The Olive Branch Christian Fellowship
FOR JONATHAN’S SAKE MINISTRIES
A COMPASSIONATE MINISTRY OF THE OLIVE BRANCH CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
1101 Columbus Ave, Waco, TX 76701 ~ Mail: PO Box 5690 Waco, TX 76708
A 501(c)3 non-profit organization
We are beginning a new Ministry in the Waco area to serve the needs of Disabled
Individuals that reside in group homes or are homebound. There are many who are
autistic, blind, have palsy or some other crippling infirmity. Our goal is to provide
essential necessities and motivational items for these lovely ones. Imparting unto them
joy, a smile on their faces and laughter in their voices.
What if someone in your family was a special needs person and you were just finding out
about it? What would you do?
Wouldn’t you want to make sure they are given the care and the love they needed from
family and friends?
Many of these individuals have family that do not live close by or are distant by choice;
some have no family left at all. We want to close that gap and stand in love for
You can be a part of delivering this compassion and support they need. With this Ministry
(F.J.S.M.) we want to take them from being Forgotten, to being Remembered and
Restored; to overcome their obscurity and sometimes rejection from society.
Think of the joy that will radiate from them when they receive gifts on Birthdays and
Holidays. Many times these loving and sometimes lonely people are not part of the
celebrations that is a normal part of our lives. On these special occasions we will be
handing out gifts, providing activities and singing them into a realm of happiness,
ministering the love of Christ and healing to them.
There are many various items needed, such as toiletries, sight pleasing / motivational
décor for their rooms, games and activities geared for their abilities, etc.
We invite you to share in the love and joy we will shower them with.
We would be pleased to receive items, funds or gift certificates in order to meet
We pray it has been set upon your heart to help as it has been set upon
Thank you and may you be Blessed for your compassion and donations.
The Ministry Team of F.J.S.M.
Richard Ogles ~ President
Tina Contreras ~ Vice President
Please check back at this webpage for updated news on what we are accomplishing. As
you partner with us, we will provide a listing of facilities we are presently ministering to.
Would you please keep these lovely ones lifted in prayer for strength and healing?
“Bringing Life and Hope through Love”
The history behind this new effort is a Christmas Story.
Last year as our Worship/Choral team were gathered at a few of the local group homes
to give forth the joyous sounds of Christmas Carols we were overcome with a burning
heart for the residents. Their faces were alight with merriment, the staff joined in the
celebration and a really good opportunity to present Christ’s love came forth.
The images of these lovely people and their response stayed upon our minds for weeks.
We returned to speak with the staff and found at that time, there was no ‘helps ministry’
set in place for the residents, for Christmas presents or any other festive activities.
We also came to realize at that time, they are required to purchase their own personal
grooming items with the limited funds they are allotted, once care expenses are deducted
from their income.
We know now there is a calling here for all of us who are well and able, to come to their
aid, for necessities, fun and practical items that provide joy and motivation.
Thus the idea “For Jonathan’s Sake Ministries” was formed. We are ready to take on
this mission, for the sake of LOVE. We pray you also will be drawn to help us infuse
them with lightheartedness.
You may ask, “how did we come about for the name of this Ministry?” The answer to that
is found in 2 Samuel chapter 4 verse 4. And 2 Samuel chapter 9. Saul was Israel’s first
King, Jonathan was Saul’s son. David (of David and Goliath) and Jonathan were best of
friends who fought together in the Israelite Army.
Jonathan had a son who upon an attack on their home, the nursemaid picked up the
young boy of 5 and ran with him; in her hurry to get away, she fell, and the boy was
maimed in both feet and became crippled. His name was Mephibosheth. In later years,
after both King Saul and Jonathan had met their demise, David became King. He
remembered his dear friend Jonathan.2 Samuel chapter 9 tells of David’s
kindness to Mephibosheth, the crippled son of Jonathan. So here we are in 2015 feeling
a tug on our hearts from God to show kindness to those who have been
for them to be
and to see that they are
to a place of acknowledgement in society and
to have a fundamental share of joy in their lives.
We, as a compassionate group of people working together can accomplish this mission.
“Is there still anyone who is left in the House of Saul, that I may show him
kindness for Jonathan’s sake ?” 2 Samuel 9:1 (King David)