2022 – A Year of Urgency

January 13, 2022

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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Redeem – Powerful Encounters



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...
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Debbie

TAKE THE CITY outreaches have been so special to me. I love being able to see the hand of GOD move in peoples lives as they are healed and families restored. GOD cares about every detail of our lives and he reaches the places that only HE can only heal! Its been an honor to see all the teams go out and share the LOVE that GOD has instilled and filled the teams with, and let it pour out to all the community. Having physical needs met also assures all we encounter, the faithfulness of our Father. So many times I have cried seeing what GOD is doing… Being able to see people brought into the KINGDOM and freedom Spirit, Soul, Mind and Body. Is the greatest treasure in my life. I am grateful for TAKE THE CITY allowing me to have front seat and seeing GOD move in peoples lives!