Redeem - Powerful Encounters

We ran into the family I mentioned in the August newsletter again on Friday September 10th. This time the family has been approved for housing! They also reported feeling more connected to God since we last prayed and discussed more in detail who God is! The family plans to move into their own trailer next week. 

Directly after seeing the family, God led us to Colonial Inn in Phenix City. I had felt a pressing to go there ever since God highlighted the women there that I passed each morning as I headed to my school. Thank God for his direction.. While we were there, over 10 people confessed Jesus as Savior and received salvation! As we delivered chips and roses to them and asked if we could pray for them, we watched as young men put out cigarettes, set down full cans of beer, and one even laid down a knife. 

Not only was that amazing but as we walked around, a hotel guest stopped us and brought us other family members to pray over them. One family member was a 7 year old kid (as seen above) who we prayed for safety. As one of our volunteers closed out, the young boy turned back and said “bye God.” He knew he had encountered something different with our visit and prayer. 

On our last Friday outreach in August, we encountered a teenage girl in recovery from meth. At the time, the teen did not make eye contact; we followed steps to ensure her safety. This last month, we ran into her again at another hotel in Phenix city. She stopped and received prayer. Khristina felt led to declare deliverance from anxiety. The teen embraced Kristina with a hug of thanksgiving and relief! What a powerful turnaround!

We are thankful for all the Lord is doing in the streets of Columbus, GA and Phenix City!

-Jaketra Bryant, Redeem Outreach Coordinator. 

P.S. If you would like to be involved in any way, please contact me at


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!

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