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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The “Dispensary of Hope” Offers Medications

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Every time we hear about medications being distributed for free at low cost it seems we don’t qualify. But I still believe that if you need the medications, you should continue to pursue every resource you hear about because you never know when you may find the service that works for you!

Perhaps The Dispensary of Hope could be one of your options (Don’t you love that name? I kind of wish that was Rest Ministries tag line, “The Dispensary of Hope.) This organization is “a young and growing not-for-profit network of prescription drug contributors, collection and distribution sites, and dispensing medical centers – all designed to assist people who can’t afford needed drugs (income below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines) and lack the insurance to cover them.”

They even have a mail-order pharmacy to provide direct patient access to assistance programs.

According to them, about 1,000 medical practices in the U.S. donate drug samples that otherwise would be  destroy (worth tens of millions of dollars) . They are donated to a 30-location med dispensary system and this system hands out  100,000 prescriptions a year to low-income patients.

For details see “How it Works” at their web site. They also have a blog with M-F posts from guest bloggers. With the USA’s healthcare reform on the table, you will find some interesting information here including a recent post, Increasing Medicaid Enrollment + Doctor Shortage + Fewer Docs taking Medicaid = Tough times for those in need.



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The “Times” Can Bring Fresh Awareness

Last winter I got into  a conversation with someone about what I believed 2009 would hold for illness ministry in the church. I predicted that pastors may become more aware of how many people live with chronic illness.

60505789.thb I thought this because:

  • Stress can make an illness be triggered or exasperated and so illnesses may actually increase or make  pain levels more  unbearable.
  • More families will seek counsel. The stress in relationships, finances, loss of jobs, etc. will bring more people who are willing to ask for assistance in their marriages or relationships.
  • More people may seek financial help who would not have before. When church’s asked why families or individuals had gotten themselves into these financial predicaments, a great deal of time it would come down to medical expenses.

I just read this quote in the Minstry Today newsletter and it was a good reminder as to the fact that:

(1) pastors are becoming more aware of just how many people are hurting;

(2) they really do care! Now may be an appropriate time to approach them about starting a HopeKeepers Group or perhaps having a table after church for Invisible Illness Week.

“It’s important for us [pastors] to be in touch with the people we are speaking to and speak in a way that is understandable and bring the relevant, powerful, life-transforming message of the Word of God to them. It’s just something I have interest in. I want to know what people are thinking, what they are facing, what they are grappling with. … One thing I’ve become very aware of in recent days is just how many suffering people there are out there, people that are hurting. It’s been said that if you preach to people who are suffering, you will never lack for an audience. There certainly is a large audience of people who are in pain today.” —Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship

Your thoughts? Have you approached pastoral care recently at your church for one of the above reasons?

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