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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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We’re Growing! Meet our new TTC team members

March 14, 2018

Over the last six months the Take the City staff team has grown! We wanted to celebrate all that God is doing and introduce all of our newest team members to you. We know that God has given us a 2020 Vision and that He is bringing together the right people to help make this dream become a reality. Our Newest Team Members: Lynn Alderson has served on the Take the City board of Directors since its inception. Starting in February 2018 she has also stepped into a role of Chief Operating Officer for the organization. She has years of non-profit and business experience and she is helping to lead and manage the operations of the organization.     Louis and Nancy Chalmers moved to Columbus, GA in late 2017 to volunteer with Take the City. Louis is an engineer and also has ran a construction company. Nancy is an interior decorator. They both also run a non-profit ministry called, Help4Haiti where they serve orphans in Haiti. They both will be serving to help manage the Project: LifeHouse home renovations.     Lisa Eady and her husband Jeremy are originally from Double Springs, AL.  Their family is moving into one of our Project: LifeHouse homes and also Lisa will be serving as our local outreach and training coordinator. Both her and her husband have a heart to share the gospel and to serve the local churches of our community!     Jessica Amor grew up in the Atlanta Metro area. After struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol she went into a Christian discipleship program and her life was...
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Remembering the life of Billy Graham

February 21, 2018

I never got a chance to meet Billy Graham or hear him speak but I, like so many others, have been profoundly impacted by His life. I’ve heard my parents talk about going to one of his crusades and even have read books and stories about his life. It’s truly an incredible story of how God can use an ordinary man to accomplish extraordinary things. A few years ago I went to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte. While all the displays about crusades, crowds, and meeting presidents were exciting to see I was most impacted by one of the little television displays tucked away in the middle of all the memorabilia. This TV display featured one of Billy Graham’s last public interviews where he was bluntly asked if he could go back and change anything, what would he change? His answer still impacts me today. Billy Graham answered the interviewer by telling him that he wished he would have spent more time with Jesus. He said he would have traveled less and done less so that he could have had more time with the Lord. If you could go back and change anything, what would you change? Billy Graham’s answer to that simple question reminds me so often that our life isn’t satisfied by big accomplishments, crowds, accolades or knowing the famous people of our time. Life is most fulfilling when we abide and connect to the life giver himself. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. We encounter the fullness of life when we give our lives to knowing Jesus. I believe that sometimes the...
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How well are we doing? (Growing in Faith and Love)

February 14, 2018

“We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.” 1 Thess 1:3-4 Paul and his companions were writing their friends in a city that had visited previously to teach and encourage people about the good news of Jesus. They talk about in the previous letter how much they truly loved them and believed the best for them. As they begin their second letter to their friends in Thessalonica they talk about how happy they were about them and they point out two key things that I believe are vitally important to our communities as we continue to follow Jesus Christ. Growing in Faith The first thing that they are thankful for is that the family of God in Thessalonica were growing in faith. This first point of celebration shows us that it’s so important that our communities of Jesus followers are to always be growing in faith and that this should be something we celebrate. So, how do we know when we are growing in faith? This should be obviously demonstrated not only by what we say but shown by what we do. Our faith is proved by our works. The kind of works that prove that faith is growing in us may actually look like us taking risks to be in obedient to God. It may...
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Brittany

I have been serving in some way with Take the city since October 2013. I spent a lot of time on the prayer team in the beginning and encountered God’s heart for the city in a life changing way. When the teams came back and shared testimonies, it was always fun to see that our prayers coincided with some of their testimonies in special ways. More recently I have had the privilege of leading a team to a nursing home where I used to be an employee. I used to pray over the facility every day, and it was such a miracle to see an old friend who lives there give his life to Jesus on one of our outreaches a year later. God sure has a way of answering prayers. And Take the City is an answer to so many prayers that have gone up here.