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Ministries Chronic Illness Organization
Privacy Statement and Tems of Use
Welcome to the
web site of Rest Ministries, Inc., the largest
Christian organization in the USA that specifically
serves the chronically ill. Below you will find
our privacy statement in order to assure you
about your privacy while visiting our web site.
to "Rest Ministries, Inc." below it
refers to the organization. The breakdown of
this is the Board of Directors and then the
President/Director. Lisa Copen, founder and
President is often the one who makes the fast
decisions necessary for online situations, and
she counsels with the Board of Directors or
legal counsel when appropriate or necessary.
considered a valuable part of our leadership
team and are often consulted on decisions that
impact Rest Ministries programs, online and
offline, however, they have no authority in
the decision-making process.
is not a membership-based non-profit. Only board
members have voting and decision-making rights.
Ministries Inc. has a policy to never sell,
lease or rent your confidential information.
However, if it is necessary, we will share
information for legal reasons if requested
by the legal authorities or for safety reasons,
for example, if we feel your life is in
danger we may contact authories.
We want you to feel safe in your online
experience while visiting our web site.
Therefore, it is to your benefit to review
the following information.
never collects personal information without
your knowledge during your visit to our web
site or our program web sites. [This includes
Rest Ministries, Rest Publishers, Rest Ministries
Sunroom, HopeKeepers Magazine, National Invisible
Chronic Illness Awareness Week, etc.]
Ministries does invite you to share your contact
information while online, which typically is
related to the type of service or resource that
you are requestint information on. All information
is voluntary, but certain information may be
required to receive what you are requesting.
For example, you
can request that books be sent to you, but you
must be able to provide a proper mailing address.
You are welcome to express your thoughts, opinions,
concerns or personal experiences. We welcome
suggestions and input.
At times we will
ask you for information besides just your name
and contact information in order to better serve
does not sell, lease or rent your confidential
information. We may, however, send something
to you, such as a postcard, about a HopeKeepers
group starting in your area, a special Hope
Endures Radio guest, or a new book. A guest
on our Hope Endures Radio program may request
to send a mailing on his or her specific program,
but Rest Ministries mails them and does not
distribute your personal information to the
Be aware that
Rest Ministries will always adhere to the law,
which means that if requested, we will disclose
personal information as required by law, such
as in the case of a regulation, court order,
subpoena, search warrant, etc.
be aware that there are various services
Rest Ministries uses for our programs,
most notibly, YahooGroups and Ning (for
Rest Ministries Sunroom). Though these
services state that they do not rent,
lease or sell your personal data, we
have no control over their policies
and we encourage you to read their privacy
statement for detailed information.
you post something in one of these groups
and need it to be removed, we will do
our best to respond promptly to your
request and remove the information.
Since these are third party services,
however, our control is limited and
sometimes restrained by their timeline
that anything you post on the internet
can be made public, even when you are
assured that it's private information.
We encourage you to think twice before
posting personal information about your
illness, children, family, medical situation,
etc. as it could be listed in a search
engine such as Google, for years to
can also be "cached" meaning,
even after it is deleted from a web
site it can still be seen for an indefinate
amount of time. We discourage you from
posting your personal address or phone
number in any public forums and using
discretion when giving it out to people
you have not met.
direct all questions or comments regarding this
or email us here.
and Conditions of Use
you use the web site of Rest Ministries you are
automatically agreeing to our terms and conditions
of use. If you don't agree, please do not use
the web sites of Rest Ministries.
We reserve the right to make any changes at any
on Use of Our Online Materials
All content, written,
audio, video, graphics, etc. is the copyrighted
property of Rest Ministries, Inc.
All trademarks, service marks, and trade names
are proprietary to Rest Ministries, Inc.
Most online articles
can be reprinted for personal use or for the
use of distribution if the "resource box"
and contact information is included. Please
with any questions.
While we don't
mind an individual printing out a devotional
or encourageing article to share with friends,
we don't want to see chunks of our content on
other web sites with not link back to our services.
your discretion in personal use, but do not
share paragraphs of our content to be copied,
reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted,
or distributed in any way.
When using our information we request that you
retains all copyright, trademark and propriety
not make any modifications to the content;
You are not
given permission to download quantities of
materials to a database, server, or personal
computer for reuse for commercial purposes.
We wish to spread
awareness of chronic illness and bring people
closer to Christ, but it is disheartening to
see a video on YouTube where a person basically
reads our brochure and then makes no mention
of Rest Ministries, but rather takes full credit.
Please use Christ-like judgement in your choices.
Your Online Material to Us
All remarks, suggestions,
ideas, graphics, comments, or other information
that you send to Rest Ministries through our
various web sites (other than your personal
contact information), becomes and remains our
property, even if this agreement is later terminated.
This means that
submissions are not confidential and that you
are unable to sue us or request payment for
ideas or content that you submit. If you send
us an email that shares how Rest Ministries
has made a difference in your life, and we want
to use it in our ezine or other publications,
we usually ask persmission to be considerate.
However, we are not required to do so, we will
just not use your last name.
You will not be
compensated financially or otherwise for your
submissions unless prior arrangements have been
made, such as payment for an article. You grant
Rest Ministries a royalty-free, irrevocable,
perpetual, unlimited, world-wide right and license
to use, reproduce, publish, translate, sublicense,
copy, and distribute all such content submitted
by you, in whole or in part, and/or to incorporate
such content in other works in any form, media,
or technology now known or hereafter developed
for the full term of any copyright that may
exist in such content.
These are guidelines
set up to protect the rights of Rest Ministries,
Inc. but on a personal level, we rarely use
information without contacting the individual
and requesting persmission.
About Medical Content
Please note that
NO INFORMATION ON OUR WEB SITE or through other
sources, such as any materials published by
Rest Publishers, audio podcasts, or anything
distributed or recommened by Rest Ministries
should be considered a substitute for professional
medical advice and information.
that Rest Ministries provides is considered
general health information in nature. One should
aways contact their personal physician before
making any changes that Rest Ministries provides,
such as alternative treatments, a diet, exercise
or any other content or advice.
of Submissions & Monitoring Online Postings
Please know that
by using our web site you are acknowledging
that you are responsible for any submission
you make including its legality, reliability,
appropriateness, originality, and copyright.
Rest Ministries is not responsible.
retains the right to monitor any content from
any of our programs, discussions, chats, forums,
postings, transmissions and bulletin boards.
Rest Ministries is not under a legal obligation
to do so and Rest Ministries assumes no responsibility
or liability arising from the content of an
online posting; however, as a Christian ministry
the appropriateness of postings is one of our
is the sole authority on questions of appropriateness.
By using our web site you agree not to post
on or transmit through this web site any content
or comments that is unlawful; libelous; constitutes
an invasion of privacy; harmful; threatening;
abusive; harassing; defamatory; vulgar; obscene;
sexually explicit; profane; hateful; racially,
ethnically, encourage what could be considered
a criminal offense, or otherwise objectionable
in any manner.
has the right in its sole discretion to edit,
refuse to post or remove any material submitted
to or posted on any part of our web site.
Any of this material
constitutes a breach of your agreement to the
reserves the right in its sole discretion to
prohibit any conduct, communications, content,
or use of this web site, and to remove any content
or communications, which in its sole discretion
it finds objectionable or unacceptable in any
manner. Though we try to be reasonable, we are
a Christian organization and expect that people
know what is considered objectionable. When
certain situations occurs, such as vulgar photos
are uploaded to your Sunroom profile, you may
not receive a second chance. While we seek to
use Christ-like leadership and be polite in
our explanation of why your ability to be involved
in our ministry has been terminated, we respect
the individuals or our ministry too much to
risk their additional exposure to inappropriate
If we discover
that you are posting material from another source
in one of our forums without permission, you
will be asked to remove it promptly. Rest Ministries
also retains the right to remove it without
permission from a group participant or "owner."
We understand that it's usually a misunderstanding
of copyright issues when this occurs, but Rest
Ministries respects the law and copyright issues
of other companies and individuals and will
not condone it by allowing our forum to be a
place for breaking this law.
MINISTRIES, INC WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES
OR INJURY THAT ACCOMPANY OR RESULT FROM YOUR USE
OF ANY OF ITS SITES.
THESE INCLUDE (BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO) DAMAGES
OR INJURY CAUSED BY ANY:
> USE OF (OR INABILITY TO USE) THE SITES
> USE OF (OR INABILITY TO USE) ANY SITE TO
WHICH YOU HYPERLINK FROM OUR SITES
> FAILURE OF OUR SITES TO PERFORM IN THE MANNER
YOU EXPECTED OR DESIRED
> ERROR ON OUR SITES
> OMISSION ON OUR SITES
> INTERRUPTION OF AVAILABILITY OF OUR SITES
> DEFECT ON OUR SITES
> DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION OF OUR
> COMPUTER VIRUS OR LINE FAILURE
> PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY
> DAMAGES INTENDED TO COMPENSATE SOMEONE DIRECTLY
FOR A LOSS OR INJURY
> DAMAGES REASONABLY EXPECTED TO RESULT FROM
A LOSS OR INJURY (KNOWN IN LEGAL TERMS AS >
> OTHER MISCELLANEOUS DAMAGES AND EXPENSES
RESULTING DIRECTLY FROM A LOSS OR INJURY (KNOWN
IN LEGAL TERMS AS "INCIDENTIAL DAMAGES.")
WE ARE NOT LIABLE EVEN IF WE'VE BEEN NEGLIGENT
OR IF OUR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED
OF THE POSSIBILITIY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR BOTH.
HOWEVER, IN ANY EVENT, OUR LIABILITY TO YOU FOR
ALL LOSSES, DAMAGES, INJURIES, AND CLAIMS OF ANY
AND EVERY KIND (WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARE CLAIMED
UNDER THE TERMS OF A CONTRACT, OR CLAIMED TO BE
CAUSED BY NEGLIGLENCE OR OTHER WRONGFUL CONDUCT,
OR THEY'RE CLAIMED UNDER ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY)
WILL NOT BE GREATER THAN THE AMOUNT YOU PAID TO
ACCESS OUR SITES.
Ministries reserves the right to make changes
be announced in a hopenotes ezine and it is your
responsibility to be aware of policy updates.
of This Agreement
agreement is effective until terminated by either
Rest Ministries Inc or you. By providing material
or services on web sites, we do not in any way
promise that any programs or content will remain
available to you. Rest Ministries is entitled
to terminate or change any or all of it's web
site, content, or programs without notice.
and Other Points to Consider
Inc. was incorporated under the laws of California,
in the United States of America. If you use
our sites from locations outside of the United
States, you are responsible for compliance with
any applicable local laws.
they create, at any time, simply by updating
this posting and without notice to you. This
is the ENTIRE agreement regarding all the matters
that have been discussed.