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The Angel of The Lord

“The Angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him and delivers them.” Psalm 34:7

This is a custom painted picture presented to me by one of my sons as a birthday gift this year. I love it and every time I look at it I am reminded that angels are all around me and they protect and deliver me from harm because I serve a mighty God.
As our children and grandchildren go back to school, let us pray for their safety and protection from violence and evil. Let us pray for the teachers and administrators that they would teach and carry out their duties with joy, passion and diligence. That divine wisdom be given to them to lead young minds and souls in the direction they should go.
Let us pray over our children everyday as they go off to school. Teach them to pray for themselves and for their friends and classmates. Teach them that they are “the light of the World” if they carry Jesus in their heart. Teach them to be instruments of peace, encouragement, understanding and kindness.
I pray this year is filled with great achievements, joy, peace, eagerness to learn, positive friendships, safety and much growth for students, teachers and their parents.

 

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JJM is Honored With a TOP-Rated Badge – Thanks to YOU!

        

Our amazing Volunteers and indispensable Supporters are our backbone and strength in the work that we’ve done for almost 25 years. Last year we had over 800 incredible volunteers/supporters! YOU make us Top-Rated among thousands of nonprofits in our communities. This is the 3rd year in a row that we have been honored by the company, Great Nonprofits, with a badge of distinction and proven service.

 

 

 

Be proud and confident in sharing the work of JJM with your family and friends and please refer them or even better, involve them with this year’s Shoebox Gift Program by forming a Team with 5-10 of your friends, family or co-workers. We will be forming Teams in August to reach our goal of collecting and distributing 5,000 Christmas Shoebox Gifts in 2018. An enthusiastic Team of only 7-10 people can collect 500 shoebox gifts without even breaking a sweat. I’ve seen it done and am thrilled when kids and teens are part of that process. What a life lesson they learn. Can we count on you? Challenge yourself and start putting your Team together now. We need you, the children are waiting.

YES! You can Count on Me – I will put a Team together!

 

“I am a Father to the fatherless….” Psalm 68:5

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J-Jireh Ministries – Healing Hearts with the Love of God

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Celebrating Fathers and their Strength

 

Loving Fathers show their strength in so many remarkable ways. They sacrifice to provide, to train and teach, instill values and show love, gentleness and leadership at all times. We celebrate those amazing fathers, whether biological, step or foster, that know how to love unconditionally, without reservations or hesitations.

We want to give Single Fathers an Honorable Mention because they must carry the parental load without the assistance of a caring spouse. They are pulling double and sometimes triple duty. We salute all the single fathers!

Another set of “fathers” that are often overlooked are the single mothers that must step into the fathers’ role when one is not present. Those strong, courageous women, deserve an Honorable Mention for their love, sacrifices and commitment to their children under the most difficult circumstances. Our hats are off to you, ladies!

Happy Father’s Day to everyone caring for minors, whether you’re a male, female, grandparent, foster, biological or blended, each of you totally ROCK!

May your life be filled with unexpected love, peace, mercy, grace and joy!

“Grace be with you, mercy and peace from God the Father and from the Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.”

2 John 1:3

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J-Jireh’s Open Arms Foster Placement Agency

JJM is thrilled to announce that Open Arms Foster Placement Agency has officially started!!

With thousands and thousands of foster children on a waiting list for a loving and healthy family, it is with great joy and humility that J-Jireh Ministries is now able to begin placing these precious children and teens into well-vetted families.

If you have ever considered becoming a Foster Parent, please don’t hesitate to contact JJM to get all your questions answered so that you can make a well-informed decision. You are never alone! We are with you every step of the process and you always remain in control. Feel free to refer others to us that have a heart’s desire to foster children.

For more information on becoming a Foster Parent please email jjministries12@gmail.com.

HOW can YOU Help?

  • Tell others of Open Arms Foster Placement Agency
  • Donate Christmas Shoebox Gifts for children and teens
  • Engage your family, friends, co-workers, and church with our Christmas Shoebox Gift Program
  • Donate today!

So little does SO much. Thank you – May healing, love, and bountiful blessings come upon you and your loved ones as you give cheerfully.

 

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“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto Me.” Matthew 25:40

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April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

JJM is focused on preventing child abuse by providing well vetted, loving and healthy Foster Families and persevering with our goal to open a Children’s Shelter. Safe beds for abused, neglected and abandoned children and teens are desperately needed. Child Protective Services (CPS) completed 174,740 investigations last year in Texas and confirmed that 63,657 children were victims of abuse and neglect.

Society will be judged by how they treat those that have no voice, the children. We ask that you stand with us in preventing the abuse of our children right here in our own communities. Please don’t ignore it, we humbly ask for your support of JJM with your donation today so that together we can heal their hearts with the love of God.

We have TWO great ways to Donate to JJM

Donate before April 15th and Valero, through Birdies for Charity, will match 7% of your donation. Make every dollar stretch further and donate today! PLUS you’ll have the chance to win a 2 Year lease on a gorgeous Mustang.

Click HERE for more information

Another FUN WAY to support JJM is to join us at the DASH to the VTO 5K Walk/Run on April 14th. Be a part of the JJM Team, select JJM as your Charity and help us win $3,000 for having the most members on our Team. It’s only $35, if you register before the 5K and you’ll receive a t-shirt, an “any time ticket” to the Texas Open and a chance to win $20,000 for JJM. WOW, plus you’re helping to prevent Child Abuse. Click on the link below to get all the details and register today!

For more information and to register for this event click HERE.

Contact Lili at jjministries12@gmail.com with any questions or if you’d like to donate or volunteer in other ways. Thank You for your generous support. Multiplied blessings to you and yours.

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Wrapping Parties

Christmas Shoebox Gift Challenge is rocking and rolling. To date, we have about 2,000 gifts and we have had 2 of our 4 Wrapping Parties thus far. The Jones Team had a great turn out; see photo below. 48 gifts were wrapped and filled and another 63 shoeboxes were wrapped and are ready for gifts. That’s 111 wrapped boxes plus a $50 donation. Great job to all who attended that Wrapping Party and those that donated gifts and cash.  Everyone was treated to the hospitality of Greg and Ann Jones and some delicious homemade chilli plus lots of other goodies. Yummmm. A big thank you to Greg and Ann Jones.

The JJM Team, headed by Lili Kristan has also had their Wrapping Party (see photo below). First-timers and experienced wrappers assisted in wrapping 54 shoeboxes and we received 42 gifts that day plus $400 dollars’ worth of donated toys and necessities to be used in our gifts. A spread of food to nibble on was provided and everyone made an impact on our overall goals.

Last year, we served 39 Shelters, Foster Placement Agencies, Ministries and Organizations and gave away almost 3,000 custom filled shoebox gifts. This year our goal is to collect and present 4,000 gifts and raise $50,000 for our new Open Arms Foster Placement Agency.

In addition to the Shelters and Organizations we have already committed to, we have also adopted 2 churches from Rockport and 6 churches from Houston whose families have lost dearly because of Hurricane Irma, some have lost everything. We will be providing gifts for children and teens, from infant to 17 years of age, to ease the burden and help with healing and recovery. All the gifts stay in Texas and most are delivered in and around San Antonio and our Hill Country. I assure you, every gift brings healing and love.

How can YOU help?

Join one of our great Teams in collecting gifts and donations.

Donate online today!

Help with sorting, packing or labelling the gifts.

Help with providing supplies and toys.

Gifts and donations are accepted year-round but for this Christmas, please have your shoebox gifts ready no later than December 5th. They must be inspected, labelled, assigned and delivered before December 23rd.

Contact Lili at jjministries12@gmail.com to get connected or receive dates when you can come by our Christmas Workshop to volunteer some time or to receive a Poster for your church, workplace or group.

Thank You for your generosity and amazing support for neglected children. May the Spirit of Christmas infuse all that we say and do.

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The Spirit of Thanksgiving

 

Did you know that cultivating a spirit or lifestyle of gratefulness, appreciation or “counting your blessings” daily can literally create health and long life for you? It is well documented by studies conducted in the medical, scientific and psychological fields as well as in the areas of business, social and relational. Being thankful will boost our immune system and increase blood supply to our heart and other vital organs. It increases alertness, enthusiasm, energy and improves sleep. It triggers hope, inspiration, creativity and encouragement and dispels depression, anxieties, anger and fears. People who maintain a grateful lifestyle tend to suffer less stress and we all know how destructive stress can be on our bodies, minds and souls. Being grateful and counting our blessings, even when the circumstances are not ideal, is therapeutic in every facet of our life and causes us to attract other positive things such as opportunities, favor, success and productive connections that we may not have had otherwise. It is an invaluable health and anti-aging regiment to follow. Wealth is also attracted to the spirit of thanksgiving. So many great reasons to be continuously thankful.

I am thankful for the amazing family and friends I have. I truly appreciate all the wonderful volunteers and donors that graciously support the vision and programs of JJM. Each of you have made priceless contributions into my life. I count my blessings daily and recognize the extraordinary life I am blessed to live. I live abundantly, full of purpose and in divine health. Thank you, from a sincere and grateful heart. I am most thankful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is my center, my foundation and my source of abundant life.

Thanksgiving Blessing:

“May you and those you love be filled with joy and thankfulness that will bring health and wealth to you. May new hope spring up in you and grow to overflow. May new opportunities and unusual favor come your way as you open the doors with your spirit of thanksgiving. May you be reminded daily to count your blessings and show love and appreciation to those around you. May the goodness and mercy of God follow you all the days of your life and may your life be transformed by His unconditional love. In the name of Jesus, I ask and receive it.”

If you would like to support JJM with our Christmas Program or see how else you may be able to contribute with your skills or resources, please contact Rev. Lili Kristan at jjministries12@gmail.com

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Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.”

Philippians 4:6

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Our Greenhouse Project

Calling all Gardeners and part-time Farmers!!! JJM has begun a Greenhouse Project and you are invited to participate with this fun and productive endeavor. We will ultimately create a Children’s Organic Garden and How to Videos. Currently, we are planting sugar snap peas, tomatoes, broccoli and other Fall veggies. We have a large 5,000 square foot greenhouse located in Castroville, check it out.

We also have an Aquaponics Garden bed. All the components are ready to be connected but we need assistance in making the final connections. If you or someone you know can lend your expertise to put this into operation, we will be forever grateful. Once done, we will have a year-round aquaponics garden that is 75 feet long by 4 feet wide. It will produce micro-greens, lettuces, spinach and many other nutrient-dense foods.

In 2018, we will be searching for a full-time person to oversee our Greenhouse Project. Could that be you? Maybe you know of someone who might be interested. If you’d like to volunteer at our Greenhouse, we could certainly use your enthusiasm and expertise. Contact JJM at the email below to get all the information and set up a time when you can come out.

It’s a fun family project…..bring your kids or grandkids. I brought mine. They loved it and are ready to come back. They learn priceless life lessons and have fun while spending quality time with family and friends.

If you would like to get involved with our Greenhouse Project, please contact Lili Kristan at jjministries12@gmail.com

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Open Arms Foster Placement Agency

JJM is thrilled to announce that Open Arms Foster Placement Agency has officially started. Below are the first two foster families that have begun their application steps to bring foster children into their homes.

 

With thousands and thousands of foster children on a waiting list for a loving and healthy family, it is with great joy and humility that J-Jireh Ministries is now able to begin placing these precious children and teens into well-vetted families.

If you have ever considered becoming a Foster Parent, please don’t hesitate to contact JJM to get all your questions answered up front so that you can make a well-informed decision. You are never alone, we are with you every step of the process and you always remain in control. Feel free to refer others to us that have a heart’s desire to foster children.

To get more information on becoming a Foster Parent, please email jjministries12@gmail.com.

As before, we will be providing Christmas Shoebox Gifts to several hundred foster children. If you would like to participate in our gift program, we’d love to hear from you. Our hope is to gather 4,000 shoebox gifts this year to be given to children in Shelters, Foster and Needy families and Single Mothers and their infants. You can be a part of that and receive the blessings that come from bringing healing and love to “the least of these”.

HOW can YOU Help?

  • Tell others of Open Arms Foster Placement Agency
  • Donate Christmas Shoebox Gifts for children and teens
  • Engage your family, friends, co-workers, and church with our Christmas Shoebox Gift Program
  • Donate today!

So little does SO much. Thank you – May healing, love, and bountiful blessings come upon you and your loved ones as you give cheerfully.

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“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto Me.” Matthew 25:40