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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.

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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

 

CHRISTIAN VOLUNTEERS – A GREAT SHORT STORY BY TOLSTOY

Leo Tolstoy - WHERE LOVE IS, THERE GOD IS ALSO

Leo Tolstoy – WHERE LOVE IS, THERE GOD IS ALSO

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/)

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!!!

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Important Announcements – Christ Cares Oct. 2012

upcoming special events, resources & Volunteer needs:

* Tuesday, Oct. 30 – Scott Reese is speaking at a seminar sponsored by Christian Service Ministries. 7 pm “Caring for the unemployed person in your church or community–getting at emotional & spiritual needs” at Faith Christian Reformed Church.  Free.  Please reserve a seat by calling Jan Visser 708-307-2370

* Wednesday, Oct. 31 – We are helping three Christian Alternative Activities on Halloween Night. CANDY DONATIONS ARE NEEDED! PLEASE CALL & LET US KNOW  YOU CAN HELP. 708-539-8939

* Saturday, Nov. 3 – Christ Cares is sponsoring an Evangelism Training. Please help spread the word. 8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Fellowship, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Evangelism Training – How to Share your faith. At New Life Baptist Church – 1633 Wilson Ave., Chicago Heights IL.

The great commission was not just given to pastors! One of our greatest responsibilities of Christians is to share the “Good News”. We will share how to do this and empower you with gospel tracts so you’ll be ready when God opens a door of opportunity. Fliers are available for your church.

* Sunday, Nov. 4 – Scott is preaching at the Chinese Church – do you have any unchurched Chinese friends, neighbors, or co workers? contact us for info.

* Saturday, Nov. 10 – Rozetta Baptist Church is visiting us from Central Illinois. They will be helping us with a community outreach meal in Roseland and then a one day Vacation Bible School in Chicago Heights. We need help with transportation of urban youth for this activity (afternoon).

* Saturday, Nov. 17 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – WE HAVE THREE ACTIVITIES GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME!!!

  • We have a meal that needs to be picked up in Crete IL and delivered to Roseland (Chicago). This is for a Community Outreach Meal for the poor & homeless.
  • We need help picking up and transporting 50 thanksgiving baskets from the Agape Center in Chicago to Chicago Heights. We also are looking for freezer  space for Saturday/Sunday.
  • We are partnering with Orland Park Christian Reformed Church in another “Make a Difference Day” – a one day VBS type activity & thanksgiving meal. WE NEED HELP TRANSPORTING ABOUT 100 HOMELESS & URBAN YOUTH FOR THIS ACTIVITY – PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN DRIVE FOR THIS – ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A VAN…

* Sunday, Nov. 18 – we are distributing “Boxes of Love” Thanksgiving Baskets. We are grateful that the Agape Center – CRU’s (Campus Crusade) Here’s Life Inner City is donating 50 Thanksgiving Baskets. WE COULD USE ADDITIONAL THANKSGIVING BOX DONATIONS – PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU CAN HELP.

* (Reminder / mark your calendar – the due date for “Christ the Greatest Gift Christmas Toy Drive” is   Dec. 16, 2012)

* OTHER NEEDS – 1) A sandwich sign to help better promote our Roseland Community meals  2) An HD quality video camera (donation or allowing us to borrow it) to empower us to make a much needed fund raising video.

* PRAYER REQUESTS –

1) My (Scott’s) brother Lane is having trouble with his leukemia again and is going through a challenging time. The day before he found out, his wife (Marlina) lost her job and his state of health has made it difficult for Lane to work – so on top of the health concerns they have financial pressure. The week after they found out, they had a fire at his house and they lost everything in their bedroom.  He has already started chemo. There is a good chance that I will need to go down to Texas this December to do a stem cell transplant. This is a very serious situation & I’d appreciate your prayers. If you’d like to send him a note of encouragement or help, his address is: Lane Reese – 403 S. Main, Aubrey, Tx. 76227

2) We are in process of putting in place some new programs to share God’s love to the area’s homeless through the PADS program. PADS is a wonderful organization that uses churches to house the homeless one night a week, however there is no spiritual component to this. We are praying for wisdom and provision to inspire and empower these churches to add a voluntary Bible Study before or after this program. (More info in the article below)

Why a homeless person would not want their picture taken.

Ladies, did you ever have a bad hair day? Imagine yourself in some unusual situation – possibly a camping trip or an all day traveling experience and then someone takes out a camera and starts taking pictures of you… Now multiply this 100 fold and imagine what it would be like to be homeless, possibly unable to shower for days, being tired, weary, and stressed… you meet a pastor to help you & then he whips a camera and starts snapping pictures of you… This is a dilemma we face… our donors want to see pictures and video and these are very effective ways to share needs and inspire people to get involved… On the other hand, it can be disrespectful & demeaning to take a picture of a homeless person for a variety of reasons… they have pride and feelings too! Pray for wisdom for us – another consideration is that the Lord teaches us that we should do our “good deeds” in secret – this puts a missionary in an awkward position as far as to what degree to document the good deeds that he and the ministry are doing…

This being said do know we are committed to sharing as much video etc as possible. A couple times every month we post updates & pictures on what we are doing –  few ministries to do this, but we do want you to be aware that often it is not appropriate to photograph all our endeavors…

Last Tuesday morning early I was at the New Life Baptist Church of Chicago Heights for the PADS homeless program. It was a touching sight – 56 women and children slept on the gymnasium floor on mats because they were homeless… my heart goes out to them and we are looking at ways to help them spiritually and practically…I wish you could have seen it, I’m sure you would be impacted…  In addition to supporting Christ Cares to empower us to make a difference, A PRACTICAL WAY TO HELP IS TO PURCHASE AND COLLECT  WHITE  SOCKS AND TOILETRIES FOR US… THANKS… (soon we will need volunteers on Monday nights to help with this outreach, BUT WE DO HAVE AN IMMEDIATE NEED FOR A VOLUNTEER TO HELP ME TUESDAY MORNINGS FROM 5:45 a.m. TO 8:00 a.m.)

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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.”

Donate School Supplies for Urban Ministry

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES ARE NEEDED!

Please take a few minutes and view this video. Christ Cares is a 501c3 Christian non profit organization that believes the LOVE OF GOD needs to be both proclaimed and demonstrated!

The economic crisis has affected most of us here in America, however, the impact has been devistating in the urban areas. School is about to start in a few weeks and many families are struggling to get the needed school supplies. Christ Cares is collecting school supplies to help met this need and also as a paractical demonstration of God’s love. For over 30 years, our Director, Rev. Scott Reese has been an urban missionary. Please prayerfully consider making a difference and help us secure school supplies and also “share” this video with your friends.

A list of our needed supplies is also posted below.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE “YOUTUBE” LOGO TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE & EASILY  SHARE WITH YOUR EMAIL OR FACEBOOK FRIENDS…


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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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