Prayer Saved My Life

November 5, 2019

NLT: Psalm 50:15 Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.  Prayer Saved my Life As a seven year old girl growing up in rural northern New Jersey, I didn’t go to church but knew there was a God. Somehow, I just knew it.  I don’t know how I knew, I just knew. Then of course there was the baby Jesus, that I heard about at Christmas. To me, Jesus was still that baby in the manager.  I would talk to God about all sorts of things. I didn’t understand it all with no one to teach me, but I always felt there was more. This is my testimony of how prayer saved my life.The summers were a great time to break away and head to the shore. The shore is like the beach, but where I come from we call it the shore. We packed it all up for a day trip to the Jersey Shore. What a beautiful day it was! Sun shining brightly, seagulls flying quite low hoping to catch a morsel of food dropped in the white hot sands of Asbury Park. As we settled in, I found my big red sand bucket.  So here I go, I was ready. Ready to discover the best shell ever!  As I continued exploring for treasures to collect, I wandered, enjoying the warmth of the sunshine on my back and the summer breeze that was just enough to make this day perfect. I recall feeling so happy and content as the water came back to wash...
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Redeem – W.A.R. Weekend – Worship And Reformation



This month we hosted our FIRST EVER W.A.R. Weekend in Opelika, Alabama. W.A.R. Weekend’s consist of continuous prayer, worship and outreach at a hotel that our teams have found to be rampant with trafficking and prostitution. We believe that the issue of human trafficking will be eradicated as the Gospel goes forth in every city, and the body of Christ is equipped to reach men and women in their very own city. Our team saw many lives impacted, saved and touched by the love of Jesus! The following is one special encounter. One of our leaders in Opelika had been ministering to a lady she reached through their online outreaches. Lo and behold, the woman was staying in the room RIGHT ABOVE US while we were worshiping and interceding over the hotel!!! She texted our leader asking if she could join us. The leader of course said yes! When she joined them, there was a precious moment where she was able to encounter the presence of the Lord and His pursuit on her heart. She was able to do this in the very place she has been surviving by performing services for men. Wow! What beauty! Jesus longs to meet us where we are! We don’t have to clean up for Him. We simply need to come to Him and that is what this woman did. Jesus is so in love with these women and desires for them to know how worthy and valued they are. We are still in contact with many of the women we encountered and hope to see them discipled and brought into our loving...
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419 Tents of Worship & Prayer in One Weekend



The weekend of October 17-19, we had the opportunity to participate in Tent America, a grassroots movement of day and night worship, prayer and missions, especially focused on the U.S. For this event, people were invited to set up a tent of worship for 50 hours straight wherever they would like: work places, city parks, churches, college campuses, etc. 419 people stepped up to orchestrate 50 hours of prayer and worship in their areas. October 17-19, hundreds of people across the U.S. joined together in prayer for our nation and our cities to encounter God. Prayers were answered as many people did experience Christ’s love. The following stories are testimonies from our tent at Take the City. Louis and Nancy Chalmers along with a few other people were worshiping the Lord from 4am-8am Saturday morning. Around 5am, a guy walked up to the tent. He met the Chalmers and stayed for a long time. At the very end of the night on Saturday, he showed back up at 10pm. He had felt led to come and help tear down the chairs and help where he could. This was an answer to prayer for our team who had been there all day. We told him so, and he felt SO ENCOURAGED! He wasn’t sure if he should come at all; he didn’t want to be a burden. Not at all! Many hands make light work, and he was an incredible help! Later that afternoon, we sent out a few teams of people out across the Chattahoochee Valley to share the Gospel and pray for people. One of our leaders had...
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Practical Ways to Engage Pastors in Your City

October 29, 2019

How do you engage pastors to unify and mobilize to see a city revitalized? How do you incite them to action? Here are some practical steps to begin this process.  First, Connect with local pastors. Call them. Drop by their churches. Ask the Lord where to go. Engage secretaries and administrative staff. They are the pastor’s first defense. Ask the secretarial questions as well as the pastors when you sit down with them. I.e. How did you come to this church? How did you become a pastor? How long have you been in this city? What is your heart for this city? We can so arrogantly jump ahead, thinking our idea is the best when we need to first Listen and Connect, and then share.  For example, Esther went to the King, ultimately to plead the case of her people. She could have asked right then and there but she waited. She spoke with the king, dined with him, and I am sure encouraged him. Although her request was urgent as the matter was literally life or death for her people, she still didn’t rush her request. She made time to connect, encourage, and THEN plead her case. Don’t rush connection. Build it. Let it grow, “and you will surely reap a harvest if you do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).  Secondly, Encourage the pastors. Pray for them. Celebrate them. See them for who they are: passionate men of God who are guiding their sheep the best way they know how. It is easy to judge a pastor or church and call out what they are not doing well...
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“Please Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

October 23, 2019

Take the City Project LifeHouse Initiatives  Generations of American children watched Fred Rogers begin his program each day on PBS singing this song as he came home, took off his sweater and put on his house shoes from 1968-2001. Mr Rogers programs are credited with teaching radical kindness, acceptance, and empathy to help children deal with the troubled civil unrest and rebellion against the moral, religious and legal values of our society beginning in the 1960-70s. Jesus taught  radical kindness, acceptance, and empathy  during His earthly ministry. Jesus responded to a question from a young Mosaic lawyer of how to inherit eternal life; by reminding him that we are to “Love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (NIV) In response to the Lawyer’s inquiry of “Who is my neighbor?”, Jesus taught the parable of the Good Samaritan going to help, bandage wounds, and carry to an inn for care; a traveler who had been robbed and beaten and left on the side of the road, from Jerusalem to Jericho. This injured man had been ignored by a priest and levite passing by on the other side of the road. Jesus asked the lawyer who had been a neighbor to the injured man and responded to the lawyer’s answer, “the one who had mercy on him”, with an admonition to “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25-36) Project LifeHouse is a Take the City initiative to bring local churches together with local business leaders in partnerships to help revitalize communities. They accomplish this by...
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Donna

My first encounter with Take the City was going to Wilson Apartments in Columbus GA. We were met by a man from that neighborhood who prayed with us before we began the outreach. We set up an area for the kids to play and others went door to door witnessing and praying for people. It truly was a humbling experience. Another time I got to pray at an abortion clinic which was another humbling experience. The worship services the night before are always dynamic and spirit led. However I will conclude with the best part for me was being an eight week participant of Take the City boot camp. All of the leaders were simply AWESOME and I learned so much during those eight weeks. I thank God for all these wonderful opportunities!