REST MINISTRIES

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Health, Religion

Location: PO Box 502928 San Diego CA 92150 USA

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.
Programs: The social network The Sunroom which includes over 2000 people and a variety of programs, HopeKeepers groups in over 300 churches around the world, daily devotionals, articles, and our bookstore http://chronicillnessbooks.com

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I am always looking for resources for individuals who face physical and emotional challenges in life. I have a sister in Christ who was a tremendous support to me and my family during the illness of my only brother until his death. Even as she herself has a painful chronic health condition she has always been willing to reach out and share her love with others. Although my health issues are far less challenging than many, I want to be a light in the lives of others. I have found this website helpful because of the stories that are shared which I can selectively pass on to others in certain situations. Great Job!!!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have COPD and have found Lisa's website comforting when I am not feeling well. It is a wonderful welcoming sie for those suffering from chronic illness and chronic pain.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

strength, calmness in times of feeling defeated.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing. It is well thought out and easy to read.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rest Miistries is is an awesome site for those with or know someone with chronic pain. As a person with COPD, Lisa's site has helped me realize that I am not the only one that has good and bad days. Her kindness, humor, and strenght are admired.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

i learned to let go of thinking I had to do everything perfect. If I have a day where it is hard to breathe, I rest. I take better care of myself.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've followed Rest Ministries for over 5 years. It has been a life savor for me in many ways. I'm stuck at home with Rheumatoid Arthritis and some other autoimmune disorders. Lisa is so encouraging and the daily emails to support me are wonderful. We also give to it on a monthly basis. That in itself should say something. Thank you, Lisa, and all who volunteer at Rest Ministries.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It has been a real important reason for me to not despair while I deal with my chronic illnesses.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I initially found Rest Ministries when I was in some yahoogroups and people would sometimes post the encouraging daily devotions. They're special, because they're written by and for people w/ chronic illness and/or pain. But RM does so much else--they have a great site for support and information, a Sunroom to meet others, in-person local support groups called HopeKeeper's and an emphasis on invisible illness. It's really helpful for people to know they're not alone and that we're dealing w/ similar issues even when we don't have the same illnesses; and to be able to educate our families, employers, church members and the public about how everyone's illness is different and not to judge others w/ an illness or disability. It's hard for people to understand the variability of an illness among different people--and how even the same person can feel very different from day to day and just because they can something one day doesn't mean they can the next. Or why it's hard to plan ahead and commit, since we never know how we're going to feel. Or that we can try to do certain things, but we have to save up energy, pace ourselves, rest a long time afterward and really pay for these decisions we have to make about how we "spend" our energy. I'm so blessed that I don't have as much pain as a lot of other people and that I'm also still able to do as much as I can physically. Lisa Copen, the founder and director, is so very affected by her RA and fibromyalgia, but she has been able to do so much w/ this ministry and has been able to work through her pain and fatigue to keep this ministry going. She has such a strong heart for helping others and ministering to the hurting, whether that pain is physical, emotional or spiritual.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

So many people's lives have been touched by the support and encouragement they've received from this ministry--they tell me all the time how much it's helped them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give Lisa more local volunteers that are well enough to help her in the physical ways they could help w/ the ministry and well enough to provide their own transportation, be reliable, etc. and also virtual volunteers. But since we serve those w/ chronic illness and pain, most of our volunteers are coping w/ their own illnesses, so we totally understand when people have a hard time w/ long-term commitment. It would also be great if she had enough donations that she could afford to pay herself!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a person with multiple chronic, incurable pain conditions, I was so glad to learn about Rest Ministries from one of my co-workers. I loved the term "Rest Ministries" because it reminded me of the 23rd Psalm: "He restoreth my soul." The daily devotionals were down-to-earth and relevant as I passed from being a full-time worker, to being hospitalized 5 days for severe depression, to realizing 2 weeks later that I had to quit my job for health reasons.(I even wrote a few devotionals myself!) For months we lived on just my husband's unemployment check - he was laid off - while I filed for disability. Rest Ministries kept me sane with its money-saving tips and professional advice on pertinent issues. There is always reassurance and hope there whenever I'm feeling awful or want to hear about new treatments. It's a win-win place to be!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My life as I was able to apply devotionals to my own spiritual life; my friends' lives as they did the same; my transition from worker to disabled non-worker, changing my very identity.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make no changes. Lisa Copen, the founder, has done an outstanding job!

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Hi I would like everyone to know just how wonderful Rest Ministries is. I look forward to the daily devotional everyday. When you suffer with chronic pain & illness, its nice to know someone understands & is going thru the same thing as you. All of the devotionals are wonderful gifts from God. Its awesome how Rest Ministries is founded by someone who knows the Lord as their personal savior. Rest Ministries is one of the best things that has happened to me lately. thank you for providing an outlet for people who are struggling with their conditions, you are giving us hope & a way to the Lord.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

giving me hope to ge thru another day by the grace of God

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rest Ministries has been a lifeline for me in not only "surviving" but "thriving" through chronic illness. I've been blessed by this organization since first connecting with them online in the late 1990s and so appreciate the multiple options for online support (various email subscription options, message boards, website resources, etc.) as well as a great bookstore, local support group options, and reference articles on so many different aspects on daily life with sick.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daily life has been enriched and encouraged by the support resources of Rest Ministries. Be it researching walk in bathtubs, connecting with others dealing with my specific health concerns, or simply needing assurance that I am not alone in my questions or emotions, Rest Ministries is there!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone Lisa Copen so she could continue expanding this amazing support network. She always has so many wonderful ideas that's impossible for her to get them all implemented as quickly as she desires.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Email with organization founder.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Hope that I can keep growing and making a positive difference in the lives of others, even when my health challenges limit my world to a laptop and my bedroom.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about Rest MInistries online a few years ago when dealing with chronic spine issues & severe pain, amongst other chronic & disabling conditions. I found that the founder, Lisa Copen, not only sold very helpful resources & books on her website, but she wrote some as well! Her website & devotionals have given me hope, encouragement & support on most days when I have very little support. Rest Ministries is the BEST non-profit I have ever been involved in (and I myself founded a health non-profit in the past so I speak from experience). Lisa is an amazing woman and the work she does is relevant, needed & paramount to the encouragement to those who suffer in our world today! God bless you Lisa!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been encouraged in my own health journey, and as such was able to encourage others because of Rest Ministries!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are no changes I would make to Rest Ministries! It is well rounded indeed!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rest Ministries has given a voice to the millions of people with Invisible Diseases. Having an Invisible Disease can make life extremely difficult but most of all it makes you feel like you are the only one with your disease. I have found that I am not alone and meaningful help is freely given.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

People on my website responded favorably to knowing about Invisible Disease Awareness Week. I think they also felt like they were not fighting their diseases alone.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I cannot think of anything I would change. New ground is being forged and I think it will continue to grow and evolve as it should.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A friend told me about Rest Ministries more than ten years ago. At that time, I wrote two, maybe three devotionals which RM emailed out with their newsletter. Then, I drifted away into other projects. I can’t remember when I found them again, and it was so different! I have secondary-progressive Multiple Sclerosis and was searching for a Christian site … this was it! They have so many programs available, like the Sunroom where you can connect with others. It’s so important to find others who know, first hand, what you’re going through.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've experienced the support of others. Also, I've bought things from their online store.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

From my end, I can't think of anything to change. From their end, maybe grants or funding (more!) to help with operations.

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