Monthly Archives: July 2009

School Supplies needed as a demonstration of God’s love

Body of Christ Cares is collecting school supplies for urban ministry.

We want to send out a special thank you to the kids of  Homewood Church.

Their VBS program raised over $900 for us to purchase school supplies. I believe this is the largest offering we have ever received from a VBS program. This has put us off to a good start, but the need in Chicagoland is astounding and we still have a goal of helping hundreds of more families.

I especially want to make an appeal for those churches who collect school supplies for those in need and then donate them to a secular non profit to distribute them…  Body of Christ Cares not only distributes the school supplies to impoverished communities, we also distribute them in the name of Jesus- they go out with a gospel witness or they help a struggling Christian family. Christian Churches are empowered to be the center of hope and help in their distressed communities. Please consider the full mission of helping those in need…

Our nation is in crisis, economic needs are real, but we must also remember the greatest needs are spiritual… Body of Christ Cares believes in following the holistic ministry example of Jesus by endeavoring to meet both physical and spiritual needs.

The world will know that God cares, when it sees that the Body of Christ Cares.

Below is the video we showed at Homewood Church to help explain the Back to School Supplies Project to the children.

If you would like to help us spread the word – You can print the document below to distribute at your church or you can email the document to your friends (Click the “More” Button)

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Pray for new Bible and Basketball Program

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

On Wednesdays Missionary Scott Reese leads a Bible and Basketball program at Living Springs Community Church.

The children (ages 11 -13) were encouraged to invite unchurched friends to attend the program with them. Not only are they taught how to increase their basketball skills they are also learning what the Bible says about Christianity.

Please pray … for the Christian kids to better understand their faith and to be motivated to share their faith with others.

While I (Scott Reese) was in junior high I began to aggressively share my faith. In fact just this past week, I came across Noel King – while I was at Walgreens. I met Noel (who came from a unchurched family) when I was out witnessing as a teenager and invited her to come to my Bible Club. She soon became a Christian and when she got older she went to Bible College. It was a blessing to hear Noel share how after all these years she is still serving the Lord – she weekly runs a bus route with her husband to take children to church and also encourages about 300 women by email every week who are part of a missions group. Anyway, that little story is just to explain why I believe that young people can and should share their faith…

Also pray for those in the Bible and Basketball program that are not Christians… that God would grant them understanding and conviction to trust Christ as their savior.

Body of Christ Cares can train and empower your church to use sports as a way to share the gospel – we must never forget our great mission, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel”  Mark 16:15

Christmas in July – thank you from the Homeless Shelter

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Body of Christ Cares provided a “Christmas in July” program for the moms and children of the Roseland Christian Ministries Strong tower Homeless Shelter.
Thank you for those who provided the cash donations for the toys – the kids had a great time and we were also able to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. We used the presents as an example of Ephesians 2:8-9
“For by grace are you saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God”Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Body of Christ Cares provided a “Christmas in July” program for the moms and children of the Roseland Christian Ministries Strong tower Homeless Shelter.
Thank you for those who provided the cash donations for the toys – the kids had a great time and we were also able to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. We used the presents as an example of Ephesians 2:8-9
“For by grace are you saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God”

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Body of Christ Cares provided a “Christmas in July” program for the moms and children of the Roseland Christian Ministries Strong tower Homeless Shelter.

Thank you for those who provided the cash donations for the toys – the kids had a great time and we were also able to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. We used the presents as an example of Ephesians 2:8-9

“For by grace are you saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God”.

Volunteers, snacks, crafts, and board games are needed every Tuesday night – contact missionary Scott Reese if you are able to help.

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Monthly Evangelistic Community Outreach to Roseland (Chicago)

Saturday, July 28

Body of Christ Cares provided a meal which helped empower the Galilee Baptist Church have their evangelistic monthly community outreach. We are very grateful for the family that provides this cooked meal for about 50.

We could expand this model to other churches and ministries. Do you know a Christian individual, family, small group,or church that would like to help provide a monthly meal that would help empower ANOTHER church to have a community outreach. The economic slow down has touched all our lives, but it has been particularly devastating to those who were already on the edge of poverty. Possibly God has not called you to the “inner city”  to share the gospel, but consider that your love or ability to cook can be used to make a difference in the city.

Does your mission budget include Urban America?

I recently came across an article that I wrote over twenty years ago:

On the road to Jericho lay a man beaten, bloody, broken… unable to help himself.

On the road to Jericho lay a man beaten, bloody, broken… unable to help himself. Religious leaders by chance came by and were confronted with this uncomely sight. Sad to say, they turned their heads and walked away, presumably clutching their appointment books stuffed with greater priorities. “The man was foolish for getting into such trouble,” or “God was probably judging him” were simple rationalizations. Soon, as they sat down to a delicious dinner, the man in need was but a distant memory. Yet, his sobbing and suffering did not stop. There was just nobody to listen.
Gratefully, a Good Samaritan man was willing to LOVE a neighbor whom he had never met. Demonstrating God’s Love, he set aside his own personal comfort and racial bigotry (Jews and Samaritans wern’t suppose to get along). By investing the necessary time and money, he went beyond mere pity to actual Christian compassion.
Today, it seems the church has fled the city and has found comfort in their quiet suburbs. Although the church is no longer there to listen, the countless cries of hopelessness and despair continue on. We are willing to send a missionary to the “uttermost parts of the earth” while we overlook the “Judea” and “Samaria” in our own back  yards. These missionary efforts must continue, but we must not forget that we need not cross an ocean to enter a mission field. There are mission fields just as open to the gospel- needy, dependent on outside support, and even sometimes dangerous, right here in America.
If you are not now giving a percentage of your mission funds to the inner city, prayerfully consider helping New Life Ministries (NOW WWW.BodyofChristCares.org).
RIGHT NOW IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, THE INNER CITY (urban) REMAINS A MAJOR UNREACHED MISSION AREA.
Please pray for me and the ministry.
Sincerely,
Scott Reese – late 1980’On the road to Jericho lay a man beaten, bloody, broken… unable to help himself.
Religious leaders by chance came by and were confronted with this uncomely sight. Sad to say, they turned their heads and walked away, presumably clutching their appointment books stuffed with greater priorities. “The man was foolish for getting into such trouble,” or “God was probably judging him” were simple rationalizations.
Soon, as they sat down to a delicious dinner, the man in need was but a distant memory. Yet, his sobbing and suffering did not stop. There was just nobody to listen.
Gratefully, a Good Samaritan man was willing to LOVE a neighbor whom he had never met. Demonstrating God’s Love, he set aside his own personal comfort and racial bigotry (Jews and Samaritans wern’t suppose to get along). By investing the necessary time and money, he went beyond mere pity to actual Christian compassion.
Today, it seems the church has fled the city and has found comfort in their quiet suburbs. Although the church is no longer there to listen, the countless cries of hopelessness and despair continue on. We are willing to send a missionary to the “uttermost parts of the earth” while we overlook the “Judea” and “Samaria” in our own back  yards. These missionary efforts must continue, but we must not forget that we need not cross an ocean to enter a mission field. There are mission fields just as open to the gospel- needy, dependent on outside support, and even sometimes dangerous, right here in America.
If you are not now giving a percentage of your mission funds to the inner city, prayerfully consider helping New Life Ministries (NOW WWW.BodyofChristCares.org).
RIGHT NOW IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, THE INNER CITY (urban) REMAINS A MAJOR UNREACHED MISSION AREA.
Please pray for me and the ministry.
Sincerely,
Scott Reese – late 1980’s
urban_missionary_scott_reese

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Thanks Family Christian Bookstore

On Tuesday, July 7, Body of Christ Cares took children from Roseland Christian Ministries to the Family Christian Bookstore in South Holland, IL. were they were treated to a morning of fun.

Video of this event is on the following link:

http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=0cdf4457b0951658c783

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4th of July Parade promotes the “Taste of Reconciliation”

July 4, 2009, about 20 volunteers from Living Springs Community Church participated in the 4th of July Parade and passed out about 2,500 frisbees promoting the Taste of Reconciliation on July 26, 2009.

The Taste of Reconciliation is a time that the Body of Christ Comes together for the purpose of reconciliation and a celebration of diversity. There is a time of  fellowship & sharing various ethnic foods which is then followed by a multicultural worship service.

This event is in the Chicagoland area but the Body of Christ Cares can help your church put on a similar event regardless of where you are located.

see: http://TasteofReconciliation.com for more information.

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