Tag Archives: Reconciliation


Amazing Grace – August missionary update for Christ Cares

Amazing Grace is sung in some of the different settings that urban missionary Scott Reese and Christ Cares ministers in.


Once again, Orland Park Christian Reformed Church provided another VBS type activity for the people Urban Missionary Scott Reese / ChristCares.org ministers to. About 100 homeless and urban children and their parents attended for a day of relaxation, Bible Study, crafts, games, and food.

Christ Cares missionary event

A special thank you to Cindy Vander Laan for organizing this event.

We also would like to thank Crete Church, Grace Reformed Church, and First Reformed Church of Lansing for letting us use their church vehicles and making transportation for this awesome event possible.

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

The Taste of Reconciliation was a Taste of Heaven


Urban Missionary Scott Reese at the Taste of Reconciliation

Taste of Reconciliation 2010 - more details at http://www.tasteofreconciliation.com



On July 25, 2010 Christ Cares teamed up with the Building Bridges Committee of Living Springs Community Church for the 8th (or 9th?) annual Taste of Reconciliation.

Hundreds of Christians gathered from many ethnic and denominational backgrounds gathered to grow in love and understanding in other Christians in the Body of Christ.


Taste of Reconciliation - food and fellowship

Taste of Reconciliation 2010 Free Ethnic Food Booths



Volunteers from Living Springs arranged an amazing assortment of ethnic food. It was absolutely beyond delicious! Much hard work went into this and it was a blessing that they fed possibly 500 or so people for FREE!  We also appreciate the South Suburban Chinese Church and the Korean United Methodist Church of Homewood IL providing ethnic cuisine. There was also outdoor grilled food and games for children. We appreciate Joan Vanna and her youth group for helping with the games and clean up.


Rev. Roy Patterson of Moody Bible Institute Radio
Rev. Roy Patterson of Moody Bible Institute Radio

We were blessed to have a spiritual time of worship led by various ethnic choirs and singers including:

Pastor James Ford Pastor of Christ Bible Church and Moody Radio

Pastor James Ford Pastor of Christ Bible Church and Moody Radio

Our speaker was Rev. James Ford, pastor of Christ Bible Church, Chicago, IL., author – Seven Reasons Why God Created Marriage, radio host of WMBI’s Wisdom from the Word.

Jackie Rivera of Restoration Ministries - 2010's Reconciliation Award Winner

Jackie Rivera of Restoration Ministries - 2010's Reconciliation Award Winner

This year’s Reconciliation Award went to Ms. Jackie Rivera of Restoration Ministries of Harvey, IL for year many years of dedicated work.

Building Bridges member Wayne Aardsma

Building Bridges member Wayne Aardsma

Special Thanks to our Host and co-sponsor Living Springs Community Church

Building Bridges Committee:

Mia Franklin, Pastor Chris Spoor, Imogene Harrell, Jeannie Williams, Marie Boyd Skinner, *Jamieson Clay, Wayne Aardsma, *Melanie Jongsma, Scott Reese, Karin Vredeveld, Marlene Garrott, Mary Marsh. *co-leaders

There are many other people that I hope to list soon that deserve credit for help in making this event possible. I also hope to add many many photos to the http://tasteofreconciliation.com website.

Cliff Williams was our photographer and he is available to video tape or photograph your special event (contact me for his number).

Ed Stroh videotaped the Taste of Reconciliation and I hope to post it soon.

Melanie Jongsma co-leader of the Building Bridges Committe with Jamieson Clay and also wordsmith at Lifelines Publishing put together a couple videos clips of the Taste of Reconciliation 2010:

This year’s Taste of Reconciliation will be July 31, 2011 –

Please mark your calendars – we will soon put information up on how you can become involved at http://tasteofreconciliation.com

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Body of Christ Cares Update

Body of Christ Cares logo

Body of Christ Cares logo

Starting in June Bodyof Christ Cares will be update This BODY OF CHRIST BLOG  on a weekly basis.

We will share ministry updates and praise reports as well as prayer requests, volunteer requests, and devotional studies.

Information on BODY OF CHRIST CARES is on our website bodyofchristcares.org