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Community Outreach – Chattahoochee Valley

October 1, 2019

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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First Reach Atlanta Event

August 13, 2019

Churches and ministries are coming together in Rockdale County to see this region transformed by the Gospel! REACH TRAINING – Saturday 9/28This training is designed for everyday Christians who long to be used by God at their schools, workplace, homes and their surrounding communities. The primary goal of this training is to help de-mystify evangelism for believers who may feel scared about sharing their faith. We will give you simple tools that are practical and easy to apply, so that sharing your faith becomes natural and a part of your everyday life.  Would you like to join us?  REGISTER HERE Here’s how you can get involved:VOLUNTEER – Commit to arrive early on 9/28 and help volunteer that day. We have a bunch of volunteer opportunities and would love for you to come to join us. Click hereSpread the word! – Do you know anyone in the Conyers area? Help connect our team with them! We’d love to meet with them or send them information about the event.– REACH ATL TEAM Give to Reach Atlanta NEW WEBSITE Facebook...
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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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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!