Pardon the length of this newsletter, but I wanted to give a full of recap of all God did at our recent Ignite Greenville gathering. Be encouraged!
“Worship helps transform lives”. This was the fitting headline of the Daily Reflector newspaper the day after we ended Ignite Greenville’s 80 hours of non-stop worship, prayer, meals and neighborhood outreach. That newspaper story highlighted one of the most profound storylines of the gathering. Across the street from the gathering in a yellow house, a praying grandmother (in the photo above) of the neighborhood saw the dream of her heart come true as her entire family either put their faith in Christ or rededicated their lives to Jesus! After a few folks from the house came over to get some food the first day, some of the outreach team visited the house. The grandmother called everyone together (four generations and 10+ people), and every person got down on their knees in the living room and prayed to the Lord for salvation! An entire household was saved – just like out of the book of Acts!
Burn 24-7 Greenville partnered with the Jesus Tent, part of Wilmington-based Ignite Ministries, to host the outdoor Ignite Greenville gathering May 4-7th at the Third Street Education Center in Greenville, NC. It drew worship leaders and teams from across eastern North Carolina region and beyond. It took hundreds of volunteers to sustain the day & night ministry, and hundreds more came through the tent throughout the weekend. Burn 24-7 Greenville has hosted as many as 24 hour of constant worship before, but never anything close to 80 hours. However, live worship music continued in the Jesus Tent non-stop for four days, and the schedule was full before the gathering even began! One lady approached me and was bummed because the 4am slot was filled before she could take it!
Along with the worship, free meals were offered every day, which drew lots of people and opened up many doors for ministry. Every afternoon, teams went door-to-door in the west Greenville neighborhoods to offer prayer, pass out Hershey kisses, and invite people to the Jesus Tent. Miraculous physical healings took place both in the streets and under the tent. I personally was able to pray with people with pain in their feet and shoulders and see God take away the pain instantly! I heard stories of other healings and salvations as well!
For me personally, this was my last ministry “assignment” from the Lord before our family relocates to the Raleigh area. After laboring in the spirit of the tabernacle of David for nearly 15 years in Greenville, God has called us to shift to Raleigh for the next season, as a home base to see day & night prayer & worship raised up in the NC capital as well as across the state and nation!
On the final night of Ignite Greenville, we hosted a Student Night, with guest speaker Niko Peele of Ignite Campus Movement and worship led by local high school & college students. I had received a prophetic word right before the gathering started that I was to pass my “mantle of prayer” and davidic worship to the younger generation to carry on in Greenville in my absence. I was blown away when I called up worshiping musicians & singers under thirty years old, and 20-30 young people came up to receive prayer! The power of the Holy Spirit exploded upon them, and many began weeping or falling to the floor. God was marking a generation to worship Him in spirit and truth!
We praise God for all He did at Ignite Greenville! We were blessed by the way the Church of the region jumped in to help. The media coverage was amazing, and I even got to declare the worth of Jesus when a local TV station ran a story on the event (click for video). We believe this gathering was both the fruit of years of faithful prayers and labor, as well as a token of greater and greater revival that is still coming in Greenville and eastern North Carolina!
Thank you so much for your prayers and support. We are honored!
Matthew & Shepard Lilley
US National Director for Burn 24-7
Prayer Missionaries to North Carolina
- Timely sale of our house. So we can get moved to the Raleigh area quickly.
- Wildfires School. Matthew will be ministering at the Ignite Movement Wildfires week-long school for students in Wilmington June 18-24.
- Partnership Team. An increase in the number of monthly partners to match our updated budget.