real and he has performed miracles. He saved my mother's life and her doctor, a profound atheist like yourself, turned his life to Jesus after she pulled through because he knew it was a miracle. I hope someday you have an epiphany or witness something that will keep you from denying YOUR God. That's right he's yours as well, whether you believe in him or not.

      January 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Reply
      • Michael


        January 7, 2012 at 12:26 am |
  54. Sarah

    I think what happened there is inspiring! I couldn't go, but I have friends who did. I watched the live streams as much as I could. I hope this is the beginning of a change for the better! 45,000+ young adults can do a world of good 😀
    (and to those who don't like it; what are you living for? I'd like to see you get off your couch and start doing some good in the world, rather than bash on others out of your apathy and lack of faith)

    January 5, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  55. Christen

    I was at the conference, and while some may have been eating dunkin donuts, the majority of us got up early to walk through the cold so that we could worship and have devotion with each other. And while some may have only given the one time, many of us had our hearts burdened with the need to help, and we refuse to remain silent, whether it be through further donations or learning more about what products we use have been touched by slavery & refusing to support them. The ceremony was to open people's eyes to the severity of human trafficking & to show that we refuse to allow 27 million people to go unnoticed.
    "We are a freedom generation, a rise up holy nation. God we live for you"

    January 5, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  56. WHOAREU?

    I'm not sure what colleges these students are from, but are they all-white?! If there were any minorities present at the conference, they're not represented in this video. Then again, conferences are expensive. Just one observation based soley on this video. Still, GREAT work. But living in a major U.S. city, it's strange for me to see such a large gathering of people with such a lack of diversity.

    January 5, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Reply
    • Rose

      I promise you there was tons of diversity there that I witnessed personally. There were many people that attended from all around the world and next year there will be a lot more people that will be able to attend this conference.

      January 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
    • FreedomInChrist

      I am Native American and was there. Many, many differant countries and ethnicities represented. Absolutely was not just white people. Not a white people thing and not a USA thing.

      January 6, 2012 at 12:19 am | Reply
    • Dana

      I'm just wondering why that would even matter?

      January 6, 2012 at 12:37 am | Reply
    • Amy

      I was there this past week & believe me, it was very ethnically diverse – there were not only people of all races from all over America, but also over the world.

      January 6, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
  57. Rose

    I was at this amazing conference also. I not only witnessed 45,000 people of my generation worship God and have fun doing it (And also eat food such as doughnuts since we all need food). I personally witnessed people sharing the gospel to people throughout the city of Atlanta throughout the week. I saw hearts of guards and workers at the dome and the center changed as they were overwhelmed by the love and outreach of my peers. I also saw many people stand in line for hours with patience to give their money to a cause worth fighting for and heard stories of how they raised this money. Slavery is a real problem in every country and no life should be taken for an iPhone, chocolate, Blue Jeans, etc. It is sad that after all of these years of celebrating the release of slaves throughout the United States history we have been blind to the fact that they are still there right under our nose and around the world. What all of my peers and friends did is amazing no matter what anyone thinks and I thank CNN so much for showing our message. If you want to join our cause there are many ways to do that by getting educated. Go and visit slaveryfootprint.org to see how many slaves have a part in your products everyday, send letters to companies to let them know this is wrong, and help get the message out there. God has definitely showed up and showed out this week, and now it is time for our generation to step up and show how the love of God reflects in our lives.

    January 5, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  58. montyross

    true slavery is bad, but it is not condemned in the bible, the Jews were lead into slavery for their rebellion against God's laws, Paul tells the masters to be good to their slaves........

    January 5, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Reply
    • Steven

      Although you are correct that slavery is not banned in the bible, God gives very specific rules to the owners of slaves. Biblical slavery was very different than the slavery we know from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. For one thing, in Mosaic Law according to Ex 21:2 "When you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing."
      About female slave the Bible says this in Ex 21:7-11 which indicates that female slaves were to be treated as a wife.
      “When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she shall not go out [to work] as the male slaves do. 8 If she does not please her master, who has designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed[go free]. He shall have no right to sell her to a foreign people, since he has broken faith with her. 9 If he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her as with a daughter. 10 If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, or her marital rights. 11 And if he does not do these three things for her, she shall go out for nothing, without payment of money."
      About the mistreatment of slaves, God has this to say in Ex 21:20-21
      20 “When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be avenged. 21 But if the slave survives a day or two, he is not to be avenged, for the slave is his money.
      Ex 21:26-27
      26 “When a man strikes the eye of his slave, male or female, and destroys it, he shall let the slave go free because of his eye. 27 If he knocks out the tooth of his slave, male or female, he shall let the slave go free because of his tooth.
      Leviticus 25:1-7 indicates also that every seven years (the Sabbath year) slaves would be given year of rest as would all the people and the animals and the land.
      Leviticus 25:8-55 speaks about the year of Jubilee which was about every 50 years in which all slaves would go free whether they were Hebrew or hot.

      As for God sending the Israelites into slavery I would have to say that there is no biblical evidence to support this. God did not
      deliver the Israelites when the Assyrians and the Babylonians came against them but it is a different thing to say that God sent them into slavery. The exile was ordained by God and He used the actions of the Babylonians as a punishment for Israel committing inhuman acts such as sacrificing their own children on alters to foreign gods and turning to other gods time after time after time after time. But He also had grace on the israelites and freed them from Exile and restoring them to the land of their inheritance.

      As far as Paul telling Christian bond-servants to be obedient to their masters so that they may come to know Christ Jesus as their savior. Paul also tells those new converts in the church who owned bond-servants to justly and fairly. In addition to this, the whole of the new testament scriptures to which you refer are meant to guide people along the right path and correct immediate issues that were addressed in previous letters that we no longer have.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:14 am | Reply
  59. robert

    I am so glad to have been at Passion 2012 and give money to this great cause. I can't wait to see what God does with my generation. To all the people that think we are stupid and got ripped off, we know that what we are doing would not be accepted or liked by everybody, but that is not going to stop us. We serve a God that has all authority and power in heaven and on earth. Plus i want to ask, what if it was you or your child that was enslaved. Wouldn;t you want someone to come and rescue you and so you love.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:13 am | Reply
    • Josey

      Well if what every one else who believes in your deity as you do...your generation is going to burn in that lake of fire...Iran seems wacky these days, Israel's ready to get some action it appears, some folks believe what the Mayans say as truth. so you might want to save yourself if you haven't already? It's all about saving yourselves in the end and shunning the nonbelievers isn't that right? It just gets more and more confusing and even more hypocritical as it goes on...wow.

      January 6, 2012 at 3:51 am | Reply
      • robert

        It is not about taking care of yourself and let other drop by the waist side. As Christians we are called to go and spread God fame to all people. We know that some people wont listen or will dismiss us, but we still care about the people of this world. We as the church are suppose to love and care for all people no matter what. Yes there are some that have forgotten this, but not all of us have. We are not perfect people we will still make mistake, but we know that God has given us a plan and a purpose.

        January 6, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • hxc19d

      suppose my child was enslaved...i would very much welcome any kind of assistance...Don't be ridiculous now. And I guarantee you I won't care if Jesus' name is on the check or not.

      January 6, 2012 at 3:53 am | Reply
  60. HumanBeing

    45,000 human beings between the ages of 18 and 25 gathered together and gave away around 2.6 million dollars to go towards ending slavery in various forms and places in the world.

    This is a bare-bones summary of what these students did. Throwing out all religious affiliation, ethnicity, and individual backgrounds, I challenge anyone to say that this was in fact, not a deed of good and benefit for humanity. Even if this money goes only to save a single slave, is not freedom worth that. If you disagree with this, I challenge you to put yourself in a slave's position, forced to do things no human should ever have to do and for no benefit to yourself, with no hope of escape or even relief from your current position. All of this with the knowledge that your children, if you are allowed to have any, will be put into the same conditions, maybe even worse. If this sounds like a situation you could willingly and gladly live in, then by all means try it out and give all of your belongings to someone who will be thankful for them, including your money, family, and health. If not, then rather than sitting here ragging on the students who have started to do their parts in combating this horrid establishment, I challenge you to at least consider what you could possibly do to join in their cause. Whether Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Atheist, or Agnostic; whether Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, or Indian; whatever your background, if you are reading this comment you are a human being and have the right to Freedom. Why should a bunch of college students be condemned for giving of themselves so that they can bring that right to slaves who are likewise human beings?

    January 6, 2012 at 12:34 am | Reply
  61. david

    Some electrical companies would welcome slaves to replace their union workers. $45/hr + overtime for a work you can teach a slave in 3 days??!! Then slavery does make sense, or otherwise off-shoring.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:52 am | Reply
  62. david

    There are many men and women who would like to become slaves. Just check collarme.com. Geez are you gonna end those too?

    January 6, 2012 at 12:53 am | Reply
    • buttpirate

      My, you sound like a stern taskmaster. I'm a naughty buttpirate and need some discipline.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:03 am | Reply
  63. Winnie

    I thank God for what He has done through His people.
    and I will not ask anyone who is currently not His people to say anything good about Him or about His people. Because even the Bible tells us that that's not what we should expect. and I know my brothers and sisters in Christ will know what I'm talking about.
    That said, I just want to say that even with any discouraging comments, we will not stop. we will not stop calling out for freedom. we have witnessed 22 year olds going out to South Africa and saving women who are chained and locked in a factory by people who either kidnapped them or lied to them by giving them hopes for a clean job but took their passports. we have heard of girls who have been kidnapped, and raped repeatedly by their kidnappers who dressed in police uniforms (to terrify them of police presence). We have also heard of stories where illiterate men and children were born and enslaved to mills and factories, with owners who just told them they inherited debts from their ancestors, and gave them a daily wage that is 0.0001% of what they owed, and an interest on their debt that is beyond their annual salary. the debt only grew larger and never ended.

    we do not, and will not turn a blind eye to these.
    our purpose in life is to lift Jesus' name higher than our names.
    and Jesus cared for the poor and the weak. so will we.

    Yes, we are people and inevitably we are not perfect and limited. But we believe God will do great things through us if we will continue to love Him with all our hearts and souls.
    We will not stop raising our hands for injustice, because that is part of our praise to our God.
    No matter what people say, no matter what they do.

    Now you can disagree to everything we say, disagree to our goals, disagree to our praises to Jesus.
    But that will never ever make it untrue.

    Thank you for all your awareness still to this news story. Whoever you are, whatever you said/will say, I can say that all of God's people (the real ones) will still love you and pray for you.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:07 am | Reply
  64. Winnie

    oops* I meant "Raising our hands against injustice (or for justice)" my bad. just as I said, I'm not perfect.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:10 am | Reply
  65. Beloved

    Encouragement to all who believe in the power of Christ and to those who believe in and hope for freedom.
    "God is not unjust;he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope secure" Hebrews 6:10-11.
    God sees all that has happened at Passion 2012 and sees all that is done for him in every way all over the earth, and he receives the glory from it all. These students obeyed the call of the Spirit in their hearts and God will not forget their love and will bless the work that comes from their longing to help his people. Be diligent in your stand for freedom by spreading awareness, giving of your money and, and obeying God's call to wherever he sends you. In doing so the things for which you all hope for will be made a reality and lives will be saved and changed.
    "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM" 2 Corinthians 3:17.
    To our God, Christ Jesus, be ALL the glory.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:20 am | Reply
  66. Joy

    Everyone needs to check out slaveryfootprint.org.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:24 am | Reply
  67. Zray

    We raise our white flags,
    We surrender all to You, all for You
    We raise our white flag: the war is over
    Love has come, Your love has won!!!

    January 6, 2012 at 1:39 am | Reply
    • Josey

      Who exactly are you fighting that you're required and in a position to surrender yourself pray tell? That must be some inner demon you got there...

      January 6, 2012 at 3:42 am | Reply
      • Ben

        Surrendering all to JESUS!

        January 6, 2012 at 11:46 am |
      • Patrick

        You too can be a slave for just the low low price of free will! Surrender now and save!

        January 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Razi

      Amen Zray!

      For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13

      "We'll be a city on a hill shining brightly!"

      "And I'll stand with arms high and heart abandoned in awe of the One who gave it all!
      And I'll stand, my soul, Lord to you surrendered! All I am is Yours!"

      January 6, 2012 at 4:04 am | Reply
  68. LosingFaithInHumanity

    I swear, I die a little inside every time I read comment threads on articles like this. Do they pay people to act like idiots, or is this a service they provide for free?

    January 6, 2012 at 1:49 am | Reply
    • Jeff Davis

      I agree. Those nigras are ugly, retarded beasts. They have no business trying to "comment" on slavery. One day they shall be back in the fields where they belong.

      January 6, 2012 at 2:52 am | Reply
  69. PASSIONATEgirl

    I was so blessed to have been able to attend Passion 2012. I was totally amazed at the way I saw God move through these 45,000 college students. I had no idea about the 27 million enslaved people around the world or that human trafficking was happening so close to my home town until I went to passion. After experiencing all that I have these last four days I honestly believe this will be the generation to make a difference in the world and I am so proud to be part of it. It was so incredible and moving to see 45,000 college students gathered together to worship our Lord and Savior. We serve a JUST and MIGHTY KING. I have faith that all the money we raised will help free slaves and help them have a new beginning!

    January 6, 2012 at 1:50 am | Reply
  70. Leah

    This is AWESOME! Wish I could have been there!

    January 6, 2012 at 1:52 am | Reply
  71. Rebekah Chaplin

    Lets continue to keep our white flags raised, even though Passion 2012 is over, God is still warming up these flames for FREEDOM, and I know he has more in store! This is just the beginning! 268generation for the win!

    January 6, 2012 at 2:02 am | Reply
  72. Arvind Mittal

    google is a great thing


    January 6, 2012 at 2:31 am | Reply
  73. Jeff Davis

    Nigras are natural slaves. One day they shall be back in the fields where they belong.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:36 am | Reply
    • Ally

      I doubt you would say that if you were one of them yourselves. Think from their viewpoint. No one deserves to be a slave...no matter what color, race, ethnicity, or religion you are!

      January 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  74. Stevie

    Great place to go meet chicks.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:36 am | Reply
  75. Patrick Boldt

    My brothers and sisters in Christ, do not retaliate or hate those that would persecute you or condemn you for the things you do, for that will only fuel the fire that Satan has created. Instead love them, even in the face of adversity and threats. For how much greater will the glory of God and our Savior Jesus Christ be shown if we love them as Christ loved them. He loved and loves all of humanity, even while they were: persecuting, whipping, mocking, and nailing him to the cross. How can we do anything but love the lost and dead souls of the world, for how else will they come to know our glorious savior but threw our compassion, love, and willingness to forgive them, no matter what they do to us. For this is one of the many ways we will invoke change upon the world. Amen.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:51 am | Reply
    • Jeff Davis

      Well put, Patrick. You would make a fine field nigra.

      January 6, 2012 at 2:54 am | Reply
    • Razi

      Amen Patrick! We are indeed called to love with compassion. Though we can get called out on it at times, I know that I was once a slave to this world, but now I am free! The joy of knowing that and the love of the Father brought about by His sacrifice and the sacrifice of Christ Jesus leads me to follow the calling of showing people the way out of slavery. We are all bound to something, whether it's physical or mental or emotional or spiritual. But praise Jesus that "Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom!"

      January 6, 2012 at 3:44 am | Reply
  76. Ben

    I just want to encourage those who read these comments and get frustrated with the negative responses.

    You live in a world that doesn't want to admit that they might not have life figured out. They can't figure out why such horrible things happen in the world, and yet they don't want to admit that it is because of their own sin, and the sins of humanity.

    What was done at this conference may seem small to some, and incredible to others. But nonetheless, it was a show of sacrifice. Sacrifice of time and resources to admit that our lives are not for the purpose of fulfilling self oriented desires. That is the important part of this. We made a humble acknowledgement that others are suffering and we want to see change.

    Why should we respond so harshly to those who oppose us? Don't get angry or hurt that a kid (or grown adult who act like a kid) on the Internet says what we have done was stupid. If all these people legitimately think slavery is okay, my heart breaks for them. But my impression is that they simply want to stir us up and get an angered or insulting response from Christians to prove that we arent actually anything special. For those who want to change hearts so that slavery can end, do so in your daily life. The ignorance that is posted in forums like this is primarily done just to watch us get mad. So don't fuel their fire.

    Live a life that is impacted by what you experienced at Passion. Let the trolls do their thing and let them enjoy making fun of us. That's not our focus anyways. They aren't seeking answers, just a cheap joke watching us get mad. Be praising God for what he has done and continues to do each day.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:07 am | Reply
    • Jeff Davis

      "Ben" is a fine name for a nigra buck. The only response I'll get from you is a big watermelon grin, and that is as it should be. Good boy.

      January 6, 2012 at 3:20 am | Reply
      • heather

        Jesus loves you Jeff! If you come to Him you will experience the greatest freedom possible – freedom from sin, hatred – He will give you a new heart and hope for the future!

        January 6, 2012 at 3:49 am |
      • Jeff Davis

        Thank you, Heather. But wil God give me freedom from stinky, retarded, bestial, subhuman nigras?

        January 6, 2012 at 4:21 am |
      • JMH

        @Jeff, He will give you freedom from your hatred of our brothers and sisters that may appear differently then you.

        God bless you my friend.

        January 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Ally

      Thank you for posting this Ben!

      January 6, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Reply
    • Corrie

      Thank you, Ben. 🙂

      January 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  77. hxc19d

    so let's say someone wanted to donate to this cause without any religious tie whatsoever and coming from their own heart. Would you all accept that money as well and respect their wishes of not having it tied to some deity and in fact credit given where it's due, to the one donating?

    January 6, 2012 at 3:29 am | Reply
    • Razi

      Because I am not directly a part of those in charge of collecting donations I cannot completely answer your question, but I would like to share with you why I decided to give, despite my usual skepticism at donating to causes such as this.

      I recognized that I was bound in the chains of slavery myself since the moment I was conceived. I was bound by hatred and bitterness as well as many types of immorality. I was so deep in my sin that I knew there was no way I could get myself out.

      I saw the world in it's imperfect form and myself as a part of that, but Jesus showed me that it didn't have to be that way. He showed me the way out and broke my chains. I no longer have to bitter or shameful or guilty. I am now free indeed!

      Because of that, I want so much to free others from their oppression, which is just as much emotional as it is physical. I'm not trying to tell you the motivation that should be behind your desire to give, or really even answer your question. As you wait for your answer though, I pray that you hear my reason as a college student and member of the Body of Christ.

      January 6, 2012 at 3:56 am | Reply
      • hxc19d

        I'm 27, a college student, a veteran of the Army (Cavalry Scout) and both wars. I'm a father of a 2 year old and an 8 year old. I really don't need to find any answers to donate to any cause...all my questions about God were left unexplained on the battlefields where God is no where to be found. That's some real stuff there brother. I appreciate the concern if that's what it is but I don't need counsel on any decision or what I need to accept in my life anymore. And i assure you any sin you committed in your past was you being human accept that. I wasn't waiting for an answer I was asking a facetious question. I just wish you'd all give yourselves more credit...if it was God's will or whatever you guys call it, then you all did the heavy lifting like usual. I salute your faith and don't knock it. Everyone needs a little faith in something...but some of these folks are just religious wackjobs who probably were told by God herself to donate (it's like a creepy Joel Osteen seminar), others seem genuinely committed to the cause of helping to end slavery, and yet others seem like a combination of the two. You seem like the genuine type. I seriously just wish you 45,000 would give yourselves some friggin credit already. This whole board is praising god...When YOU all did it...When was the last time 45,000 anybodies did something for anyone else? Be proud about that too.

        January 6, 2012 at 4:14 am |
      • hxc19d

        heck when is the last time 45,000 people could agree on something to do for someone else? I'm not a believer obviously and don't believe in miracles as they are defined by the Vatican. But by my own definition what you guys pulled off in a little amount of time is nothing short of an actual...miracle. There probably won't be many other times in our lives that something like this is pulled off...sad but true, but we as humans spend a lot more time finding exploitable differences and less and less time finding common ground. 45,000+ over 3 million...thats crazy guys...good job. Really. God or no God...Seriously good job. I don't think many of you know just how far that money can actually go in helping. Spending 3 tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan i know how far just $1 would go to help some of the helpless people i've met during my time.

        January 6, 2012 at 4:24 am |
    • Razi

      I recognize with a warm heart that you would like to give us the credit, but as for myself I will not boast in the works of my hands. Nothing I or any number of people collectively could do would be enough to repay God for what I have seen Him do in just my life, much less the lives of countless others. Not just freeing me, but transforming me, making me into a new being. I know it's hard to comprehend. I'll admit that much of it is still a mystery to me.

      What I do know is that I was a slave and now I'm free, praise be to Jesus! I thank you for listening and seeing a great thing was done this week, but I will continue to stand with the apostle Paul and boast in nothing but the Cross of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 6:14)

      January 6, 2012 at 4:40 am | Reply
    • Ally

      You are absolutely correct in saying that the 45,000 students (me being one of them) were the ones that physically gave, but God was the one who stirred our hearts to be passionate for freedom. We praise God for giving us this desire and helping bring awareness to slavery. He was the One who gave this vision to a handful of people who then passed that on to us 45,000. And this 45,000 want to continue to pass it on to the world. So, in the end, God deserves all the credit and all the glory because He was the one who had the original plan. God Himself desires freedom for everyone.

      January 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  78. gel

    I'd like to see more compassion in general, but seeing as how American people don't decide for themselves how to express their "compassion," I'm not keeping up hope.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:53 am | Reply
  79. TheFaceless

    Who's hand should the one's you help save from slavery shake? Yours or God's? You guys earned the money for them, you deserve the reward of seeing the fruits of your labors and shaking the hands of those you've brought out from darkness at the least. If you want, go ahead and just accept the handshake on behalf of your god if that appeases you more. It's all petty to me, you're saving people PLAIN and SIMPLE! That deserves something...when you make it appear as if you only do it for God it detracts from the message seriously. Would you do the same if you believed in a different way? Can you even conceive believing in something else?

    January 6, 2012 at 3:59 am | Reply
    • Razi

      I personally would lay down my life so that others would see that it is God who is behind, and indeed before, me as I strive to bring Him glory. I was once a slave but now I am free by the grace of God. Though He used people in my life to draw me to Himself, I give Him all the glory for my freedom.

      Therefore I would much rather those whom I have a part in leading to Christ and freedom to recognize that it is God, not me, who holds the keys to this liberty. We at Passion are raising money to free people from the bonds of physical slavery, which is close to not only our hearts but apparently the hearts of many, but God is working to free them, as well as others, from being bound to the evil of the sin in this world. I cannot convince anyone that they are bound, but I recognized it for myself, once again by the grace of God.

      I pray that others do too so that they may also share in this freedom, but that is not for me to decide or even attempt to manipulate.

      January 6, 2012 at 4:13 am | Reply
  80. Sambo X

    Yu crakas beez racis n' shiit! Yu think yu smart wit yo hi craka i.q., but yu cant dunk no baskaball!!! Craka!

    January 6, 2012 at 4:23 am | Reply
    • Ally

      1. People of all race from all over the world were at this conference giving to the cause to end slavery.
      2. This is to free ALL slaves. Not just white. There wasn't a focus on only certain colored slaves. It focused on all 27,000,000+ slaves.

      So, how can you call this racist?

      January 7, 2012 at 12:04 am | Reply
    • Bill

      I think he's referring to a lot of the very racist comments (by people actually down talking the conference) on here

      January 7, 2012 at 7:41 am | Reply
  81. TheFaceless

    americancivilwar. com/authors/black_slaveowners. htm

    January 6, 2012 at 4:34 am | Reply
    • TheFaceless

      I implore you all to read the article and the book. None of us were taught that in school, makes one wonder how it all got twisted once it got into our history books.

      January 6, 2012 at 4:36 am | Reply
  82. jack jimson

    so what is this money actually going to do?

    besides go into someones pockets

    January 6, 2012 at 6:31 am | Reply
    • really?

      read above bro, dosomethingnow.org, several organizations that seek to try and prevent slavery, rescue those enslaved, and restore slaves who have been rescued. These are legit organizations who don't just take your money and pocket it, they actually do something.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
    • Beloved

      Organizations such as A21, Tiny Hands, The Atlanta Project, and many more that help educate those at risk of encountering human trafficking, rescue people that are enslaved and help them start a new life of freedom. To find out more about where the money is going check out the Passion 2012 website.

      January 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • Jase

      I hope that these org keep their labor costs down so the money goes to the victims.

      January 7, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply
  83. JohnRalph

    This is all due to the racist policies of G.W. Bush, once Our Lord and Savior Obama assumes office all will be fine...just accept him into your heart and trust in him.

    Through our prayers he will put an end to the worldwide suffering of the proletariat masses.

    Fortunately for humankind, according to Mein Führer's own MSM propaganda ministry he's above it all:

    Newsweek editor Evan Thomas : "I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God."

    January 6, 2012 at 7:02 am | Reply
  84. Jim

    Raise money to stop slavery???? What are you going to buy their freedom? Thats why I don't give my hard earned money to BS causes.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:13 am | Reply
    • really?

      come on man, you didn't read any of the comments before posting? the money is going to several specific organizations that give the resources to break slaves out of bondage. dosomethingnow.org I'm not saying every slave will be freed from this and people need to stop putting others down for wanting to do good in the world. Obvious troll is obvious along with half the negative comments on here... I can understand you not thinking it will do all that much... but it is going to save lives, even if it is a small amount. Good has been done here. Non-believers see Christians behind something like this and automatically call foul and its entirely unfair and biased.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:40 am | Reply
      • Ho.oker not Slave

        @ really?
        Jim is correct many of those ‘organizations’ use the money to buy the salves freedom. Sound good right? No.. becoming a customer of slave traffickers doesn’t help.

        January 6, 2012 at 8:24 am |
      • jfshr

        @Ho.oker not Slave,
        Please provide proof when making allegations. I would encourage you to look closely at the organizations...their involvement covers a broad range...educating young girls to be able to recognize dangerous situations and the tactics of the traffickers (http://www.thea21campaign.org), stopping slavery at the source through border monitoring stations designed to intercept traffickers (http://www.tinyhandsinternational.org), and coordinating with local law enforcement to recognize trafficking situations and conduct raids to free the captives (http://www.ijm.org).

        January 6, 2012 at 10:54 am |
      • Patrick

        @ jfshr
        It’s not an allegation bud. Do a quick search and you can find a CNN article about a high school that hired said organization that did just that. Nice try though.

        January 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
      • Jim

        You truly live in a dream world, the money they are collecting is not going to free slaves. If you believe that I have a bridge to sell you.

        January 7, 2012 at 5:31 am |
    • jerry

      Lol just shows my generation is awesome and yours failed terribly

      January 6, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
  85. Question

    Have you all actually read the bible? It's not against slavery. There are actually many rules outlined in it about how to properly manage a slave.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:50 am | Reply
    • Amy

      But those were in the days when slavery was a societal situation. The rules in the Bible did not encourage or condone slavery, but were divinely-given, practical ways of dealing with the realities of the day.

      January 6, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
      • Question

        So the moral implications of slavery are not based upon god but society? What are you saying, that morality is not from God? You're the first xtian I have ever seen admit this...

        January 6, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Becca

      I'm not a scholar. I'm a young adult who is a Christian and attended Passion. I have read the Bible (sometimes, sadly, rarely done by Christians), and although you are right that it includes directions for owning slaves (Ephesians 6: "Slaves, obey your masters", for example), many people, myself included, believe that the slavery in the Bible was a different type than that of today. Most importantly, the slaves of the New Testament CHOSE to enter into slavery so that they could pay off a debt or have land to live on. The slavery that occurs today, the slavery we at Passion want to end, is based on oppression. Ever seen the movie "Taken"? Women and children are actually drugged or misled into taking jobs that they were told were something else (e.g. waitress). Men and women are born to parents that are already enslaved, and they have to take on the debt of their parents when they pass away. They literally cannot advance into a higher social class. The slavery of the 18th and 19th century in America was based on the race of the workers. My God is against this oppression. He condemned it in Exodus when the Egyptians enslaved the Israelites (very similar to that of the U.S. – both based on race/ethnicity).
      Anyways, the goal of the Bible isn't – in my opinion – to create a beautiful society. It's to bring salvation. When a person experiences the change in heart and soul that comes when he comes to faith in Jesus, I think that person begins to feel differently about enslaving another human being. The realization that Jesus cancelled our sin-debt ought to bring about a grace that motivates them to cancel whatever debt another person owes them.
      Lastly, while there are verses that seem to condone slavery, 1 Timothy 1:8-10 says that enslavers are among the murderers and liars.

      January 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
    • MFRC

      The slavery referred to in the the Bible was COMPLETELY different from the issue these students are fighting against. The slavery that the Bible is referring to took place willingly by the slaves. If someone could not pay a debt they would willingly sell themselves (temporarily) as slaves to their debtors until they had fulfilled repayment for the debt. And there were guidelines and rules for how these slaves would be handled and treated. Why? Because they were humans with rights.

      The 27 million today are trapped against their will and are treated inhumanely without rights. Completely different.

      January 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  86. Andrew

    I'm sure this money will be gone when they actually find someone to help.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:16 am | Reply
    • openyoureyes

      Actually the organizations represented at Passion help free people every day. Below are links to just a few of them. Get involved!




      January 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  87. R

    You fight slavery is not important. How much money you raise to fight slavery is important. Anything can be solved by raising money. Gandhi didn't fasted and used non co-operation to fight slavery. He raised money to fight slavery. Only money can solve problem.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
  88. Ho.oker not Slave

    Sorry Melissa but you were no s-e.x slave. I realize telling yourself you where makes you feel better about what you did, but it doesn’t make it true. You say you were trapped in a townhouse yet a random guy you met was able to take you to the hospital. And who did you call from the hospital… your pimp. No one is perfect Melissa but lying to yourself only makes it worse.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:21 am | Reply
  89. Scott

    Unless you're using that money to buy weapons and kill the people running the slave trade, I don't know what this will do. I do think though that modern-day slavery is underreported in the media and allows perceptive people to miss the warning signs.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      "We believe in these students so much and we felt like this issue was something they could rally around.

      I agree. The focus is clearly on the students. This sounds a lot more like an excuse for a social event to push their religion than anything useful.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
      • manfromrochester

        Can everyone please stop bickering about this please?? The last time I checked there were better things to pick fights over than thousands of Christian college students coming together in faith to raise more than 3 million dollars to help fight human trafficking. If you ask me that's a pretty admirable accomplishment! People complain when Christians do nothing and I can understand that but when you start arguments over the fact that they they actually DID something in the name of their faith?? That's RIDICULOUS. Go be secondary schoolers somewhere else please!

        January 8, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
  90. cruz2lose

    The work that you are doing is heartfelt, please ignore the negative comments that you read and continue knowing that you are working to change lives...what you are doing matters. Thank you to those who strive to make a positive difference in this world.

    January 6, 2012 at 9:08 am | Reply
  91. Bryan Mills

    Only I can stop human trafficking, and only if they take my daughter.

    January 6, 2012 at 9:17 am | Reply
  92. Ashley

    Thank you for sharing, CNN! I went to Passion a couple years ago and was amazed by the sacrifices my fellow college students made, all for God's glory. When I went, there were 20-some thousand, and it's awesome to see that number nearly doubled as was the impact. Amazing!

    January 6, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
  93. jjque

    A women who bears a child or children by a man or men is a SLAVE when that man or those men do not provide support for that child or those children, because she will have to work/slave the rest of her life raising that child or those children. This is also a form of hatred, but no one wants to mention that because of the fear and guilt factor.

    How many unsupported, fatherless children do we have in this country????

    January 6, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      @ jjque
      If said woman lied(or “forgot”) to the man about taking birth control and now that man has to spend the next 18+ years supporting that child. Does that make the man a SLAVE? If both man and woman equally and knowingly enter into ‘mating’ and said woman decided to carry the child to term when the father disagrees, does that make said man a SLAVE? It takes two to have a child.

      January 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
      • Flower

        Ya know, instead of arguing, why don't you do something? Are YOU giving 3 million dollars to an organization? i have 3 sisters in college, and all are living off of scholarships. One my sisters went to Passion, and even though she didn't have much, she gave all she had. I challenge you, get off you computer and do something! Don't look down on them and say
        " they don't mean it " when you haven't done anything.

        January 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  94. nch

    Regardless how industrialized country helped those unfortunate, it will never end. I did my share of a monetary donations yearly the best way I can, but somehow those poeple are used to it that they multiply like flies. Those people has to be educated , take responsibilities of their lives by not having too many children. It's the children that suffer.

    January 6, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
  95. Kendall

    Thank you CNN for covering this story! Passion 2012 was an amazing experience and opened my eyes to slavery around the world. I am going to continue to give sacrificially for the rest of my life to end slavery in my generation.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
  96. Justice

    The problem with this world is that we, as humans, want answers and solutions...and we want them now. If only 2,000 are freed in a few months because of this donation then that is more progress being done before. Every person has a desire. Typically, people desire to sit in their comfortable houses wishing to get more things that will never ever fill the desires of your heart. My generation desires Jesus. The fact that this Freedom cause for Passion 2012 has been on the leaders hearts and in prayers of this conference since the summer of 2011 means that all the awareness and money raised happened before this conference is the work of God. I'm unashamed of the One who saved my soul. He is not some fictional character that people created to instill morality. He is Real. He has come and is coming. I know that there are millions who don't believe that. Jesus walked this earth and people still had a hard time believing...its because you can't understand the power and glory of God. If we could understand God then why would we need Him?...People who have negative things to say about this- what are you doing with your life? If God isn't real then why are there so many controversies, couldn't you just let it go? I don't know. I just want to know why and won;t bring it up again. I'll just keep praying. So thankful that awareness is being raised. and that it is people's calling and passion to actually travel across the world and country to help free these people little by little. If everyone does a little, we can do a lot [in JESUS' name] Thank you CNN for covering this conference and this movement!!

    January 6, 2012 at 10:04 am | Reply
  97. jennygirl

    oh good! slavery's gonna be eradicated! on to the next problem!

    January 6, 2012 at 10:05 am | Reply
  98. lolita from rhode island

    im sure that money will be distributed among all those students. i hope Im wrong, but ive seen other organizations that used donation money to remodel their offices.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
    • Ben

      Go to http://www.dosomethingnow.org and it will tell you exactly where the money is going. Believe in good in this world.

      January 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  99. Michele

    This should have not had anything to do with politics. Sad. Many people were taken advantage of this weekend by donating to a political cause. This conference should have focused on salvation for the lost souls and ended up cushioning the pockets of politicians. I think the focus of this Passion weekend was clearly not about God and about encouraging this generation to witness. It sadens me. Glad that my child has been in the word of the Bible to know that this weekend was just wrong.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:11 am | Reply
    • Love

      Michele, This was not the whole point of this conference. I have been to the last two. Passion is based of Isaiah 26:8. Making his name known. This was just a part of this weekend. We studied the word, pray, listen, teach, WORSHIP. all from the BIble. This conference is not wrong. We need to stop focusing on what the JESUS has saved us from and focus on what he saved us FOR. Freedoom was a topic because we are dead (Luke 7) and we are ALIVE when Jesus is in our hearts. And we can't contain the fire in our hearts and are called to DO SOMETHING and not sit around comfortably. Its all for God's glory and not our own. Francis Chan's talk on one of the nights was about reading the Bible and how can be so easily decieved if we live in the Word. I just wanted to let you know that this was not all Passion does. Do some research on it. I hope you see that our generation is running after Jesus! Glad you and your daughter love the word- just live it ! God Bless.

      January 6, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
      • Love

        Oopps i meant we are easily deceived if we DONT live in the word! sorry! but you know what i meant. We are just fearlessly making known Jesus to all people of the world. we don't just sit back and raise money. we spread the gospel to these lost people. light shines in darkness not in light so thats why we are stepping out of of comfort zones and into the unknown.

        January 6, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • robert

      Passion was about sharing the love of Christ to the world. We would start every morning by getting into group and studying the Word of God. We had a whole session were all we did was read and lift up the Word of God. We know that we cant do anything else God go before us to prepare the way. They did encourage us to go out and spend the love of God to our college campus, work place, gyms, and anywhere else we go. The many point of passion is to raise up generation that will spread the name of God with no fear.

      January 6, 2012 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Thom

      Michelle, you also need to know there were unbelieving young people who attended this conference and left as children of our God. Praise the name of our Lord and Savior! JESUS!

      January 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
      • Patrick

        People join cults all the time. What is your pont?

        January 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  100. david

    At least they are fed. What about millions that are not slaves yet have no food to eat, no place to sleep, no place to shower? And millions that work their butts off and earn pennies?

    January 6, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • BG

      it was pretty awesome because everyone who came to the conference brought towels and socks for the homeless!! in the name of Jesus

      January 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  101. andrew.peter

    Great story, but where's the Gospel. Not on CNN. It was a conference for God. These kids are doing this out of there love for God and their neighbor. To God be the Glory.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  102. tyler

    I think seeing what these students have offered, when just given the opportunity and something hopeful to work towards, is certainly inspiring. It seems that if we all look hard enough, we can choose to be cynical about anything. We can only do so much, but what these kids can do, they are doing, by the grace of God, to the best of their ability. It's a wonderful thing. The love extended to those living in bondage and brokenness throughout the world was simply overwhelming. God bless Passion.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
  103. ebhos

    this is so cool and i would have love to be part of this! GOD bless u all for helping others and making the world a better place.

    January 6, 2012 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • Thom

      ebhos, you can still be a part of this because it is an ongoing commitment, this was not a once and done thing. Jesus has moved in the heart of His children to do something. Go to http://www.dosomethingnow.com/ if you wish to know more and participate.

      And thank you for your thoughts about these young people, they love Christ and they do this out of that love for Him and all he has done for us. I am 58 years old and was there with them, believe me God is at work in this generation of young people.

      We are not surprised by the nay sayers?

      January 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  104. Alexandra

    Why are people being such jerks about this? They were doing a good thing. When was the last time you gave a damn about someone other than yourself?

    January 6, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
  105. brad stenberg

    I love how this was called a "Faith conference", is CNN afraid to offend. A bunch of these attackers arent, but their not being paid are they? Well at least a fellow student gave glory to God on a national news network.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
    • Ben

      Amen. Fearlessly proclaiming the name of Jesus!

      January 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  106. Thom

    The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor. 2:14

    January 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  107. Colby

    anyone who is hating on this cause or the people who were a part of it are just blindly looking for reasons to bash christians. if you don't agree with the christian doctrine that is your choice. whether you think God was a part of this or not you can not deny the fact that 3 million dollars have been donated to help those less fortunate than us all over the world. instead of being negative because you don't agree with the people that donated grow up and do something for someone else. if you have a computer and are able to comment on this then you are better off than the majority of the people on this earth. and what are you doing with this blessing? getting online and talking bad about a bunch of broke kids raising 3 million bucks.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  108. Corinna

    Thanks CNN for running the piece. I was a volunteer at the conference. Have to say I don't think this was a flash in the pan response from these young adults. The whole conference was spread by word of mouth and so will awareness of the cause of human traffficking.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  109. Evie. Couch

    Thank you much to all who attended THE PASSION 2012 ! It gives me HOPE for the future of Americs ! Our GOD REIGHNS thru
    Evie Couch

    January 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  110. booboobear

    Parents, tell your children that you love them every night. Even after they're 18 years old. Just because they're adults doesn't mean they don't need your guidance anymore. Never give up on your children. I'm glad "Melissa" is ok, but not many survived like she did.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  111. bfd007

    Stun'ed that these college kids do not know that they are all slaves to the united states government and thus a slave to china since china own's 79% of the united states debt and that debt has no intention of being paid off. The government has sold all of use out as well as your children's children, look around you have only the illusion of being free.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • Blessed but reviled for His sake

      People will mock you, and slander you simply for coming in the name of Jesus. Don't feed the trolls. Not every comment, false accusation or slandering deserves a response. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." You are blessed when mocked for Jesus' name

      January 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  112. BG

    I love that people persecute us (even though they probably wouldn't call it that..or maybe they would actually..) because it is exactly what the Bible said would happen. So, by doing so, they actually become a part of God's plan whether they like it or not. Glory to God there is no way around His will. And by commenting on this with a hateful remark, God's foreknowledge and providence and shines!

    January 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  113. James

    The gathering was not and was not meant to be a monastic religious order where we attempt to be pious young christians filling our head with visions of grandeur for a week. We have not taken a stand against government policy, we have not taken a stand to force religion down someone's throat, and we have not taken a stand for some religious ritual. What has been done is worship of the God that calls us to set slaves free. That first begins with our adoration of the gospel and as a result a love for others, including enslaved people. Yes, we spent nights in hotels, we were tweeting on our smart phones, we were dressed in warm clothes, enjoyed coffee, food, and friends. It was not rough and it was not meant to be. We are not monks fulfilling religious tradition in hopes that our God will notice us. We are imperfect people living in a wealthy country fighting to see then end of slavery, no matter how long it takes. If the mayor of Atlanta, the Lt. Governor of Atlanta, Google, 40,000+ college students, several organizations, and the President himself can see that this is an issue that needs to be addressed, you might want to say to yourself "yeah, i think they are on to something."

    January 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  114. Rebekah

    Great things happened during this conference, and I hate that others refuse to understand/insist upon mocking what happened here. Now, let's stop feeding the (rather obvious) trolls and let God work.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  115. Bruce

    There are a lot of people here who apparently outgrew smashing children's sandcastles and now have moved onto being a negative voice on an incredibly positive story. Even if you don't agree with Christianity, why bash the heart behind a want to change 27 million hindered lives. The world needs more of this. Even if it is only a dent, if you were in slavery, you would love to be part of that dent. Encouragement is always more constructive than pointless naysaying. G-d is good.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  116. Justin

    I was here! I'm going to be starting a non-profit to fight to end slavery because of this conference.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply

    MILLIONS TO BE ASSASSINATED FOR THE SAKE OF $$$ LIABILITIES(mk-ultra, chip implants, electroshocks etc. performed on them) AND NEW WORLD ORDER(multiculturalism = terrorism) POLITICAL AGENDA KNOWN AS "YOU ARE NEXT"(financial liabilities are 2 expensive for the government and it is cheaper to get read of you instead) !!! IF YOU WERE TREATED WITH ELECTROSHOCKS OR DRUGS USED FOR WIPING OUT MEMORY(numerous Americans and Europeans were and are) AFTER ENDURING FORCED CHIP IMPLANTS(or to retard individual = how homeless people are produced), YOU ARE SCHEDULED NEXT !!!






    http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009 !!! These are hard facts about lunatic Obama/Bush's twilight zone administrations(HORROR) or genocide against whites per ZIONIST Washington DC and in complete agreement with communist Moscow !!!


    January 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  118. Tee

    Mass-hysteria is all this is.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  119. Six

    Yes, God will save us...God will do His work and end it...and He sure is taking a long time...

    January 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  120. Rose

    I wanted all of your to witness one of the most inspiring parts of our conference. Look at this video to see another thing we witnessed at Passion 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-ZtKzw-ipo&sns=fb

    January 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • Rose


      January 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  121. Steven

    To start, I was at Passion and God was filling, overflowing, and equipping the hearts of tens of thousands of 18-25 year olds in the Georgia Dome and the other tens of thousands that watched the webcasts!! God is SOO GOOD!! My generation is ready to make a difference and the 45,000+ is just a fraction of those worldwide running the race SOLELY for the GLORY of GOD!! I attend graduate school while I am not at sea working in the merchant marine among many naysayers of my generation, faith, and the realities of human trafficking. I have been around the world to many countries and across our great country and have seen with my own eyes the many forms of human trafficking HERE and abroad. It makes me sick to see this hanous crime against a human being. I have had the chance to witness and educate many men on my ships that go to the red light districts in foreign ports. When presented with the facts, minds are changed.

    I pray for the naysayers on here that you might SEE the GLORY of GOD and go DO SOMETHING yourself. You cans start by not being afraid to research modern day slavery. The biggest problem is the IGNORANCE of human trafficking. Thanks to CNN and Google for taking the step up and bring light to modern day slavery. I'm sure, Passion is catching more flak because it is Christian based and college students and is easier to target and pick apart. We believe that true freedom is when you of free in the name of Jesus! We are no longer in bondage to sin, and I pray that many will see that truth.

    And to put the $2.5 million by college students and the $500k anonymous donation, to make $3 million, in perspective. Google last month, separate from Passion, gave $11.5 million to 10 organization (many of which Passion contributed to also). Google had an estimated 2010 revenue of $29.3 BILLION, which is more than 28 of the poorest countries GDP COMBINED. 45,000 college students gave $2.5 million, which is roughly $55 per student. That's huge for many students that saved pennies to contribute. Because of God, I have been put in a place to bless those less fortunate. And that included providing breakfast and coffee for a couple groups of college students around me each morning. Many of whom were skipping breakfast because they put others before themselves and donated to this worthy cause. My prayer is that this will inspire others (people or major corporations) to fight this injustice and to change the supply lines that feed human trafficking!

    So I know many of you will want to debate and criticize this post, but I'm not going to. There is no need to argue theology, faith, and politics on here. Why not investigate the Bible for yourself or even just the truths of human trafficking. You're not going to change our minds, God has given us his heart to bring FREEDOM to all, including those caught in human trafficking and more importantly those stuck in the bondage of sin! God Bless!

    January 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  122. s~

    Ok. Before I agree or disagree lets define what "SLAVE" means.

    I say this because words like "SLAVE" and "RAPE" have been deluted so much that for some people it may include almost everything under ther sun.

    January 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • Lauren

      By "slave", they are referring to the millions that are "owned" by someone else, held captive, and forced to work so that the person who claims ownership over them can make the profit. We're talking slaves in fields, slaves in factories, slaves in mines, as well as slaves in brothels (not by their own decision, but because they were kidnapped or misled). Men, women, and children who are exploited so that someone else can make more money. I'm glad you asked the question. I think if more people asked questions, more knowledge could be gained, and more can be done to stop this. I would encourage you (and every one else) to look into this, because it is an ever-growing epidemic. There are many websites with information that would give you a better understanding of what slavery looks like today.

      January 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  123. James

    Cool, just in time for the civil war

    January 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  124. Thomas Schafer

    Praise God for these amazing College student and their giving to a noble cause to end human trafficing! I believe this is the generation that will stop it!

    January 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  125. Andrew Austin

    I have a great idea.. Let's all argue about who's theologicaly wrong or right and totally forget about the causes we're trying to fight against. Who are the people getting their voices heard, the 45,000 college students who raised over 3 million dollars to end slavery around the world or the people sitting on their computer on the CNN website trying to prove christianity wrong?

    January 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  126. Aunt Jemima

    sho nuff....mmmhmmmm...

    January 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  127. Lauren

    People keep dwelling on the fact that the money that was raised will not end slavery, and that is true. In a business that brings in tens of billions of dollars a year, $3 million is a small drop in the ocean. However, the point of the Freedom movement is not to raise money (although that was done, and it will go to great organizations that will work towards rescue, prevention, and rehabilitation), it was about raising awareness. I've seen people comment that our generation is throwing money at the issue and expecting it to go away. That's not why we stood in the cold for two hours, that's not why a 100 ft representation of human slavery and exploitation was raised in the Georgia International Plaza. That's not what this was about. This was about spreading the word that slavery still exists. It truly saddens me to see the comments of people who find this to be a joke, but this will not hinder what we are trying to do. We are trying to get the world to open their eyes and see what is happening, and hopefully this will inspire them to start doing something about it.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  128. Noel

    For the month of January Redeem the Shadows "end child slavery" campaign is a way for college students to raise a lot of awareness through facebook. Please help by changing your facebook profile to say the phrase "end child slavery" check out the video http://youtu.be/BzU6lnPt1CU

    and join the movement @ http://www.redeemtheshadows.com

    January 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  129. Still Hopeful

    This is awesome!! It's so good to see more and more people tackling modern-day slavery. If any of you who were at the conference are looking for a way to continue your commitment to fighting this injustice, I would suggest finding out if your college has a chapter of IJM, Polaris Project, or another anti-trafficking organization. Because this is NOT something that people can just care about for a few days and then forget about. Again, this is awesome. 🙂

    January 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  130. joshu

    Slavery is absolutely horrible and must be stopped. Whether you believe in God or not(I believe in Him) this is something we can all stop together.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  131. Blessed but reviled for His sake

    “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

    January 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  132. stan

    I wish this happened centuries ago.....a lot suffered coz black man was a commodity like crack being sold to a higher bidder in the streets of USA. What a shame....are we now gonna demand govts to pay for slavery atrocities.....
    I bet out there ..there are some rich families in USA that if u trace their wealth origins, it goes ALL the way to black man picking cotton and getting wipped....GEEZ!

    January 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  133. Jay

    So I suppose doing this in humility and without boasting and bragging would be *too* Christian for you guys. Good job on raising money, but you can quit co-opting Christ to pat yourselves on the back now.

    January 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
    • Ben

      Probably won't find anyone who gave to the cause to be looking for any praise from anyone because we know that without the help and love of our God none of this could be impossible.

      January 6, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  134. JD (Moose)

    I was there. The people around me were singing. Others chanting. Even more screaming! But the thing that will last the longest was the feeling of the first step. Knowing that many more are to follow. Thanks CNN for covering the story. Not that we (people at Passion 12) Want to be praised. We just want People to be Free in Christ!

    January 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  135. Joey

    I would like to note that as of last known amount donated, it is equal to each one of the 45000 there giving $81.35! from college and highschool seniors, that is impressive!

    January 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  136. Jacob

    Imagine an infinite God.....A God who always is and always was and always will be....Mind blowing, right?! Like ALMOST incomprehensible! Now imagine this...... An Endingless Universe with millions, possilbly billions of Galaxy's......and then this one galaxy called the milky way....And everything about this galaxy revolves around a center point, being the Sun, In perfect harmony! Then you have this one planet called the Earth....and it is in the Perfect position to where it's not too close to the sun to where it would burn up, and not too far away to where it would freeze! And it has a moon that allows the coming and going of the tides, and not to mention, the reflection of the sun for when there is darkness. And then this planet Earth, It rotates and elispes on it's axis perfectley so that there are seasons, weather, heat, and cold. And then on this planet there is land and water! And Billions of Organisms fill up both the land AND the water! And a special kind of Organism: Us, We, HUMANS, are at the top of all these organisms. And with out thinking about all the other billions of organisms and only thinking about humans, think about the human body; How it works; how it thinks; how it feels emotion. The body has billions of components itself that have to work together in order for the heart to beat, the mind to think and for the body to breath. And even further down to the cellular level of the body there are different kinds of proteins and white blood cells and red blood cells and so on and so on, which allow for the body to heal itself when there is a cut or when it gets sick. And further more the human brain has come so far to where it has somehow created technology and medicines to even heal and defend the body for the things that it cannot heal itself with. And I could go on and on and on and on and on ETC........ Now the fact that all of this happened BY ACCIDENT(?) without a creator seems extremely extremely extremely incomprehensible! I think it would take mor faith for me to believe in that accident then it would for me to believe in an infinite, all powerful, all knowing, righteous, just, perfect, and LOVING God that created us, Humans! A book has an author, a pot has a potter, an invention has an inventer, a sculpture has a sculptor, a painting has a painter, a building has a builder, ETC...ETC...ETC.....I can go on if you want! My point is I BELIEVE that we are created, and we have a CREATOR!!!! He is the author of the world, the universe, past, present and future, my life and the lives of the rest of the world! And when i was 12 years old i did not have to have ANYBODY tell me who was my creator because He revealed Himself to me! Yes i grew up in a Christian home and said I believed in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, so Yes the seed was sown into me, BUT I my action did not follow what I believed and if you believe in something your actions will follow! I am proud to say my Creator saved me one day when i was 12 while I was alone, in my room, laying in bed watching I love lucy on late night nickelodeon! I was 12 and i had tears filling my eyes at first because out of nowhere i realized That I was lost and desperately in need of a Savior! And then it happened: I accepted Jesus Christ as the savior of my life, recognized Him as not only the Son of God, but God made flesh sent down to earth to save His people from there sins. And then i cried out with Joy "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!" Since then the road has had its ups and downs, but it still leads me to God! Through that growth my faith has been tested. I have questioned everthying you can imagine, but one thing that ingnorance will to a person is saying one thing without having anyting to back it up. So i researched everthying, like the reality of God; different religions such as Islam, Budhism, Hinduism. All this while maintaining that I my faith in Jesus Christ! And through it all, EVERYTHING pointed me back to Jesus! History, archaeology, philosophy, biology, you name it, It points toward not only the reality of Jesus being real, but Jesus being God. And what He has done in my life screams to me AND I HOPE through me "Jesus is ALIVE and He is GOD!" For those who wish to curse me, I raise my white flag! I love you with everything I can and God loves you with EVERYTHING HE IS! And I leave here with a prayer: "Lord Jesus, whoever reads this, if he already knows you make them stronger in their faith; and if they do not know You as their savior, may You do everything and anything to reveal just how real You are and I pray that they accept You as their Savior. I pray that you would remove those that try to decieve people from the truth of Your Word and Your reality. May You be honored and Glorified in all that I say and do, and forgive me when You are not. I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen."

    January 7, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
  137. Nick

    Thank you Jesus! It was incredible to be a part of this, because God is able to do more than we can imagine!

    January 7, 2012 at 1:08 am | Reply
  138. Alex

    Jesus didn't come to make bad people good. He came to bring dead people to life. For those who are bitterly lashing out against God, no answer we give will change your mind or hearts. Because it isn't answers that will save us. Only the person of Jesus Christ who opens our eyes and gives us life when we sincerely, humbly ask Him to reveal Himself.

    Argue and debate all you want, but unless the Christ brings life into the dead, nothing will change, even after all the answers. Because we were once all dead in sin but Christ gave us life to understand His reality that surpasses any amount of wisdom or understanding. (Eph 2:1-5)

    There are only two types of people in a war. There's the person that is aware of the battle and knows his purpose. A person that, while struggling, presses on through the fire. But then there's the other person that is still and unaware. A person that does not understand what's happening around him. But no matter how hard we try to explain to these people, they don't understand or realize what's happening around them. Why is that? It's not because they're stupid. It's not because they're incompetent. But it's because while the other people are alive, these people are dead.

    But with great hope we can proclaim by the power of the gospel that the person of Jesus Christ, who reveals himself to the humble, can bring a person to life from death! To the scoffers and mockers of the name of Jesus Christ, I challenge you to lay down your pride (that is in all of us) and ask Jesus to be real. Because if He is, then He will be real to you.

    Praise God for this movement. #Passion2012

    January 7, 2012 at 1:27 am | Reply
    • Gannt

      Have you ever been shot at and filled with so much shrapnel you're harassed by security every time you try to fly? Stop Jesusifying war.

      It's the same with people who try to evangelize our deistic forefathers. Everyone wants to justify their perspective without ever taking to first-hand experience.

      The armchairs talk and dream of war, the veterans wish they could think of something else.

      January 7, 2012 at 2:38 am | Reply
      • Alex


        I apologize sincerely if the reference offended you. In no way was I trying minimizing the trauma of war, reducing the reality and evil of war. While I may not have the experience you have had with war, and my heart goes out to those who have been, my intentions were only to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. I only used that illustration to articulate the fact that Christ comes not to make us good, but to bring us life. I apologize again.

        Love in Christ.

        January 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  139. james crews

    thanks CNN for helping inform every one!

    January 7, 2012 at 1:55 am | Reply
  140. Gannt

    There is still hope left for the world.

    January 7, 2012 at 2:34 am | Reply
  141. Josh

    Come on, CNN. Hire some editors back and have people proofread articles before you post them. This is embarrassing.

    January 7, 2012 at 5:03 am | Reply
  142. Shawn

    All the while there are homeless people in their own city who could be set back on track in their lives for that money. Slavery is a regional problem that 2.4 million is going to do nothing to stop. Until those societies change, all the money you throw at them is simply giving an inflated lifestyle that is going to collapse and end with starvation and death when the donations dwindle.

    January 7, 2012 at 5:50 am | Reply
    • Brock

      The money was not thrown at them, it was given to six organizations that broke down how much it cost for one single rescue operation, prevention, and restoration. Perhaps getting off of here and doing something with your life would be more benefical. It is happening in Atlanta as well so how about we change that?!

      January 7, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • Barry

      The money donated will not "inflate" anyone's lifestyle. They will probably remain poor, but FREE. I did my senior paper on the negative effects of ngo's and other aid on the economy of Uganda. That is giving to a government. Passion is giving to organizations that simply work to get people out of slavery.

      January 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  143. Bill

    Its honestly sad how many people took this amazing story of college students who are broke to begin with raising an insane amount of money to help others they may never meet and made it into their own personal attack on someones beliefs.

    January 7, 2012 at 7:47 am | Reply
  144. Bill

    Don't feed the trolls...(Translation for those older than 30: Some people will make mean and even shocking comments on here just to get attention paid to them.....read into that......but if you don't feed them attention over time they tend to disappear)

    January 7, 2012 at 7:49 am | Reply
  145. mordrud

    This is a great story. I'm inspired enough that I'm putting together some students to raise money to fight the bubonic plague.

    January 7, 2012 at 9:58 am | Reply
  146. Barry

    Guys, don't bother defending what you are doing here. We do not need to defend raising money to fight slavery. People that come on here hating on you guys (Im 29, so just a little past the Passion age, but I was at Passion as a leader) are simply that, haters. Older (or younger) cynical people love to hate on anyone who tries to do something good in this world. They don't realize it, but their apathy and cynicism is a passive approval of the wrongs in the world. There is great joy in being apart of the Church as she works for the freedom of the oppressed and enslaved. If you are an atheist, so be it, but you should be glad to slaves go free, as all people, especially atheists, love freedom.

    January 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  147. ace

    hey drugies self inflicked you in SLAVED YOUR SELF /

    January 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  148. Thomas ProFreedomQC

    CNN- How many times has this video been watched, by individual IP hits?

    January 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  149. Eddie

    What a scream! These kids can't even spell slavery! Wonder what they would do with "hunger" or "disease?"

    January 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  150. Ryan

    I applaud the efforts of the Passion movement. May we all look to Jesus as the example of setting people free and seek to live a life of love as he did.

    January 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  151. Teddy

    It seems as if no matter what a Christian does people will get offended and find something negative to say. What is wrong with saying I am doing something good in the name of God? If a conference of young muslims got together and raised over 3 milllion dollars to end human trafficing in the world and gave all praise and credit to Allah (their god) then it would be okay. Right?...
    These people did more than just attended a conference. We came to hear the word of God and allow the most pure and infinite power of God in hopes that He would change our heart to do the His will. Bible says that true religion is looking after those who are less fortunate than you. Slaves are less fortunate than me as well as everyone who attend. 45,000 people in the age group of 18-25 years of age raised over 3 million dollars to fight the cause. IN four days. My group from Hershey, Pennsylvania raised $15,000 to execute three armed raids through out the world to rescue people in human trafficking. We are not rich, we are selfless. Not through our own will, but through the all mighty power of Jesus Christ in our hearts.

    I can see plenty of responses coming to this type of message with stuff said negativly about those who choose to follow Christ. "Why not do it for the sake of because it is good?" We are doing it to be good, and I also say to you- Go right now and donate 1,000 dollars to the cause. Because you are good too, right?
    We eat with the homeless, is that wrong?
    Praise God, His heart does not get happy when he sees this- slavery. We as the Church are His people called to be the tools that He works with in His hand to carry out His will. Our church needs to do a better job at submitting to that..

    Jesus does save, He does change lives. Respect that or not, but I strongly recommend looking into fighting this terrible thing we have in the world. Let's together, as people, end slavery now.

    January 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  152. Lori

    Ephesians 1:3
    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

    Ephesians 2:1-10
    As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming aes he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For itis by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

    I think that faith is a wonderful platform from which to debate because with a strong belief or faith in the issues you are discussing, how would one be able to stand your ground.

    January 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
    • Lori

      Correcting the above post, meant to say "without" a strong belief or faith

      January 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  153. Yeahbut

    I think this was a group of people getting together and achieving an awesome goal. But I don't think god had anything to do with it. To many bad things go on, god is not here.. not even sure he was ever here. We all will be dead one day, will anyone remember you. 10-100-1000 years from now?

    January 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • Joseph

      He cares for every tear drop and He cares for the every broken heart as He states in His Word. God cares for every single soul by comiing this world and die for every sinner so none has to die in sin but has eternal life. If you are willing to give Him a sincere try, just call on Jesus Christ and He will answer you. God loves you so so much that you won't know the depth and height of His love unless you call on His name. Praying for yours, Joseph.

      January 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  154. Yeahbut

    Why would he create something he loves so much just to see it be condemned ? Would you create something you love so much if there was even a remote possibility that it would suffer for all of eternity? I know I wouldn't. That sounds more cruel and evil to me then your all loving god.

    January 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  155. lizzy

    hey college peps iam a fresman in highschool and have aquestion is collegee fun

    January 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Reply
  156. dustin

    Many of you making posts on this article were at the conference. I have a question for you. Would you be willing to go to a similar conference with the goal to end human slavery and donate money if that conference was organized by a Hindu, Sihk or Muslim?

    January 7, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  157. Jacob

    Dustin........No.....Not if it means that we would be involving ourselves in an act of worship that is for anything other than Jesus Christ! This conference was not just about 27 million slaves; that was just an opportunity for us to serve Christ through our finances to help end this injustice. The conference itself was all about worshipping Jesus! We believe that we as a body of believers can do everything through Jesus Christ, and bringing an end to slavery is just one of those things. Would we say "hey that's awesome" if another religion wanted to join that cause...Absolutely! Just because someone is muslim or hindu and they raise money to end slavery does not mean that as a Christian that i am going to say that because of their religion they cannot do it, I'm justing saying that i will not be a part of a conference that does Not worship Jesus! Especially, when there are so many Christian organizations out there trying to do the things that we are trying to stand for!

    January 8, 2012 at 12:36 am | Reply
  158. Your Favorite Hippy

    let me tell you, Im so stoked for all the cash you guys donated!!!! It doesnt even scratch a dent in how big slavery is, but this is just the beggining. Money only goes so far, but the fearlessness of the Broken and Forgiven is what will really chop this tree down! Each person that stops at fear or discomfort isnt gonna do anything to help slavery. So we gotta cut the talk and live it yall. And....... do you really think your God is that big??? Show me.

    January 8, 2012 at 1:19 am | Reply
  159. soldier

    I think what these college students did was amazing. Its so amazing to see people take time out of their days to support something that is an issue all over the world. It makes me sad though to see people bad mouth the people supporting this. Just cause they sat down at a restaurant to eat doesn't mean they didn't help out. You gonna hate on them for going to the bathroom too just cause they werent standing out there the entire time? We are all human and we are not perfect. People always pick apart each other for reasons we all can't explain. I think we all need to stay focused on what the issue is here...trafficking. I have seen this first hand being in the military and it makes me sick to my stomach to see how these human beings have been treated. When we see this happening, we do everything to help them and get them freed. How about instead of putting people down for eating food and believeing in god or not believeing in god, we focus on what needs to be changed in this world and if you like do your part to help out. I am sure I will get comments going against what I wrote and that's okay cause everyone has their opinion. I wish everyone the best.

    January 8, 2012 at 2:44 am | Reply
  160. it's about time

    I told my wife that a husband is like a fine wine; he gets better with age. The next day, she locked me in the cellar.

    January 8, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
  161. Yago

    Again, what about the 20 million Illegal Immigrants left in the Legal Limbo to perpetuate their Slavery towards Private Corporations??? It's atones to she Former Confederate State with Illegal Though Laws, perpetuating their Racial persecution and segregation.

    January 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  162. John Aaron

    Me and these 44,000 college students gathered for one thing, to lift up the name of JESUS!

    It is there that we learned about 27 million in slavery in the world and because Jesus took us out of slavery to death and restored us to a purposeful life, we chose to help bring physical freedom to those in slavery. But we know that it is only Jesus who can bring everlasting Freedom and restoration.

    Seek the truth and you will find Jesus. True social justice can only come through knowing and following the way of Jesus.

    January 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  163. Chris

    Shrub: "...we are college students united we fight slavery. all for the Glory of God."
    Cedar Rapids: "Shouldn't you be fighting slavery just for the fact its wrong?"
    Sam: "there's something wrong when you exploit slavery to promote your christian beliefs. end slavery because slavery is wrong, not so you can advertise your god. makes me scared to think of all the problems of the world you would ignore because you don't think it would promote your god well enough."

    The term "all for the Glory of God" means more than just promoting our belief and our God. It means we, as college students are fighting slavery for more than just ourselves. Other people can have other reasons for why they fight slavery, but in the end, the reason is a selfish reason. "I donated to an organization, I volunteered for an organization, I worked hard for an organization, etc...all of them begins with the word " I ". Whether you do it for yourself, for your family, for your friends, for your nation, for the victims of slavery, all of them point back to yourself, whereas you point to God when your sole actions are to glorify God. So when we say we fight slavery to glorify God, we are saying that we are fighting slavery because the slaves need a voice, we are fighting slavery because slavery is wrong, and we are fighting slavery not for ourselves but for the glory of God.

    January 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  164. mansoor iqbal

    hi. i need to know why is the media silent about gaza? i need an answer.

    January 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  165. Michele

    Do your homework college student? Controlled group lead by emtions? IJM and ILO were two groups that helped CNN create the excuse to give. Which if you do your homework will see is federally funded by the US department of Labor. Yes thats right another government handout for someone advocating on the behalf of others. But where does the money go. Look it up! Governments excuse to fix everything can not be about throwing our tax dollars away. That should not have been the focus of this weekend at all! And some of the speakers did not seem to be on board with this polical ploy either. Thank goodness.

    January 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  166. Amber

    People don't seem to think slavery is a national problem.. Florida is one of the top 3 states for human trafficking, and Atlanta, GA is in the top 5 city hubs for trafficking as well. There are almost 2.5 million people in the United States alone that are enslaved against their will. This isn't just something college students toss their money at, and fund abroad. This is a real, at-home problem. And, praise God for the things He did through this conference. You don't have to be a Christian to recognize the good these kids are doing. It's so useless to attack their beliefs, because you can't stop 44,000+ people who are burdened for human trafficking. They have passion, and are doing something good for others, rather than focusing on themselves. It may be for the glory of God, but they're inspiring change, and you can't deny that. I'm thankful that our country is blessed to have students in this country who's heart breaks for our fallen world, and that they are actively pursuing God. It's a fresh change from everything going on in our world today. Thank you, Lord!

    January 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  167. Evan Bourcier

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzz-qG2IjWw?hd=1&w=1280&h=720%5D

    January 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  168. Evan Bourcier

    Another video of the night:


    January 8, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  169. John mayer

    But what about Congo with 8 000 000 of deads since 1997 and feeding technology minerals for all of us we do nothing. It's not even in the news. We have sacrificed and entire country for our good that's wrong, if we fight slavery the congo consequence if the biggest lost since the 2nd war

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      January 12, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
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    January 9, 2012 at 2:08 am | Reply
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    January 9, 2012 at 8:10 am | Reply
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    This is a waste of time. 45,000 self-deluded kids who want to believe they are making a difference but don't actually want to do any work. Solution? Show up and stand around for an hour or 2. Congratulation guys! You showing up and loitering in front of a statue has demoralized human traffickers so much that they've all quit! You've beaten world slavery!

    Someone please explain to me how this is helping the situation at all? After all – words are cheap (and ultimately useless). All people want to do is talk about making a difference but standing around outside with a candle is all these people are willing to do.

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      Maybe you missed the part where we raised over 3 million dollars to help prevent human trafficking. All of the money we raised is going to different organizations all over the world in order to help the 27 million who are enslaved. Next time you should actually pay attention before you are quick to judge. There is also the power of pray, so regardless if you didn't have the money to donate you can still make a difference in that way. I'm sorry you feel the need to judge and put everyone down for trying to make a difference.

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        I did miss that part about raising 3 million dollars. That is commendable to be sure. Good job. However, sorry for being the cynic but how much of that money is actually going towards helping victims...and how much of it is going into the pockets of people who "claim" to be helping said victims...?

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    Loving your fellow man or woman and having compassion for others is not exclusive to any religion. Arguing about the religious side of this is a waste of time. Who cares if religion was used as part of thier motivation. Their belief led them to do something profound for others and give their hard earned money in these tough economic times. I do not hold one religion over another but I do believe in the values that many major religions are founded upon. Love, tolerance, respect, caring for your fellow man, and helping each other. People harping about the religious aspect are not proving a point by being so ugly and negative about people that made a stand to help others. Who cares where some of their motivation came from. I bet the people they help won't care one bit. Be thankful that there is a group of people that care are making a positive difference instead of not getting involved. I don't understand how anyone not helping others can even muster the courage to attack or complain about people changing the world for the better while they spew negativity on the internet. We need more people like this in the world. 2.6 million dollars earned to help save mothers, daughters, and sisters around the world is awesome no matter how you look at it. If you don't understand how the money will help then just call the organization up and ask them. Simple enough instead of jumping to negative conclusions. Last time I checked, people trolling the comments section on new sites are not automatic authorities on everything in the world. I understand it can be hard to look positively on the world today but if we only look for bad that is all we are going to see. That leads to hopelessness where people stop trying do anything to make life better. Even for themselves. In this case strength is shown by everyone involved to try to make a difference. No matter where that strength comes from it should be applauded. At the least admired.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
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    Some good can be achieved with all these actions and work. And it is good and crucial. But to stop these acts of evil completely merely by our strengths, no. Because the evil of men comes from their hearts, and if the hearts are not transformed, you can take down hundreds and hundreds new ones will arise. The same with terrorism that is fuel by hatred, anger, jealousy, and so forth.

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  188. Ben

    I don't want to disparage the ones who actually do something substantial, but in my experience, and I have a significant amount of experience in leadership in a volunteer community service organization, college students (or people of that age, regardless of gender, race, socio-economic background) are the least reliable people that we get. Showing up to a rally is great, but it doesn't really do anything to help the people who are victims if the motivation and enthusiasm to contribute your time and efforts ends at attending a rally/statue dedication. In my experience, they're long on ideas, but short on commitment and determination. Hopefully, this isn't just some passing interest of theirs, and they're willing to stick with it, after all, people who have been kidnapped or taken and forced into enslavement are depending on them. Hopefully, these students won't completely let them down.

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    January 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
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      I understand that the sum of $! million–or $3.6 million for that matter–will merely put a dent in the evil that is the global trade of humans. But imagine you are one of the of 27 million slaves. Imagine you have only a life of backbreaking and spirit-breaking slavery, with no chance of escape. Then imagine you are rescued from captivity by someone you do not know, who has no obligation to you save that they are a fellow human. And imagine that mission was funded by a person or people who also have no obligations to you. If all this money does is release one person from the chains of slavery, then I will be glad that I was given the opportunity to be a part of that one person's freedom.

      January 17, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
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