The quiet of the morning in the neighborhood was interrupted by a car creeping its way down the road, leaving the booming echo of the music in its wake. A group of five young teenagers followed its call to admire both the stereo and the car.
At the same time, Tre Rager and Ben Whittaker emerge from their vehicle with several others because it’s “Harvest Day” – a Take the City monthly outreach into communities to build relationships and share the gospel. One of the group shares that Take the City’s outreaches started in this same area 10 years earlier with block parties that featured grill outs and bouncy houses.
Today, everyone is focused on a man, gun tucked into his belt, and his daughter who were standing on the sidewalk. They had been in conversations before, so he waved and welcomed the group over. Since their last meeting, the man had gotten married and shared that they were doing more things together as a family than ever before. He was glad to see them today, he said, because they were getting ready to move. Ben and the rest of the TTC group pray a powerful prayer over him before they part ways.
The leader within the community, who had been touched by the Lord a few years earlier, has learned how to lead a Bible study for the people to be equipped. “You have vision for your family and now you’re being strong for other families too,” Tre told him, offering to help in any way he could and encouraging him in his prayer life.
At half past noon on Harvest Day, everyone regroups at TTC and celebrates what the Lord has done. Today, eight teams had gone out into different locations and, as one team member reported, “God puts us in divine places to do His work.”
At one location, the team picked up trash and with each empty bottle of alcohol, cigarette butt, or drug paraphernalia, a prayer was lifted up to break addiction in the neighborhood. Someone shouts “Whoever is not here is missing it!” In total, 31 people were prayed for and one person received Jesus as her Savior, with arrangements being made to pick her up for church the next day. After the last recap, celebration broke out! “We’re honored to get to partner with You and give it all back to You, Lord,” Katherine Server prayed.
If you are local and are interested in participating in the third-Saturday monthly Harvest Day outreaches, go to www.takethecity.com for more information or find us on social media. The teams meet at 10am for prayer and then disburse into the communities @ 10:30am, making their way back to TTC at 12:30pm to share and rejoice in all that He has done!
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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.