Sillage

January 13, 2022

Sillage Something Missing in the Numbers Over the past few months I have been thinking about the best way to report how God is moving in the prayer room. Being in ministry for a few years, I know the typical solution is to report statistics or, as we like to call it, “ministry numbers.” However, as I’ve been recounting all of the testimonies, I’ve honestly begun to feel a strange personal conviction. My heart has been a little grieved not by what the numbers show, but by what they do not show. Something was simply missing and it was troubling me. Sillage I brought this issue up at our last advisory board meeting and one of our members, David Ragland, mentioned a phenomenon known as “sillage” to illustrate a point. After researching it a little more I thought it was such a perfect word to describe what was missing from the numbers.   Sillage is a French term used to describe the fragrance that lingers in the air when someone wearing perfume leaves the room. Immediately, my mind went to the story in John 12 (v. 1-7). Many of us know it. Jesus was attending a dinner with His disciples and some Pharisees when a woman named Mary of Bethany barged in, broke open a very expensive alabaster jar of perfume and poured it on Jesus in a powerful display of extravagant worship. John states that “the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” There it was! Sillage. There are two main takeaways this passage offers us for our house of prayer. I would summarize it like this– ...
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2022 – A Year of Urgency



2022 - A Year of Urgency As you read this, we will be nearing the end of our 21 Day Selah Fast. At the time of this writing, I am preparing to begin this fast. Honestly, I feel like the Lord has been preparing me for this particular fast for most of 2021. A Change of the Heart For the past year, the Lord has been stirring in me a new desire and passion to reach the lost. It has been a work of the heart mostly. The Lord has been giving me a new burden for reaching out to unbelievers and inviting them into relationship with the Lord and into His family. I sense a greater urgency than ever to live as though his return is about to happen right now. It is the urgency we see the disciples demonstrating in the early days of the Church. It is the urgency we see Jesus display in the encounters he has with Nicodemus and the woman at the well. It is the urgency we must all share in this new year. The Persecuted Church Another thing the Lord has drawn me to witness is the work of our Christian brothers and sisters living in countries where Christianity is restricted or even illegal. In these countries, those who put their faith in Jesus very often face the literal persecution we read about in scripture that will come with following Christ. Many have lost family and close friends, lost their family inheritances, lost their right to earn a living, gone to prison, been beaten severely, or even murdered for their Christian...
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Redeem – Clothing Closet Testimony

October 29, 2021

Redeem - Clothing Closet Testimony A Pair of Shoes A woman, 60 days sober and safe, staying at the Trinity House women’s shelter came in for shoes. She was very anxious about finding some in time to start her new job at Goodwill the next day.  She said she had been looking and had even gotten some at another clothing closet only to have them tear up in the washing machine.  What was she going to do?! She had very little money left!  I asked her if she had prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to help her find her some shoes, and she looked at me funny and said no.  I told her that He cares about what we care about.  We prayed a short, heart-felt prayer for shoes before she went to the back to look.  ….Now y’all know our Lord…. As she was looking, my mechanic’s secretary came in with two bags of donations. The Lord prompted me to open them up immediately instead of putting them with the other bags to be sorted next week.As I rummaged through the bags, guess what I found??? Yep you guessed it….SHOES! Beautiful brand new puma shoes that fit her like a glove!  She was so happy! I believe with all my heart that the Lord was showing her that he’s a personal God, and he cares for her and sees her….. what a loving God!  Cindy Gardner, Clothing Closet Coordinator If you would like to donate your time, winter clothing, or sew into the Clothing Closet, email cindy@take-the-city.com....
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Local Outreach – One Thing I Know



Local Outreach - One Thing I Know  Evangelism? Maybe…When you talk to the average person about evangelism, you can get some blank stares and wide eyes. To be honest, the thought of evangelism can be a very daunting idea. It doesn’t have to be though. If I’m being totally honest, I would have to admit that I was one of the wide-eyed responders in the early conversations I had about evangelism. This changed, however, when I came across a passage of scripture that gave me a simple example of how it could be done. In John Chapter 9, Jesus heals a man who has been born blind. Those who have known him were amazed. When the religious leaders of the time find out, they are eager to interrogate Jesus for having healed the man on the Sabbath. Later in the story, the man who had been healed is standing before the leaders for a second round of questioning. They ask him to agree with them that Jesus is a sinner. The man’s reply is simply, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I do not know. One thing I do know. I was blind and now I see.” This was the man’s story and no one could take it away from him. I was so inspired by this passage.When God Answered MeOne night in July of 2002, after many years of running away from the Lord, I was awakened in the middle of the night from a bad dream and was filled with a paralyzing fear. After other attempts to “shake it off”, I decided to pray. During my prayer, just as...
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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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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!