The Ministry of Lisa Copen

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

New Men’s Ministry at Chronic Illness

Men with chronic illness… they may not send over 500 messages a day here at Rest Ministries like us women, but they are here and they are an important part of our ministry.

I recently read about how few men have lupus in article, at thetimesonline.com. One man shares about living with chronic illness.

“You look healthy, so why are you dragging,” Brown said, recalling what people have said. “You have to remind them that you have a chronic illness.” It’s especially hard on men who have a disease that affects mostly women. Hurst recalled visiting his doctor, asking questions about how other men with lupus are handling their disease and coming to grips with it. “He said he didn’t know who to compare me with because he had no other men with lupus,” Hurst said.

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Jeff Kenyon, Men's Ministry

We know that it can be a different experience for men to live with illness than for women. And while we’ve always welcomed men and have tried to provide support for them, I’m happy to say that we have a new volunteer, Jeff Kenyon, who has a Passion (with a capital “p”) for men with chronic illness.

Jeff is leading the “Just Men” group in the Sunroom here. When men email us, we forward their emails to Jeff. We hope that men who are around here, will step forward and visit the Just Men’s group in the Sunroom to help encourage other men. We hope you no longer feel alone.

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