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Christ Cares Spring 2013 Newsletter

Christ Cares is a Christian non profit organization that is sharing the hope and help of the GOOD NEWS to the urban Chicago area.

Director Scott Reese is an urban missionary with 35 years of experience sharing the gospel with the poor. Christ Cares helps the homeless, feeds the needy, runs urban youth programs for at risk children, helps other urban ministries including the church they founded – New Life Baptist.

Christ Cares is a non denominational Christian mission organization in need of funding and volunteers. SEE http://christcares.org for more information or to make a donation.





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.







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/)


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 …




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.




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 –


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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.




Christ the Greatest Gift – Christmas Toy Drive Instructions

for decades, urban missionary scott reese has been providing christmas toys and a christian witness to needy children of chicagoland. toy donations are needed!!! please read the informational sheet on how to make your toy donations.

* If the video above is not of Christmas Toy Distribution (a youtube glitch at times) then please view the video HERE additional Christmas videos are HERE

with your help, together, we can bless hundreds of children!

through a couple programs christ cares ministers to  over 100 homeless ladies & children on a weekly basis. we want to bless these precious children plus many others whose families are struggling with poverty.

urban missionary scott reese has known probably over 100 people who have been murdered and this year we are placing a special emphasis of trying to help children who have had a parent or sibling murdered… please help us demonstrate god’s love, healing, and hope in a practical way.

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christ cares also empowers other strategic, bible believing, urban Christian ministries, with toys to empower them to be the center of hope and help in their community.

donate to christ cares’ general budget – here

* The economic needs are great, but we believe the greatest needs are spiritual – please help provide a PREACHER, A MINISTER OF HOPE & THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, by supporting Christ Cares…

(see info sheet above on how to donate toys)

return to christcares.org  – here

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Short term mission trips to help Christ Cares

JOHN 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotton son, that whosoever believeth in him, shall not parish, but have everlasting life

Sharing the “GOOD NEWS”

rosetta Baptist of central illinois sent 26 to help christ cares for a short term mission trip.

Rosetta Baptist Church of Central Illinois

Rosetta Baptist Church of Central Illinois

they were a tremendous help and blessing!!!

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& they went home inspired!

is your church planning a short term missions trip? please prayerfully consider christ cares…

donate – make a difference – here

return to christcares.org – here

return to christ cares’ ministry blog – here 

Evangelism Class & Fall Newsletter

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Evangelism class 11/03/12

The Goal of a Missionary…

is not just activities, programs, or even sharing the “GOOD NEWS” – it is also to make disciples, to empower people to do the work of the ministry.

Successful missionary endeavors continue long after the missionary. This is why we were excited to see over thirty people show up for an Evangelism Class to learn how to share their faith.

This training was held at New Life Baptist Church – those who are long time supporters of Missionary Scott Reese can rejoice that there is now a self sustaining church in a beautiful facility including a gymnasium that started from “scratch” in the projects of Ford Heights over 30 years ago.

Below is a video of singing from a recent Sunday Morning Service at New Life Baptist Church… As a missionary this brings me great joy to see a self sustaining church proclaiming their love to our Savior with all their heart, soul, & mind. I am also grateful that they have continued to be holistic in their ministry as is evidenced by them opening up the church every Monday Night to over 50 homeless mothers and children.

fall 2012 christ cares newsletter – please print or email to your missions committee – thanks!!!

make a difference! donate to christ cares – here

return to christcares.org – here

return to our ministry blog – here