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christ cares is developing programs to feed the hungry of chicagoland – here are five recent examples:
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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)
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rosetta Baptist of central illinois sent 26 to help christ cares for a short term mission trip.
they were a tremendous help and blessing!!!
& they went home inspired!
is your church planning a short term missions trip? please prayerfully consider christ cares…
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The fOllowing is a missionary report for christ cares on saturday, oct. 20, 2012
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…
Scott Reese has been an urban missionary for more than 30 years! Sisters Vernita and Trina share how “Pastor Scott” was there for them while they were children struggling with the pressures of extreme poverty and urban life. Now they thank those who make the ministry of Christ Cares possible.
Urban Missionary Scott Reese did much of his deputation (fund raising) in the late 1980’s. Now much of his support base is quite elderly and many have had to reduce or drop their support (& many have passed on to heaven). Because of this and the present effects of the economy, there is now a strong need for new supporters for Christ Cares.
Please prayerfully consider being a monthly supporter of Christ Cares. Also please pass on our information to the Missions Committee of your church. All church budgets are tight due to the economy, but for that very reason, (an economic crisis that is hurting many people, especially those who were already poor) it may make sense to add a little to the budget to help a ministry that is reaching out to some the most economically hard hit areas of Chicagoland.
Ministering to the poor was a central concern of the early church. Just like in the parable of the Good Samaritan, it is never convienent or easy to help those in need but it is pleasing to our Savior and it does glorify God.
Like the Good Samaritan, a couple decades ago, a handful of Christians decided to make a difference and not to pass by the needs of urban chicagoland. Because of their partnership, a multitude of lives have been touched!
The economic needs of urban chicagoland has increased, but the greatest needs are spiritual not material. I believe it is important for the ministry of Christ Cares to continue and we are praying that the Lord will raise up partners to have a heart for the people of “the city” and who like the Good Samaritan will respond with an offering of time and finances.
Vernita and a multitude of others are glad that “Pastor Scott” is still ministering – I pray that the Lord will soften hearts of others to continue to make the ministry of Christ Cares possible…
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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.