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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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Find out what God did this last year of 2017 through Redeem!!!

February 2, 2018

What is Redeem? Redeem is a ministry movement within Take the City that is committed to eradicating sex trafficking and slavery through the love of Jesus Christ. This past year of 2017, God has done wonders.  For this reason, we want to thank all of those who have to everyone who have contributed to this ministry throughout the year. Whether it be through prayer, outreach, donations or any other way, we want to say “thank you!” PHYSICAL IMPACT: •2,025 people reached, including 312 online •1,156 hours of outreach •55 Outreach volunteers •295 prayer partners •87 monthly financial supporters FINANCIAL IMPACT: •One-time donations of $12,335.00 •Monthly donations of $2,515.00 (achieving over half of our monthly goal of $5,000.00!) •One Safe Home •$60,000.00 in billboard ads As we look forward to growing and achieving our goals for 2018, please help us spread awareness and become apart of citywide impact. Below is a list of opportunities for you to be apart of: •Online Team •Street Team •Hotline Team •Media Team •Prayer Team •Creative Team •Financial Team •Research Team If you or anyone you know, would like to join us in making an impact for Christ in our city, please visit us on Facebook at “Redeem/Columbus.” Or visit us at www.takethecity.com/redeem.  Thank you again and may you have a wonderful...
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WHAT’S AHEAD?

January 26, 2018

The redeem team is about to explode with the hope and vision for what is to come! We are still amazed by God at the progress He has made in this. Tomorrow we will have a huge community awareness day where we will send out about 10 teams to every hotel, gas station, and target area to train our community to fight together and put up our hotline posters! We have a lot of other events coming up and if you would like to stay up to date with more please contact us by replying to this email or messaging/calling us through the website. This month Redeem has seen so many victims encountered and touched by the power and presence of God out on the streets and through the internet! We believe that God is calling us to a movement of purity and right morals that will sweep this entire nation through Jesus Christ. WE believe that God has called us to lead a generation into a culture shift and ultimately the kingdom culture. We will see God transform every single life involved or even around the sex industry! Continue to partner in prayer for us and if you would like to join voluntarily please let us know.  We so appreciate all your...
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Beloved Valentines Banquet for victims in prostitution



The day before valentines our team will be throwing a big pampering day and 5-star banquet for the local ladies in prostitution.We are still reaching out to local restaurant owners, nail salons, and hair salons to pamper the ladies before treating them to a five star dinner where some of the Redeem team will sing and minister to them. We even want to buy them new clothes that they will truly feel like the princesses they are. We believe that every one of the ladies will be overwhelmed with the reality of God’s love for them and will truly understand that they are his beautiful daughters and beloved ones. Our team could not be more excited for this event and for having an opportunity to love on these precious ladies. If you would like to get involved with this in anyway please reply to this email. Thanks. email:...
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NEWLY DONATED SAFE HOME UPDATE!



You should remember when we announced that a safe home has been donated. Well in the past couple months, the community has really responded greatly. There is a lot of renovations to do on the house but a local electric company has asked if they can donate all the electric work and supplies! We have also had people reaching out saying they can donate some labor and other materials so God is truly blessing this project and we are so excited to be able to provide emergency shelter and transition for these ladies as well as have a place to do more intentional ministry with the ladies. We hope to be done with this project by April but it will take a lot of pulling together so if you or anyone you know may would be able to help, please let us know. Thank you so so much. email-...
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Local Company Donates to Project: Lifehouse

January 5, 2018

We are so excited to announce that at the end of 2017 the local company, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc. made a large donation towards our Project: LifeHouse initiative. Our ministry is so thankful for local businesses who believe that it is important that we make a difference in our city. They made this $2,500 donation to help us finish our very first Project: LifeHouse home which is located in Bradley Circle which is a small part of the city-village area of Columbus, Ga. This month we plan to have completed our very first ministry home and we (The Chalmers Family) will be moving into this neighborhood. Our dream is to move families in who will help to sponsor and adopt communities that are in need of revitalization.  So far we have 4 of these homes that we plan to fix up before the end of this year and move people into these neighborhoods. Our dream is to have 10 of these Project: LifeHouse homes up and running by 2020. We believe that as people incarnate the Gospel of the Kingdom into neighborhoods that have been plighted with crime and poverty that we will see entire neighborhoods transformed. If you would like to get involved by volunteering, making a donation or even want to consider moving into one of these communities please contact us!  Andrew Chalmers Founder and Director, Take the...
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We’re doing a Christmas Toy Drive!!!

December 5, 2017

Can you believe it? It’s the end of 2017 already and Christmas is just around the corner. This month we are partnering with “Zelmo’s Zip In Gas Station” to receive Toys for children and families in need. Last year, one of our team members was able to truly bless a family in need. Come to find out this family wasn’t planning on getting their children anything for Christmas due to lack of finances. Then surprisingly they both received a bonus from their jobs. They ended up buying presents and storing them in their car overnight. They woke up the next day to find out their car had been broken into and the presents had been stolen. The team was so compelled they went to the store to buy a kart full of presents for this family. While at the store, a women came up to the team and said God told her to buy everything in their kart. The whole team was ecstatic at how God showed up at the store. After the team wrapped all the gifts, they showed up at the families house to surprise them. The parents cried as the kids unwrapped their gifts. The whole family was so blessed by what God did. The impact was powerful that even today our ministry is in contact with them. Every year we get the wonderful opportunity to surprise and bless families all across the Chattahoochee Valley Area. We want to invite you to come be apart of what God is doing. Below are few ways you can help. How can you help? 1. Donate a Toy –...
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Check out our upcoming events!!!

November 15, 2017

Sponsor A Family. Provide A Turkey This Thanksgiving.   When you think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? I’m sure you’ve just been flooded with thoughts and pictures of family gatherings with all your favorite holiday dishes – roasted turkey, sweet potato soufflé, green bean casserole. Can you imagine all the families in our area who may be struggling with a financial crisis? Did you know that 26.7% of Columbus residents live with an income below the poverty line. That’s 3 out of 10 people living in poverty. I wonder how many families in our area will go without a family dinner this Thanksgiving. What would happen if we put our hearts, minds and resources together. Could we see our city forever changed? As the body of Christ, I believe that together we can see our city transformed. We would like to invite each of you to partner with us by sponsoring a family for Thanksgiving. We are looking for 100 families to donate $25 to help us provide 100 turkeys for needy families. If you are interested in donating, click here and fill out the donor information. Don’t forget to comment “Happy Thanksgiving. Be A Part of City Wide Transformation.     On Friday November 17th at 6:30pm will meet atHighland Community for “United in Prayer,” which is an initiative to engage believers to pray and intercede for their city. We believe during this time our prayers will prepare the way for lives to be impacted by the love of Jesus during the outreaches the next day. Click here for more info. Then on Saturday November 18th, we will be partnering with Revamp, Highland Community, Evangel Temple and many other...
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BIG NEWS! SAFE HOUSE DONATED!

November 7, 2017

As of last month, a safe house for victims to have emergency shelter has been donated for Redeem to utilize! We are so so excited for this and cannot wait to begin using it. We have learned through helping recent victims off the streets and into the long term programs that sometimes it can take a few days and maybe more in order to process them. We realized we need a consistent place for them to stay until we can get them into the best program that fits their needs. After we fix this house up we will be using it to get victims who are asking for immediate help into. Thank you for all your prayers and donations and we cannot wait to share more about this project and development of...
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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!