Monthly Archives: January 2013

CHRISTIAN VOLUNTEERS – A GREAT SHORT STORY BY TOLSTOY

Leo Tolstoy - WHERE LOVE IS, THERE GOD IS ALSO

Leo Tolstoy – WHERE LOVE IS, THERE GOD IS ALSO

HAVE YOU EVER READ TOLSTOY??? To me he was just one of those authors that I knew I should know about, but knew very little. I just read his short story – WHERE LOVE IS, THERE GOD IS ALSO – Leo Tolstoy. It only takes 5 or 10 minutes to read… I THINK YOU WOULD ENJOY IT… I posted it on the ChristCares.org website – http://bodyofchristcares.christianinternetministry.com/christian_volunteer_tolstoy.html

(I found this picture at http://www.linguadex.com/tolstoy/)

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VOLUNTEERS – YOU DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Christian Volunteers – Please read, an encouraging reminder that we never know how God will use us…

Amazing story how God used a volunteer's simple act of faithfulness to change thousands of lives

Amazing story how God used a volunteer’s simple act of faithfulness to change thousands of lives…

Many years ago, it was a cold February night in Chicago. A volunteer for the Pacific Garden Mission had to make a decision if he was to brave the cold weather or stay home – his position was not considered important by many – he was not a preacher, he just stood outside the mission and encouraged needy people to go inside & get help. He went… 

Earlier that night a man named Mel Trotter was despondent and depressed due to alcoholism and poor choices – he had lost his job, his marriage was messed up and he had gone to Chicago for a drinking binge. Finally, suicidal & out of money he sold his shoes in a tavern to get a final drink. He then got directions to Lake Michigan where he figured he would jump in and commit suicide… On his way, he passed the the Pacific Garden Mission & the volunteer encouraged him & pulled him in the mission… there he heard the gospel preached and that even though he was “messed up” God still loved him…

He trusted Christ as his savior & God transformed his life… soon he began to share his testimony and became a minister… God used him in a powerful way… He helped start the Mel Trotter Rescue Mission & Church in Grand Rapids Michigan… Soon he was used to start missions in many cities across America and became an evangelist and thousands of people came to the Lord as a result of his ministry…. This is a great reminder to us on the importance of our volunteer activities, even if it doesn’t seem to be an important job, you never know how God will bless your faithfulness… Thousands were saved as the result of that volunteer being there & Mel Trotter becoming a Christian… 

I WANT TO TELL YOU THE STORY OF JUST ONE OF THE THOUSANDS THAT WERE SAVED. A 13 year old boy visited the Mel Trotter Church in Grand Rapids … he saw a choir perform & asked if he could join – the director shared that it was a Christian choir & then the 13 year old boy put his trust in Christ as his savior… that boy grew up to be a missionary, pastor, evangelist, Bible College teacher, & author… that man was my Father Ed Reese, who along with my mom raised me in the Christian Faith & now I (Scott Reese) have been an urban missionary for over 30 years…

LAST FRIDAY NIGHT (12/28/12) I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PREACH AT THE PACIFIC GARDEN MISSION… where this all began… it was an amazing night and an opportunity… I’m not sure how many were there, I’m guessing over 400… Katie Reese sang with the youth group of Christian Heritage Church… After preaching a gospel message, We had about 7 indicate that they would like to become Christians – we prayed with them & encouraged them to talk with the mission staff… Please pray for them… Praise the Lord …

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Christ Cares Christmas 2012 Report

CHRIST THE GREATEST GIFT CHRISTMAS TOY PROJECT BLESSED HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE.

Children receive Christmas Toys due to the generosity of donors.

Children receive Christmas Toys due to the generosity of donors.

This was a great example of how the Body of Christ can work together. We are very grateful to the many Churches & Christians and who provided toys or volunteered in some way. We are also grateful to Alvin Herman Jr. & the Gideons who provided New Testaments to go along with the gifts. We were able to distribute the gifts in the name of Jesus to needy families in Chicago and the south suburbs.

Volunteers wrap toys for needy children.

Volunteers wrap toys for needy children.

PLEASE COME BACK & VISIT THIS BLOG POST – I WILL WRITE A MORE DETAILED REPORT WHEN I HAVE SOME MORE TIME, BUT I WANTED AT LEAST TO POST A FEW PICTURES & ALSO PROVIDE A LINK FOR A NEWS ARTICLE THAT WAS WRITTEN ABOUT OUR PROJECT.

Some of the homeless ladies who attended our Christmas Morning Bible Study

Some of the homeless ladies who attended our Christmas Morning Bible Study

Thanks to the supporters of Christ Cares on Christmas Day many homeless people not only received gifts, but they had a MINISTER to spend time with them and encourage them. I spent Christmas Morning with the Homeless Ladies & children of the PADS Shelter Program at New Life Baptist Church. The afternoon with my family, and the evening at Roseland Christian Ministries Homeless Shelter for ladies & children.

Please visit the news article written about our toy project – HERE

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Christ Cares feeds the hungry

christ cares is developing programs to feed the hungry   of chicagoland – here are five recent examples:

Rozetta Baptist Church and Kids Against Hunger donate food to Rev. Scott Reese & Christ Cares

Rozetta Baptist Church and Kids Against Hunger donate food to Rev. Scott Reese & Christ Cares

Dan Allamon & Scott Reese

Dan Allamon & Scott Reese

1) Thanks Rozetta Baptist Church & Kids against hunger for providing over 10,000 individual servings of food for us to distribute & help us with our mission to PROCLAIM & DEMONSTRATE THE LOVE OF GOD. we also thank new life baptist church for their partnership and provision of a room for us to operate a food resource center.

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2) We are grateful for the agape center and cru’s here’s life inner city for donating 70 thanksgiving baskets to be distributed with a gospel witness…

3) thank you orland park christian reformed church for providing a weeks worth of groceries to 10 families we are working with… it was a huge help!

4) thank you first reformed church of lansing, for arranging the donation of hundreds of pounds of fresh premium butterball turkey for us to distribute to needy families…

5) thank you liccar family for providing a monthly meal for us to empower galilee baptist church of chicago to have an evangelistic community meal. thank you jeff bryson and rob belin for transporting the meal up there when i am unable to do so…

*) please pray for us as we are launching not only a food pantry program but a strategic ministry orientated food distribution site to empower urban ministries and churches to meet practical needs while sharing the gospel message.

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November “Make a Difference Day”

Once again orland park christian reformed church teamed up with christ cares & roseland christian ministries to provide another “make a difference day”

please read the news article about it:

Click HERE –

ORLAND PATCH NEWS ARTICLE

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I plan on adding more pictures and information later but I wanted to share the news article and also say thanks for the many people who made the event possible – Cindy Vander Lann & Orland Park Christian Reformed Church – your volunteers were awesome, the volunteers of Christ Cares, Roseland Christian Ministries, and Crete Church & First Reformed Church of Lansing for letting us use their vehicles for transportation . I also want to thank Mary Compton of THE PATCH for coming out and writing the article. This event also included a marvelous Thanksgiving Dinner – including volunteers I believe there was 144.

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