How It All Started

By Matthew Lilley

After a Friday morning prayer meeting in early 2009, an old intercessor lady asked me about a building for our ministry. It hadn’t even been on my mind, and we were not praying about it that day. However I was always dreaming and looking around town for a potential prayer room space. I told her about a building for rent in Uptown Greenville. It was the upstairs of Backdoor skate shop right on the edge of ECU campus. I had had my eye on it for a while and had even gone to look inside. She said she would be praying. It seemed so random.

About a month later at noon on Friday, April 3, 2009, a week of non-stop 24/7 prayer began on the campus of East Carolina University. In a small room in the Baptist Campus Ministry building, students started praying again – students, faculty and other Jesus-followers from the Greenville area signed up to pray for an hour or two so that there was continuous prayer. The prayer at ECU started at noon on Friday, and God started moving very quickly.

About three and a half hours after 24/7 prayer began, a supporter of our ministry stepped out of his car behind Backdoor Skate Park and God spoke to him, he claims in an audible voice:

“This is a place I want My glory to dwell.”

God told this same man to rent the Boiler Room for our ministry, and he paid the $1000/month rent for seven years! It was supernatural.