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Not What Was Expected, But God is still Good!

July 30, 2019

Saturday June 22 at 1:30pm, believers from all over the Chattahoochee Valley area were teeming with excitement as they set out from the Take the City building to minister to people and share the Gospel. One of our outreach leaders, along with her team, made their way down to the Riverwalk in downtown Columbus, GA. She and her team had a tent, chairs, and water ready to go. As the team was setting up their station, they quickly came to realize that the tent they thought they had was in fact a large cushioned folding chair! Oh no! This was not what they expected! Thankfully, however, there was a large tree nearby with plenty of room for them to sit under and have protection from the sun and rain. The team was able to give out 96 bottles of water, pray for many people, and witness the Lord heal a woman’s lungs! The woman came to the place where our outreach leader was sitting under the tree. The woman explained that she had a lung disease that caused her lungs to be restricted and her rib cage to cave in to her body. The outreach leader and a few volunteers prayed for her, and as they did, her lungs expanded and her rib cage returned to normal! The woman began to glow with excitement. She exclaimed, “I feel better!” She could breathe easier! Although the outreach didn’t start out as they had planned, God still provided and showed up in incredible ways. God is Good. All the Time. All the Time. God is...
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Project Lifehouse – 1st Garden Drive Outreach!

July 25, 2019

On Friday July 19, 2019, we had our first outreach at our Garden Drive Project Lifehouse. With the help of our friends from the Catch the Fire school in Toronto, Canada, and others in the Chattahoochee Valley, we had an incredible time of community, fellowship, and food. We were able to minister to 20 adults and 10 kids around the neighborhood. We had a fun time of hot dogs, watermelon, singing, and sharing personal testimonies of what God has done in our lives. We are thankful that we got to start bridging the gap with our Garden Drive neighbors! Thank you to all who came out and helped! It is truly a symphony of praise to God when His children serve together in...
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REDEEM – Update

July 23, 2019

The last couple of weeks have been crazy amazing!! We had two ladies in the safe house. They were both super impacted by our faithful volunteers who came to pour into them during their stay. Seeds were planted, and we are believing for incredible fruit to come forth in these precious ladies’ lives. Earlier last week, Redeem was invited to a family reunion where various speakers came together and had sessions on financial planning, small business planning, mental health, overall health, homeless situations and what the community could do about it. We actually learned how to make waterproof mats for the homeless made out of shopping bags, and of course, we spoke on human (sex) trafficking. The response was amazing. Many people came to our table and signed up to learn more about trafficking and how they could help as well as purchased products from our Beautifully Made line. Outreach Friday night was phenomenal! There were amazing encounters with women who were ready for a change, ready for a new life. We encountered a mother with two small children. She had just days before fought off a man who was trying to sell her and her daughter. There were visible wounds on her body of the struggle she went through to protect herself and her children. Such a strong Mom! Continue to pray for breakthrough for the people we encounter on outreach. Saturday a team of 34 from Church of the Highlands came and blessed the safe house with a huge labor of love. An anointed painting that was donated to Redeem was hung, shelves were built in closets,...
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REACH ATLANTA- IT’S A GOSPEL MOVEMENT!!



NEW PROMO VIDEO - The Heart of the Gospel! Play Video REACH TRAINING: We are excited to be hosting our FIRST Reach training event on Saturday 9/28 in Conyers, GA.  We need help leading outreach teams, Registration, and Merch table.   We will equip you with simple tools that are practical and easy to apply, so that sharing your faith becomes natural and apart of your everyday life.  We are currently forming partnerships with churches all over the region for this Evangelism event.  Click HERE for Event details.  If you would like to learn more about Reach Atlanta, receive updates or are interested in having a Reach Atlanta event in your region, please contact Steve at steve@take-the-city.comFund Reach ATL – We are looking for individuals, families, businesses, and churches that are willing to help fund this evangelistic campaign across the Atlanta metro...
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Who is your first love?

July 17, 2019

I’ve heard it said by many, and can agree, that we can never judge another persons salvation. However, it’s unmistakable when you see someone who is radically in love. When you meet someone who is passionately in love with a person, a hobby or profession it’s obvious and “leaks” out of them.  Jesus isn’t looking to just provide a ticket to heaven. He’s looking for lovers. He’s looking for those who will be consumed by His love for them and in return love Him back with everything in them.  We may not be able to judge someone’s salvation, but we can easily identify someone’s “first love”. What consumes their thoughts? What do they talk about all the time? What do they do most of the time? You can look at someone’s life and find out what they really love. When we look at our own lives, the primary question isn’t just, “will I go to heaven?” I believe the greater question is, “what is my first love???” We can only love God because we’ve first experienced His love. (See 1 John 4:19) If you look at your life and see that your first love is not Jesus, the only response is to turn from other lovers and towards God. He wants to fill us with His love so we can love Him with our everything. The more we position ourselves to receive His love, the more we can find Him being our first love. “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and...
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3 Big things!

July 16, 2019

This has been an exciting summer for Take the City! God has done so many incredible things through our local outreaches, trainings and events in other cities and nations. There are three things that are super important that we wanted to be sure to let you know about! I know attention spans are short these days so I will be as brief as I can! 🙂 Africa Trip Our team just arrived back from our time in Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. Our team hosted three events in three nations in just 10 days. We trained hundreds in personal evangelism, preached the gospel to thousands and saw many who were saved, healed and set free. God moved in a powerful way through our team and through the local ministries that we partnered with. We’re excited for how God is connecting us to what He is doing in Africa. Pray about coming back with us in the summer of 2020. Email us if you’re interested! Reach School Fall 2019 We hosted our graduation for our Spring 2019 class of Reach School here at our Take the City missions base in Columbus Ga this June. It was incredible to hear the testimonies of how impacted each of our students was by their time attending our school! We’re opening up another semester for this Fall. We have limited space but if you’re interested please be sure that you apply today! Let us know if you have any questions about the school. We will be starting up again in August 2019. Israel 2020 We’re so excited to take a team to Israel next year...
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A Man’s prayer answered immediately!

June 18, 2019

I wanted to share this powerful testimony from this morning… A few minutes ago as I was coming into our offices here at Take the City I felt led to go talk to a guy at the bus stop. I see people at the bus stop almost every morning I come in but today felt drawn to ask the guy if he was okay. As soon as I asked him if he was okay, he started crying and told me he wasn’t okay. He said he wasn’t from around here but was from north GA. He was stuck there at the bus stop with everything he owned with no where to go. I asked him if he wanted some water and brought him inside. Once we came inside I was able to talk to him and called our friend Bobby, who’s in our Reach School, to come by and meet with him. We were able to talk and pray with him and hear more of his story and what he’s been going through. He told me that at the exact moment I was pulling into our office he was at the bus stop praying to God because he was stranded away from home and had no idea what to do. As soon as he saw me pulling up he had a thought come into his head saying that I was someone who was coming to help him. I was the immediate answer to his prayer this morning, not because I had all the answers or even knew what to say. I just simply asked if I could help and...
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Community Outreach – Chattahoochee Valley

June 14, 2019

During our May Community Outreach Day, a team of 8-10 people went to the Elizabeth Canty Apartments to share the Gospel. The team split up into groups of two or three. A couple teams went around to different apartments while the others set up a table to pass out 200 slices of pizza! While they were there, one of the leaders, Tre Rager, and a friend encountered a man, who was known as the father of the neighborhood. Tre and his friend prayed that God would increase the man’s wisdom as a father and allow him to minister to more and more people in his neighborhood. A little while later, they encountered a few teenagers. Tre received a word of knowledge that one of the teenager’s parents had been praying for her to have a stronger faith in God. Tre shared this with her and her eyes grew wide. She couldn’t believe that God could show up in this way! She listened intently, wanting to know everything God had to say to her. Tre and his friend shared about Jesus and asked if they could pray for her. As they prayed over the girl, her eyes welled up with tears. God really spoke to her and ministered to her heart. Sometimes all we need to do is stop for the one, and God will do the...
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Would your Church like to become a Lifehouse Ministry Partner?



Thanks to Pastor Chuck Hasty and Grace Presbyterian Church for becoming our first Lifehouse Ministry Partners at our Bradley Circle Lifehouse. What a blessing and encouragement they are to Andrew and Ellen and their community ministry. They donate monthly to fund the cookouts and community outreach, work diligently in the community garden, and lead the Fall and Spring home Bible studies and discipleship. We are praying for God to call out three additional Lifehouse Ministry Partners this summer. We currently have two completed Lifehouses that stand in need of a Church like yours to step into these ministry opportunities to plant and plow in God’s kingdom in East Highlands on 26th St and in Bibb City on Young Ave.   Our third ministry opportunity is a house in South Columbus on Garden Dr. off Cusseta Rd. This house is waiting for revitalization and repairs to make ready for an urban missionary family to become a neighbor and share the light and love of Jesus through prayer, encouragement, cookouts, community outreach, and home Bible studies.  Your Church family can invest in remodeling the kitchen and bathroom, replacing doors and windows, and installing an HVAC system. Please contact me, Louis Chalmers at louis@take-the-city.com  or Andrew Chalmers at andrew@take-the-city.com to learn more about how your Church family can become a LifeHouse Ministry Partner with Take the...
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Reach Atlanta Update

June 12, 2019

You are a Light:  We envision Atlanta being a city of lights, where every believer is ready with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  One major goal for the Reach Atlanta Campaign is to launch over 100 “Reach Groups” all over the Atlanta metro area. We will focus on Equipping and Empowering the everyday believer to share the gospel of Jesus naturally on a regular basis!  Last month we launched 5 Reach groups who over the next 6 weeks will be going out once a week to the same place, to be a LIGHT in Atlanta.  Can you imagine thousands of Christians sharing the Gospel with 1 person everyday all over Atlanta?  YOU have a light to shine brightly!!!  Tell someone today about Jesus, He is The way, the Truth & The Light!     Fund Reach ATL – We are looking for individuals, families, businesses, and churches that are willing to help fund this evangelistic campaign across the Atlanta metro area. bit.ly/givereachatl What’s next: Tuesday, August 13th 6:30-9:30 Atlanta Prayer Summit: Many have prayed and continue to pray for Atlanta. We are partnering with several ministries from all over the Atlanta metro area to come together to pray. FIRST REACH TRAINING: We will have our first Reach training event on Saturday 9/28 in Conyers, GA at Father’s House Church. We are currently forming partnerships with churches all over the region for this Evangelism event.  For more information on these events contact: steve@take-the-city.com. If you would like to learn more about Reach Atlanta, receive updates or you are interested in having a Reach Atlanta event in your region. Please contact Steve...
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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!