HARVEST HOUSE OF PRAYER: OUR “YES” TO GOD IN 2020

July 30, 2020

A few months ago my wife and I never would have dreamed we’d be here in Columbus, Georgia, serving Take the City. As a matter of fact we thought we knew exactly what our future looked like. We thought we would continue living in Orlando, Florida, serving in our ministry roles there, helping disciple people out of drug and alcohol addiction just as we’d been doing. Then the pandemic happened…. Called to serve at Take the City All of our plans went out the window when we were informed that, due to the pandemic, there was no further employment available. Covid-19 forced us into a harsh reality that so many others have faced this year. We had a decision to make. We could either be thrust into panic. Or we could be thrust into prayer. We decided on the latter. We traveled for a week and a half checking out various ministry opportunities in Florida and Georgia, all the while seeking God in prayer. Towards the end of our trip we were at our final stop: checking out Take the City with its founder Andrew Chalmers. Andrew told us we were needed to help coordinate their prayer room. It just so happens that Andrew, my wife, and I served alongside each other in the past. Andrew was well aware that we both had a heart for worship and intercession. He decided we were the perfect candidates to serve in this way. After that week on the car ride back to Orlando, I remember looking at my wife and seeing in her eyes that she was feeling the same thing...
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Stop for the One – Online Outreach Challenge



Description of Outreach Challenge On Saturday July 18, we had an online outreach. We shared about what is coming up locally with Take the City as well as delivered an outreach challenge. The challenge was to “Stop for the One”, to identify one person you would pray for or share the Gospel with this week. Several people had powerful encounters with people in a grocery store or simply walking outside at the park. The following is one of those stories. Stopping for the One  Stephanie watched online and commented on Facebook that she would stop for the one. The next day, she arrived at the grocery store in Columbus, GA. Among other things, she had the challenge on her mind. Before she got out of the car, she asked God to show her ‘the One whose heart He was working on’. She roamed around the store for several minutes, picking up the various food items she needed. Having found everything, she walked back to the front to wait in line to check out. As she stood there, she noticed a man off her right shoulder. He began talking to her, and shortly into their conversation, she knew she had found the ‘One’ that she was meant to stop for. Johnny’s Story Johnny was sharing how he had gone to church that morning for the first time in 10 years! He explained that he had dealt with a lot of loss. He lost both his wife and brother on the same day several years ago. The pain he felt from their deaths had led him into a sinful life. He...
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July 4th Tea Party – Young Ave



Over the last month, there has been a lot of activity at the Young Ave Project Lifehouse home. Maya and Nacie have been busy connecting with their neighbors, especially the children. The children love Miss Maya and Miss Nacie; they come running over whenever one of them gets home.  On July 4th, Maya and Nacie had planned to have a cookout but not all the plans came together in time. Wanting to still meet with their neighbors, Maya and Nacie decided to have a Tea Party. Maya went inside and turned on their speaker to have worship music playing through the screen door. The neighbors pitched in and helped set up tables and chairs while Maya and Nacie brought their mugs outside. The kids helped pass out cookies, and everyone sat down and enjoyed themselves. When the tea party was almost over and Maya and Nacie were about to clean up, an argument broke out between a woman and a child who was not her own. The little boy had hit her daughter, and she was angry. She had a right to be, but she was taking it too far. The mom shouted at him and let the boy have it. Then, all of a sudden, she stopped, grabbed her kids, and left.  Miss Maya began talking with the little boy about the situation. He cried a little and felt sorry. Maya proceeded to guide the little boy across the street to apologize to the Mom and her child. After he apologized, the mom explained that she had just given her life to Christ two weeks earlier. All she...
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The Beautiful Exchange – Redeem

June 30, 2020

From a helping hand to now transforming lives. These are the testimonies we are already seeing through the Beautiful Exchange Clothing Closet. Through the community, we are receiving AMAZING donations to offer to these women for an opportunity to sit down with them, pray with them, and hear their stories and dreams. Our desire is to build trust with them and help them get into a program that could help them overcome prostitution, homelessness, addiction, and other life-altering issues! Just last week, a man and a woman chose to get off the streets and into a program! We are so encouraged to see God not only use this closet to help with tangible needs but also launch people into wholeness and their destinies.  We also were able to help our sweet friend Charlette find sobriety and get into a program weeks before taking her last breath here on earth. She had suffered from COPD for years and our team was able to minister to her and encourage her to go after the things of the Kingdom instead of the things of the world. She rededicated her life to Jesus and is now dancing in paradise with Him! We are believing for miracles to break out within her family who are now connected with us.     We are honored to partner with the community, Damascus Way, and many of you who have made this dream possible! The gospel is still transforming hearts, and we won’t stop until we see every heart touched!  Go to takethecity.com/redeem to read how you can be more...
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Garden Drive is Beginning to Take Shape!



This house is already beginning to look like a home…what a difference new windows make! We are working towards completing the remodel of our Garden Dr. home this year to launch a new LifeHouse ministry in 2021. We are in need of several more Lifehouse donors. If you would enjoy becoming a kitchen sponsor, bathroom sponsor, HVAC sponsor, flooring sponsor, carpentry and/or painting sponsor, please let us know! Also, if you or any of your friends have expertise in these areas, please send them our way! We are excited to see how the Lord continues to use this home for His glory. We have had several encounters with the neighbors, and the Lord has touched many of them already. We can’t wait for a family to move in and start a weekly Bible study and monthly outreaches to the neighborhood.  Remember, let us know how you would like to become involved. We are also looking for a church ministry partner to conduct monthly outreaches and Bible studies in this community. If you know anyone, please share our information. Call Louis Chalmers, Project Lifehouse Director at 404-861-3959 or email louis@take-the-city.com....
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Stephanie

TTC led me out of darkness and into the love I’ve longed for my entire life, the love of JESUS.  They’ve taught me to love like Jesus by walking out my created purpose.  My Spirit has been healed, I am whole, because of their obedience to do God’s will.  They have introduced me to and welcomed me into a powerful tribe of women that love Jesus with their whole heart.  Women that strengthen, teach, support, and encourage one another with the power and authority given by the Holy Spirit.  I am eternally grateful for their ministry and humbled to be called family.