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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

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 1

I've had a terrible experience with the site owner of Rest Ministries Sunroom. Last night she posted on my FB wall publicly a screenshot she took of a private conversation I had with another woman on Rest Ministries Sunroom which is suppose to be a 'closed site' and private. Then she deleted the conversation from her site. Then she publicly made false accusations against me. Then, this morning, she made a post telling outright lies about me. I have it all saved. I am soon to be 64. and crippled. I am also a bereaved mom of 5. I had a book published 2/15/17 to give God the Glory and to get my son's poems published that he wrote before his death. I shared an article I had just written with another woman to encourage her to write in her loneliness and Lisa accused me of promoting my book. The article is not from my book. Then she said that they spent hours talking to me which are blatant lies. She has a non-profit, sells books she has published along with numerous other items to the handicapped, runs a 'store' from which she sells these items, then she says she needs donations to pay for her internet. Have you seriously checked out this person?

Samantha94

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the stories, anytime I'm feeling down about being sick I come here for some great insight about God's word and am comforted seeing that even though we fight a never ending battle we can still be active in spreading God's word. I have also bought Lisa's book and love it, and it has been apart of my push to speak about God's promises to others who desperately need to hear it. -Samantha

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!

2 Allison F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I live far away from my TN family. I discovered Rest Ministries through the daily devotions. I have found a second family of caring, supportive, and understanding people through this wonderful ministry. I thank God for the vision and dedication of Lisa Copen and the men and women who are a part of this community. I've gained confidence to share my journey with others, and I'm always thankful for the advice, coping skills, and insight that get shared with me.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found RestMinistries through an on-line Bible study in the fall, 2011. This was at a time in my life when I had just been diagnosed and was experiencing many life changes. RM helped provide a spiritual and emotional support. I also met some new friends dealing with similar issues.
RM is a wonderful Christian site that ministers to chronically ill. Lisa Copen, its founder, works tirelessly and is an inspiration. RM has helped me retain my hope and belief in God despite illness.
I now have the privilege of writing for RM. I am thankful for this opportunity and site.

7 musical_maria

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i am both a "client served" and a volunteer, gave me purpose via being able to share my experiences with others and help them out the way the daily devotionals have helped me; a real blessing at my lowest points

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

7 Lorna10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rest Ministries is a phenomenal source of comfort and support to persons with varying types of illness, discomfort or disabilities. After I accidentally encountered it about 3 years ago I began to write devotions for their website, receiving much support for my own disabilities and awesome respect for those involved in the entire ministry. It provides a caring and supportive community plus resources for those who need it. I heartily endorse what they are doing and what they have achieved. We need more groups like this. June Stevenson