The Ministry of Lisa Copen

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

Christian Caregiver Conference a Wonderful Resource!




Nearly 1 in 2 people in the United States live with a chronic condition. Millions of these people have someone special in their life who could be called a caregiver. Caregivers can be anyone from one who has a formal education in caregiving, to a spouse who regards himself simply as a husband who is standing by his wife “in sickness” as he promised. Regardless of how one may describe his or her relationship to the person who lives with illness, however, one thing is certain: they care.


I am excited to announce Rest Ministries as an official endorser of the Someone Cares Christian Caregiver Conference, put on by Lifeway. Organized by Carmen Leal, author of The Twenty-Third Psalms for Caregivers and many other books, this is a conference full of practical tools as well and spiritual nourishment.


Held September 16-18, 2008 at the beautiful Ridgecrest Lifeway Conference Center, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, caregivers will find strength for this journey of caregiving. You may be caring for a chronically ill parent, or have a child who requires your full time care. You may be the mother of an adult child with disabilities, or the spouse of someone who lives with a degenerative chronic condition. Put aside all your previous definitions of the word “caregiver” and seriously consider Someone Cares for your own refreshment.


You will find new friends who share the same joys, frustrations, emotional roller coasters, and laughter through tears. I know you will not walk away the same person, but rather one who has a invigorated passion for loving those you care for, as well as others God places in your path.

As the founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill and author of Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend, I am so excited to have this conference in which to refer caregivers too. I also encourage people who work with the chronically ill and disabled, as well as people who want to learn more how to care for those they love who may be aging and experiencing the loss of some abilities, to attend.


It’s easy to assume that those who know Jesus can naturally care for others without feeling inadequate; that we are blessed with an enduring, never-wavering spirit of accepting God’s challenges with grace; that we are courageous in our journey as a caregiver; and that we never tired of caring for others or want to throw up our hands. None of this is true. Knowing Jesus can make the journey of a caregivers simpler at times, but it is still a journey most people would rather trade for a different kind. It’s exhausting—emotionally, physically and even spiritually.  Just as the one who is ill can know the Lord and still have difficult days and times of wondering about God’s plan, so do the caregivers.


Being able to retreat to a place where you will find both refreshment among friends who share the caregiver’s path, and also the love of Jesus, is one of the greatest gifts that we can give caregivers today. I offer a personal thank you to those who have made Someone Cares Christian Caregiver Conference possible. Consider attending and your life will be overflow with blessings. You can find more information at:




Lisa Copen

Rest Ministries Founder/Director

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