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
Jesus Tent Highlights
September 13, Fred Berry of Azusa Street Mission: Fred shared revival history and called 50 pastors of the city to form a fire tunnel the first night. As hundreds went through the prayer tunnel, people were rocked with the power of God! Some were completely delivered, some crying uncontrollable, and others walked right off the street drunk and came through sober, saved, and healed!
September 17, Bob Hazlet of Touch of Fire Ministries & Power & Love School: Bob came and prophesied over every Pastor of Wilmington. He also called a fire tunnel on Thursday night where the Power of God exploded! One testimony from that night was recorded by Jonathan & Esther Futrell visiting from the Charlotte area. They write: “Thursday night we were waiting in line to go trough the prayer tunnel, and while we were waiting a young man who had road up on his bike showed up and was watching from about 10 feet away. Jonathan waved him over and invited him “Come on!” He was reluctant and obviously intoxicated, but after a few minutes he stood right next to Jonathan. Jonathan introduced himself over the noise as did he and I said his name was Garland. After we went through the prayer tunnel, we saw Garland crying and being prayed over by two pastors. Jonathan gave him a big hug and Garland said, “I don’t know what just happened.” Jonathan invited him back for Friday night, not knowing if he’d come back. Friday service started up, and there he came! A young man gave up his seat on the front row for Garland and he grinned ear to ear the whole service. He received more prayer Friday as well.” Garland, like many others, was actually saved in the fire tunnel during these nights! C-MON! #JustJesus!
The Communion Table: Every night for ten nights we engaged in citywide communion. Mayor Saffo, Judge Fasion, and Judge Phyills Gorham helped oversee the prayer and communion the first night! Others nights the communion table was lead by Wilmington Pastors. Some of these included: Pastor Steve Mattis (Myrtle Grove Presbyterian), Pastor Robert Campbell (New Beginnings Church), Pastor Bruce Miller (The Lord’s Church), Pastor Tom Hauser (Global River Church), Tavetris Bracey (Harvesters Church), Sean P. Williams (Ignite 3 church), and several others.
Wilmington War Room: Inspired by the movie War Room, we dedicated 10 days of strategic prayer & intersession over 10 different communities that make up the entire city of Wilmington. By hanging a 10 ft. detailed map of the city, we encouraged people to pray over every street, school, business, government, and public housing communities through out the city. Prayer warriors placed tacks & pins to mark specific streets and communities on the large map that they were moved to pray over. By the end of the 10 days, the entire city was blanketed with un-ending prayer and marked by the cries and tears offered by the church of Wilmington. We believe this will result in major transformation!
September 18, Live Skype with Lou Engle: On Friday night, Lou Engle skyped in with us at the tent live from Los Angeles. He was so stirred by ignite Wilmington and is convinced that God is stretching a tent from the Carolinas to California to usher in a national move of the Holy Spirit. He shared the vision of the Call Azusa Street next April! Amazingly, God has opened a door for us to pitch our Jesus Tent on 312 Azusa Street to help support the Call Azusa and Azusa Fest 2016. It will commence on the 110th anniversary of the Azusa Street Revival (April 1906). Surely, God is bringing Wilmington onto the national stage for the next mighty move of Revival in America! We believe by bringing the tent from Wilmington to Azusa Street, hidden wells of revival all throughout the South will be unlocked!
September 19, The Boston Crew: Ryan Harris and a young team of musicians and revivalist’s drove all the way from Boston to Wilmington to play one set worship set and then turned around and drove back the next day! However, God brought the Fire upon their sacrifice in an unforgettable night where the presence of God exploded under the tent. While they were worshipping about 6 or 7 random people came forward to receive salvation for the first time! Immediately some wanted to be baptized! So we broke open the portable tank and went into a spontaneous water baptism session. By the end, some 17 people came forward to be baptized! Jesus! Ryan then released some proclamations over Wilmington and declared our city gates were being opened by hand of God! With some 500 people present we were lead to have young people (30 & under) form 2 fire tunnel lines and prayer forevery person in the tent—WOW! People went down under the power of God! At one point, the entire front section of the tent was covered with bodies on the floor. Some shaking, some crying, some laughing! It was like a page right of revival history! Crutches, arm braces, hearing aids, eye patches, and other body supports were slung on the ground. Jesus healed them all!!!
September 20, The Free Citywide Fish Fry: Hosted by White oak Community Church, we were able to give out 1,500 lbs of fresh fish and sides to over 3,000 people all for free! This is a powerful ministry through White oak church! Through their giving, we were able to spread a dinner table large enough to feed the entire city of Wilmington. Pastors and sinners, the homeless and wealthy, Baptist and Pentecostals, young and old, black and white; all gathered around the presence of Jesus and enjoyed a meal together with no distinction.
September 19, The 10 Hour Intensive Prayer Set: On this day, we gathered over 40 pastors and government leaders around North Carolina to pray into the 10 different aspects of Wilmington’s culture. Some areas included: the family, arts & entertainment, media, education, LGBT community, armed forces, and the government. It was during our prayer time for the government that Jesus showed up in a most profound way. Led by Congressman David Rouzer, several of this regions leading officials came to pray including: Mitch Cunningham, assistant Chief of Police, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahan, County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, and Judges Hockenberry and Gorham. As they first arrived, they were shocked to see about a dozen homeless people sleeping before the alter under the morning worship set. The spirit of humility immediately fell. The meekness of Jesus made so evident to these powerful dignitaries. As congressman Rouzer opened in prayer, tears began to stream down his face. Compassion gripped him His words expressed a deep desire for his love towards Jesus and the least of these. He closed his prayer by asking God, “Send the Holy Spirit across North Carolina.” Following his prayer, tent leaders were moved to respond by spontaneously washing the congressman’s feet as well as all the other city officials’. C-MON! Church leaders washing the feet of the government leaders! What an experience this was! We believe through this act of Love, God is building a house of revival between the government and church leaders in North Carolina. Epic!
What the People Are Saying:
Testimonies from the Jesus Tent
I just wanted to post a blessing over this page and a sign of friendship and thankfulness of friendship I thank you for giving me the Jesus tent. I have been praying in my room to show me the way to replace the void in my heart that will be there after this tent is gone and he told me that I can have the Jesus tent where ever I want now. I have been listing to christian music and praying like I never have before. Lamenting and feverishly praying for him. My life is forever changed I received healing and re newness of my soul in the tent. I received the gift of tongues and now speak them for guidance. Thanks for being my friend mike. I pray for a hedge of protection in your life and for you to know how much you affect peoples lives so that you may receive encouragement to the works of the lord. Amen.
Today God saved my life. -Raven
(Raven not only received salvation but was also water baptized and set free!)
The Jesus tent has been amazing. It has been a life changing experience. I’m so thankful for Gods faithfulness and the fact that He is going to wreck this city with His love and Grace. It has been an amazing 10 days. -Megan Gueiss
I can honestly say never in my life have I ever been touched the way I was touched by Jesus tonight! I receive the words spoken over me tonight and hold tight the keys given to me to unlock and walk through the door! “Never Again!” –Michelle Lane
Jesus saved my life. –Michael Holmes
(Michael is another young man who revived Jesus and was baptized)
As I started my bike ride this evening, my intensions were to jump from the Memorial Bridge (Downtown Wilmington over Cape Fear River). I was directed away by police blocking 3rd street. As I wondered this direction, I came across the Just Jesus Revival. I stayed at the barricade looking in and longing to be a part of it. I was approached and invited inside. At that point, we prayed for healing over my deep feelings of depression. It is amazing to me, Jesus could still love me after all the things I have done to my family and friends. If only I could forgive myself. Lost for words. I will ride past that bridge. Please pray for me and my family and those lost deep down the road of depression.
On September 17, 2015, in the early morning hours of the morning, before the bright morning star appeared, while Paula was preaching the Lord’s word, God put on my heart to give up my only blanket for the purpose of healing everyone who places their name upon it. I Jesus mighty name! -Donald Cleary
(Donald was one of the homeless that came to tent and spent his nights sleeping in the tent. So moved, he gave up his only possession, his blanket as an offering to Jesus. C-MON! Blow is the Jesus Blanket donated by Donald)
I came with my guilt and shame. I recently broke my wife’s heart. In my mind I committed adultery. From early 20’s I developed a porn addiction I thought I as over it but I fell back in. I walked away from God, and spent the last few years living a lie. I was a praise & worship leader who thought he was saved but was only lying to everyone including myself. I was dry. But today I felt God’s Holy Spirit retake the life that Satan stole. I am his from now on and praise God I am free! -Bill
This morning, watching the city government officials’ pray and then watching the tent leaders wash their feet. God says, “A shift is occurring! A shift is happening! I am going to pour out my mercy on this nation! America will be mine again! -Unknown
My dad Gary Reeves has been healed by the power of Jesus Christ of being able to walk again.
Today I was finally able to forgive three people who have hurt me badly. I prayed about them, I prayed for them as well as thanked Jesus for the gift and peace of forgiveness. Bless this city! I love you Jesus!!!
Tonight at 5:30 the legion stadium sign just turned off. So we took a picture of the sign and we all just saw 3 angles standing below the 3 dots. –Janessa
I just pray that the Lord will just bless this place right now. God please help Wilmington became a stronger city! -Caroline age 9
Last night June Bell prayed for me w/o knowledge of anything of me. The Holy Ghost took over and put me “out” and God reached down from heaven and removed the growing lump in my throat.
I went into the tent for prayer for my hips and received prayer for hips and the pain was gone. –James
A woman was out walking, saw the tent and came in. She asked about the foot washing so Mary Spencer and I washed her feet. We shared the gospel, prayed with her and she received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior! She also prayed for the Holy Spirit to come in! Thank you Jesus! -Terri Maples
My name is Brian. I’ve been coming here everyday with my four children. I didn’t know what to expect when we showed up. All I can say is that this has been amazing!! I have watched my children become closer to God. My oldest gave her life to Jesus and was baptized, my back was healed and my God is healing my marriage. I thank God for all his blessings and I pray for my family to be closer to him. –Brian
Wow. Jesus is awesome. The tent has changed my life. I have always known Jesus but now I know Him even better thanks to the past week or so. I have been filled with so much peace, joy, love, glory, and hope nothing can stand in the way of that. I went through the worst season of heartbreak but now, I can declare that in the name of Jesus, my heart is healed. So blessed and honored to meet such lovely people from every walk of life and every culture come together as one Body of Christ. It is like a slice of heaven.
I have been to the tent now on three occasions and each time I am drawn by the spirit to return and what is even more heart warming is each visit I feel the presence so strong of the Holy Spirit till I find it difficult to leave. I am so grateful for this encounter and I pray God, continues to bless this tent and its soldiers wherever they go to witness next.
More Pics from Ignite Wilmington…
Meet Rob! Rob is the guy with long dreads. The day we received the potable water baptismal tank and filled it with water, Rob just happened to walk in off the street, encountered Jesus under the tent, received salvation, and then was baptized all with 30 minutes of the tank being filled. The next day Rob brought a donation of dinner rolls and breads for the nights meal. C-MON!!!
This one of the many homeless converts that came to sleep under the presence of day & night worship. Prior to the start of ignite wilmington, the city gave us a very hard time with the use of their bathrooms on the property. There major reason was that they didn’t want the homeless sleeping in the bathrooms, a liability issue. After we assured them we wouldn’t allow it, they gave us key to bathrooms. We had a small team who cleaned them daily. One evening however, someone forgot to lock the supply closet in the bathrooms. I was told the homeless got into the bathrooms, but not to sleep in them, rather they cleaned them from top to bottom. Wow! Left me speechless! I was reminded of Jesus’s words, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” In short, Jesus identified with the homeless so much because he himself was homeless!
These are just some of the 19 baptisms that took place under the tent.
Foot washing tent was a major place of healing & breakthrough
Spontaneous foot washing & prayer over the city. One woman walked up with a bad fracture in her foot and was instantly healed while her feet were washed!
Prophetic art was expressed by numerous artists from all over North Carolina during the 10 days! Some of our painters even included the children by empowering them to express their hearts and visions of Jesus through painting! So good!
In all, we believed nearly 25 + people received salvation for the first time. Approximately 20 or so were also baptized during the 10 days. There were numerous rededication’s back to the Lord, and at least a hundred cases of physical healing that took place in people’s bodies. We also had about a dozen of demonic deliverance’s occur as well. To Jesus be all the Glory! We believe God’s heart is pleased and the assignment to shift the destiny of the city has begun! Excited to see what God has in store next for the Port City!
We are so excited to announce that the tent will be going up next April 5-13 on 312 Azusa Street to help support the Call Azusa! God had given us an assignment to help Los Angles break open the old well of Azusa Street! We are being led to do this by merging worship leaders & intercessors from the Carolinas with those in California. Over 120,000 are expected to gather from all around the world for this epic gathering. Many are being drawn by Williams Seymour’s dream that in our generation (100+ years after Azusa Street) God will send another great wave of revival to America! We are linking up with Lou Engle and Pastor Fred Berry to place the tent on the exact site where the Azusa Mission once stood. Our tent will be joining in with 30 other tents that will be set-up through Los Angels! This is going to be the trip of a life time!