Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Rallying to Impact Chattanooga

This year It Is Written, Southern Adventist University’s SALT program,band Chattanooga-area churches from the Georgia-Cumberland and South Central conferences are teaming up for a year-long evangelistic campaign called IMPACT Chattanooga. Dale Tunnell, pastor of Chattanooga First Church and prayer coordinator for the campaign, shares how things are shaping up for this powerful opportunity:


So far, IMPACT Chattanooga is off to a wonderful start. I see God answering prayers on a daily basis. Our rally on Jan. 24 was a wonderful day. About 700 people attended the event at Hamilton Community Church and another 400 people were at the rally for Spanish- speaking churches.


Our guest speaker was John Bradshaw, It Is Written speaker/director, and he did a wonderful job inspiring all of us. Many people expressed interest in getting involved by signing up for all the various activities. It was awesome! But many weren’t really surprised by these results. There had been a 24-hour phone prayer vigil that preceded the rally, and more than 45 people called in at various times to pray together. God truly answers prayer.


On Sunday morning, about 40 individuals gathered at Point Park on Lookout Mountain to pray over Chattanooga. It was such an inspiring morning. We prayed for everyone in Chattanooga—the visitor traveling through this scenic city, the city council, the homeless on the streets, first responders, and more. From our perch at Point Park, we could see high schools, colleges, medical facilities, entertainment options—everything! The various groups took turns going from point to point, praying for the various needs of the city and how we are looking forward to the way God is going to IMPACT Chattanooga. We pray our area churches will unite together in humbling ourselves to be used by God. 


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For more information or to learn how you can get involved with IMPACT Chattanooga, contact Edgar Alquinta in Southern’s Evangelism and Missions Resource Center at 423-236-2035 or ealquinta@southern.edu.