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Christ Cares – First quarter Urban Missionary Praise and Prayer Report

please pray for us

Thank you so much for your prayer and support. Only God can change lives and no matter how hard we work or how clever our plans, it is all in vain unless we have God’s Blessings. I am reminded of Paul’s words in 2 Thess. ” brothers and sisters, 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 people, for not everyone has faith.” If the Apostle Paul needed prayer, how much more do we!!! One of my favorite scriptures is from Zach. 4 ” ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”   We are blessed that we see spiritual growth in many of the homeless we are working with and I just received a letter in the mail from a young man who told me that he wants to receive Christ as his Savior! However I also have some young people that I have been working with for several years, and although they are good kids and have memorized some scripture, they have not had the transformed lives that we long for. Peer pressure is so strong on these kids, but I know the power of God is greater – please join us in prayer for transformed lives through the power of the Gospel!

seminars and preaching opportunities

We have many highlights over the last several months beyond our regular programs. I have had the privilege to share at a couple of seminars. In January, the Agape Center (CRU / Here’s Life Inner City) had a seminar training on “How to Minister to the Homeless” and they asked me share. In February, Christian Service Ministries, the service ministry of the area Christian Reformed Churches asked me to give a seminar entitled “Church is not a spectator sport“. This was a seminar on how to encourage and empower more people to get involved in ministry. I also had the opportunity to preach at the Pacific Garden Mission a couple times (to over 400 homeless) and the Lord blessed mightily. I enjoyed my regular preaching engagements at Providence Nursing Home (South Holland) and the South Suburban Chinese Church and the other opportunities to share through our regular programs…

Church is not a spectator sport

Church is not a spectator sport

ministry to the homeless prayer requests:

1. roseland christian ministries homeless shelter outreach

For many years we have been providing an evening of fun and spiritual encouragement at the Homeless Shelter for mothers and children. Sometimes there are 75+ there. For several years I went alone or with just one volunteer but the Lord did a wonderful thing the last year or two – He put together a wonderful team of about 14 volunteers to help me minister there. Many are from Homewood Church. What a blessing this has been as we now have specialists in so many areas – the singing, the crafts, the smaller children’s lesson, etc. The program has really improved with all the additional help (I call them the DREAM TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS). Anyway Roseland Christian Ministries is temporarily closing the homeless shelter down and remodeling and also reorganizing their outreach to the homeless. Please pray for Pastor Joe Huizenga and the Roseland Christian Ministries Team as they do this. I would also like your prayer for our wonderful team of volunteers, that they will stay encouraged and that we will have wisdom and direction while waiting to see what opportunities will be available with the reorganized shelter or if we should split the group and help a couple smaller homeless shelters…

Christ Cares Volunteer Team & two RCM staff

Christ Cares Volunteer Team & two RCM staff

2. new outreach to the surburban homeless ladies and children

We are grateful that the Lord has opened an awesome door of opportunity to be a blessing to many homeless ladies. New Life Baptist Church (Founding Pastor Scott Reese & Senior Pastor David Gills) hosts the PADS homeless ladies on Monday nights. Between 50 to 60 homeless ladies sleep on the gym floor on Monday nights. On Tuesday mornings I (Urban Missionary Scott Reese) have a weekly voluntary Bible Study with them. We have also started a devotional program with them (devotional sheet going over the Christian basics) which has been well received.  On Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday mornings we serve and encourage these ladies by praying with them and sharing a verse. We also drive them where they need to go and try to be a blessing to them. Please keep these ladies in prayer – it is a difficult life, but God is bigger than any of their problems or issues. Below is a video of one of the ladies taken last week:

Urban Missionary Scott Reese interviews Christian Homeless Lady – ChristCares.org from internetministry on Vimeo.





Cities Arise! Thank you Agape Center, Here’s Life Inner City & CRU

The agape center, a ministry of “here’s Life inner city” / cru (formally called campus crusade for christ) has been a tremendous help and blessing to us through the years…

I have been blessed to be one of the longest ministry partners of the Agape Center. I can remember attending a fund raiser for the Agape Center with Bill Bright in the early 1980’s. It was a privilege to meet him and I was honored that he sent me an autographed copy of his Holy Spirit Book when I graduated from Bible College.

Brother Austin Smith was the Director when we first began partnering with the Agape Center.  Rev. Milton Massie was the next Director and now Marc Henkle and Brad Harry  are co directors.  I can not list the many ways the Agape Center has helped us and empowered us to share the good news in the “City”.

Urban Ministry is very rewarding but it is also very difficult and challenging at times. You are surrounded by needs but in the natural you have very few resources. The Agape Center has had many programs that have empowered us to proclaim and demonstrate God’s love. My favorite is the “Boxes of Love” program. Every year for probably a couple decades they have provided us Thanksgiving Baskets to be used for evangelistic purposes. Hundreds of families have been helped. This year as the direct result of the Boxes of Love, we had over 20 visitors at church. I was interviewed on Christian TV with Milton Massie for the Box of Love Program  by Jerry Rose in the late 1980’s or early 90’s – a link to that video is – HERE .

The Agape Center has also provided many other resources such as Homeless Aid Kits, School Supplies, Easter Baskets etc. as well as multiple training’s and seminars. They inspired me to hold our own Evangelism Training this past year and we had 35 people come out to learn how to share their faith. This year they have also sent one of their interns, Toni Seller to help us with our outreach to the homeless… she has been a blessing…

I can remember while I was serving as Senior Pastor of New Life Baptist Church we would always look forward to having the “Summer in the City” College students help us for a week or two. It is great having reinforcements and this allowed us to run special programs and reach many children for Christ…

As I look back at the many years of help and blessing that we received from the Agape Center I want to mention that beyond all the programs the relationship with the staff has made such a difference in my life. Milton Massie and Marc Hinkle are close friends and their lives have been an inspiration to me. The other dedicated staff members have also been an encouragement and blessing. I want to encourage you to attend their annual fund raising banquet coming up on April 20 – you can sign get more info and make your registration on their website: HERE .







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.