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Please Pray For Urban Ministers


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Please pray for for my friend and fellow urban minister Joe Huizenga and Roseland Christian Ministries … he’s been called in to help the relatives of an eight year old girl who was murdered in Roseland earlier today. Her little 5 year old cousin was also shot and has a bullet lodged in her brain.

Lets not only pray for the family and community but also for Pastor Joe Heizenga… its hard to explain how much these situations drain a minister…

Unfortunately I’ve probably known over 100 people who have been murdered and I can’t tell you how many other serious crisis situations  I’ve been through. From personal experience, I am asking for prayer, encouragement, and support for urban ministers.

I know besides this incident, just within the last couple months Pastor Joe has faced another difficult funeral, saw a couple teens chasing each other with guns, was involved in an anti violence campaign after another young child was murdered, and has had many other high pressure crisis situations. Please pray and do all you can to encourage this young minister. See if you are not familiar with this ministry.

Please pray for the other urban missionaries that you know. I often wondered if some of the health conditions Rev. Tony Van Zanten (one of my heros) were related to to the toils of long term urban ministry. Campus Crusade’s Agape Center (Rev.Milton Massie & a wonderful staff) is also located in Roseland and has been through some trying times. I also ask for prayer for myself as the Board of Directors has requested that I seek counseling for Post Traumatic Stress.


Pray for protection not just from physical harm but also from all harm. Pray for their families and their needs. And pray that God will show himself strong, mighty & powerful!

The needs of urban Chicago seem hopeless and overwhelming… with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible! One by one, lives can be transformed through the awesome power of God! Pray that the Lord will empower us to: “preach good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Although there are many negative headlines and news stories let’s not forget there is alot of good things too. There is a multitude of young people who say no to the gangs on a daily basis- Their story is never told on the “news”.There are moms and dads in spite of challenging circumstances who are great role models to their kids – their story is also never on the “news”.

2 Thess. 3   Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

Video Christian Testimony of a Chicago Heights Police Officer – Joe Stith, Sr.

Feb. 2011 update:

I latter found out the person who called Pastor Joe Heizenga was my dear friend Carolyn Zigler who works for Roseland Christian Ministries’ Strong Tower Homeless shelter. We don’t want to dwell on it but early violent death is a reality in Urban America – & it is not just the gang bangers who are affected. I’ve known 4 people that have been murdered this past year. Please pray for the families who lost their loved ones. I’d especially like you to pray for my friend Joanne. A few days before Christmas her daughter Marquita was murdered. I knew Marquita as a precious little girl years ago while I was pastor of New Life. Anyway Joanne now has the responsibility of raising Marquita’s two children and is facing many challenges. (Also pray for Lavetta who has been a strong supporter of our ministry, her son was murdered last summer. Many of you know my assistant Jeff Bryson, this was a relative of his).

Thank you for your help in making  the ministry of CHRIST CARES possible.


Christ Cares – Prayer Requests – 11/23/09


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. ( 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.


  • 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.”