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Rest 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.

When referring 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.

Volunteers are 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.

Rest Ministries is not a membership-based non-profit. Only board members have voting and decision-making rights.

Privacy Policy

Rest 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.

Collection of Information

Rest Ministries 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.]

However, Rest 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 you.

Rest Ministries 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 guest.

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.

Programs

Please 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.

If 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 and useability.

Remember 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 come.

It 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.

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Questions or Suggestions
Please direct all questions or comments regarding this privacy policy to Rest Ministries, Inc at 888-751-7478 or email us here.
Terms and Conditions of Use
When 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 time.
Restrictions 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 contact us 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.

Therefore, use 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 understand:

  • Rest Ministries retains all copyright, trademark and propriety notices;
  • You should 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.

Submitting 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.

Information 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.

The 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.

Appropriateness 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.

Rest Ministries 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 priorities.

Rest Ministries 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.

Rest Ministries 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 terms of use of Rest Ministries, Inc. web sites.

Rest Ministries 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 content.

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.

Limitation of Liability
REST 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 SITES
> COMPUTER VIRUS OR LINE FAILURE
> PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING:
> 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 > CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.")
> 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.
Changes
Rest Ministries reserves the right to make changes to this privacy policy. Any policy updates will be announced in a hopenotes ezine and it is your responsibility to be aware of policy updates.

Termination of This Agreement
This 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.
Jurisdiction and Other Points to Consider

Rest Ministries, 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.

Rest Ministries, Inc may modify these Terms of Use, and the agreement 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.

 




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