Monthly Archives: June 2012

Christ Cares Urban Missionary Report – 6/30/12

Crete Reformed Church's VBS had a special project to help Urban Missionary Scott Reese and ChristCares.org

Crete Church’s VBS Children collected snacks and juice boxes to help Urban Missionary Scott Reese and Christ Cares.org

Friday june 22, 2012

A special thanks to Crete Reformed Church. Their VBS children collected Granola Bars and Juice Boxes to help us share Jesus to urban children. During the summer we provide snacks along with Bible Programs for 60 to 100 kids and homeless moms. In the Fall Lord willing we will be starting a few new programs and will need weekly snacks for up to 200 per week! We hope other churches will collect snacks & juice boxes to help us with this. It is really nice to have the snacks  as a practical demonstration of Christ’s love while we teach God’s love. A special thanks to the children, their parents, Carol Milsap and all the volunteers.

Christ Cares has Ministry Boxes available to place donations to help urban youth.

Christ Cares has Ministry Donation Boxes available for your church to collect snacks, juice boxes, and raffle gifts to help Christ Cares demonstrate God’s love while teaching about God’s love.

Ministry Donation Boxes are available for your Church.

wE ARE IN NEED OF SNACKS, JUICE BOXES, & RAFFLE GIFTS ALL YEAR ROUND. MANY DOING A LITTLE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE! * THESE DONATION BOXES CAN ALSO BE USED FOR THE SCHOOL SUPPLY AND CHRISTMAS TOY DONATIONS.

Saturday, June 23 – Schepel Buick/GMC Car Show.

Schepel Buick/GMC car show

Schepel Buick/GMC Charity car show – to benefit Elim Ministries. This will make it possible for Elim Ministries to work with Christ Cares to donate school supplies to over 600 children in economically hard hit areas.

We brought a van load of kids to the Schepel Buick/GMC Charity Car Show. Tom Van Prooyen, the owner of Schepel Buick/GMC started this charity event to aid Elim Ministries – a wonderful ministry that helps individuals with disabilities to be equipped to achieve their highest God-given potential. Elim will purchase school supplies and hire their people to put together school supply packs.

This fund raiser will enable Elim Ministries to work in conjunction with  Christ Cares to provide school supplies for all the children of Ford Heights and also Wilson School of Chicago Heights. A special thanks to Bob Stine for making this possible as well as my friend Ken Lautenbach for introducing me to Bob.

Korean United Methodist Church

Korean United Methodist Church

Sunday, june 24

I (Scott Reese) had a wonderful time preaching at the Korean United Methodist Church Overflow English Ministry. I thank God for the Body of Christ and the awesome privilege to be blessed and enriched by so many different cultures and ministries.

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What would it feel like to be Homeless? Christ Cares Homeless Ministry Video – 6/20/12

We recently put together a video of our Tuesday Evening outreach at Roseland Christian Ministries Homeless Shelter. Donations of snacks, juice boxes, & raffle gifts are needed. Urban Missionary Scott Reese is the Director of ChristCares.org – please visit website for more information.

Christ Cares / Urban Missionary Scott Reese, Update & Prayer Requests 6/13/12

Wednesday Night Volunteers needed

On Wednesday evenings we work with a group (between 10 to 20) of grade school and junior high children for an evening of fun & Bible Study. We meet at East Hazel Crest Bible Church and we are in need of volunteers to help from 7 p.m to 8 p.m. – email Scott for additional information if you are interested. We are in need of the volunteers for the summer only – the Bible Church runs a wonderful Olympians program during the school year. We also have basketball practice from 5 to 6 p.m. Pictures below:

Wednesday Evening Bible Study & Game Time

Wednesday Evening Bible Study & Game Time

Christ Cares basketball team

Christ Cares basketball team

Fall Volunteers Needed

This Fall, Lord willing, we plan on partnering with New Life Baptist Church and start a couple new programs. We are in the planning stages and we also need to start lining up potential volunteers so we will know how many we can minister to. Tentatively we are thinking about having a after school Homework Help & Basketball program on Thursdays at about 3:30 p.m. (Grade School & Junior High). We also are thinking about having a weekly outreach (about 5:00 p.m.) to the homeless ladies and children who spend Monday nights at the church. We also need volunteers for a Bible and Basketball Program for High School kids on Wednesday nights about 6:00 p.m.

Christ Cares resources Ministries

Christ Cares resources Urban Ministries of Chicagoland in various ways throughout the year. Scott is also involved with encouraging and consulting Urban Ministers. One of our resources is an inflatable bouncer pictured below being used at Living Springs Community Church  for a fund raiser benefiting Heart For Honduras .

Christ Cares resources urban ministries

Christ Cares resources urban ministries

Scott Reese’s Upcoming Preaching Schedule:

  • 6/17/12 : Crete Reformed Church (Showing video of the Shelter Ministry) * We are very grateful that Crete Church’s V.B.S. Program is collecting snacks for our various programs and the ministries we resource.
  • 6/24/12 : Korean United Methodist Church * We are very grateful that this wonderful congregations has been partnering with us the past several years at our Taste of Reconciliation Worship Event and I am honored to have this opportunity to share.
  • 7/1/12 : East Hazel Crest Bible Church * My dad was pastor of this church when I was born – it is still kind of strange to preach at a place and see people who used to babysit me! The pastor and people of this congregation have been a big encouragement & help to me.
  • 7/8/12 : South Suburban Chinese Church * For well over 20 years I’ve had the privilege to minister to this wonderful congregation & have grown to love them dearly…we want to thank Parkview Church of Orland Park for allowing us to use their facility and Baptistery so we could have a Baptismal Service.  Please pray for Frankie as he proclaims his love and dedication to God through Baptism.
  • 7/15/12 : Rest Haven Nursing Home of South Holland. * I always look forward to sharing with these wonderful people…
  • Please pray that my message and my preaching will not necessarily be with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power. (1 Cor.2)

Praise & Prayer Requests

  • Please continue to pray for my (Scott’s) health & heart. I have been doing really well but earlier tonight I ran into problems – my Blood Pressure jumped up to 191 / 156 and my heart went out of rhythm. Please pray for healing and also wisdom on the next step – also please pray that if it is God’s plan for me to have an operation to fix this condition, that he will provide a way financially to have it done. We are grateful to Orland Park Christian Reformed Church who sent us an extra $500 this week to help with our medical expenses. June 20 update – Scott’s heart is back in rhythm and doing much better.
  •  Praise – a young lady that grew up at the Chinese Church is going into missions. I can not publicly give her name or where she is going but if you would be interested in supporting a dedicated young missionary to a needy field, than please contact me and I will give you additional information.
  • Please pray for my dear friend and co-laborer Carolyn. There has been a gang war in her neighborhood. The gangs lit the house across the street from her on fire and they  tried to kill her neighbor by shooting up their house. There is gunfire almost every night. She also fell and hurt her arm and had to have surgery tonight. She has been through so much (son and niece murdered etc.) and yet she has continued to reach out in love to the children of her community.
  • Praise – At New Life (the church the Lord blessed me to found over 30 years ago) they had been praying for a new member’s  adult children that they would come to church. The week I preached not only did she attend, but she also put her trust in Christ as her Savior!!! Praise the Lord – please pray for this new born Christian…
  • Praise – once again a Christian Business lady has made a significant & sacrificial donation to help Christ Cares. We also praise God for about 20 individuals and churches who donate faithfully on a monthly or quarterly basis – IN AN EARTHLY SENSE, OUR MINISTRY IS RESULT OF THEIR PARTNERSHIP!!!
  • This summer Scott will be going on deputation again – please pray that we will be able to raise the additional funds needed. Much of Scott’s missionary deputation was done in the late 1980’s. Now since the economy is bad and also over 25 years supporters drop off, so there is a strong need to increase our funding to meet our budget. We are also wanting to hire some part time staff this Fall to help us with our new programs. Please help us line up opportunities for us to share what Christ Cares is doing and how people can partner with us. Churches, small groups, Sunday School Classes, even a gathering of a few friends at your house would be wonderful! You can also make a one time donation or a monthly donation (that you can stop at any time) – HERE – CLICK TO DONATE TO CHRIST CARES 
  • Finally please pray for spiritual victories. As missionaries we often just share the highlights and victories but there is also many difficulties and discouragements in urban ministry. Please pray for three young people that I have been working with for a couple years that God’s Word will penetrate their lives and change them. They recently did something really stupid and got in trouble with the law – I pray that this will be the last time the get in trouble with the police and that they will live for the Lord.    We were encouraged that we had a couple new families join the church at New Life. A wolf in sheep’s clothing got to them and persuaded in false doctrine and they are fading out of the church. One of the urban ministers I try to encourage is going through a very difficult time.  David Gills who I co-founded New Life with is now the Senior pastor there. He had Kidney failure and  now has to have dialysis three times a week. I am really concerned about one of the families that was staying at the Homeless Shelter we help. It was a single mother with nine precious children and she is pregnant with a 10th. Anyway, she evidently has some issues and was kicked out of the shelter (They must maintain order & rules) – I am quite worried for these children. I recently got word that a young man that we’ve worked with is in jail for shooting someone in the leg. His father was murdered when he was young. At age nine he witnessed his cousin being shot to death and then his  mother was stabbed to death in front of him as he tried to fight off the attacker. Two or three months latter he was sitting next to his brother when his brother was shot in the head and killed. After all this happened we would have this young man come over to our house one evening a week for about a year, just to try to show him some love and encouragement. He is a gifted young man and I know God still has a plan for him – please pray that God will change his heart. This morning I witnessed a minor crime and then had to go look for the suspects. I also got a phone call from one of the probable gang families I help that I dread returning because I know it is probably going to draw me into a high pressure and possibly dangerous situation. I still struggle myself from time to time with some Post Traumatic Stress issues from the 100 or so murders that I’ve been through these past 30 + years. Please pray for me, my family (my wife and kids have been through many hardships due to my ministry) and our volunteers and we ask God to make us a vessel of His Love “in the city.”