Harvest House of Prayer – Off to Kansas City

May 28, 2022

Harvest House of Prayer - Off to Kansas City In early May, I (Brandon McKenzie) packed my bags and met some of our team in Kansas City, Missouri, for The Send— a massive stadium gathering where tens of thousands of Christians gathered to become mobilized in the call to global missions. While the main event was held on Saturday, May 14th, an equally significant event called The Procession preceded it. From May 9th-13th thousands descended upon Truman Field for five consecutive days of unceasing worship, prayer, and gospel proclamation.  There were moments throughout these gatherings where I physically could not contain myself from praising God. The atmosphere was absolutely charged with the very presence of God. As I looked out into this vast and diverse crowd of believers, young and old alike, singing their hearts out to Jesus, my heart was filled with hope and faith for the future of the Church.  A Lost Hope Restored Let’s face it, since 2020, we’ve been inundated with bad news. In the midst of a multi-faceted global crisis, I have felt my heart sink into despair on multiple occasions. However, the sight of mass unity and zeal for the Lord that I witnessed in Kansas City encouraged my soul with an immutable biblical truth that “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5 NIV). In other words, it is in times of great darkness that the Church shines the brightest! After all, some of the greatest revivals in history happened in the midst of national and global crises. I am convinced we really are on...
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Harvest Day – Wells Family Testimony

May 27, 2022

Harvest Day - Wells Family Testimony Evangelism is not an event, IT’S A LIFESTYLE! Evangelism simply means spreading the gospel of Jesus. There are many ways it can be done but it should be done by all believers. Jesus should be as much a part of our conversations as our spouses, children, families, friends, hobbies, or anything else that we love are. Why wouldn’t we talk about Jesus? We love him! He has saved us and set us free. We can’t help but talk about him every chance we get. Harvest Day, our monthly outreach event, equips individuals to share their faith as they go out in teams together spreading across many different neighborhoods in our cities. Our greater desire is for this training to extend well beyond the reach of our monthly event and into the everyday circles of influence of all who attend.  Our friends Adam and Saretta Wells, along with their three young sons, recently attended Harvest Day and took the training they received and the experience shared with the team into their own neighborhood. Saretta agreed to share this testimony with us. I hope as you read it you find strength and encouragement to begin your lifestyle of evangelism. We came to our first outreach with Take the City in the beginning of 2022. We were placed with Ms. Maya and were blessed to go out in her area around Young Avenue. She made it easy for all of us, including our children, to be involved as the Lord led, and we had an awesome experience. The Lord gave our group many words of knowledge...
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Redeem – Clothing Closet Transformation

March 29, 2022

Redeem - Clothing Closet Transformation Redeem Clothing Closet is transforming into a beautiful boutique! Thank you to every one who donated towards the vision God placed in our hearts. We have already started renovations and we hope to complete the project this May. Our dream for the clothing closet is to surround God’s daughters with God’s beauty and presence. The clothing closet has been running for two years and has helped over 200 women. Each lady who walks through our doors receives love, prayer, ministry and clothes. We even have a weekly bible study that the ladies can go to. In the new space we hope to increase the number of women being impacted for the kingdom as well as the care they receive. If you would like to get involved, please reach out to redeem@take-the-city.com. We will be taking clothing donations once the renovations are finished this spring so keep a look out for an email saying we are finished. Also, we will need volunteers to help organize and clean the closet as well as minister, pray and follow up with each individual. We are overwhelmed with joy for this new chapter of Redeem. Thank you for sowing into this vision with your prayers and treasures. We love you...
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Project Lifehouse – Beacons of Hope

February 3, 2022

Project Lifehouse - Beacons of Hope When I first moved to Columbus, GA in 2013, I noticed so many incredible things about our beautiful city. I saw all the changes and improvements that were happening and the reclaiming of the uptown area. As we began doing our Take the City outreaches, I also started noticing some areas in our city that were still in desperate need of love. Dreaming As we began reaching out and sharing the gospel in various neighborhoods, I started to have a burden for many areas of our city. I even started meeting with city officials to ask them more about these various areas of need and how we could do more to help improve them. That’s when I began to dream, what would it look like if we could renovate abandoned homes in these areas in our city with the goal of moving mission-minded Christians into them, to serve as beacons of light and hope? What an idea that would be! Action This dream, I figured, was 5-10 years down the road. The Lord had other plans. He gave us our very first home in Bradley Circle in Spring of 2017. That first home donation ended up leading to another 27 homes that were all donated to our ministry before the year of 2017 was over. We didn’t ask for any of these houses but all of them were brought to us. It was as if the Lord was wanting to be sure we knew that this was HIS idea and not ours.  The Lord continued to move, and we began to renovate homes...
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Some of My Favorite 2021 Testimonies

February 2, 2022

Some of My Favorite 2021 Testimonies I’ve been reflecting on what testimonies stood out to me from our 2021 outreach season. Here are a few of my most memorable testimonies.  “Muslim Mike” One of our teams, led by George and Monika Pfannshmidt, has been invested in the New Harvest neighborhood for some time now. They have poured into the people of that neighborhood each month, often revisiting homes of families they have met to see how they are doing. After several visits to the home of a Muslim man named “Mike”, they saw the fruit of their labor come to pass as Mike prayed to receive Christ.  Garden Drive Our newest Project LifeHouse in the Garden Drive neighborhood now has a new resident, Trevor McGill. Trevor comes to us from the Atlanta area with a passion for evangelism. We have an excited team committed to that area and are even developing new partnerships with other ministries in the area. The team has already begun ministry and are filled with hope and anticipation of what the Lord is going to do in the new year. Salvation in the Rain A team led by Tyrone Baskin went out on a rainy Saturday outreach morning and decided to serve people at a local shopping center. They helped people between the store and their cars, holding an umbrella for them. During this time, James Whitehead encountered a lady, helped her to her car, and began a conversation. There in the parking lot, that one act of kindness, led to her praying to receive Jesus! One ordinary act of kindness done in the name...
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Olivia

Even with only 2 Take the City Outreaches under my belt, they have made such an impact in my own personal journey of faith, and others I have crossed paths with! The most special part to me is knowing that even if I meet someone and I never see them again, I know God has allowed me to touch their heart and plant a seed that I couldn’t have done sitting at home. I’m so thankful for this organization because it truly has allowed me to connect with others, with the goal of bringing them closer to Christ, while becoming closer with God myself at the same time.