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Local Brothel Encounters Jesus!

November 9, 2018

Redeem is an initiative of Take the City to see the end of commercial sexual exploitation. This is a testimony that happened recently. If you would like to get involved with the Redeem outreaches, cultural reformation initiative, or Beautifully Made to rescue, employ, and empower trafficking survivors please contact us. Email- redeem@take-the-city.com Local Brothel Encounters Jesus! We have seen incredible progress and many ladies reach freedom and get off of the streets! However, recently we were able to do something that has to ranked up there with the most incredible things we have been able to do since our beginning! We found a lady on street outreach that admitted she lives in a house where prostitution is actively facilitated. She encountered Jesus through our team so strongly that she invited us to come to her house on another day and share Jesus with everyone there! So, we were able to go visit and immediately encountered the trafficker. We got to pray for him and Instantaneously,  the presence of God came on that porch and healed this man’s knee! We are going to be visiting this Brothel a few times a month to see the power of Jesus transform these precious lives. Jesus is in these places of torment and agony but he is transforming...
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Testimonies from Tent America!

October 30, 2018

The Lord moved all over the States during Tent America. Here are some powerful testimonies of how He encountered people around the country.   Oregon – An agnostic on campus experienced the presence of God when we prayed for him and realized that the reason he’d recently been studying the Bible in one of his classes and picked up a book called “The Secret: Ask, Believer, Receive” was because God was real and was pursuing a relationship with him. Maine – We walked up to a door and knocked. A woman named Debora was there, and after talking with her a few minutes, we discovered she had been diagnosed with bone cancer. After encouraging her, we prayed for her healing. She was very grateful for our visit. New Hampshire –  One woman had a leg shorter than the other, and it grew out! Another story, there was a couple who were both believers. The woman’s back pain was at a 10 and went completely away. She got up and said “Hey, wow! That feels really good!” Then we prayed for her husband who had a stiff neck and that was healed as well! You could tell he was sincerely interested in the fact that we are called to walk out signs, miracles and wonders, just as Jesus did. The couple were very thankful we came. Oklahoma – A young pregnant mother of two said, “I can’t sleep and am dealing with a lot of anxiety” After receiving prayer, she said through tears, “Thank you so much, thank you for coming today.” Minnesota – On Friday at Tent America 2018, I encountered a homeless Native American...
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Ministry Update! – Fall 2018

October 11, 2018

Impact since 2016 – Our ministry has impacted thousands of lives since 2016 not only in the Chattahoochee Valley but in many cities all over the States. Through our various outreaches, events, and initiatives we’ve impacted well over 15,000 people with the gospel.  We’ve had people from hundreds of churches involved in our various events both locally and in other cities. We’ve seen over 250 people come to Christ and helped connect them to local churches or programs like Teen Challenge. We launched an initiative called Project: Lifehouse to transform neighborhoods; we currently have two missional families living in communities in Columbus through this project. We’ve also launched an initiative called Redeem that helps rescue women out of prostitution and trafficking and gets them into restoration programs. The initiative has a fully operational safe home for immediate care for the women. Powerful stories of redemption are happening!  Lastly, we’ve trained more than 4,000 church members in cities all over America and even internationally to reach their communities with the Gospel. Our team has planned 12+ conferences and citywide training events around the US and one in Africa. We’ve seen well over 5,000 homes reached with the gospel through these various training events. God is doing amazing things, and we believe that this is just the beginning! We want to thank you all so much for your consistent prayers and support....
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This Month’s Prayer Focus For REDEEM!

May 17, 2018

  Redeem is Take the City’s newest outreach initiative to the area of sex trafficking in our community. We believe God has given us a vision to eradicate sex trafficking. We do a lot of outreach (in the streets, online, over the phone). We also have weekly prayer, every Thursday morning from 7:30 AM until 8:30 AM at the Take the City building (2910 2nd ave. Columbus, GA 31904). Please join us for a powerful time of worship and intercession!   Monthly Prayer Points:  All the ladies we are currently building relationships with, that they would leave the life of prostitution and be restored and healed fully.   Safe Home being finalized and ready for Ladies to be taken in    Exposure to all the sex trafficking plans in our area as well as the nations.                      Raise up laborers to work in the harvest with us Favor to all we do! Pray for our government and everyone on the legislative end of this issue. Auburn Online Outreach Product line “Beautifully Made” Thank you for your help in this fight. Together we will see commercial sexual exploitation...
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Revival on the River 2018 Recap by Ian Allen

May 7, 2018

Wow! We just finished our 5th annual Revival on the River. Which I believe was a celebration of the fruit of what we longed and prayed for since the beginning. Looking back at the past.. The first one took place only months after I met Andrew Chalmers. He had an idea for a community wide event that would bring not only cities together but different churches, and races, and ages of people. He and I had such similar hearts and visions to bring Unity to the body of Christ and it was refreshing to link arms and partner with his vision for this event. I still remember the first one like it was yesterday. There was so much joy and energy. No preconceived intentions. We really had no idea what to expect. To put it simply, God blew us away. It was so refreshing to see a movement birthed that was so much bigger than just an event. We could all notice God stirring people’s hearts to hunger for more of God’s peace and presence. Our first event truly was an attempt to stir something up in our city, in our churches and in our hearts. Thus, we realized we needed to do it again next year. God continues to work miracles. Over the years God has continued to move in incredible ways in our city since our first Revival on the River. While logistically, it has looked different every year. We have had different elements, different volunteers, different musicians and worship teams. But the consistency was in His presence. Each and every year there has been challenges in...
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$30,000 raised in just over a week for Redeem Safe House!

April 3, 2018

After several situations with ladies wanting out of the life of prostitution and trafficking, Redeem realized we need to get our safe house renovated asap. So, a couple weeks ago the Lord called us to raise the rest of the cost needed to renovated the newly donated safe house. We saw incredible support from the body of Christ and within days we had the money! This will be a house for immediate transition into long term programs or into our outpatient services. This will help redeem aid victims at a much faster and more effective rate. We hope to have this house up and running by the beginning of May! If you would like to help in any way, please email us or call our office. Email: redeem@take-the-city.com Office Phone:...
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Revival on the River is just around the corner!!

March 30, 2018

Revival on the River is just around the corner!! Can you believe it? This April 20th, we will be hosting our 5th annual Revival on the River. There will be fun for the whole family, FREE FOOD, positive music and messages. Come and join us to celebrate unity, life and community! Everyone is welcome! Gates open at 6PM EST! click here to find us on facebook!! What’s the story behind the beginning of ROTR? In 2014 we hosted a night of free food from Chick-Fil-A, local christian music and family fun! We celebrated the unity that we have among the Tri-city area by enjoying a night of music, fellowship, food and encouraging messages. We were honored to have both Mayor Tomlinson and Mayor Lowe and several other key leaders speaking on the subject of unity. We also had music groups from local churches that played that night a wide variety of contemporary christian, gospel music and hymns! Which venue will RORT be at? The Phenix City Amphitheater is where this year’s Revival on the River we be located. It is a place that will be packed full of energy with one common goal – to unite the Tri-city area by enjoying a night of music, fellowship, food and encouraging messages. WANT TO HELP? Do you have a passion to serve? If so, we need your help! Click the link below and sign up for an opportunity to serve the community and help Revival on the River be successful! Click here to...
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Divine Appointments – Young ave.



During our Take the City in March as we ventured out into the Young Ave community to introduce ourselves to our new neighborhood, we were full of anticipation of what the Lord was going to do. Every outreach we go on we expect to get to love on God’s people and watch God bring healing and salvation to so many around us. Connecting with the community. During our outreach, we passed out bags of candy with a letter from our family saying that we were praying for them and the whole neighborhood. We were able to deliver several bags and prayed for several families. Divine appointments. Soon enough we approached a little yellow house. Upon knocking an elderly lady answered with a great big smile. She said come in I need prayer I have arthritis. As we entered, this beautiful family began to share with us that they were in ministry and had been praying for this area for the past 30 years. We immediately felt a rush of the  joy of the Lord. They explained, though the neighborhood grew worse with drugs and prostitution they continued to stand firm on their mission in interceding for the area. Afterwards, we shared our story with them. We told them about Take the City and project lifehouse and how we had recently moved into the neighborhood. After hearing this, the elderly couple was extremely encouraged. They said “we’ve been praying for missionaries to move in this area!” We were all amazed how God had brought us together. Jesus’ always seals the deal. Just before leaving their house, we decided to pray for...
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Tampa Testimony by Mariel Villarreal – Great American Cookies Treasure Hunt

March 19, 2018

This month, we held a Take the City conference in Tampa, Florida with the goal of gathering the body of Christ in the city and surrounding areas to receive equipping to do outreach and then to go out into the city to use the tools we learned to evangelize. An anticipation filled the room as we shared testimonies of salvations, healings, and miracles God has done on past outreaches when we simply reached out to those around us with the love and power of the Gospel. What is a Treasure Hunt? Before outreach, my team gathered to prepare for a “Treasure Hunt” , a type of evangelism where we pray and ask God to give us specific clues about where we should go, what we should do, and who we should meet. We would take note of the clues we received during prayer. While those clues would become the treasure map that would lead us to the people we share the Gospel with—our treasures. It’s a fun way to partner with the Holy Spirit and rely on His leading to impact people and situations that are on His heart. Your Clues will Determine Your Treasure Map. As we prayed, someone spoke up and said, “I feel like God wants us to go to the mall food court!” After another moment, I felt like the Lord was showing me a picture of a cookie store at the mall. With two clues for our treasure hunt in hand, we decided—let’s go to the mall and see what Jesus wants to do! Your Treasure Map will Determine Your Destiny. When we arrived...
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We’re going to Africa!

March 18, 2018

We’re so excited to announce that Take the City is going to Africa this summer! After a season of prayer, preparation and looking through many various international invitations we feel God leading us to invest in the nations of Mozambique and Malawi this June. My family and one of our team members will be traveling for a total of two weeks investing in these two nations. We are really excited to partner with two ministries in Africa during our time there. The first is a ministry called IRIS which has a missions base in Pemba, Mozambique. We’re excited to serve the poor and orphans and get to glean from this powerful ministry led by missionaries Rolland and Heidi Baker.  The second place we will travel to is the nation of Malwai. We will be leading Pastors and leaders conferences and also host crusade type meetings preaching the Gospel. We plan to utilize our Take the City training to equip pastors and leaders from all over that nation. We’re excited to see a great and mighty harvest! How you can help! Join our prayer team for this trip – Email Ellen Chalmers at ellen@take-the-city.com Financially Partner with us for this trip – Click Here and be sure to check “Mission Trip Support” – Our goal is to raise $12,000. If you would prefer to mail a check you can mail a check to Take the City to 2910 2nd Ave, Columbus GA 31904. Be sure you put AFRICA in the comment section. We’re so excited for all that God is going to do this summer! Churches from various denominations all...
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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!