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Pray for new Bible and Basketball Program

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

On Wednesdays Missionary Scott Reese leads a Bible and Basketball program at Living Springs Community Church.

The children (ages 11 -13) were encouraged to invite unchurched friends to attend the program with them. Not only are they taught how to increase their basketball skills they are also learning what the Bible says about Christianity.

Please pray … for the Christian kids to better understand their faith and to be motivated to share their faith with others.

While I (Scott Reese) was in junior high I began to aggressively share my faith. In fact just this past week, I came across Noel King – while I was at Walgreens. I met Noel (who came from a unchurched family) when I was out witnessing as a teenager and invited her to come to my Bible Club. She soon became a Christian and when she got older she went to Bible College. It was a blessing to hear Noel share how after all these years she is still serving the Lord – she weekly runs a bus route with her husband to take children to church and also encourages about 300 women by email every week who are part of a missions group. Anyway, that little story is just to explain why I believe that young people can and should share their faith…

Also pray for those in the Bible and Basketball program that are not Christians… that God would grant them understanding and conviction to trust Christ as their savior.

Body of Christ Cares can train and empower your church to use sports as a way to share the gospel – we must never forget our great mission, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel”  Mark 16:15

Monthly Evangelistic Community Outreach to Roseland (Chicago)

Saturday, July 28

Body of Christ Cares provided a meal which helped empower the Galilee Baptist Church have their evangelistic monthly community outreach. We are very grateful for the family that provides this cooked meal for about 50.

We could expand this model to other churches and ministries. Do you know a Christian individual, family, small group,or church that would like to help provide a monthly meal that would help empower ANOTHER church to have a community outreach. The economic slow down has touched all our lives, but it has been particularly devastating to those who were already on the edge of poverty. Possibly God has not called you to the “inner city”  to share the gospel, but consider that your love or ability to cook can be used to make a difference in the city.

Does your mission budget include Urban America?

I recently came across an article that I wrote over twenty years ago:

On the road to Jericho lay a man beaten, bloody, broken… unable to help himself.

On the road to Jericho lay a man beaten, bloody, broken… unable to help himself. Religious leaders by chance came by and were confronted with this uncomely sight. Sad to say, they turned their heads and walked away, presumably clutching their appointment books stuffed with greater priorities. “The man was foolish for getting into such trouble,” or “God was probably judging him” were simple rationalizations. Soon, as they sat down to a delicious dinner, the man in need was but a distant memory. Yet, his sobbing and suffering did not stop. There was just nobody to listen.
Gratefully, a Good Samaritan man was willing to LOVE a neighbor whom he had never met. Demonstrating God’s Love, he set aside his own personal comfort and racial bigotry (Jews and Samaritans wern’t suppose to get along). By investing the necessary time and money, he went beyond mere pity to actual Christian compassion.
Today, it seems the church has fled the city and has found comfort in their quiet suburbs. Although the church is no longer there to listen, the countless cries of hopelessness and despair continue on. We are willing to send a missionary to the “uttermost parts of the earth” while we overlook the “Judea” and “Samaria” in our own back  yards. These missionary efforts must continue, but we must not forget that we need not cross an ocean to enter a mission field. There are mission fields just as open to the gospel- needy, dependent on outside support, and even sometimes dangerous, right here in America.
If you are not now giving a percentage of your mission funds to the inner city, prayerfully consider helping New Life Ministries (NOW WWW.BodyofChristCares.org).
RIGHT NOW IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, THE INNER CITY (urban) REMAINS A MAJOR UNREACHED MISSION AREA.
Please pray for me and the ministry.
Sincerely,
Scott Reese – late 1980’On the road to Jericho lay a man beaten, bloody, broken… unable to help himself.
Religious leaders by chance came by and were confronted with this uncomely sight. Sad to say, they turned their heads and walked away, presumably clutching their appointment books stuffed with greater priorities. “The man was foolish for getting into such trouble,” or “God was probably judging him” were simple rationalizations.
Soon, as they sat down to a delicious dinner, the man in need was but a distant memory. Yet, his sobbing and suffering did not stop. There was just nobody to listen.
Gratefully, a Good Samaritan man was willing to LOVE a neighbor whom he had never met. Demonstrating God’s Love, he set aside his own personal comfort and racial bigotry (Jews and Samaritans wern’t suppose to get along). By investing the necessary time and money, he went beyond mere pity to actual Christian compassion.
Today, it seems the church has fled the city and has found comfort in their quiet suburbs. Although the church is no longer there to listen, the countless cries of hopelessness and despair continue on. We are willing to send a missionary to the “uttermost parts of the earth” while we overlook the “Judea” and “Samaria” in our own back  yards. These missionary efforts must continue, but we must not forget that we need not cross an ocean to enter a mission field. There are mission fields just as open to the gospel- needy, dependent on outside support, and even sometimes dangerous, right here in America.
If you are not now giving a percentage of your mission funds to the inner city, prayerfully consider helping New Life Ministries (NOW WWW.BodyofChristCares.org).
RIGHT NOW IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, THE INNER CITY (urban) REMAINS A MAJOR UNREACHED MISSION AREA.
Please pray for me and the ministry.
Sincerely,
Scott Reese – late 1980’s
urban_missionary_scott_reese

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Children Achieve Bronze Metal at Word of Life Olympian Program

Word of Life Olympian Bronze Metal Award - Olympians

Word of Life Olympian Bronze Metal Award - Olympians

 

On Wednesday Nights, Body of Christ Cares has been taking children to the Word of Life Olympian Program at the East Hazel Crest Bible Church. We are very grateful for the faithful volunteers Cathy Braughton, Linda and Dave Daniels, and others that make this program possible.

Two of our girls, Katie and Briana, were recognised Sunday for achieving Word of Life’s Bronze Metal. The girls’ were encouraged to memorize scripture and also the Books of the Bible. They also completed daily devotional forms and did book reports on a couple Christian Books. They also completed Christian Service projects. 

Let’s pray for these girls and the others who attended that they out of a heart of  love will continue to follow Jesus.

We had another blessing recently in that one of the neighborhood kids we have been working with for many years came by and talked to Lisa. We are grateful for “child like faith” in that she wanted to put her trust in Jesus as her Savior… Please pray for her as she begins her new walk in Christ… 

By the way – thanks First Reformed Church of Lansing for the Bicyles you donated… one of them went to this little girl the week before.