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 House of Prayer – April Update

May 11, 2022

Harvest House of Prayer - April Update It is always amazing to see how each initiative at Take the City affects all the others. This month at Harvest House of Prayer my greatest joy has been seeing God use our prayer room as an entryway into other areas of our ministry. Two people come to mind in particular. One day, two people came to our prayer room and loved it. As they looked around, they quickly realized there was more to Take the City than just prayer and worship. Not long after coming, they joined our monthly outreach and found a passion for evangelism they didn’t know that they had. Another highlight was this month’s Harvest Night. While the attendance wasn’t as high as normal, there were many new connections formed. We had 15 churches, 2 new ministries, and 10 new people in attendance. Two of these individuals were folks we know in the neighborhood who have never stepped foot into a worship service at our facility. I took this as a great sign that we are seeing fresh breakthroughs in our evangelism and discipleship efforts! Our next Harvest Night is May 19th and we would love to see you there! Doors open at 6:30pm so make sure you mark your calendars! –Brandon McKenzie, Harvest of Prayer...
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HHOP – Reflecting on February and March

March 24, 2022

HHOP - Reflecting on February and March February and March of 2022 were incredible months for the Harvest House of Prayer. We saw an average of 30 hours of live worship and intercession in our prayer room. We added an additional staff member, Lucas Sheppard, who has helped tremendously in overseeing the evening prayer sets. We’ve also begun to form a core group of leaders who are completely bought into the vision of hosting Jesus through perpetual worship and prayer in the Chattahoochee Valley. In addition to all of this, here are three key highlights for the months of February and March. First Harvest Night of the Year On February 17th we hosted our first Harvest Night of 2022. I love these nights so much because of the amazing unity I witness. Every third Thursday people come from all over our region, from many different churches and backgrounds, in one accord, to worship the Lord and pray for our city together.  This Harvest Night was particularly beautiful. JJ Harrison did an incredible job leading us in worship, and there was great interaction and engagement during the prayer segment at the end of the night. A total of 50 people were in attendance, but it felt like 500! Every voice was raised, singing songs to the Lord as the Holy Spirit moved among us. We came in total unity. Everything felt so effortless and graceful. All of the volunteers did a wonderful job serving. I am so excited for our next Harvest Night, April 21st! I believe these nights are only going to get better and better each month, so...
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Redeem – The Lord is Good

February 1, 2022

Redeem - The Lord is Good For the month of January Take the City pushed a pause button and sought the Lord together in fasting, prayer, and worship. This meant we did not go out for our Redeem monthly outreach. Even so, the Lord was at work recalibrating the hearts of his people.  Fasting is not a way for us to get what we want or to manipulate God. Instead, fasting is a way to empty ourselves of worldly comforts and pleasures and to tenderize our hearts to the deep realization that we truly need God. We don’t just need God to answer our petitions, even though that is part of prayer, we need God to be our greatest delight and desire. God has made us for himself, and our ultimate satisfaction and purpose is found in beholding the beauty of the Lord.  In the year 2021, at the end of our previous 21 Days of Fasting, we worshiped, prayed, celebrated, and went home to break our fasts. That evening our family was in for a heart-wrenching night when our beloved family dog, Selah, was tragically hit by a car right in front of the Take the City building. I, Ellen, was deeply upset because Selah was a gift that I was given by God several years before I was married. She entered into my life during a time of pain, rebellion, and unforgiveness. I remember taking her for walks and feeling the tender loving-kindness of God softening my heart to his presence once again. Selah was in a way a picture of God’s faithfulness and goodness in my...
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REFLECTING ON THE 21 DAYS OF PRAYER



Reflecting on the 21 Days of Prayer From January 1st through the 21st we gathered in our prayer room every single night for our annual “Selah” fast. Reflecting on this season of fasting and prayer, I am simply blown away by the turnout we saw from our community. Last year we averaged about 10 people every night, at the most. This year we had an average of 26 people with a minimum of 13 and a maximum of 67! Many new friends were made as people who had never heard of us before got a chance to come pray with us and experience our culture here at Take the City and Harvest House of Prayer.  Powerful Worship Moments Something I noticed during this time was the powerful times of worship we experienced together. Many times, the Lord simply took over as the band stopped playing and we sang to Jesus with just our voices. All the musicians did an excellent job being in tune with what God wanted to do each night. On night 10 we even received a surprise visit from Eddie James, with the musicians and singers in the room receiving a special fatherly blessing from Eddie at the end. Needless to say, it was a very special time in the Lord that I personally will not be forgetting anytime soon! “Bible Reading” a Success! One of my favorite things to do during this fast is to come and read the scriptures and listen to others as they read aloud. We had 33 volunteers who helped us read through the entire Bible. We finished on day 20...
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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!