Local Outreach – What a “Dog-Gone” Morning

September 30, 2021

Local Outreach - What a "Dog-Gone" Morning What a “dog-gone” morning I have had. Let me explain.  I woke up this morning and left the house as I usually do. I took our daughter to school and then headed to work. Along the way, I receive a text from my next door neighbor informing me that our two beloved dogs have gotten out of our fenced backyard and are now in the backyard of a neighbor down the street.    I’m suddenly and unexpectedly faced with the responsibility of calling a total stranger whose morning has been invaded by two wandering dogs. If you know me, you know I don’t like to talk on the phone very much, even to people I know well. I far less enjoy this newly realized must-do task of calling a perfect stranger who has been inconvenienced by me in the wee hours of their morning routine.    I anxiously and embarrassedly make the call. When my neighbor answers, I immediately begin apologizing for the inconvenience. My new neighbor is more than accommodating even suggesting I could come get them from her later in the day if I need to. This eases my anxiety and allows me to relax my thoughts of how upset I am that my dogs have gotten loose.   I arrive at the neighbor’s house and call to let her know I’ve arrived. As we exchange the dogs, we engage in small talk and introduce ourselves. As I drove away I was reminded of the fact that I had been actively praying for opportunities and seeking to know and love my neighbors the way Jesus has commanded us...
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Local Outreach – The Body of Christ

August 31, 2021

Local Outreach - The Body of Christ Caribbean Missions Trip I remember being on a mission trip in the Caribbean once and being allowed to minister in a youth detention center. My friend, Dave, was on the trip with us and was speaking to the young men. I was watching him as he fluently and poetically communicated his message of hope to these young men. It was truly a beautiful moment to witness. I remember wishing my presentation to these young men had been more beautifully articulated and worthy of such admiration. In that same moment, the Lord reminded me to celebrate the gifts placed into each one of us on the team. There were some team members with us who were gifted to sing and play instruments. There were some who were gifted to teach. Others were gifted to give words of wisdom and to prophecy. Celebrate Each Other’s Gifts  As I began to celebrate these gifts represented in our group, I remember experiencing a sense of freedom. A freedom to simply be me and to use my gifts as best I can to give God the greatest glory and to rejoice that God had given us team members to do the other parts. I was not required to do every thing, just my thing. The Lord gives each of us our very own gifts to use to reach others and to glorify God. We each have exactly what we need to accomplish exactly what He has purposed for us. Our individual gifts were never meant to compete with the gifts of others, they were meant to complement...
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Local Outreach – Confession

July 28, 2021

Local Outreach - Confession 20 Years of Ministry In my nearly 20 years of serving the Lord in ministry I have been blessed to preach the gospel in different parts of America and even in other countries around the world. I have had personal evangelistic conversations with people I knew well and others I had just met. I have stayed mindful of verses like Mark 16:15 that gives us Jesus’ command to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’ Also, in Acts 1:8, Jesus says, “…and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”. We are so loved by God that He chose not only to save us but also to entrust us with His glorious gospel. He allows us to be the ones to share it with all people everywhere. What an amazing love! What a marvelous mission! Confession I do have a confession. Over the years I have made the mistake of remembering the nations but missing my neighbors. I have invested time, energy, prayer, and money to fulfill the call of God to go to “Judea, Samaria, and even the remotest parts of the earth”, but missed many opportunities to witness in “Jerusalem”. I have personally been challenged this past year to live out the command of Mark 8:31 to “love your neighbor”. I have intentionally looked to get to know my neighbors and share the love of Jesus with them. Not just neighbors who share my city but those who share my street. I no...
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Redeem – Rain or Shine We are Serving

July 27, 2021

Redeem - Rain or Shine We are Serving Deuteronomy 28:12 ESV says The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. “Let’s go”, those were the words boldly said during prayer and worship on a rainy stormy Friday night from the street outreach team. We are called — rain or shine, good or bad situations– to show the love of Christ. That Friday night on outreach, it poured and poured. It seemed to only let up enough for us to drive to the next stop and see the street signs. Nine bold Christian soldiers of God’s army laid hands on women who lived in abusive situations and used drugs daily. Men ministered to those who sold drugs and declared God’s freedom. As the rain drenched our clothing, we all joined in prayer and declared the love of Christ to flood the streets of the block used by the enemy. That Friday night changed my life. I felt the love of Christ in a much more intimate level. If God would send his loving hands and feet in the storm to reach those hurting and hiding behind drugs and sex, how many times had he reached out for you and me? I am reminded by the hymn, “oh how I love Jesus, oh how I love Jesus because he first loved me”.  Jesus’ love doesn’t stop when the storms come. Jesus comes close to the brokenhearted and...
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Jesus Makes It Easy to Pray

June 23, 2021

Jesus Makes It Easy to Pray OVERCOMPLICATING PRAYER  Before becoming a prayer room coordinator I had no idea how hard it would be to get believers to pray. While we have seen many become activated in the place of prayer since launching the prayer room, statistically speaking, it is only a drop in the bucket. Vast amounts of Christians are in this city, and I long to see a day where this prayer room is regularly filled with praying and worshipping believers.  I have spent much time thinking about why all this resistance to prayer exists. Recently my thinking turned into dialogue with the Lord, and as is often the case, He turned the spotlight back onto my own life. He began to show me all the times He longed to be with me, and I chose some other activity over Him. It was as if I saw it from His perspective. He was wooing me and I was resisting Him time and time again.  After processing a little further with the Lord I realized the core reason why I don’t pray as I should. It is not because I don’t hear His voice. Many times I feel Him wooing me with His love, and yet I still willingly resist it. Neither is it a lack of zeal or passion for God; underneath it all, I know my heart desires to be with Him above all else. I have come to the conclusion that most often the reason I do not come to Him in prayer is because I overcomplicate prayer in my mind.  JESUS IS EXPLICIT WHEN IT...
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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!