rosetta Baptist of central illinois sent 26 to help christ cares for a short term mission trip.
they were a tremendous help and blessing!!!
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.
On Saturday morning the day started with:
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.
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 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
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.
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…
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…
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.
To view a video of Scott Reese’s Bible Lesson and Bob Love’s Motivational talk, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:
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.
July 1 – I had the privilege of preaching at East Hazel Crest Bible Church. This 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 Study. Every 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 Ministries. Christian 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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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:
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 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 .