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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Redeem – When God meets you everywhere you go…

August 27, 2021

Redeem - When God meets you everywhere you go... Psalms 139:7-10 reads Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. On two separate street outreach nights, the Lord has led our team to a small yet hungry family. This family didn’t lack food but was hungry for the truth, the truth that could only be found at the feet of Jesus.  Hungry for Truth As our team approached Motel 6 on our second outreach night of the month, we were met with celebration. The young father stood in amazement as he said, “I can’t believe I am seeing you all twice. I was just asking the Lord for a sign that he is real and I see you all again.” The young mother of baby O, 10 months and full of joy, smiled and greeted the team gladly accepting her rose. The young mother mentioned that she planted the rose she received the first time in the front bushes and watched it come to life. She mentioned that it recently died, and here we were again with another one to give her! How cool is God’s timing! The family has been staying in a hotel for a month now, awaiting approval for a stable place. The father is the...
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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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Redeem – A Family Met with the Love of Christ

June 23, 2021

Redeem - A Family Met with the Love of Christ In May, on one of the outreach nights, our Redeem team met a family of 6 living in a hotel. A young couple, who had lost their job, income and now a stable home, was forced to go from hotel to hotel with 4 young boys. Our team had the opportunity to dance and laugh with them and pray for and over the elementary and toddler aged boys. The oldest son expressed that he wanted to preach about Jesus, and we joyfully joined in prayer to declare this over his life. The young mom expressed that she wanted prayer for a house; she had been on several waiting lists for months. The eldest son yelled “Thank you Jesus” as we presented his mom and his siblings with roses that night for prayer. Their step-dad sat quietly on the steps, and later expressed his feelings of helplessness for his family. After this acknowledgement, we prayed again for him and his family and after several hugs, we parted ways. In June, during our outreach at another hotel we saw 4 boys playing outside. Our eyes lit up with joy. We heard “Thank you Jesus.” The young lady from the hotel in May had gotten a room for a few nights at this hotel, because it was safer for her boys. The family saw our volunteers, and the boys ran over to give our team a big hug. The family of 4 shared with us that since our last meeting, the boys had received all A’s and finished the school year strong in spite...
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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!