Monthly Archives: November 2009

CHRIST CARES – THANKSGIVING OUTREACH

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We are very grateful for Campus Crusade’s Agape Center for donating 50 Thanksgiving “Boxes of Love” to CHRIST CARES. Following the Agape Center’s guidlines we targeted families that were not only struggling financially but also were unchurched. The goal was to use this Turkey, meal, and Christian Materials as a demonstration of God’s love to connect with unchurched families.  I am especially grateful to the volunteers who helped with the distribution mostly in Ford Heights, Chicago Heights, and Robbins: Jeff Bryson, Fred Edmond (Sr. & Jr.), Tommie Beasley, Sam Williams, Bryan Bell, David Gills, and Robin Quin.

CHRIST CARES  also sponsored our monthly Community Outreach Dinner in Roseland and are grateful for the Liccar family for providing this meal. Please pray for the Gallilee Baptist Church as they endeavor to share God’s love in Roseland (Chicago).

Christian volunteers

Christ Cares Volunteers Fred Edmond (Sr. & Jr.)

We are also in need of donations of canned hams and food for additional families that we work with that are struggling financially at this time. Please let us know if you can help.

Sunday (11/22/09) was a tremendous blessing for my daughter Katie and me. One of the families we distributed a “Box of Love” to on Saturday had 10 children living there. On Sunday, Katie and I brought 4 of the older children to church. Afterwards we spent some time with them and shared the “GOOD NEWS” of God’s great love and plan of salvation. We praise the Lord as they were already “planted” and “watered” in that they were already prepared and hungering to know God and ready to accept His marvelous gift of salvation. We praise the Lord for “child like faith”. Please pray for Briana, Bridget, Earline, and Margaret.

Sunday afternoon Lisa, Katie, and I went to the home of one of our faithful supporters, Loraine Smith. Although Christ Cares has many people who donate throughout the year, the vast majority of support comes from just about 15 individuals, couples, or churches that support us on a monthly/regular basis. We are very grateful to this special crowd of partners and want to get to know them (you) better. Lisa is back helping me with donor relations, and we’d love to have the opportunity to fellowship with you sometime.  Anyway, we had a wonderful afternoon playing “Crowns”, chatting, and munching on snacks. Loraine is 83 and now has some health issues, so I’d appreciate your prayers for her.

A special note about the AGAPE CENTER: For those not familiar with them, they are a wonderful urban ministry impacting hundreds of lives in the Roseland area and I highly reccommend them. (More info on the Agape Center – HERE). They have been a blessing to me and my ministry endeavors for probably over 20 years! Please pray for them, the economic downturn has hurt most non profits, I know they had to drastically cut back on their Turkey distribution this year. Also, there was a very high profile gang related murder in their parking lot. You probably saw this on the news as it was a national story. I am personally grateful to God in that the afternoon that this happened I had planned on stopping by the Agape Center to try to see Milton, but God changed my mind and I missed that event.  Unfortunately I’ve been involved with many similar murder catastrophies and know the physical, emotional, and even spiritual drain these situations can be. I still struggle with post traumatic stress issues to some degree over some of the multitude of murder situations I’ve been through. Anyway, I want to encourage you to have your church pray for Milton Massie and the dedicated staff of the Agape Center. Pray that the Lord will protect them, refresh them, and empower them to continue being a beacon of light and love to that community.

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Christ Cares – Prayer Requests – 11/23/09

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Prayer is powerful! A verse I have pondered is James 4:2  “You do not have, because you do not ask God”.  Isn’t that amaizing!  There are situations and needs that could be turned around simply by prayer. As Christians we all believe that God asnswers prayer… but I believe that is is easy to drift into a state where we don’t realize that prayer can make a powerful impact for the kingdom. Prayer makes a difference!

Pictured below are children from Roseland Christian Ministry’s Strongtower Homeless Shelter. (www.roselandchristianministries.org) They are reciting Jerimiah 33:3 “Call unto me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things.”  We do not have the resources or power to turn the lives and fortunes around for these wonderful families, but God does. Some asked for prayer, please pause and ask our sorverign God to work in their lives. 

  • Jasmine: Pray for hope & ability to maintain sanity.
  • Ebony: Pray I get a house & I get things for my new baby due April 25, 2010.
  • Lisa: Pray I get out of the shelter & get my own apartment.
  • Amy: Pray for my health and strength.
  • Twana: Pray I get in this housing program.
  • Sherprina, Michelle, Amber: unspoken
  • Claudine: pray for my husband and son.
  • Evelyn: for my daughter to get better and for me to get housing and a job.

OTHER PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • We need snacks and crafts for our Tuesday night ministry at the Homeless Shelter. Please read our latest newsletter (two posts below) for more information.
  • Robin Quin has a wonderful ministry in Ford Heights. Dispite many obstycles she runs a after school safe house and also the “Hope Center”, as well as a home for the homeless in Chicago Heights. This past weekend, the Hope Center was broken into and their computers were stolen.
  • Urban Minister Sam Williams is a very dedicated servant of the Lord and he also serves on the Board of Directors of Christ Cares. He is in need of employment and also a refridgerator.
  • Two other close friends are in need of employment. Fred Edmond is a skilled and dilligent worker who came to the Lord about a year or two ago and has really grown in the Lord. Another colaborer is in the process of losing his home and needs employment.
  • On Sunday I (Scott Reese) read a great quote in the bulletin: “In the midst of the flurry of sermon preparation and ministry to people, the call sounds through my daily fog, that it is much more important what God has called me to be than what God has called me to do.” I really believe this and that ministry must flow from a heart passionate for God. Please pray that I (and our volunteers & my family) stay close to the Lord. Lives are not changed by good intentions, clever plans, or hard work, it is only through the power and blessings of Almighty God.
  • My daughter Lexi recently got married. Please pray for her and her husband David as they begin their new life together and that God wil work in their lives in powerful ways.
  • I’d also ask your prayers for CHRIST CARES, as we share the name change and that also God will touch hearts and provide for this ministry in a mighty way.

* PS – JUST IN… 

I just heard from Robin Quin. She really liked the Bible Study books that were in the Thanksgiving “Boxes of Love”. She would like 28 copies of the book to teach children about Jesus in Ford Heights. Is there someone who would like to partner and buy these 28 books? What a wonderful eternal investment this would be… Matthew 6:19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, & where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

CHRIST CARES – Ministry Report 11/16/09

Thank you for your prayers and support, we had a very blessed weekend.

Friday 11/13/09 We watched the movie Second Chance with  the Building Bridges Committee of Livings Springs Community Church. This movie highlights the challenges of “Black” and “White” churches working together and is good for getting discussions going on this topic. The Building Bridges Committee is designed specifically to foster the church’s intentional goal of intentionally being a multicultural church. I believe this is a good idea for churches that are located in a multicultural community. Christ Cares would be happy to use it’s vast experience to help your church set up a similar committee.

Saturday 11/14/09 We had the Men’s Bible Study. We were blessed to have Ray Rayburn as our special guest speaker. Ray has written three Bible Study Books: Ephesians, Revelation, and The Holy Spirit. The next Men’s Bible Study is scheduled for the first Saturday of December, 8:30 a.m. at Scott’s house. This is a great opportunity not only to study the Bible, but also to connect with a very diverse group of men from different cultures and backgrounds.

Saturday afternoon we picked up a high quality copier that was donated by Crete Church. We want to send out a sincere THANK YOU! Already we have put it to good use.

Sunday 11/15/09

I (Scott Reese) started day at New Life Baptist Church of Chicago Heights where Rev. Roy Patterson (of Moody Radio) is pastor. They were celibrating their 29th anniversary. This is the church I founded (along with a wonderful Assistant Pastor David Gills and others) in Ford Heights. I served as pastor there for 18 years and it was a blessing to see old friends and to see the work of the Lord continuing on. I briefly shared the story of the founding of the church and God’s miraculous provision of the current ministry center that contains a guymnasium, kitchen, and beatiful auditorium. To God be the glory…

Next I stoped by the East Hazel Crest Bible Church to partake of some of their special Homecoming activities. This is a very special church to me as my dad was pastor there when I was born.  On Wednesday evenings I take children there to partake of their wonderful Olympians Bible Study program and also a teen girl Bible Study lead by Shauntel Guzitas.

Our next stop was the South Suburban Chinese Church of Tinley Park. I have been blessed to preach there on a regular basis for over twenty years. Currently every third Sunday of the month I give the children a brief Bible Lesson and also share a sermon with the adults. Please pray for this wonderful congregation. If you know of any Chinese individuals in need of a church please put them in contact with us. The services are in the afternoons and are in Chinese. This is a way to keep the Chinese culture alive and also to reach out in unique ways to the Chinese population of Chicagoland.

In the evening I was invited to attend evening service of First Church of Lansing by a couple Board Members of Christ Cares.

Name change information

The Body of Christ Cares is reorganizing. Two new Christian organizations were birthed as a result.

Urban missionary Scott Reese is now the director of: CHRIST CARES and the website address is http://www.ChristCares.org . A newsletter and brochure is in the process of being sent out. Please help spread the word and let us know if you don’t receive one within the next couple weeks.

You may also print or email this information which is posted below.

Rich Van Til is the director of FAITH AND ACTION Ministries. Those who are following his endeavors should have already received a mailing about this. If you did not or would like further information about Faith and Action, than please give Rich a call (708) 363-2568.

This ministry Blog will continue and be found by clicking on the “Ministry Blog” link at http://www.ChristCares.org.

Click on the following links to view, print, or email the new information about CHRIST CARES.

Christ Cares Newsletter 1

Christ Cares Christian non profit Brochure

Nov. 4 Prayer Requests, update, and announcements

1. PRAYER REQUEST – PLEASE PRAY FOR ME – I’VE BEEN QUITE SICK FOR ABOUT A WEEK NOW… IT SEEMS TO BE GETTING WORSE AND MOVING INTO MY LUNGS and my fever is increasing. Lisa thinks it may be H1N1, I guess if I don’t turn the corner soon, I’ll go see a doctor. THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT THIS IS THAT I’VE LOST  7 POUNDS! … NOW IT LOOKS LIKE KATIE MAY HAVE IT… I’M QUITE CONCERNED FOR MY LITTLE GIRL… I guess there is never a good time to be sick, but this is a critical time for the ministry – please pray for a quick recovery.  Also a special thank you goes out to Brian for covering for me at the shelter last night.

2. We have some exciting news to share in regard to the ministry… prayerfully we plan on sending out a newsletter next week. 

3. The men’s Bible study will be put off a week to the second Saturday in November – please spread the word… I’m not sure if I’ll be recouperated by Saturday … also there is a seminar on Racial Reconciliation at Living Springs Church that I will helping with – see Living Springs website  for more information – I’ve heard great things about this  seminar and hope you will be able to attend.

Thanks for your prayer and support,

Scott Reese