The Ministry of Lisa Copen

Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

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Rest Ministries

An invisible force struck Lisa Copen when she was 24. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, Copen went in search of support and found none.  In response, she started Rest Ministries, an organization for those with illnesses that don’t necessarily have visible physical effects.  An invisible illness can range from diabetes to mental illness.

Copen researched nonprofit organizations and in 1997 she incorporated Rest Ministries.  The ministry, which focuses on those isolated by illness, began with an online newsletter and uplifting emails, which led to devotional group meetings in different communities. The e-mails, group meetings and the Web site all help validate invisible illnesses and help the chronically ill turn to God and avoid anger. Rest Ministries is abound with resources for anyone who wants to learn about invisible illnesses. Copen is trying to create awareness and will have National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week Sept. 10-16. The week will include a number of online events with doctors, counselors, authors and career specialists available in chat rooms on the Web site.

Copen has written eight books and publishes the HopeKeepers magazine and other information sources for the ill as well.  HopeKeepers includes medical advice and spiritual guidance. Copen is also working on a book for mothers. She believes that one in two people have a chronic illness and 96% of chronic illness is invisible.

For more information about Rest Ministries and National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, visit www.restministries.org. -J.S.

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