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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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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

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

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.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rest Ministries has been a wonderful blessing in my life. I have been with them for several years now and I cannot understand why someone who is apparently grumpy with their life would try to discredit all of the good this ministry has accomplished. I cannot say enough wonderful comments about this ministry as it has far reaches into many areas of "struggles" and has literally helped me at times get through my day. My prayers continue to always be with Lisa and this ministry and my hope is that it will continue to be a blessing to many for many more years to come.

6 Diane143

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across Rest Ministries about 2 yrs ago. It was a time when I was very sick andgirst found out would be dealing with chronic illness regularly. i needed encouragement and hope;Both of which I found. As well as a wonderful group of people in various groups who also needed friendship and encouragement. Lisa Copen, the founder, always has done her utmost to help those who frequent RM, to find a place to gain support within the different groups. As well as offering information on various resources available outside of RM too. This ministry is truly a blessing to me and those who come here. Thank you for all your efforts! Diane

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have benefited from Rest Ministries resources since 2000. The encouragement from others living with chronic health challenges - and understanding the needs for understanding and inspiration - are truly met via this site. The online friendships formed ( an option ) also are of benefit for often others who do not live so challenged simply do not understand.

It has never been promoted as a place to get medical advice - clearly its mission statement states otherwise - but it is more the spiritual and emotional support that have it being the top site online to be serving those who are seeking comfort through a life journey that is often filled with times of needing God and others to come in and lift us up.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I First came across Rest Ministries about five years ago when a friend shared one of their devotionals with me. I've been chronically ill for nearly my whole life, but I look healthy and so I struggled with feeling alone and isolated. The ministry made a huge difference for me because the leader, Lisa, struggles similarly and is so authentic yet encouraging. The devotionals help me keep my head in the right place and my focus on Christ. What's more, Lisa is always sharing resources that she hopes will build others up- she's a gifted writer herself and to see someone pour herself out into others even while suffering so much herself is inspiring. The community that Rest Ministries provides is its own little refuge and I love how encouraging people are there! I started writing on a volunteer basis a little more than a year ago and having an opportunity to serve others has been a blessing. From that side of it, I have been amazed at how much heart and soul I see being put into the running of the organization. It's something I really feel proud to be a part of. Lisa gives so much so people can have a safe place all for free. Check out their Pinterest boards too! So supportive and encouraging!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4 Kara M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.