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Rest Ministries

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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The founder is completely unqualified to provide support services to individuals with serious chronic illnesses in my opinion. The founder has no training at all and no stated experience which might otherwise qualify them for providing this kind of support. After reviewing and interacting with this entity as a whole, it certainly seems to be focused on marketing efforts to promote the founders own works. While the 990's filed by this organization report limited revenues and higher debt, knowing from experience that large portions of contributions to religious efforts such as this often come in cash I question the accuracy of the filings. It has also been noted that there is a very real potential for causing harm to individuals with severe and life long illnesses due to the pervasive lack of any qualified or experienced staff members that are knowledgeable, properly trained, licensed or otherwise suited to provide psychotherapy or support services to such fragile and vulnerable populations as the severely disabled which are very much present and seeking support from this entity.

Comments ( 1 )


rest 07/10/2015

This gentleman was incorrigible and hostile to both our readers and volunteers in his 6000-word comments on our website that he posted at 3 AM. Due to his threats and mean-spirited attitude he was quickly banned from our site within hours, yet he still continued to send threatening emails to the volunteer director for a few weeks. It disappoints me that GreatNonprofits does not allow us to request have comments removed from people like this who are not genuine reviewers. His comments bear no merit and his "review" here is an attempt to rebel against our strict policy to remove individuals who threaten others--by ironically--saying we are not equipped to serve individuals with chronic illness. We are a peer-based nonprofit Christian ministry and clearly state this, our experience, and our beliefs on our website.

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2 Belinda A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am always looking for resources for individuals who face physical and emotional challenges in life. I have a sister in Christ who was a tremendous support to me and my family during the illness of my only brother until his death. Even as she herself has a painful chronic health condition she has always been willing to reach out and share her love with others. Although my health issues are far less challenging than many, I want to be a light in the lives of others. I have found this website helpful because of the stories that are shared which I can selectively pass on to others in certain situations. Great Job!!!