During April 5-13, over 120 people from the Carolinas joined together and flew out to Los Angeles, California, to see a move of God. And it has come! We erected our Jesus Tent on the original site of the Azusa Street Revival (1906). Right off San Pedro Street, the tent was situated at the foot of skid row, one of the most dangerous and largest homeless populations in America. To pull this off, the Lord brought us amazing help through the CRI (Crisis Responses International) team. Approximately, 50 of their volunteers flew in from all over America and stayed on cots at the Union Mission and helped us set-up the tent, feed the poor, and break open the historic well of Azusa Street.
For several days worship teams and intercessors built day & night prayer and worship under the tent, and the power of God exploded! Our gathering at Azusa Street culminated on Sunday, April 10, when the city gave us permission to shut down San Pedro Street and cook food for the homeless all day. We came with an empty freezer not knowing anyone in L.A. but by April 10, churches and organizations had donated over 6,000 hotdogs and hamburgers. Setting tables in the streets, we fed over 5,000 people that day. In addition, teams from the Carolinas and east coast were outreaching in the heart of skid row and bringing them back for lunch.
Words cannot express what happened under the Jesus Tent on Carolina Beach road! From the very first cord that was struck on opening night, to the very last alter call given where hundreds danced off the chains of fear and depression, Ignite Wilmington was a powerful display of Jesus rescuing the lost, reviving the port city, and breaking down every dividing wall in Wilmington between races, generations, regions, and denominations. Perhaps the biggest and unexpected wall that came down during these 10 days was the wall between Church & State! With the Mayor, town council, and leading judges of New Hanover County calling us to the communion table, the first night was nothing less then historic! Caught up in a Psalm 24 moment, civil government leaders embraced the spiritual government leaders of the city in the place of communion in order to welcome King Jesus’ arrival into the Port City during opening night. C-MON!
In addition, over 50 worship teams came and imparted during the 10-day 24/7 worship & prayer gathering. Some were local. Some came from Greenville, Raleigh, New Bern, Goldsboro, Whiteville, Hickory, and Morrisville, N.C. Yet, some came as far as Atlanta, Boston, and Los Angles, California; connecting Wilmington to bigger vision of what God is doing on the East-coast as well as the West-coast. Through the building up of day & night prayer, the presence of God saturated the tent! So much so, that multiple cars were pulling off Carolina Beach Road because they were magnetically drawn to the sign that read “The Jesus Tent” in front of the tent. People are so hungry for Jesus! As they read the sign and walked in, some were changed almost instantly! In fact, many who just came in to investigate ended staying for the week unable to leave. Some even went home just to bring back family members. In one case, the entire family returned and was saved and then baptized! In order to briefly capture what happened, I want to share some highlights, testimonies and pictures
Words cannot express what happened. Just Jesus! From the very first cord that was struck on opening night, to the very last alter call given where hundreds received supernatural healings and radical salvation experiences, ignite Goldsboro was a powerful display of Jesus rescuing the lost, reviving the saved, and breaking down every dividing wall in Goldsboro. Nearly 40 worship teams came and imparted during the 7 day 24/7 worship gathering. Some were local and some traveled as far as Spartanburg, S.C. to come and bless this historic revival city. As unending worship was given to Jesus, those present could feel the old revival well of Goldsboro burst open with such force that even drug addicts and prostitutes were being drawn off street corners giving themselves to Jesus and finding salvation, healing, and just plain ole’ fashion LOVE!
Although there were some messages sprinkled throughout, it was the purity of unbroken worship & prayer for 147 straight hours unto the Lord that turned the heart of a city back to Jesus. The homeless filled the tent both day and night. Glued to their seats, many were unable to leave the tent and didn’t want to. Just by sitting under the waves of His presence, within just a few hours you could physically see facial expressions change, eyes that were cold and dark began to burn with light, and many seem to glow with a light not of this world.
The presence of God was so strong under the tent that it seemed as though heaven bent down and kissed Goldsboro during our time there. God’s love was so prevailing that it seemed impossible not to extend love, forgiveness, or help to someone in need. No judgment or critical attitudes were allowed; nor, was their present any trace of unbelief, fear or disease. Everyone that sought healing received it, all who sought love found it, and on the last night were a crowd of over 500+ gathered, a war cry was released that shook the entire city to its core!