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Porch Time: A lost Kairos

October 16, 2019

We live in an 1890’s Queen Anne Victorian house beside the Chattahoochee River.  It is quite an amazing gift for this season in our lives. The front, of course, has a large porch that provides a most comfortable place “to just be”.  Fresh breezes, cozy rockers and critters croaking, all combine to quickly evoke a carefree atmosphere. Neighbors walk by with their children and stop a moment to talk, dogs bark, and an old large oak provides shade on one section or the other all day. On a front porch you are exposed.  No hiding out from the folks around you. Yet, you can curl up and nap, swing, pray, or read a book.   Life feels manageable on a porch, especially with the influence of a river nearby.  They call it living at a walking pace when life moves with the rhythm of a river. Life becomes more manageable. People see each other in a different light on a porch. It opens the window to the Kairos (God moments), if you let it. Most of us have lost that precious opportunity by driving into our garage, entering our safe, fortified homes and ignoring the people closest to us. I think the pace of our lives can lead us to want to control something.   So, we put an invisible sign on our door; NO TRESPASSING.  Kairos is from an ancient Greek word meaning: a fitting time, opportunity or season. Webster tells us, “it is a time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action or decision”. It is not Chronos, which is the Greek word for...
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BREAKTHROUGH FEAR

October 8, 2019

5 lessons to overcome fear   Do you ever struggle with fear when God’s asking you to step out and share the gospel with someone? I know that I have fought that feeling most of my life.   This past year I’ve discovered some amazing things that have helped me to not only overcome my fear. I have stepped into my destiny sharing the gospel with others!  I remember one specific afternoon, I stopped at the store to pick up a few things for dinner on my way home from work.  As I was walking through the grocery store I saw the same man 3 times in different parts of the store.  Every time I walked by him, the Lord was nudging me to talk to him and each time I just smiled and walked by.  When I stepped in line at the checkout, he followed. It was clear, I should say something to him. My thoughts raced,  frozen with not knowing what to say and fear of what he might think. I awkwardly smiled as I paid for my groceries and went to my car.  I immediately knew that I missed my opportunity, I did not do what I was supposed to do. My heart was filled with disappointment and I never saw the guy again.  Then the conviction hit my heart, I was saddened that I missed an opportunity to obey the Holy Spirit. His loving kindness flooded my heart as I repented, committing in my heart to slay this giant of fear in my life that was keeping me from doing His Will.       Here are...
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Reach Atlanta

October 1, 2019

In January of this year, 15 leaders from all over Atlanta gathered in Tyrone, GA to pray about Reach Atlanta and discuss what the future of Atlanta could look like if the churches united together to take the city for Christ. The goal of Reach Atlanta was not to become one more thing or organization to join, rather it would be the interworking of churches all across the Atlanta area, learning how to share the Gospel in everyday life, and then doing so regularly in small groups. This could be a grocery store, a park, a business meeting, a person’s home. Everyone has a story, and these leaders decided to come together and figure out how to help awaken people in their city to share the Gospel and testimonies of God’s power in their lives on a daily basis. After spending a solid hour in prayer, the team of leaders hashed out next steps. The plan: 18 training events in 12 months all across Atlanta. It could happen with everyone’s help! One person chose to help run social media, others said they could talk to 2 or 3 pastors they knew, and others said they could make phone calls to churches across the area where they lived. Teamwork makes the dreamwork. And if you are thinking of taking a city as big as Atlanta for Christ, you are going to need all the teamwork you can get! Since this initial meeting, the leaders from this meeting and more people since have been working fervently to connect with pastors and other leaders all over the Atlanta area. Many relationships have...
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Community Outreach – Chattahoochee Valley



On Saturday August 17th, 2019, Columbus, Georgia reached sweltering degrees high in the 90s. This pushed our community outreach teams to look for places indoors to minister to people rather than going to their usual neighborhoods. The heat with humidity was enough to make someone pass out. Thus our team of girls chose to go where most girls love to go: the mall. Rather than shopping for clothes, the women went shopping for souls. They kept their eyes and ears alert for whoever the Lord would send them to minister. Right before they got to the mall, they had decided to stop at a gas station to buy slushees. While there, they met a man outside and ministered to him. When they got to the mall, they felt led to buy the man a couple of hotdogs. By the time they returned, the man was nowhere to be seen. They searched and searched for him and drove around for what felt like 15-20 minutes but could not find him. The Lord did not let their food go to waste, however; they went back to the gas station and walked around to the back. They found a man and son who lived behind the gas station and felt led to offer them the hotdogs. The dad looked up in surprise but took the hotdogs with gratefulness in his eyes. The women felt joyful as they walked away. You never know where the Lord might send you. Keep your eyes and ears open. The Lord can use you just as powerfully in a mall as He can in the streets. Don’t...
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Thankful for LifeHouse Volunteers and Partners



Praise the Lord for local church outreach teams that come to minister to our LifeHouse communities and help us become good neighbors. We thank our North Highland Church Serve Team who spent part of their Saturday, the first weekend in September, mowing and raking the yard of our Garden Dr. LifeHouse, preparing for a noon grilling outreach. After doing the yardwork, this team canvassed the neighborhood asking people how we could pray for them and inviting them to join us for a noon grilling event at our house.  Thanks to all of our volunteers who went out and invited neighbors, we had a good turnout at our noon grillout. They asked us to continue coming by for outreaches and offered to grill out at our next outreach and help with the remodeling of the home to prepare for our LifeHouse missional family to move into their community. Several of the neighbors expressed their appreciation for our outreach efforts to their community and said we were the answers to their prayers for God to send revival to their neighborhood. We look forward to the day we have a family move into the Garden Drive community and share the light and love of Jesus and ask “Please won’t you be our neighbors?” Let us know how your church family would like to become involved as we expand our LifeHouse communities from 4 to 10 by the end of 2020.  Wanted Church Ministry partners with our LifeHouse families and communities: Pastors, are your church families looking for an outreach opportunity in the Columbus area?  We are looking for three local churches that...
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Street Outreach – Redeem

September 30, 2019

Redeem, one of our initiatives, has a mission to see the end of commercial sexual exploitation through outreach, discipleship, community, and prayer. On a recent Street Outreach, our team encountered a homeless couple who were both struggling with addictions. The lady said she loved the Lord but had been hurt by the church. The gentleman was struggling with addiction and choosing to follow the Lord versus the other voices in his head. While our team was conversing with the couple and ministering to them, the homeless gentleman began prophesying words of encouragement over one of our volunteers. Every word the man said spoke directly to the volunteer, so much so, that tears streamed down our volunteer’s face. It’s amazing to see how God can use the most unlikely of people to speak into our lives. We are thankful that our team had the chance to meet this beautiful man and woman. If you would like to learn more about Redeem, contact Jessica Cronin at...
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We are Thankful for our Volunteer Teams!

August 20, 2019

We were blessed last month with 3 volunteer groups coming to help with maintenance, repairs, and outreach at Take the City LifeHouses and SafeHouse. An Evangel Temple Local MAPs team spent a Saturday morning repairing the fascia and soffits at our North Highlands 26th St LifeHouse.  They are coming back on future Saturdays to complete these repairs and paint the fascia and soffits which will complete the exterior renovations at this LifeHouse. North Highlands 26th St LifeHouse We were also blessed with a Serve team from North Highlands Opelika Church to begin repairs and renovations at our Redeem SafeHouse. They cleared limbs away from the roof of the house to prepare for repairs of soffits and fascia. In addition they began installing new shelves in closets and storage rooms. They plan to come back in future months to repair and paint the soffits/fascia, complete interior shelving , and planting shrubbery around the house. Redeem LifeHouse Catch the Fire Ministry School from Toronto, Canada sent a ministry team to Columbus during their month long ministry tour of the States prior to graduation.  This team led praise and worship at PMT Church in Phenix City on Sunday, went whitewater rafting on the Chattahoochee river on Monday, and performed ministry projects and outreach at our Lifehouses.   North Highlands 26th St LifeHouse Young Ave LifeHouse Garden Drive Lifehouse We’re thankful for all of our volunteer ministry teams and the investment they make in our LifeHouse communities. Contact Louis Chalmers (Ph. 404.861.3959) to discuss how your ministry team can help with LifeHouse maintenance, repairs, and outreach.  We would also like to discuss how your...
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Freedom to Flourish



Calling All Women! Join us November 8th and 9th for a weekend of fellowship, teaching, healing, and freedom with women from all over the Chattahoochee Valley! Learn what it is like to live fully alive and have the freedom to flourish in Christ for who you are and whose you are! The Schedule is as follows: Friday 11/8: 6pm -10pm THEME: Encountering freedom (Worship, Fellowship and Ellen Chalmers speaking) Saturday 11/9: 9am – 12pm THEME: The Power of Forgiveness (Worship, Fellowship and Diane Swanson speaking)12-1pm (Lunch break own your own)1-3pm THEME: Flourishing in Every Season (Panel Discussion – Patty Taylor, Diane Swanson, Hannah Smith, Karen Connally, Sis Blanchard)3-5pm THEME: Dreaming with God (Quick break, final teaching session with Renae Walston)5-6pm – Closing and Commissioning We are believing for a powerful time of being set free to be brave women warriors for God! Invite a friend and join us! PURCHASE TICKETS! Please contact Ellen Chalmers at ellen@take-the-city.com or call 706-223-5338 with any...
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Local Community Outreach -Chattahoochee Valley

August 19, 2019

If I could pick one word for this past outreach, it would be Encouraged. From the testimonies that were shared, almost every outreach team shared an encounter of someone who felt encouraged. For example, a team went to East Wynnton, and a guy that was prayed for exclaimed, “You have no idea how much I needed encouragement today!”. Another woman in Phenix City who was prayed for cried as the Lord ministered to her heart and confirmed the job that she had just received. Next, a man on our prayer team connected with one of our worship leaders. He had been asking God for a pianist to be able to help him put music to the lyrics he had written. The worship leader he connected with was a pianist! We thank God for paving the way for this powerful connection! Lastly, one of the teenagers serving on the team at the Elizabeth Canty Apartments felt inspired by the grandmother they prayed for. The grandmother had been following the Lord for a long time; after she received prayer, her grandkids ran up to her and thanked her for raising them. The teen felt remorse as she had never thanked her own grandmother for raising her. This encounter inspired her to do so when she returned home. We praise Jesus for every story of encouragement this past...
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A Friend in the Community – Redeem



This is what community looks like… Local hotels, businesses, and agencies coming together to not only help bring an end to exploitation but also reach out to the women affected by it.  The young lady in this photo has gone above and beyond the call of duty. She has actually aided two women, that she met on the streets, in leaving the life. She was instrumental in reuniting them with their families and spurring them on to a new life. Praise God for women like...
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Debbie

TAKE THE CITY outreaches have been so special to me. I love being able to see the hand of GOD move in peoples lives as they are healed and families restored. GOD cares about every detail of our lives and he reaches the places that only HE can only heal! Its been an honor to see all the teams go out and share the LOVE that GOD has instilled and filled the teams with, and let it pour out to all the community. Having physical needs met also assures all we encounter, the faithfulness of our Father. So many times I have cried seeing what GOD is doing… Being able to see people brought into the KINGDOM and freedom Spirit, Soul, Mind and Body. Is the greatest treasure in my life. I am grateful for TAKE THE CITY allowing me to have front seat and seeing GOD move in peoples lives!