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Christ Cares 2014 update

Thanks for your prayer and help.

The Lord has been blessing our missionary efforts and we are very grateful.

I apologize that I have not been able to keep up with the blog posts, there is so much I hope to share – God’s blessings has been amazing!. We are understaffed so it has been difficult to get our website up to date – we do hope to do that soon. In the meantime:

1) Please visit my Facebook page and scroll down my timeline – you will see many pictures and videos of our activities.


2) Here is a copy of our updated brochure, please pass it along to Christians and churches that are not familiar with Christ Cares. Also please glance at our volunteer opportunities and see if there is a volunteer opportunity that you might be interested in.

Christ Cares brochure 2014 

3) We are completely updating our entire website. This should be done by April 1, 2014. We are really excited about this and it will contain detailed information, pictures, and videos of our urban missionary endeavors.  http://ChristCares.org    Please mark your calendar to visit us on April 1.

4) Please continue to pray for us and share any request you may have with us. PRAYER MAKES A DIFFERENCE! I’m so grateful that God hears and answers our prayers…   If you have any questions please give me a call,

In Christ,

Scott Reese



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 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.




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

return to christ cares ministry blog – here 

Over 1,000 Urban Children receive School Supplies!!!

Thanks to generous donations from Christians and area churches, School Supplies were donated to over 1,000 urban youth. We are grateful to Bob Stine and Elim Ministries for networking with us and allowing us to greatly increase our annual ministry project. We were able to bless children in Ford Heights, Chicago Heights, Robbins, and Chicago including EVERY GRADE SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILD FROM FORD HEIGHTS.

We would also like to thank First Reformed Church of Lansing, Crete Church, Hillside Community Church, Calvary Church of Orland Park, the Agape Center, and the other area Churches and Christians who donated School Supplies.

We cosponsored a Back to School Rally in Roseland at Galilee Baptist Church and were able to bless Roseland Christian Ministries Homeless Shelter.

Children were excited, parents were grateful, urban ministers were empowered, and God was Glorified by this display of Christian Compassion.

Donate to Christ Cares – HERE    BACK TO CHRISTCARES.ORG – HERE

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.


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.

Return to christcares.org here

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.”

Christ Cares Summer Update 2010


Thank you so much for your prayer and support to make this ministry possible.

Enclosed is our latest newsletter…

We will once again try to post more often to our blog – so please come back soon!

Sunday, the TASTE OF RECONCILIATION was a blessing to hundreds of Christians.

I will post pictures and video soon. Thank you so much for all those who volunteered.

I especially want to thank the BUILDING BRIDGES COMMITTEE of Living Springs Community Church for their help in making this idea a reality.


Let’s pray for each other… facebook is a great way to keep in touch…

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Lesson from a Homeless Child


The Gift of Love

Thank you for the wonderful out pouring of love and compassion for those in need. We received hundreds of toys to distribute in the name of Jesus!

In a week or two we will post video and pictures of the “Christ the Greatest Gift” Toy Distribution, as well as some of our recent activities. Thank you for making our ministry possible.  

I’m sure this holiday season has been busy for you as it has also been for me.  I am reminded of the story of Martha and Mary. 

Luke 10:38-41 – As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, “Don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work myself? Tell her to help me.” 

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “YOU ARE WORRIED AND UPSET ABOUT MANY THINGS, BUT ONLY ONE IS NEEDED. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her. 

To be honest, far too often I relate more to Martha than Mary in this story. In my heart, I wish to be like Mary, calmly sitting at the Lord’s feet instead of Martha focused on her impossible “to do” list. 

Martha loved the Lord and was busy serving Him. Martha worked diligently doing things she thought would please Jesus.  She had a list of things she wanted to accomplish for the Lord and it soon became apparent she could not get everything done for the Lord that she wanted to. She became frustrated and overwhelmed. She quickly blamed her sister for her problems, and did not even contemplate that the issue that needed to be addressed was in her own heart.  

The text says that Martha was “distracted” which means to be “pulled away”.  Martha’s good intentions somehow pulled her way from accomplishing what was truly most important. It is true that good is often the enemy of best. Sometimes everything cannot get done that we desire. During the busy times of life, it is of special importance to remember our priorities.  

It is easy to gauge our spiritual life by what we are “doing” for God. This can mean teaching classes, giving to missions, or helping the homeless. These pursuits are all fine but we must remember that God wants our heart. Ministry must flow from a heart of love for God. We must remember that ultimately we don’t have anything to offer God that He “needs”. It is a heart of love that God desires. It is out of gratitude to our Savior that we serve. 

Think about it, what do we have to offer God, but a heart of love? 

A homeless child got me thinking about this… 

Recently, due to your generosity we were able to provide toys for the children of a homeless shelter. The kids were very excited to receive the gifts. We shared the Christmas story, not just that Jesus was born in a manger, but WHY He came. 

Later at home, I read some of the thank you notes written by the kids and came across this one: 



Christian Love

Christian Love

When I opened this card, I can’t tell you how much it meant to me… I’m sure I enjoyed it as much or more than any of the children did receiving their gifts. 

This precious child from a heart of love and gratitude said, “I love you Pastor Scott”. Technically, there really isn’t anything a homeless child could have bought me that would have gotten me very excited. However this card was very meaningful. 

 Let us not be “distracted” pulled away from the priority of sitting at the Lord’s feet… we must remember that it is our relationship with the Lord that is important. It is our first priority that sets the tone for the rest of our life. 

Do you feel overwhelmed? Let us set aside expectations that the Lord does not require. 

What do you still have to do today? Let us not forget what is needful… Time sitting at the feet of Jesus… Christianity is not a set of rules and regulations, it is a relationship with the Lord of the universe.