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Grace Through Faith Ministries Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: To serve God by serving and empowering others. To teach godly principles and about the love of Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation for humanity.

Target demographics: children, teens and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,000's

Geographic areas served: San Antonio, Texas and surrounding Cities

Programs: Life and Job Skills, Computers with a Purpose, Christmas Shoebox Program and The Open Arms Emergency Children's Shelter.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Laura N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Lili K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

JJM has been serving children and communities for over 23 years. I love what I do and I love that we draw authentic and genuine people that have a true compassion and desire to serve abused, neglected and abandoned children and teens. We continue to grow and now with our Foster Care Placement Agency, we will be able to help many more children. I am so proud of our Board Members and our quality supporters, volunteers and donors. I am humbled and so moved each year by the results of our Christmas Shoebox Gift Program. and the new smiling faces that engage with us each year. I thank you and I salute each and every one of you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.
Patricia Neal
Director, Enhanced Horizons

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Denise B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Andresmira

Client Served

Rating: 5

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)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Jane Godelia
Clinical Director
Angels' Crossing, Inc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Sophia P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Greg Jones

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My journey with J-Jireh Ministries began more than four years ago and started with assisting in the Shoebox Christmas program. Seeing the children receive a Christmas gift that they would not have had without the generosity of people willing to give, has changed my life. Beyond Shoebox Christmas, the ministry headed by Lili Kristan has shown me so many more ways to better my spiritual life in sharing with those that are less fortunate. I am sure that there are others who sponsor similar programs but no one gives it the personal touch and attention that Lili and J-Jireh does! I very strongly endorse this beautiful and giving organization.

Greg Jones
Realtor
The Phyllis Browning Co

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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