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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

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Rest Ministries for more than 5 years. I know from experience what a wealth of helpful information this organization provides to those with chronic health conditions. The director does a wonderful job of providing various resources and does a great job of responding to questions and concerns in a timely and caring manner.

I know many people who are benefiting from this organization and am so thankful for this resource to those with chronic pain and illness.