“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matthew 6:33

Dear Supporters,

It is with tremendous agony and joy that I announce the transition into glory of our founder and my husband, Tom Strohm on January 23rd. It was an eventful and full year in 2021. Tom was determined that COVID would not stop the ministry from reaching out. We began with an E.Q.U.I.P. conference in January of 2021. Mentoring, counseling, zoom classes, and discipleship continued in full swing throughout the year. Our partnerships with Logan from Hope in Christ and Liz from Freedom House continued to bear some beautiful fruit. Elpis was launched in Iraq. Bella was able to go fully supported and see God do Matthew 6: 33 for her! We had some individuals interning and training this year, and then all came to a screeching halt with Tom’s hospitalization with COVID pneumonia on December 25th.
 
 
 
The battle was intense for a month, as our hearts were battered with the ups and downs of this unpredictable and vicious disease. Everyone fought hard to see him raised up from his sickbed. Outpourings of gift cards, flowers, meals, blessings for the nurses and constant vigils were beyond what we could ever imagine. We all hoped he would come home. We cannot deny God’s amazing provisions as we prayed Matthew 6:33 for him each day of this journey. The Lord supplied compassionate doctors who allowed us to wait for a miracle before taking him off life support. Nurses graced his room praying for him and remarking about the presence of God’s glory. We lifted them up as they sometimes came in with bloodshot eyes grieved over all that they were experiencing with COVID deaths. They felt great peace in his room. They cared for him as if he was their own dad, brother, or father. My son-in-law set up a trailer on the premises. For three weeks, the hospital allowed me to stay. They did not say a thing to me or make me leave. I could not bear to be far away from him. He has been my partner for over 50 years. (Thirteen when I met him and 14 when we started dating.) We have served together in ministry for 40 years. Click HERE to read his obituary.
 
I am seeking counsel and our board will be active in supporting me during this time. I expect God’s amazing guidance to continue. I expect God’s work to continue and even increase among those that we have invested in over the years. We are seeing grace multiplied.

We covet your prayers for our family and the ministry during the coming months. We pray God’s richest blessings for you in 2022!
 
 
                                                            Click below to view Tom's memorial:
 
 
 

 
Goal of Mission:
Building Individuals Families Marriages
As we pour oil and wine into the wounds of the broken we strive to fulfill Christ's example to love after the pattern of the Good Samaritan. Life is more manageable when lived out in the setting of genuine Christian fellowship and accountability. The goal of the mission is to join with the local church and other organizations to form a networking partnership. As we reach out together, helping the community in practical and spiritual ways, we proclaim the message that...Jesus Cares.
 
BACKGROUND
History:
Jesus Cares Ministries has been helping people in crisis since 1980 and has been incorporated since 1983. For over thirty years, we provided a safe place for pregnant and troubled teens, many of whom had been physically and sexually abused. Jesus Cares Ministries Maternity Program offered a live-in program, as well as counseling, referrals, and an outreach to family members of our residents. From 1997- 2009 Jesus Cares Ministries Men's Program serviced those struggling with homelessness due to the bondage of addiction cycles. F.I.T. (Families In Transition)  Housing operated in the valley from 2009 - 2016 reaching out to couples and individuals by providing safe, affordable housing. We have witnessed firsthand how various unresolved abuse and trauma issues experienced in the past can significantly impact the future stability of individuals, therefore impacting the family dynamic. Working alongside the local church, we mentored our residents by offering various professional and ministry services. The ministry offers training tools and support to other ministries/churches wanting to stabilize individuals/families in a live-in or outreach setting.
 
 
 CURRENT OUTREACHES
 
Community Outreach Expansion:
In the past few years we have had opportunities to receive more skill and training in counseling specifically targeted to those struggling with addictions, grief, and past trauma. Biblical counsel, conferences and workshops for the community, housing referrals and assistance, parenting classes, money management, stewardship mentoring, annual retreats, and various support services are offered in a discipleship setting. We have developed our own curriculum, as well as utilized the resources of other ministries to make available the best possible Christ-centered tools for mending hearts and lives.

Respite Care:
After years of working with those struggling with addictions as well as coming alongside of those whose spouses were struggling, the ministry saw a desperate need to develop a respite program for women. This short-term respite care provides a quiet place for clients we are mentoring. They have an opportunity, in a safe and nurturing setting, to put their focus on Christ and learn some tools that will help them make healthier choices for their future.
 
If you need our services or know of someone who does, please feel free to call us at 480-831-1737.
 

Jesus Cares Ministries, Inc. is a Tax Exempt Organization under IRS code 501(C) (3). Our Tax Exempt number is 94-2876518. All donations are tax deductible.