Sandra Overly’s Personal Story of Hope and Redemption

July 13, 2017

When I was young, I was very shy, withdrawn, and had low self-esteem. This made me an easy target. At the age of 11, I was molested by one of my Mother’s friends. I was ashamed. I became more withdrawn and held it all inside. Time passed…My early adulthood brought a series of destructive relationships. At the age of 26, I fell prey to the world of prostitution by a man I trusted. I couldn’t believe my life had come to this. It was a very dark time in my life. Ashamed, beaten down…at my lowest…I cried out to God, and He rescued me through the love of my Mother.   After some time went by, God placed a call on my life to reach out to those who are being exploited. I became a sponge, soaking in all I could from other organizations that are focused on reaching out, rescuing, and restoring these precious daughters of God.   I have been in the Human Trafficking arena now for about 4 years. I have had the awesome opportunity to help rescue a young lady in Columbus, Georgia who had been trafficked from Dallas, Texas. Hers is a story of God’s redemptive love and divine plan.   Being a part of the leadership team of Redeem has afforded me numerous opportunities to reach out and build relationship with God’s broken daughters. To venture into new dimensions of God’s loving grace and redemptive power. With rose in hand, in His loving power, one beautiful daughter at a time, we will eradicate this sex trafficking dilemma. —Sandy Overly Sandra Overly has been...
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You Never Know… – A story of seeing past the plastic smile

January 20, 2017

One thing I love about growing up in the southeastern part of the USA is that so many people are warm and welcoming. There is something really amazing about southern charm and hospitality. Southern hospitality has the ability to make you feel like you’re friends with the cashier, the cab driver and even the person you politely hold the door open for as they walk into their doctors appointment. In the midst of such hospitality there is also a dark reality that you never know what someone is really going through. Even behind the biggest smiles, the nicest compliments and the warmest welcoming there can be some of the most deep pain. I’d like to share a story… This is a story about how true this can be and how I believe God wants us to respond. Today I had to rush to a meeting and I just barely made it on time. When I arrived a woman welcomed me at the receptionist desk and offered to help me by calling the person I was supposed to meet with. She was warm, welcoming and even had the brightest smile. To the surprise of both of us when she called into that persons office we found that the person I was meeting with was not even there at the office. I realized in that moment I should have probably texted that person I was meeting with an hour before just to make sure nothing had come up! After we realized that it was obvious the meeting I had arrived for was simply not going to happen I felt the Lord urge me...
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Don’t Ever Put the Gospel on the Shelf!

January 18, 2017

As believers we often see the Gospel as something we graduate at salvation. We get saved by the Gospel and then put it on the shelf as if it’s no longer of use to us. However, the complete opposite is true. We will never graduate it. As as a matter of fact, our ability to live lives worthy of Christ will be directly linked to our ability to apply the Gospel to our lives daily. Paul exemplified this truth in his letters.  In Philippians 2 he is exhorting the church to live and walk in humility. He is encouraging them to look and serve the interest of others. How does he do it? He says ” 5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,a 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,b 7but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,c being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.   (Philippians 2:5-11) In Ephesians 5 he is addressing marriage. How does he encourage the men in Ephesus to pursue God glorifying marriages? He says,25Husbands, love your wives, as Christ...
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October – Take the City

October 21, 2016

Come join us for an unforgettable weekend as people from all over the area are gathering together to see our city forever changed! Friday night we will have a powerful time of worship and prayer. Saturday we will gather together for a time of training and then we will send out teams all over the area to share the love of Christ! “And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!'” – Romans 10:15 Release the River – Friday @ 6:30pm (Worship & Prayer) Take the City – Saturday @ 12:30pm (Training & Outreach) Both of these events will be held in the Teen Challenge building off River Road in Columbus. The address is – 5304 Hurst Dr, Columbus GA. This event is in coordination with Chattahoochee Valley House of Prayer, Take The City and Eminent Worship and various local churches from the area! More info on event Click...
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Meet Hannah, an Occupy Intern!

August 30, 2016

This summer, we offered an internship program called Occupy for high school and college students. Occupy is a 6-week program that is geared toward helping students grow in their identity and intimacy with God by going deeper in the Word of God, prayer, and evangelism. The internship offers the opportunity for students to learn the backbones of ministry by working closely with Take the City staff in administration, social media, and videography. The following is a testimony of what God did in one of our interns while in the program. “This summer at Occupy, I’ve grown a lot in my walk with Christ. I’ve learned that God is Fatherly, and He just wants to love on us. In fact, that’s all He wants: to love us and for us to return to His love. He has shown me who He is and who I am as His child. I used to care a lot about what other people thought about me, but God told me that it doesn’t matter, because I am His child and He is my Father. I’ve come to see God a lot more as a father-figure; He has really given me a childlike faith.   Another thing God told me was that He’s not done with me yet. He told me that right now, I’m like a little seedling that just came out of the dirt, but one day, I’ll bloom into a beautiful flower. He told me that He’s going to use me in ways that I can’t even imagine. He’ll fill me with joy and use me to fill others with joy, just like a...
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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!