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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.

http://facebook.com/internetminister

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

 

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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.

DONATE – MAKE A DIFFERENCE – HERE

RETURN TO CHRISTCARES.ORG – HERE

RETURN TO CHRIST CARES’ MINISTRY BLOG – HERE 

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 

A Day of Blessing – Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012

The fOllowing is a missionary report for christ cares on saturday, oct. 20, 2012

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On Saturday morning the day started with:

NEW life baptist church – family conference

I (Scott) taught a seminar to help prepare young adults for adulthood – i.e. transitions into marriage, parenthood, & the temptations of no longer living at home with their parents.

roseland community outreach meal

We thank the Liccar family from Crete Church for providing a wonderful meal for a Community Outreach Meal at Galilee Baptist Church of Chicago. This is an area with much homelessness and poverty. We empower the church to proclaim and demonstrate the Love of God. Rev. Bell shared his testimony of how God changed his life from a drug dealer to a preacher. It was powerful and many lives were encouraged and then they were blessed with a delicious meal.

Rev. david gills & children’s hunger fund

Rev. David Gills and myself visited the Children’s Hunger Fund where New Life Baptist Church had a team of volunteers being trained to learn how to use CHF’s resources to feed  hungry families in the Chicago Heights area.

While there I was reunited with Mary Compton, a dedicated Christian who is a reporter/photographer for The Chicago Heights Patch. (Children’s Hunger Fund Article – HERE) Soon they plan on doing a story on Christ Cares – Amen!

Besides these three events Saturday, we were blessed that once again the

car ministry of orland park christian reformed church

Helped someone CHRIST CARES is ministering to, to get a car. This is a wonderful ministry – if you are considering donating your car, then please contact me and I’ll put you in touch with them. The Director, Bruce Harnew, is a gifted and dedicated Christian and I am very grateful for his friendship and how we closely work together. Pamesha, is the mother of some of the children we minister to on Wednesday evenings (a Basketball Program & also a Bible Study/fun time). They did not own a car and this donation will be a tremendous blessing to this family.

on a sad / tragic note – while listening to the news on saturday, i heard about the sentencing of the teenagers who shot a couple children in roseland two years ago.

Ariana Jones and Tanaja Stokes, cute young girls only about the age of 7 were jump roping and practicing cheers in front of their house when shots rang out from a nearby gang war. Tragically Tanaja was shot in the head and killed while holding her mother’s hand who was trying to move her to safety. Ariana was also shot in the head but survived after much time in the hospital. (News articles about this are HERE, HERE, & HERE.)

I had met these precious girls – they attended youth activities sponsored by Christ Cares. There aunt, Caroline Zigglar, (of Roseland Christian Ministries) is a dear friend that some of you have met when she gave her testimony at some of our events. It is so sad that there is so much violence around the drug trade and gangs. Economic renewal would go a long way towards helping this problem but the greatest need is for spiritual renewal. Please pray for us and other Christian Ministries as we share the HOPE AND GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL in urban Chicagoland.

It is very sad that I have personally known probably over 100 people who have been murdered… urban problems are great, but our Gods is greater… please pray for Ariana & the relatives of these girls. There is still much gunfire, especially at night – Caroline requested special prayer for safety some months ago after the gangs started a fire in the house across the street from her and then “shot up” the house beside hers…

(10/26/12 update – I talked with Carolyn yesterday – the gangs just shot up her relatives homes – they do have police protection temporarily, but we look to God to keep them safe… she also knew personally two people who were murdered this past week – please keep this family in prayer)

tonight, when you lay your head on your pillow, thank God that you live in a safe neighborhood, and then let your heart and thoughts turn to those who live only a few minutes from your home, but live in a completely different world – pray for them and be open to let God use you to be part of the solution…

DONATE TO CHRIST CARES – HERE

RETURN TO CHRISTCARES.ORG – HERE

Please Pray For Urban Ministers

HOME – CHRISTCARES.ORG

Get Frequent Facebook Updates from Missionary Scott Reese – HERE

Please pray for for my friend and fellow urban minister Joe Huizenga and Roseland Christian Ministries … he’s been called in to help the relatives of an eight year old girl who was murdered in Roseland earlier today. Her little 5 year old cousin was also shot and has a bullet lodged in her brain.

Lets not only pray for the family and community but also for Pastor Joe Heizenga… its hard to explain how much these situations drain a minister…

Unfortunately I’ve probably known over 100 people who have been murdered and I can’t tell you how many other serious crisis situations  I’ve been through. From personal experience, I am asking for prayer, encouragement, and support for urban ministers.

I know besides this incident, just within the last couple months Pastor Joe has faced another difficult funeral, saw a couple teens chasing each other with guns, was involved in an anti violence campaign after another young child was murdered, and has had many other high pressure crisis situations. Please pray and do all you can to encourage this young minister. See RoselandChristianMinistries.org if you are not familiar with this ministry.

Please pray for the other urban missionaries that you know. I often wondered if some of the health conditions Rev. Tony Van Zanten (one of my heros) were related to to the toils of long term urban ministry. Campus Crusade’s Agape Center (Rev.Milton Massie & a wonderful staff) is also located in Roseland and has been through some trying times. I also ask for prayer for myself as the Board of Directors has requested that I seek counseling for Post Traumatic Stress.

HOW TO PRAY FOR URBAN MINISTERS…

Pray for protection not just from physical harm but also from all harm. Pray for their families and their needs. And pray that God will show himself strong, mighty & powerful!

The needs of urban Chicago seem hopeless and overwhelming… with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible! One by one, lives can be transformed through the awesome power of God! Pray that the Lord will empower us to: “preach good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Although there are many negative headlines and news stories let’s not forget there is alot of good things too. There is a multitude of young people who say no to the gangs on a daily basis- Their story is never told on the “news”.There are moms and dads in spite of challenging circumstances who are great role models to their kids – their story is also never on the “news”.

2 Thess. 3   Finally, brothers, 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 men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

Video Christian Testimony of a Chicago Heights Police Officer – Joe Stith, Sr.

Feb. 2011 update:

I latter found out the person who called Pastor Joe Heizenga was my dear friend Carolyn Zigler who works for Roseland Christian Ministries’ Strong Tower Homeless shelter. We don’t want to dwell on it but early violent death is a reality in Urban America – & it is not just the gang bangers who are affected. I’ve known 4 people that have been murdered this past year. Please pray for the families who lost their loved ones. I’d especially like you to pray for my friend Joanne. A few days before Christmas her daughter Marquita was murdered. I knew Marquita as a precious little girl years ago while I was pastor of New Life. Anyway Joanne now has the responsibility of raising Marquita’s two children and is facing many challenges. (Also pray for Lavetta who has been a strong supporter of our ministry, her son was murdered last summer. Many of you know my assistant Jeff Bryson, this was a relative of his).

Thank you for your help in making  the ministry of CHRIST CARES possible.

DONATE CHRISTMAS TOYS & SHARE THE “GOOD NEWS”

HOME – CHRISTCARES.ORG

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 – THANKSGIVING OUTREACH

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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.