Rest Ministries

Rating: 4.82 stars   28 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.
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
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Rest Ministries and Lisa Copen, its founder, has been a rock for me for years. It has gotten me through times when I just couldn't go on. But through their support, I have. I've been with them so long they are just a part of my life. I don't know what I'd do without them. We all encourage the other.

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5 people found this review helpful

This organisation provides a fabulous on-line support service to people with chronic conditions. It enables people with a variety of health conditions to connect with each other through the use of on-line forums. I have joined the group for people with fibromyalgia and I enjoy connecting with newly found friends from across the globe. It is a lovely community to be a part of and it is great to be able to chat with people who understand

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4 people found this review helpful

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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4 people found this review helpful

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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3 people found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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