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CHRISTIAN VOLUNTEERS – A GREAT SHORT STORY BY TOLSTOY

Leo Tolstoy - WHERE LOVE IS, THERE GOD IS ALSO

Leo Tolstoy – WHERE LOVE IS, THERE GOD IS ALSO

HAVE YOU EVER READ TOLSTOY??? To me he was just one of those authors that I knew I should know about, but knew very little. I just read his short story – WHERE LOVE IS, THERE GOD IS ALSO – Leo Tolstoy. It only takes 5 or 10 minutes to read… I THINK YOU WOULD ENJOY IT… I posted it on the ChristCares.org website – http://bodyofchristcares.christianinternetministry.com/christian_volunteer_tolstoy.html

(I found this picture at http://www.linguadex.com/tolstoy/)

VOLUNTEERS – YOU DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Christian Volunteers – Please read, an encouraging reminder that we never know how God will use us…

Amazing story how God used a volunteer's simple act of faithfulness to change thousands of lives

Amazing story how God used a volunteer’s simple act of faithfulness to change thousands of lives…

Many years ago, it was a cold February night in Chicago. A volunteer for the Pacific Garden Mission had to make a decision if he was to brave the cold weather or stay home – his position was not considered important by many – he was not a preacher, he just stood outside the mission and encouraged needy people to go inside & get help. He went… 

Earlier that night a man named Mel Trotter was despondent and depressed due to alcoholism and poor choices – he had lost his job, his marriage was messed up and he had gone to Chicago for a drinking binge. Finally, suicidal & out of money he sold his shoes in a tavern to get a final drink. He then got directions to Lake Michigan where he figured he would jump in and commit suicide… On his way, he passed the the Pacific Garden Mission & the volunteer encouraged him & pulled him in the mission… there he heard the gospel preached and that even though he was “messed up” God still loved him…

He trusted Christ as his savior & God transformed his life… soon he began to share his testimony and became a minister… God used him in a powerful way… He helped start the Mel Trotter Rescue Mission & Church in Grand Rapids Michigan… Soon he was used to start missions in many cities across America and became an evangelist and thousands of people came to the Lord as a result of his ministry…. This is a great reminder to us on the importance of our volunteer activities, even if it doesn’t seem to be an important job, you never know how God will bless your faithfulness… Thousands were saved as the result of that volunteer being there & Mel Trotter becoming a Christian… 

I WANT TO TELL YOU THE STORY OF JUST ONE OF THE THOUSANDS THAT WERE SAVED. A 13 year old boy visited the Mel Trotter Church in Grand Rapids … he saw a choir perform & asked if he could join – the director shared that it was a Christian choir & then the 13 year old boy put his trust in Christ as his savior… that boy grew up to be a missionary, pastor, evangelist, Bible College teacher, & author… that man was my Father Ed Reese, who along with my mom raised me in the Christian Faith & now I (Scott Reese) have been an urban missionary for over 30 years…

LAST FRIDAY NIGHT (12/28/12) I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PREACH AT THE PACIFIC GARDEN MISSION… where this all began… it was an amazing night and an opportunity… I’m not sure how many were there, I’m guessing over 400… Katie Reese sang with the youth group of Christian Heritage Church… After preaching a gospel message, We had about 7 indicate that they would like to become Christians – we prayed with them & encouraged them to talk with the mission staff… Please pray for them… Praise the Lord …

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8/14/09 Body of Christ Cares QUICK UPDATE

Last Saturday we took urban kids fishing – For some it was their first time. We had a wonderful time! Thanks Chuck and Angela for letting us fish at your place…

Christmas in July – thank you from the Homeless Shelter

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Body of Christ Cares provided a “Christmas in July” program for the moms and children of the Roseland Christian Ministries Strong tower Homeless Shelter.
Thank you for those who provided the cash donations for the toys – the kids had a great time and we were also able to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. We used the presents as an example of Ephesians 2:8-9
“For by grace are you saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God”Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Body of Christ Cares provided a “Christmas in July” program for the moms and children of the Roseland Christian Ministries Strong tower Homeless Shelter.
Thank you for those who provided the cash donations for the toys – the kids had a great time and we were also able to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. We used the presents as an example of Ephesians 2:8-9
“For by grace are you saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God”

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Body of Christ Cares provided a “Christmas in July” program for the moms and children of the Roseland Christian Ministries Strong tower Homeless Shelter.

Thank you for those who provided the cash donations for the toys – the kids had a great time and we were also able to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. We used the presents as an example of Ephesians 2:8-9

“For by grace are you saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God”.

Volunteers, snacks, crafts, and board games are needed every Tuesday night – contact missionary Scott Reese if you are able to help.

RETURN TO BODYOFCHRISTCARES.ORG – HERE

Volunteer Christian Fishermen (or women) needed

Soon Body of Christ Cares will be sponsoring an activity to take urban youth fishing.

Most of the children involved have never been fishing before and it will be a real treat just to go to a tranquil, safe  location.

CHRISTIAN VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED

(Chicago region on a Saturday morning to early afternoon)

1) We need someone who is familiar with the rules and regulations for the State of Illinois. If we take a group of kids (between 7 and 50 depending on the amount of volunteers and funding available) fishing, do we need to purchase a fishing licence for each kid or only for the adults? Do we purchase this at a currency exchange? Also are there any other regulations that we need to be aware of (minimum size to keep etc.) ?

2) We need volunteers who know how to fish (and possibly clean and fry in case we add some store bought fish and have a fish fry).

3) We need volunteers who are willing to loan us fishing equipment.

4) We also need adult supervision even if you don’t know how to fish.

5) We need help with transportation. Volunteers with cars or vans who are available to pick up and take home kids. The best solution is to have several people get permission to use their church’s van for this. It is also our prayer that the Lord would touch someones heart to purchase us a quality bus to take urban youth on Christian Youth Activities and also to be shared in the BODY OF CHRIST by churches in the Chicagoland area when they have need for a special activity.

6)  Let’s all pray that the kids will have a great time. That they will be refreshed physically, mentally, & spiritually.

7) If  interested  please contact me: Scott ReeseScott@BodyofChristCares.org 

* If you are not from one of our regular supporting churches – you’ll need to fill out a volunteer application.

* If you come across this blog and are not in the Chicago region we still have many Christian Volunteer Positions available through  Christian Internet Ministry  that you can help with from the convenience of your home. Drop me a note and see http://christianinternetministry.com for details.

Body of Christ Cares Update

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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