Lili and her team share the love of Jesus Christ and His salvation with local residents in a very practical way by delivering much needed essentials. To help pack gifts for our community has impacted our own faith as we see God provide in abundant measure.
Have worked with the non-profit for several years. Such a caring group, always wanting the best for the children.
After delivering gifts to one group home, I realized the impact on such a small gift lifted these young people Spirit and Promise , that they are cared about. As rewarding as this surreal moment became, I couldn’t help to think to myself, I needed to give more… much much more
I met Lili through my good friends, Ann and Greg Jones, and immediately found myself wondering how this small in stature woman could exude Faith the size of a mountain. Lili's passion for Christ and her mission to serve Him through her God-given gifts has been an inspiration to my Faith and a role model for offering complete and total unconditional Love. Lili's ministry is truly a gift... to those receiving and to those who give.
My journey with J-Jireh Ministries has now been over ten years. Both as a volunteer and a board member it has been deeply gratifying. Lili's faith is so strong she will not be defeated!
My experience with J-Jireh has now been six years long and the last couple of years as a board member. I don't know that I have ever known a charity that is so ground engaged and devoted to their vision than J-Jireh. I have witnessed the Shoebox Christmas program grow from a few hundred gifts to over 3000 and the shelters served from a half dozen or so to 39 last year. Personally I have changed my view of the Christmas season from cynical to fulfilling and with God's guidance I can't wait to see where we go from here!
Once again, I bless the Lord for Sis Lili Kristan and the team for sharing over 100 Christmas gifts with the children and youth of our church Puerta de Restauración in San Antonio, TX. May the Lord shine his face upon you and your ministry that you may continue touching the lives of many people in the Name of Jesus!!
Praise God for the life and the ministry that He has entrusted in the hands of Lili and all involved in the ministry. On a very short notice, the ministry provided Christmas boxes for the children and teens of a church being built in El Control, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico across the border from Brownsville, Texas. It's the last town in a strip of three little towns in a constant cartel power war with zero presence of law enforcement. Besides being on short notice, I remember it was raining and Lili and I were both so sick and running fevers, with only my husband to help us build and load! It was the first time we met, and I'll never forget how your ministry was able to bring such joy to those children through such adversity for the Glory of God! Thank you, and may the Lord continue to bless you and this amazing ministry!
J Jireh ministry is absolutely amazing. They truly share The Fathers heart for the children. I had the privilege of witnessing the kiddos faces light up with pure joy as they opened their presents. Each gift is uniquely picked and is just a blessing to hear kids say they’ve been wanting or needed that specific item(only God) I look forward to partnering in prayer and volunteering in the years to come to help share the story and love of our Lord Jesus with the children using these anointed gifts.
I was so blessed by the team that came to deliver gifts to the kids in our mission! I was blown away by the thought and detail that went into each of the gifts for the kids. One of the boys, who has been in foster care prior to coming to us, said he had never received such nice gifts and felt "rich". Thank you for allowing him to feel the "richness" of being loved by God through your efforts and care! I was personally blessed by the team that came to deliver the gifts as they prayed for me at the end of the night. Thank you to everyone who made Christmas so special for our kids.
Reverend Lili Kristan collected and packed 2 huge cartloads of presents for 6 of the cabins at Roy Maas Youth Alternatives. She donated them with such love and happiness that we were overwhelmed by her kindness and spirit! J-Jireh Ministries stayed in touch with us throughout Christmas time and stayed within our timeline for the wrapping party we have every year for the 150 children we serve. Their holidays would not have been as bright without all of the generous help from J-Jireh, we are so very grateful to you! Thank you, Kaz Sephton, Volunteer and Events Manager
JJM supported 48 different Shelters, Children's Organizations and Churches with over 6,500 Christmas Shoebox Gifts. Each shoebox gift is filled with 8-12 gifts inside, therefore about 65,000 individual gifts were donated and collected by almost 500 volunteers. What a great TEAM effort! Every child counts, every gifts is important, every dollar and every hour donated makes a lasting impact on the heart of a child during Christmas. They receive more than just a gift, they receive the love of Jesus that begins a healing process in their heart. Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteers and in support of our Mission to "Heal Hearts With The Love of God".
Every year this wonderful work keeps growing and impacting more and more precious lives. Every shoebox gift truly helps to heal the hearts of the children and teens that receive them. They are amazed at how perfect their gifts are and several have gone out of their way to tell me, "How did you know I was secretly praying for this?" or "This is the first time I've ever received something I really, really wanted!" They are grateful and excited and look forward to us coming again next year because they know they will hear an inspiring story that's applicable to their concerns and conflicts and also receive a memorable gift. Significant memories are made each time we deliver a Christmas Shoebox Gift packed with love from our amazing volunteers and supporters. Also, incredible memories that foster healing and love are created among our volunteers who give of their time, talent and resources to bless others. I hear heartwarming stories from our volunteers that tell me how their lives have been impacted and changed for the better because of this Program. We love the contributions and adore each contributor. God bless you, richly.
I have participated in this great ministry for several years. I have been fortunate enough to take gifts collected by thousands of people to the less fortunate. I have been humbled to see the faces of so many young children light up when they receive more than a gift, they receive the love of Jesus. I have shared the plan of salvation at the time of giving and see how families are joyful at a time were many are hurting. I feel the gifts they receive bring joy, hope, love, and an important reminder that they are not forgotten. I'm grateful and excited to participate with this great organization that more than a noble cause, I believe its an extension of Gods love for humanity. Keep up the great work! E. Jimenez
J-Jireh Ministries, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the generous shoe box gifts you provided to our foster children. The items in the shoe box were very much needed and the gifts were greatly appreciated by the children. May God continue to bless Lili, volunteers and staff.
I don’t have the words to thank J-Jireh Ministries but I certainly can sing praises to them.
This past Christmas on December 3rd with very short notice J-Jireh Ministries provided Christmas Shoebox Gifts to over 104 children that are in foster care with our agency. The gifts were a blessing to our foster children and many of the children expressed their gratitude over and over again. My staff and I were particularly blessed with J-Jireh Ministries volunteers that delivered the gifts to the children. They were so warm and compassionate and we greatly appreciated J-Jireh’s founder Lili Kristan for participating in the Christmas party activities with the children.
Thank you J-Jireh and Bless you for reaching out to these children in need.
Every year we have received amazing Christmas gifts to give to Foster care/CPS families. What a blessing J-Jireh ministries has been to our community.
We are really grateful for having been chosen as a recipient of gifts for our children at Christmas. Our children come from low income families and I know the parents were really excited to have received a gift for their child(ren). Your coordination to include a visit from Santa Claus made the experience even nicer for our children. THANK YOU!!!!!
I have been a volunteer for J-Jireh Ministries, and Lili Kristin for over five years. I have been involved with the shoebox Christmas gift program and am amazed at how it has grown every year. My first year I began helping with the delivery of gifts and after seeing all the excited and grateful children I knew it was something important I could be a part of. The program is successful because Lili is well-organized and determined to make young lives better. Every shoebox gift has the child’s name written on the outside and includes a “Ticket to Heaven” on the inside.
I have been connected to J-Jireh ministries for over 24 years back when they began as Family Fiesta and will continue to be for generations to come. My kids are already being trained up to be involved with this organization as they can see the importance of the work we do. J-Jireh Ministries has a solid foundation and a much needed mission. Helping kids and families to live their best lives is the greatest joy you can find.
This is an amazing organization doing great work year after year.
My employees and I participated in the Shoe Box Challenge this year. The experience was wonderful. We all worked together to buy the presents and fill and wrap the shoe boxes. It helped everyone here feel the true spirit of giving at Christmas. I loved the organizational structure where they made it easy to find items to purchase and everyone could participate.
J-Jireh came for Christmas time on our campus. They brought many shoebox gifts for our kids! Over 100 in total! It was a blessing to our residents and brought joy in our Christmas season. Thanks Lili for your heart to serve and the volunteers who helped!
Arms of Hope- Medina Children's Home
It has now been eight years of involvement with this great charity and it seems like just yesterday that we started. The results from this past year are staggering but aside from all the children served, the souls saved, and the hearts changed there is the very personal gratification of realizing that a few can make a difference for the many. May God continue to bless J-Jireh, Lili Kristan, and the many they touch!
JJM is very close to my heart. A couple of years ago a company I was working for was a part of their Christmas shoebox program. I went to an information meeting, and learned a lot about child homelessness in and around Bexar County. From then on, I was motivated to help raise funds, donate gifts and help with marketing. Today I still volunteer my time and can't think of a more worthy cause.
J Jireh Ministries has chosen to be a huge blessing to our children at Hill Country Youth Ranch for several years in a row during the Christmas season . Our children come from abused and abandoned backgrounds with no understanding of what it is to truly give and certainly not to receive. J Jireh connects the true meaning of Christmas as well as bringing joy and happiness to our kids during a time that is usually most difficult for them. Supporting over 100 children's needs is very difficult for an organization, and we would not be able to give them the full experience of what it means to be a child without the help of such amazing groups like J Jireh. They truly understand our mission and support us without wavering.
What a blessing to be able to receive a generous donation from J Jireh Ministries to help in our fourth annual Mora-Vation toy give away that took place on December 16, 2017. Our purpose is to serve the community every Christmas holiday with gift giving to less fortunate families that otherwise would not have had an opportunity to receive gifts. It brings us great joy to be able to have such great organizations such as J-Jireh Ministries in supporting our mission. We pray for continued support from your ministry to keep this going every year. Thank you again and God bless!
J-Jireh Ministries generously provided our young adult residents in our transitional living program with shoe-box gifts over the holiday season. These gifts were greatly appreciated and contained items that were useful and fun! Many thanks to J-Jireh Ministries, their board, employees and volunteers for their continued work. For our residents, each gift was received with heartfelt gratitude. They were unexpected, and reminded our residents that they are covered in God's grace.
Director, Enhanced Horizons
Every year, here at SAM Ministries, we supply the children in our programs with Christmas gifts. We would not be able to do this with out the kind and generous support of J-Jireh Ministries. They brought us gift wrapped shoe boxes this year. With their help the families had a wonderful and happy Christmas and can see the love in people and know the heart of GOD. Thank you so very much for your support and love.
Alpha Home cannot thank J-Jireh Ministries enough for their generosity! On December 16th, they donated 75 shoebox gifts to our Alpha Home clients. We are so thankful for the support they show our clients as well as the community.
Last December, we received a 600 wrapped Christmas Shoe-box Gifts, this was a great blessing because we had a big community event at this time. We received over 300 families from the city, non church members. We can share the gospel, share some food and give them the Gifts.
People was happy because they can see in church not only our spiritual interest on them but our care for their families and kids. Was a spectacular night!
Pastor Andres Miranda (Hope of Life Church Houston, TX)
J-Jireh Ministries blessed our foster families and foster children with 117 wrapped shoebox gifts on December 13, 2017. Each Shoebox Gift is valued at twenty-five dollars. I personally delivered some of these shoeboxes and you could clearly see the joy in the children and parents' faces! Lili Kristan, executive director, accommodated our schedule and ensured that we get the gifts with plenty of time to deliver them. We are very grateful!
Angels' Crossing, Inc.
JJM shared their time, treasures, heart and love of Jesus with the children whom we serve at Mission Road Developmental Center. They had a very special event as they presented Shoe Box Christmas presents to the children.
The lives of our children and staff were brightened with the gifts of love. I saw faces light up with the opening of the gifts. A young lady was so thrilled that she received a watch. A young boy had me sit next to him as he pointed out each gift that was in the box. It was a very special time. It was one of the highlights of the Christmas season for our children.
Grace Through Faith/J-Jireh Ministries is a faith-based group. The group took the time and resources to put together gifts for children during the holiday season. The group helped nearly 4,000 people with their gifts to non-profits and we very much appreciate their support. The group is well-organized and tries their best to meet needs.
Visitation House is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, which helps homeless single mothers with young children break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. We recognize there are many worthy causes and pleas for your charitable giving and we are truly grateful you chose to invest in our ministry. We want to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude for your generous support and for bringing the joy of Christmas to the families of Visitation House.
JJM is an amazing Ministry, full of wonderful people. We've known them for many years. They do incredibly good work both for theirs souls and for the children of San Antonio.
Thanks Lili and GTFM for all that you do in the local communities and world wide. Such an incredible team of dedicated, thoughtful, and passionate people driving change in our society through grass root initiatives. The clean water programs are outstanding and breaks the choke hold of large corporations capitalizing on urgent needs.
Please don't stop making a difference.
J-Jireh Ministries is such an wonderful Ministry. We were Blessed with their Shoe-box Christmas gifts last year. Children in our community are often cared for by parents, grandparents or even their great grandparents on a fixed income. Many times Christmas gifts are overlooked. It was such a beautiful experience to see their faces light up with not only the gifts they receive but the message of hope, and the Love of Jesus Christ that J-Jireh Ministries provides!
We are grateful for the opportunity to serve with Lili and J-Jireh Ministries and look forward to years of serving our community together.
Faith Ministries organized wonderful 'shoebox' gifts in the Holiday Season so we can delight our clients children.
We often have mothers in treatment and it is a blessing to be able to serve their children at a special time of year, without Faith Ministries this would not be possible.
Lilli and I have been friends for about twenty years she has been to me a great example of what it is to be Christ like. Her people first way of living is Amazing. Her presence is any organization is worth far more than anything she can give or do. She is worth her weight in Gold in all areas of life. This ministery is God inspired and no one better to carry out God's plan.
I have known Lili for 6 years. Each year she continues to amaze me with her love and enthusiasm for the children she and her great group of dedicated volunteers bring to children in the San Antonio area, through her Christmas Shoebox Gift Program. She gives Hope, Joy and Love to each child and family she touches. I have been blessed to have been able to volunteer in several areas where she needed me. My life has been gifted by knowing her and being a part of her group of friends and volunteers. - Merlin Struble
We partner with JJM each year for our Christmas program and they always go above and beyond in their giving to kids in need in our East Side area. They serve with a spirit of excellence and heart to reach families in their city. Thank you for all that you help us do.
J-Jireh Ministries have positively impacted families in SA for many years now. I have served with them in different efforts and in many capacities. Each time the opportunity presents itself to serve I always walk away the blessed one. Lili truly has a heart to grow people up in the Lord. I see her and her board reaching out to the lost, unfortunate with a loving heart. Keep up the great work in San Antonio. Blessings.
Lili Kristan and JJM are doing an amazing job to server and support needy families, children's shelters, and foster families in the San Antonio area. The will is already a better place with them around.
We have had such an exceptional experience with JJM and its Christmas Shoebox Gift program. Love, love , love what this charity is doing in our communities. Very hands on, very accountable and serving needs in our own backyard. Now they are opening their own Children's Shelter....wow! So happy to work with them. I highly recommend them to everyone.
J-Jireh Ministries is a phenomenal organization. From their children’s shelter, to their shoe-box Christmas ministry, to providing clean drinkable water to underprivileged communities overseas--they do so much for those in need. I’ve known Lili Kristan for several years now. And she has an incredible passion for helping others as well as an amazing business acumen. This has enabled her to successfully pull together the right people, tools, and resources, to successfully execute on her vision of serving, providing for, and empowering the underprivileged. With God as her witness and guide, she has been able to move mountains through J-Jireh Ministries. It has been an honor and a privilege to be both a friend and supporter of Lili and this ministry.
In a world where arguably our most precious and vulnerable of citizens, the children of our communities, are sadly often forgotten or suffer unseen, Lili Kristan lives out a heart of compassion for these little ones who so need our help.
I have been blessed to join other volunteers drawn together by Lili's "contagious" compassion for these precious kids. Drawn together to both gather shoebox gifts for the children as well as to wrap them, I saw people from all walks of life come together with Lili so that many kids that otherwise might be forgotten might have a truly merry Christmas- but above all, to know they are special and loved: by God and many others.
I recently became involved with J-Jireh Ministries through the Christmas Shoebox Gift Program donating and helping wrap the boxes. During the wrapping events, I learned more about the vision of the Open Arms Children's Shelter. Being a parent to my 2 adopted children, I have experienced first-hand the need for the Shelter. Lili and everyone involved with J-Jireh have only the best interest of the children in mind and I am proud and honored to have been able to volunteer my time and look forward to volunteer and help in any way I can. Thank you for all you do!
Meeting the need in your community for children is what J-Jireh Ministry is all about. There 295,000 unwanted, homeless children in Texas and Lili is going to fill that need in San Antonio and eventually all of Texas with her dream to make sure homeless children know how precious they are in God's site and they are given the opportunities to live an abundant life. The Open Arms Children Shelter and the Christmas Shoebox drive are changing lives and giving every child the opportunity to live abundantly. Praise God for Lili and her ministry.
As a Board Member for over 20 years, I have had the privilege of working closely with Lili Kristan and other leaders of this organization and can attest to the level of their integrity and character. This organization has a history of collaborating with people and other nonprofits and together they are devoted to fulfilling the Mission of JJM. Working and contributing to JJM has provided me hands-on opportunities for community service in my own backyard and to deposit into children as part of my legacy. Their Christmas Shoebox Gift Program blesses me as much as I get to bless the children. I highly recommend anyone, of any age, to consider working with JJM, who has a true heart for our children and youth.
Maree L. Crouch
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I had the pleasure of helping this ministry distribute shoe boxes filled with small gifts at a local childrens home in Boerne, TX. The results were amazing and the children changed from quiet and unsure to interactive and happy. The children were engaged and asked questions and many even accepted Jesus as their savior during the event. It was the highlight of Christmas 2015. Glad to be a part of it!
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During a recent visit to San Antonio to see my good friends Ann and Greg Jones, I was invited to attend the Shoebox Christmas event sponsored by J-Jireh Ministries . I have to say it was the highlight of my visit. I had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful people gathered for a great cause.Listening to Mr. Jones tell the story of a young girl who was getting a Christmas gift for the first time in her young life, that was just for her, made me realize just what a simple act of kindness could accomplish. That young girl will have that memory for her entire life and it could lead to shaping the rest of it. Maybe she becomes a doctor or a teacher and she shares not only the story but also an act of kindness to 10 more young girls who in turn pass that along to 100 more and so on. Before you know it we have a whole generation of caring and giving children. Imagine that. Maybe we could add a verse to the late great John Lennon song "Imagine"........Imagine changing the world....One shoebox at a time.....It's easy if you try.... Thank you Ann and Greg for the invite and especially to Lili Kristan for a truly great charity. John Lanham louisville, Ky.
I started this nonprofit over 21 years ago because I saw the need for positive influence and real transformation in our children, teens and families. I wanted to make a positive difference in others but this has made a difference in MY life. This has transformed my own heart, my mind and my soul and I am so grateful for all the wonderful people that have worked alongside with me to serve others and so grateful for all the precious souls we have been able to bless and shine God's love upon. We have truly healed many hearts with the love of God. Our greatest work and joys are still ahead of us...the BEST is yet to come. As we build our first Emergency Children's Shelter in San Antonio, I challenge you to join with us and I can guarantee that your life will be changed forever and blessed abundantly.
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Having the opportunity to be apart of the Shoebox Christmas with J-Jireh Ministries became far more than an experience, it was a life changing endeavor. My boys joined me in gathering items through the year, along with a multitude of boxes. It wasn't until we had the opportunity to deliver these to precious children of God did we realize how our lives would change. I had one child cling to me and not let me go. It was heart wrenching and such a wonderful joy to give back such a simple gift of love.
Shoebox Christmas gives so many children a Christmas they would not otherwise have. These kids are homeless and/or neglected and have almost nothing of their own. Shoebox Christmas gives them a smile at the very least. It lets them know that someone cares. A wonderful ministry serving some of the most vulnerable. I wish I lived closer so that I could do more.
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We have been giving Christmas presents to the children for the last two years and it has been a great experience.The first year we gave a present to a 16 year old child and she started crying and we asked why. Her reply made me cry as she said she had never had a Christmas present before.
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Amazing organization What a blessing to so many...to all those they help and to all the volunteers that are witness to.
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Shoebox Christmas is the most worthwhile event I have been involved in in many years. Nothing touches the heart like a child in need. The hard work of the volunteers in purchasing gifts, getting together to wrap them and then to finally deliver to the children in shelters is something to behold. This project has grown incredibly fast, as, each year, more and more volunteers learn of it and get on board. We, in my office, look forward to Shoebox Christmas as much as the deserving children do!
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Lili's selfless committment to aid hurting children is unsurpassed. Her organization is the very definition of how effective a grass roots campaign can be. Needy children receive help, gifts and most of all the much needed love they all deserve.
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Since getting involved with J-Jireh I am continually inspired by the commitment of the founder and all the supporters to touch many lives in our community. It is a great example of a grass roots effort to make our corner of the world better.
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My experience with J-Jireh Ministries over the years have been very rewarding. From community outreach to local television interviews. Their heart and compassion for the less fortunate children in the city of San Antonio definitely does not go unnoticed.
In His Service,
Minister Andre' Bowie
Victory Gospel Chapel S.A.
1603 Montana St.
San Antonio, Tx. 78203
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I got in touch with Lili Kristan (of J-Jireh Ministries) after reading her article in the SA paper about helping abused children. I was surprised when she offered to meet with me over coffee, and I was impressed with her faith and passion for God that is leading her to raise funds to build an Emergency Shelter for hurting San Antonio children. In the time I have known her, she has made great progress in making this vision a reality, proving that she's not just a dreamer, she's a real go-getter! We need more ministries like hers, that dream big to bring support and relief to hurting people, and that do the hard work to make it happen!
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Dear Lili, Capone and J-Jireh Ministries,
I wanted to thank you for your help with the Prosthesis Clinic in Bolivia. Without your help I would not have had the courage to continue when, at times, I felt like I was just stumbling around in the dark. With your help, the one thing I did not have to worry about was money. Because of your help, this Clinic went from a “simple” plan written on a sheet of paper to an actual Clinic that is currently serving patients with new prosthetic limbs and now has a waiting list. The hugs, kisses and thanks I receive from the patients that are walking for the first time, in many cases, in years, do not convey how much we appreciate your help. Their lives have been changed forever.
Centro de Miembros Artificials Clinic
La Paz, Bolivia
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Thank you so much, Lili Kristan and J-Jireh Ministries, for the Christmas Shoeboxes you brought to our teen girls at Roy Maas Youth Alternatives. You gave more than we expected and each girl got something special for Christmas. They also really enjoyed your talk and encouraging words. You made their Christmas Day very special for them and we are so appreciative. Thank you again for making such an impact on them. This is one Christmas they will never forget.
Roy Maas Youth Alternative Home
San Antonio, Texas
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