Psalms 139:7-10 reads Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
On two separate street outreach nights, the Lord has led our team to a small yet hungry family. This family didn’t lack food but was hungry for the truth, the truth that could only be found at the feet of Jesus.
As our team approached Motel 6 on our second outreach night of the month, we were met with celebration. The young father stood in amazement as he said, “I can’t believe I am seeing you all twice. I was just asking the Lord for a sign that he is real and I see you all again.” The young mother of baby O, 10 months and full of joy, smiled and greeted the team gladly accepting her rose. The young mother mentioned that she planted the rose she received the first time in the front bushes and watched it come to life. She mentioned that it recently died, and here we were again with another one to give her! How cool is God’s timing!
The family has been staying in a hotel for a month now, awaiting approval for a stable place. The father is the only working person carrying the responsibility of taking care of his wife, daughter and mother-in-law. In spite of the delays in housing, they are not losing hope. The husband/father has decided to turn to God for answers. The day we saw him, the father struggled to confess Jesus is Lord but said he desires so badly to be a son of God.
Our team was able to cover his family in prayer and give them much more than food. We spent an hour in a bible study teaching him about Jesus and His love for the young man and his family. The young father had teary eyes and was speechless at the grace of Jesus. The young father committed to spend his days searching for the truth and offering his family up to Christ to let him provide. What an amazing gift! God is truly everywhere at all times. The young family felt alone, but through our teams’ consistent visits, they were able to see that God truly never leaves you nor forsakes you (Psalm 55:22).Redeem is so grateful for the dedication, service and prayers of our volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Jaketra Bryant at Redeem@take-the-city.com
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!