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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Counseling, Health, Mental Health, Religion, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: RM serves people who live with chronic illness or pain by providing spiritual, emotional relational and practical support. Rest Ministries also equips church in the US to minister to and with the chronically ill. Through programs and resources we seek to transform hurting Christians into disciples and un-believers into Christians who live with faith and hope.

Target demographics: people with chronic and invisible illness discover the joy and hope that life can hold, despite unpredictability and suffering.

Programs: We are Rest Ministries, an encouragement ministry for those with chronic illness. We provide an oasis of comfort through pain, while nourishing spiritual growth through our peer-to-peer mentoring environment. We embolden churches to confidently and powerfully reach out to the the invisible community of the chronically ill by teaching churches about the chronically ill's challenges and strengths, through tools, resources, and communication. The result it that a church's good intentions are bolstered into the most efficient ways to, not only reach out to the chronically ill, but to have them become an integral and influential part of your community. The social network The Sunroom which includes over 4000 people and a variety of programs, HopeKeepers groups in over 300 churches around the world, daily devotionals, articles, and our bookstore http://chronicillnessbooks.com

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been blessed numerous times by the devotions. Encouragement has flowed freely through the writings,prayers and bios. Thank you and blessings to everyone,

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is with great anticipation that I look for my email from Rest Ministries each day. The emails are especially important when I feel my worst. Sometimes that is physically worse than "my normal", sometimes it is an emotionally challenging day and at times they are one in the same. It always helps to know that others are having the same kind of day I am and it is not because of the old saying "misery loves company". It is always reassuring to hear how other's who are dealing with similar issues as myself with such amazing grace and a sense that they are not alone; God is always right there and offering us more than enough love, empathy, and peace than we can make use of. Thanks to everyone who creates the community that is Rest Ministries!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am 39, married with two small children, and have suffered with chronic illness for 15+ years. Life looks so different for me when compared to other men my age. Family and friends (even close ones), often don't ''get" chronic illness and the upheaval it brings life. But, thankfully, Rest Ministries gets it! This ministry has been a lifeline of hope and encouragement on so many days when I feel like it is too hard to go on. Thank you, God, for putting Rest Ministries into my life.

2 Barbara225

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rest Ministries is such a blessing! I don't have to explain myself, or worry about being judged, because we are all in the same boat. The daily meditations are so comforting. So glad I found this group!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rest Ministries is the first place I refer others who are suffering from a chronic illness. Even those who are not of the same faith are thankful for the wonderful encouragement they receive. It has supported and lifted me up more times than I could count, especially when I have reached the end of my rope and want to give up completely!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Rest Ministries has been an avenue that God has used in my life to meet sweet friends in the Lord and regain my hope and strength in HIm. It continues to be a place that I can find both understanding, and fellowship that helps me cope with chronic illness. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Lisa Copen, for all the effort & hours you have given to make this supportive ministry available to all of us who are dealing with chronic illness. May God richly bless you for being such a blessing to so many!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lisa Copen, founder of Rest Ministries, is dedicated to those who have chronic illness. Challenged by chronic illness herself, Lisa has brought insight and wisdom to those who experience multiple, daily battles. Rest Ministries is a safe haven.....enfolding people who hurt......giving voice when most suffer in silence. I offer sincere gratitude .....thank you, blessings.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Rest Ministries has been a wonderful resource in my journey as a Christian with chronic illness. The daily devotionals I receive are encouraging and remind me that I'm not alone in my struggles with pain and illness. The site has many other resources as well. The founder, Lisa Copen, has worked hard to keep this site going while dealing with her own chronic illness. Both she and her website have been a source of inspiration and encouragement to me.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rest Ministries has been a life saver for me, helping me through really tough times. Lisa has created a safe, loved filled place for those of us with chronic illnesses to come and find support, understanding, and true compassion. The support I have received from RM has helped me deal with my life in a much more positive manner. When I can come and tell people who truly understand what has happened today, and receive a kind of understanding that I don't get elsewhere in my life, I can carry on again. I love RM and would hate to be without it. Thank you so much Lisa.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found this wonderful site, Rest Ministries, one night at my lowest point with chronic invisible illnesses a few years ago. Lisa Copen has set up a special site that has helped me to cope each & every day since! Sharing with others who truly understand has been a massive blessing during this lonely illness journey. I've made wonderful world-wide friends here & even met 3 of them in flesh!! Faith journeys shared here are a brilliant light in dark times! Thank you Lisa!