Giving Inspires

November 28, 2022

Giving Inspires As Pastor Chuck and Jeanne Hasty sit across the table, their eyes light up as their minds turn to the neighborhood kids who have become an extension of their church. Grace Presbyterian ECO is known for its generosity and servants’ heart and longtime friends Andrew & Ellen Chalmers knew they’d be a perfect fit in coming alongside the Bradley Circle Project Lifehouse. “We wanted to partner with and build relationship and join God in what He’s already doing – not to necessarily recreate anything,” Jeanne explained. It didn’t take long for the church to find their place… or more accurately, places, and became very intentional about picking up kids in the neighborhood and bringing them to church. After-school tutoring showed itself as a need and the church responded with Tutoring Tuesdays. People with expertise in a certain subject began to join in. Rides are provided if necessary for the students, as well as snacks and even school supplies. The church discovered there were a lot of gardeners among the congregation and soon partnered with the neighborhood garden. MercyMed also joined in as consultants/advisors for the garden. Now that the kids are older, the Hastys’ pick them up for church youth group. The relationships that have developed over the past few years is evident. In the middle of a conversation with Pastor Chuck, a teenager let out, “I prayed for someone to be a father in my life and that’s how I think of you!”  During the holiday season, the kids have helped to provide 30-40 baskets at Thanksgiving and 24 at Christmas. They’ve also organized a coat...
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Unity Inspires

November 10, 2022

Unity Inspires Elizabeth Canty Apartments  The quiet of the morning in the neighborhood was interrupted by a car creeping its way down the road, leaving the booming echo of the music in its wake. A group of five young teenagers followed its call to admire both the stereo and the car. At the same time, Tre Rager and Ben Whittaker emerge from their vehicle with several others because it’s “Harvest Day” – a Take the City monthly outreach into communities to build relationships and share the gospel. One of the group shares that Take the City’s outreaches started in this same area 10 years earlier with block parties that featured grill outs and bouncy houses.  Today, everyone is focused on a man, gun tucked into his belt, and his daughter who were standing on the sidewalk. They had been in conversations before, so he waved and welcomed the group over. Since their last meeting, the man had gotten married and shared that they were doing more things together as a family than ever before. He was glad to see them today, he said, because they were getting ready to move. Ben and the rest of the TTC group pray a powerful prayer over him before they part ways. The leader within the community, who had been touched by the Lord a few years earlier, has learned how to lead a Bible study for the people to be equipped. “You have vision for your family and now you’re being strong for other families too,” Tre told him, offering to help in any way he could and encouraging him in his prayer...
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Compassion Inspires

November 8, 2022

Compassion Inspires In the early morning hours once a month, as a truckload of Feed the Valley food pallets is unloaded, a neighborhood begins to emerge to help pack and distribute 150 food boxes. They greet Cody and Lilly Wing, the neighborhood’s missionaries through Take the City’s Project Lifehouse– strategically placed homes that reach the neighborhood community for Christ. A few years earlier, Steve & Kristen Bedsole discovered during COVID that food drives would be beneficial for the neighborhood. A local church, the Verge, with Pastor Chuck Odum, was inspired to come alongside and help. That’s when the Wings came on the scene. As time passed, the Wings realized that the neighbors desired a true community– they were already holding block parties, for instance– but weren’t clear on the next thing to do to make it a reality, until the monthly food drives inspired them. “We found the heart of the neighborhood, which was not just come, get, go,” Cody said. “When they saw we were committed, they began to not only pick up a box, but began to help to distribute them and set up/tear down. They started serving each other.”  “Every month as we get together,” Lilly shared, “we pick one word we want to speak over our neighborhood and pray into that. They’re always ready to pray over what they want to see decrease and what needs to increase.” The sense of community addresses intangibles like loneliness and hopelessness and tangibly lifts the spirits of everyone involved.  People are also drawn to the Wings’ Lifehouse and frequently visit. One adolescent boy came onto the porch, just...
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The Beautiful Exchange Boutique Continues to Transform Lives

October 1, 2022

The Beautiful Exchange Boutique Continues to Transform Lives We have seen amazing impact this month at the Beautiful Exchange Boutique. Our team got to witness to two ladies, and both surrendered their lives to Jesus. A mother got restored back to her children with full custody after years of struggling with addiction. Lastly, we got to help a homeless woman living in a tent receive approval for a housing voucher for one year! Praise God!  The clothing donations have poured in thanks to many people’s generosity.  There are still volunteer opportunities Tuesday through Thursday for women who would be interested in sharing their story with hurting women, leading a small group, helping sort donations, and/or making outreach bags. As of last Monday, we have begun to offer weekly inner healing sessions each Monday at 10 am. All women are welcome to come heal with us in a safe space.  If you would like more information, please email...
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Project Lifehouse – Stories from the Stewarts

August 30, 2022

Project Lifehouse - Stories from the Stewarts Neighborly Love Mason and Meghan Stewart have served in the Bradley Circle neighborhood as missionaries for a little over a year. They have been able to connect with their neighbors by providing meals and cookies, sharing lawn equipment, and offering car rides as often as they can. The connections have paved the way for Meghan and Mason to pray and share Jesus with several neighbors as many have gone through hard times recently. One neighbor has really opened up, and Mason and Meghan are encouraging more comfort and healing by getting them connected with Celebrate Recovery. Another powerful way the connections have made a difference is the fellowship the Stewarts have had with one woman in their neighborhood. MercyMed reached out to Meghan and Mason saying that they had a job opening. They wanted to especially partner with their work in the community and see if they could help out one of the neighbors that Mason and Meghan served. One such woman filled out the application, interviewed, and now has a steady, reliable job where she is surrounded by believers. The Lord is so good! Garden and Family Outings In other news, Meghan and Mason have also served faithfully in the upkeep of the community garden, which has blessed several neighbors. Along with their kids, Meghan and Mason had the joy of going around the neighborhood and passing out tons of green beans, tomatoes, kale, and zucchini. Recently, one of their neighbors stopped his car and told Meghan that it just blessed him to see Meghan and her family out and about,...
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Tyrone

I learned about Take The City through a young lady at our church about 5 years ago and after going on my first outreach, I was HOOKED. I fell in love with the family environment, organic evangelism, and genuine love that I experience here.  The training, connections, and opportunities that I’ve been blessed with here have been nothing short of life-changing!  God bless my TTC family.