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Christ Cares Summer Update 2010

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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.

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Lesson from a Homeless Child

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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.   

DONATE CHRISTMAS TOYS & SHARE THE “GOOD NEWS”

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CHRIST THE GREATEST GIFT CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

Please help share the word about our Christmas Toy Drive.  Details are in the following document which can be printed or emailed to a friend. Please pray for us as we distribute these toys. It is our desire not just to bless families with toys but also share the GOOD NEWS what Christmas is all about. Partner with us to share that “Christ is the Greatest Gift”.

Watch videos of kids opening the presents and hear testimonies of how the “Christ the Greatest Gift” Christmas toy drive has touched lives – HERE

USE OF CHURCH VAN NEEDED

Christ Cares sponsors youth activities for urban youth. Transportation is usually a problem. We are limited to our Suburban Station Wagon that will seat 8 kids and whatever vehicle volunteers have (often we have no volunteers helping). We are looking for a church or two that would allow us to occasionaly use their church van to pick up urban boys and girls for fun activities and Bible Studies. I (Scott Reese) would be the driver and we would need the van when available on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month(9:45 a.m – 1:00 p.m.), and also sometimes on a Wednesday or Thursday for a late afternoon or early evening activity. This is a way your church could use its resources for the kingdom. We would be very interested even if a church could not make a commitment for regular use.

Christ Cares – Prayer Requests – 11/23/09

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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. (www.roselandchristianministries.org) 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.

OTHER PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • 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.”

School Supplies needed as a demonstration of God’s love

Body of Christ Cares is collecting school supplies for urban ministry.

We want to send out a special thank you to the kids of  Homewood Church.

Their VBS program raised over $900 for us to purchase school supplies. I believe this is the largest offering we have ever received from a VBS program. This has put us off to a good start, but the need in Chicagoland is astounding and we still have a goal of helping hundreds of more families.

I especially want to make an appeal for those churches who collect school supplies for those in need and then donate them to a secular non profit to distribute them…  Body of Christ Cares not only distributes the school supplies to impoverished communities, we also distribute them in the name of Jesus- they go out with a gospel witness or they help a struggling Christian family. Christian Churches are empowered to be the center of hope and help in their distressed communities. Please consider the full mission of helping those in need…

Our nation is in crisis, economic needs are real, but we must also remember the greatest needs are spiritual… Body of Christ Cares believes in following the holistic ministry example of Jesus by endeavoring to meet both physical and spiritual needs.

The world will know that God cares, when it sees that the Body of Christ Cares.

Below is the video we showed at Homewood Church to help explain the Back to School Supplies Project to the children.

If you would like to help us spread the word – You can print the document below to distribute at your church or you can email the document to your friends (Click the “More” Button)

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Christmas in July – thank you from the Homeless Shelter

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Body of Christ Cares provided a “Christmas in July” program for the moms and children of the Roseland Christian Ministries Strong tower Homeless Shelter.
Thank you for those who provided the cash donations for the toys – the kids had a great time and we were also able to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. We used the presents as an example of Ephesians 2:8-9
“For by grace are you saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God”Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Body of Christ Cares provided a “Christmas in July” program for the moms and children of the Roseland Christian Ministries Strong tower Homeless Shelter.
Thank you for those who provided the cash donations for the toys – the kids had a great time and we were also able to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. We used the presents as an example of Ephesians 2:8-9
“For by grace are you saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God”

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Body of Christ Cares provided a “Christmas in July” program for the moms and children of the Roseland Christian Ministries Strong tower Homeless Shelter.

Thank you for those who provided the cash donations for the toys – the kids had a great time and we were also able to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. We used the presents as an example of Ephesians 2:8-9

“For by grace are you saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God”.

Volunteers, snacks, crafts, and board games are needed every Tuesday night – contact missionary Scott Reese if you are able to help.

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