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The Spirit of Thanksgiving

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

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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J-Jireh Ministries Greenhouse Project

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


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

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.

“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



A Round of Applause For Our Supporter Puerta de Restauración

Puerta de Restauración and Pastor Rafael Gutiérrez have been, one of the many, fantastic supporters that J-Jireh Ministries has had the opportunity to work with.  This church has “adopted” Open Arms Children’s Shelter as one of their Home Missions and financially supports our cause monthly.


Puerta de Restauración’s involvement with JJM has awakened their awareness of the children in need in and around the San Antonio area.  Puerta de Restauración feels caring for the orphans is something that the Lord, Jesus has called each of us to do.


Puerta de Restauración donated over 150 gifts to our Christmas Shoebox Challenge and is looking forward to the opportunity to support our challenge again this year. 

Puerta de Restauración has appreciated working with leaders within J-Jireh Ministries, like Lili Kristan.  They have found her motivation and passion inspires them to continue to reach higher and give more freely.   

Puerta de Restauración is also anxiously awaiting the opportunity to help with the Open Arms Shelter that J-Jireh Ministries has planned to open.  They know there are many people who are looking for an opportunity to participate in this worthy cause and in a more ample way.  If you, or any one you know would like to donate to help J-Jireh Ministries establish the Open Arms Children’s Shelter, please click HERE.


“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

-Ronald Reagan

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Birdies for Children

Every year the Valero Texas Open raises millions of dollars for worthy causes through their Birdies for Charity program. This year, Open Arms Children’s Ranch was one of those worthy causes and because of the generous supporters that stand behind JJM, we have received a check to help abused and neglected children. We thank, love and sooooo appreciate the great people that partner with us.

Jackie Browning-Olsen spearheaded our Birdies for Children Campaign and we received a check for $17,239.04 for Open Arms. A fantastic job, Jackie! With her help, next year will be even greater.

If you love golf and want to help heal children with the love of Christ, please connect with us at Share your ideas or volunteer your time to help us grow. Ask about becoming one of our Open Arms Ambassadors. We will kick off our 2017 Birdies for Children Campaign in the Fall. Click here to donate and collaborate with us. Trust me when I say that so much more will come back to you in return. JJM holds a gold profile on Guide Star and we have been serving our community for over 23 years.


“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” ~Vince Lombardi



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A Helping Hand from Nueva Laredo Shelters & Dr. Carlos Ferreyro

This year for our “Day of The Child” holiday, J- Jireh Ministries teamed up with two local ministries; one which supports a community of impoverished families and the other a children’s orphanage, both in Nuevo Laredo. We donated over 100 shoebox gifts for the children.

The families were so grateful that they handmade a large Thank You sign for us.

These families have so little, most exist on $25-$30 per week on a good week. Many are single mothers with very little or no assistance. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to donate gifts, necessities and clothing to them.

More importantly, they were given prayer, love, teaching and direction from the Word of God. Several received a physical healing and all received encouragement, emotional healing and a good meal that day.

JJM also sent 150 gifts, clothing and computers to a church in Laredo, Texas that ministers to families on both sides of the border.

If you would like to help us clothe, feed and provide necessities to the poor and more importantly, heal hearts with the love of Christ, contact JJM today and let’s get you plugged in. There are many ways in which one can support this vision. From the greatest to the least of these, every contribution is needed and becomes a vital building block for us. Thank you and may God bless and prosper you and your loved ones.

But whoever has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or tongue only but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:17 & 18

One of J-Jireh’s vital supporters who has taken literally the message of 1 John 3:17-18 is Dr. Carlos Ferreyro.  Dr. Ferreyro has expertise in Counseling, Psychology, Philosophy, and Business. Dr. Ferreyro holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy Research in the field of Psychology and an M.A. in Psychology. Additionally, he has more than 25 years experience in International marketing across the United States and Latin America. Dr. Ferreyro led a team of relief caregivers during a major earthquake in Mexico. His team provided a fleet of trucks loaded with food, clothing, medical supplies, and other relief items for earthquake victims.  More recently, he has been serving as a J-Jireh Ministries Board Member and as a  Team Leader in our annual Christmas Shoebox Gift Challenge. He and his church, La Viña Ministries, collected over 350 gifts for our Christmas Shoebox Challenge.  Carlos also assisted with conducting the presentation and delivering to several Shelters. Several members of his congregation from the church came to the workshop to aid in wrapping, inspecting, labeling and packaging gifts.  They have been and continue to be, an awesome support to us with this challenge!

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J-Jireh’s Open Arms Children’s Ranch & Our Supporters Kim Keener & Jill Strauss

Did you know that there are thousands of children and teens on a waiting list to get a bed in a children’s shelter or find a loving foster Home?  J-Jireh Ministries is dedicated to establishing their own children’s shelter the Open Arms Children’s Ranch and Foster Placement Agency. These facilities are urgently needed to serve the children of San Antonio and surrounding areas.

Sadly, Bexar County is second in the state of Texas when it comes to repeat offenders of abuse, neglect, and abandonment of children. The destruction of families and precious little souls is creating havoc in our schools, churches, neighborhoods and societies at large. How can children grow into productive, healthy and loving adults when they have no frame of reference for that? When they come from abusive and dysfunctional environments, that is all they know how to replicate.

Open Arms Children’s Ranch will be a safe haven where children and teens will be taught a foundational platform of unconditional love and acceptance.

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This will also be a place where wholesome healing can come to the mind, body, and soul. Positive role modeling and healthy relationships can also be emulated. Here they will learn various avenues of constructive expression and communication skills.

If you would like to be an integral part of making this possible, contact J-Jireh Ministries TODAY and let’s discuss how you can make a notable contribution. There are many ways in which you can support this vision. From the greatest to the least of these, every contribution is needed and becomes a vital building block. Help us build a legacy of loving, healthy and productive children and families.

With men it may be impossible, but with God, all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

 J-Jireh Ministries has been blessed to work with some fantastic community supporters.  These supporters have a shared vision with J-Jireh Ministries and work to make all our endeavors a success.  Two supporters, in particular, are Kim Keener and Jill Strauss of Magi Real Estate Services.San Antonio office space

Kim Keener is the Senior Property Manager for Magi which includes The Atrium, 10010 San Pedro Building, and the Brass Professional Center, San Antonio’s largest multi-tenant office complex. Kim has 9 years of experience in commercial property management, and over 11 years of experience in the real estate industry. During her career, Kim has managed over 1.3 million square feet of property, including the largest office complex in the City of San Antonio.

Jill Strauss serves as the Vice President and is responsible for all the leasing and brokerage operations for the company. Jill joined Magi Real Estate Services in 2007.  Jill is responsible for handling an office portfolio in excess of 1,000,000 square feet! Jill has completed more than $50 million in real estate transactions and has extensive experience in landlord representation, new lease negotiations, and lease restructuring, market and financial analysis.

Kim & Jill worked together as the team leads for the Magi Team for our Christmas Shoebox Gift Challenge.  They collected gifts and donations, donated over $45,000 storage and workshop space. The donation of storage space was so incredibly appreciated because of the large volume of Shoebox Christmas Gifts we received.  Having a place to sort, organize and distribute the gifts from helped make our Christmas Shoebox Gift program very successful.

 If you are ever needing the expertise of an incredible property management company, please contact Magi Real Estate Services and our friends Kim and Jill.