Rest Ministries

Rating: 4.83 stars   29 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
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1 person found this review helpful

Rest Ministries was an oasis in my desert journey, giving me a place to find comfort and supportive, informative and encouraging messages. What I find makes this a unique and effective ministry and help to others is that it founder and those writing the devotional are all fellow sufferers and speak from an "I've been there" place. This lets those who are just coming to terms with illness see that there is life with illness, you are not a lost cause. It also gives those who are journeying with illness and disability the opportunity to contribute, and make a difference in someone else's life which is also a huge thing!! I am very grateful for this resource and the many people who suffer on and let others into their lives by being contributing members!!! Thanks!!!

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Rest Ministries is a wonderful website. I suffer from chronic pain and have for years. The posts on the Rest ministries site are always encouraging and uplifting. They help me get through tough days. I don't know what I would do without this site and the individuals who post on it.

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6 people found this review helpful

I've lived with chronic illness for many years & as I became comfortable using the Internet to connect with others in similar circumstances I came across Rest Ministries.
The articles & devotionals are often quick reads, chalk full of hope & support. Being a faith based support the prayers & scripture is another huge aspect of what I love, & find it deeply valuable since I can not separate my faith walk & my chronic illness walk.
Through Rest Ministries I have made multiple friendships that I foresee as being life long, including with Lisa Copen herself.
I highly & often recommend this ministry to others when I find someone needing encouragement.

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5 people found this review helpful

If you need encouragement, compassion and understanding from people who are going through health problems, Rest Ministries is an excellent source of these. The site is just what it claims to be, an illness oasis. There are many resources available to hurting people. I have taken advantage of many of these for years and find this ministry to be unmatched in the world of chronic illness.

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3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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3 people found this review helpful

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.

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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.

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do nothing.

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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.

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

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not change a thing

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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.

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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.

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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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2 people found this review helpful

In 2000, I injured my back after numerous surgeries, I was left in chronic pain. Rest Ministries was a breath of fresh air! To find resources, encouragement, support and ideas from people who experience pain and illness–yet thrive, was a wonderful gift! Now I recommend this site to anyone who has pain or an illness and their friends and caregivers. Each one has found materials to help their specific situation. Rest Ministries provides hope! Rest Ministries is a good source of information presented with great compassion.

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Rest Ministries has provided much information to help me live a full life even in the midst of chronic pain. The hope and encouragement and common sense tips make life enjoyable!

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Make more people aware of it! It's a hidden gem.

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2 people found this review helpful

I discovered Rest Ministries about 8 years ago. it became a big source of support and information in my physical battles with Fibromyalgia, IBS, Depression and Anxiety. Lisa Copen has a heart of service to those within her organization. It provides a link to a world most of us would have no access to - the world of people just like us trying to live day to day. The research provided is vital to all of it's members as we learn to live and work with our various Invisible Illness. I have recommended Lisa Copen and Rest Ministries to many friends who need the support and information provided there.

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

Gaining support and learning more about my illnesses and how to live and treat them daily.

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

Make it more visible to more people

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