WHO DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVE?
Rest Ministries is a Christian organization that serves those who live with chronic illness or pain, and their families. We represent all kinds of conditions including autoimmune illness, chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, osteo-arthritis, lupus, chronic migraines, fibromyalgia, back pain from a car accident, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Even those with cancer may find there are life-long side effects of the treatments and extreme fatigue.
WHAT IS THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
According to the 2002 US Census Bureau 96% of illness is invisible. This means that these people do no use a cane or any assistive device and may look perfectly healthy. As the founder of National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week held annually in September, I believe it’s important to remind people that many of those who live with illness look perfectly healthy and yet may be in deep pain. It’s a time to educate those who do not live with illness about how to encourage a chronically ill friend; it’s a time to bring those with illness together and allow them to feel validated that their pain really exists; and it’s a time to increase communication and understanding between those with illness and those who care about them.
HOW DO YOU HELP THEM?
We provide spiritual, emotional, relational, and practical support through a variety of programs and resources, including:
- HopeKeepers groups
- Online communities
- Daily devotionals
- Bible studies and small group materials.
- Rest Ministries Sunroom online social network
- Sponsor of Invisible Illness Awareness Week
We also seek to bring an awareness and a change in action throughout churches in the US, in regard to how people who live with chronic illness or pain are served, and teach churches effective ministry tools in ministering to this population. One tool for this purpose is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, of which we are the founders and sponsors.
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