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Short term mission trips to help Christ Cares

JOHN 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotton son, that whosoever believeth in him, shall not parish, but have everlasting life

Sharing the “GOOD NEWS”

rosetta Baptist of central illinois sent 26 to help christ cares for a short term mission trip.

Rosetta Baptist Church of Central Illinois

Rosetta Baptist Church of Central Illinois

they were a tremendous help and blessing!!!

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& they went home inspired!

is your church planning a short term missions trip? please prayerfully consider christ cares…

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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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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…



Activity for 100 Homeless and Urban Youth

Make a Difference Day - July 21, 2012

ChristCares.org is grateful to Orland Park Christian Reformed Church for providing a wonderful VBS type of activity for about one hundred homeless and urban youth. Graded programs for all age groups were provided and the event was organized by Cindy Vander Lann. Bob Love of the Chicago Bulls shared a motivational talk and Urban Missionary Scott Reese shared a Bible Lesson.

Christ Cares brought urban youth from Chicago and the south suburbs including groups from Roseland Christian Ministries and New Life Baptist Church. Christ Cares is very grateful for the generosity & many volunteers of OPCRC Church, as well as it’s Christ Cares volunteers and New Life for making this event possible. We also thank First Reformed Church of Lansing for allowing us to use their mini bus.

Rev. Scott Reese and Bob Love of the Chicago Bulls

To view a video of Scott Reese’s Bible Lesson and Bob Love’s Motivational talk, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

Bob Love & Scott Reese talk to urban youth

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

Chinese Church Thank You – Christ Cares Missions Update July (first half)

South suburban mandarin chinese church – july 8, 2012 had a baptismal service for Frankie and Daniel.

I was honored to do the Baptismal service for these two outstanding Christian young men, Daniel and Frankie. We want to thank Parkview Church for allowing us to use their auditorium and Baptistry for this special occasion. I (Scott Reese) have had the privilege of helping the Chinese for over 25 years on a regular basis. After the service Sister Pauline spoke some kind words.

other highlights of early july:

July 1 – I had the privilege of preaching at East Hazel Crest Bible ChurchThis is a wonderful church that is dear to my heart. When I was born, my dad, Ed Reese was the pastor there. This is also the church that we partner with on Wednesday nights with a youth program. Please pray for this church and their dedicated pastor, Rev. Sam Dallessandro.

July 7 – Monthly Men’s Bible StudyEvery first Saturday of the Month, Christ Cares sponsors a Multicultural Men’s Bible Study and Breakfast. We meet at 8:30 a.m. at New Life Baptist Church of Chicago Heights (1633 Wilson Ave.). After a time of food and fellowship we have a Bible Study that is followed with a time of sharing prayer requests and prayer. Please help spread the word about this encouraging event. It is also a good reflection of the Body of Christ as Christians of different races and denominations come together to encourage each other.

On July 12, I had the privilege of participating in the Board Meeting of Christian Service MinistriesChristian Service Ministries is a ministry of the Christian Reformed Churches in the Chicago South designed to help the local churches work with their local communities at their point of need.  Christian Service Ministries offers training sessions, resources, and encouragement for church deacons and all those with enthusiasm for ministries in their church and community.  Please check out their website for a list of upcoming helpful seminars. I also highly recommend their Resource Guide that lists helpful resources for those in need. CSM is led by Jan Visser and she a been a tremendous help and encouragement to me and Christ Cares through the years. We would also appreciate your prayers for Jan’s nephew, Caleb Vander Ploeg, who was in a very serious car accident.

Sunday, July 15 – I had the privilege of preaching at Rest Haven Nursing Home. I always enjoy my time sharing with these  dear saints… I also want to thank Mrs. Blumer for playing the piano – I am not a gifted singer to say the least so it really helps to have a piano if I lead singing!

volunteers needed! this saturday, july 21 we need drivers (& vans if possible) to help with transportation.

We are blessed and thankful that Orland Park Christian Reformed Church is sponsoring a “Make a Difference Day” (1 day VBS program) at their church and allowing us to bring about 100 homeless and urban youth. Transportation is often one of our biggest challenges so please contact us if you can help. Many thanks to Cindy Vander Laan for planning and coordinating this event! Please pray for us that everyone will have a wonderful time and also that we will all be refreshed not just physically but also spiritually. It is going to be a hot day so I’d also appreciate your prayers for my heart to stay in rhythm and also for my Blood Pressure to stay in check.



Christ Cares Urban Missionary Report – 6/30/12

Crete Reformed Church's VBS had a special project to help Urban Missionary Scott Reese and ChristCares.org

Crete Church’s VBS Children collected snacks and juice boxes to help Urban Missionary Scott Reese and Christ Cares.org

Friday june 22, 2012

A special thanks to Crete Reformed Church. Their VBS children collected Granola Bars and Juice Boxes to help us share Jesus to urban children. During the summer we provide snacks along with Bible Programs for 60 to 100 kids and homeless moms. In the Fall Lord willing we will be starting a few new programs and will need weekly snacks for up to 200 per week! We hope other churches will collect snacks & juice boxes to help us with this. It is really nice to have the snacks  as a practical demonstration of Christ’s love while we teach God’s love. A special thanks to the children, their parents, Carol Milsap and all the volunteers.

Christ Cares has Ministry Boxes available to place donations to help urban youth.

Christ Cares has Ministry Donation Boxes available for your church to collect snacks, juice boxes, and raffle gifts to help Christ Cares demonstrate God’s love while teaching about God’s love.

Ministry Donation Boxes are available for your Church.


Saturday, June 23 – Schepel Buick/GMC Car Show.

Schepel Buick/GMC car show

Schepel Buick/GMC Charity car show – to benefit Elim Ministries. This will make it possible for Elim Ministries to work with Christ Cares to donate school supplies to over 600 children in economically hard hit areas.

We brought a van load of kids to the Schepel Buick/GMC Charity Car Show. Tom Van Prooyen, the owner of Schepel Buick/GMC started this charity event to aid Elim Ministries – a wonderful ministry that helps individuals with disabilities to be equipped to achieve their highest God-given potential. Elim will purchase school supplies and hire their people to put together school supply packs.

This fund raiser will enable Elim Ministries to work in conjunction with  Christ Cares to provide school supplies for all the children of Ford Heights and also Wilson School of Chicago Heights. A special thanks to Bob Stine for making this possible as well as my friend Ken Lautenbach for introducing me to Bob.

Korean United Methodist Church

Korean United Methodist Church

Sunday, june 24

I (Scott Reese) had a wonderful time preaching at the Korean United Methodist Church Overflow English Ministry. I thank God for the Body of Christ and the awesome privilege to be blessed and enriched by so many different cultures and ministries.

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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.”