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


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

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

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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 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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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


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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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.