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Last year we were all excited about finding the dashboard scriptures (we still love them!) This year, our favorite product at the retail show is the xx Cross. Designed by a woman who was going through a difficult time, she held a piece of clay and rubbed it and it ended up forming a cross. She took it to a designer who made this beautiful hand-crafted wooden cross that fits perfectly into your hand to grasp. Now... my right hand is deformed... and it fits into my hand perfectly too! My mom and I could just envision the peace that passes understanding as people with illness, in assistive living, with disabilities, etc. were still able to get their hands around this beautiful cross and lift it up to the Lord when the words don't come. Who needs a worry rock when you've got a cross in your hand?

They retail for $15, but we are knocking the price down because we'd love to see you enjoy it. It also comes in a beautiful box with a story about the cross.




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Hi Friends,Lisa Copen


Thanks for all your prayers,

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Lisa Copen
Rest Ministries Director and Founder

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National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week Theme Announced


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Have you visited the new Rest Ministries web site yet?

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A Sunroom Annoucement...



Richard and his wife Selpher are Pastors and Missionaries in Kenya. They are on our mailing list and have offered great prayer support for Rest Ministries despite their own challenges. Richard recently wrote to me (Lisa) when he received the first new issue of hopenotes... I encourage you to visit their web site and read more about their ministry. There are also some wonderful photos of their ministry. I asked him to share more about what is going on in their lives so that we could pray for them as well. His response is below.

Dear Lisa,

So sorry for the sickness [you have experienced]. We have been remembering you in our prayers-- as our prayer team is always in prayer for all saints and the prayer requests sent to us every Saturday.

We had wondered as to what happened to hopenotes as they have always encouraged us. I have been busy all through due to the refugees in our church that came ranning for help when we had trible clashes here soon after the presidential elections were announced last year on the 30th December 2007. God has been good to us as we have in this time of trauma had to believe God for victory.

God bless you and look forward for your kind reply to us.

Pastor Richard and Selpher,


Dear Lisa and friends,

Greetings from Kenya again! It may have taken some time to reach to you again but I just wanted to let you know and celebrate with us the victory and miracle the Lord has done to our family during our time of silence. You may understand that Kenya has been facing some great difficulties and civil wars have been the talk of Kenyans and the whole nation had been immersed in the fire of conflict due to the disputed presidential election results that were announced on 30th Dec. 2007.

The story of Kenya falling apart was that top story to almost every country’s newspapers, radios and church pulpits in the whole world. During this time, the house we were staying in was set on flame the day we were at the church holding the Sunday services and we lost all things in that fire. Praise God that our family was protected by God. A few of our friends were told of this story but we withheld it from others. Soon after things had began settling down, we had to get to the bank and the bank gave us a soft loan and we bought a small farm in Bungoma city. We had to construct a house and now we have moved in there.

After the conflict we learned a lesson of staying amidst your own people, the people of your own language, as Africa is full of ethnic wars. This is a true story in Africa for due to many tribes and the colonial government divided the lands in tribal basis, when they went back the governments that took over after them again favored their own people--chasing people in a place and forcing people of their tribes there-- so this is a continuous problem in the African lands.

One lady called Indira Patro, a friend whom we have known for sometime, sent us some funds to begin constructing at home. The Lord told us not to build at home and we kept the few materials. When we got the land, we had to get the materials to be used in this construction.

As I write, I have a prayer request to bring across for your prayer. I have two children born to me Blessed Richard and Gifted Richard. Schools have opened and now other children have gone to school and cleared their fees but mine are still. Since I relocated to the new home, problems have also increased due to the loan one of it is paying fees for over five orphans and now my little children.

Soon after relocating, we have been shopping for a good school and lastly we found one and they need Ksh 34,800, we have paid Ksh8,000 and now we are stranded on how to get the Ksh 26,800 to clear the fees now that we have been give a grace period of two weeks. Please remember us in prayer in this area. We believe prayer moves any mountain. Pray for us believers.

Pastor Richard and Selpher

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Podcaster Shares the Word of God Despite Chronic Pain and... Being in Her 70's

After several falls, breaking both hips and moving to assisted living, Barbara Ingersoll , in her 70’s had given up hope of ever again having an active ministry. But God does work in mysterious ways. These days she is ministering to many more women than she ever thought possible through the aid of technology and without ever leaving the comfort and safety of her home. Her daughter, Bridgette Mongeon, in Houston, Texas, and her granddaughter Christina Diliberto, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, call her once a week to pull from her wisdom and share their own spiritual growth, recording each session in an online podcast called Inspirations- Generations and sharing it over the Internet with women all over the world. The Generations podcast can be found and downloaded for free from the God’s Word website at . CD compilations of the Generations podcast are made available through the God’s Word website if net access is not available.

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Do you have an adult child living with you (or elsewhere) whose life has you tied up in knots?

Are their self-destructive choices, addictions and/or life-style breaking your heart and causing you (and perhaps other family members) pain and anguish? If so, help is on the way! Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children - Six Steps to Hope & Healing for Struggling Parents is a new book by Allison Bottke, author of the God Allows U-Turns series. It was released in February 2008 from Harvest House. It's an excellent book for moms and dads alike to read when you feel torn between wanting to rescue your adult children and keep them safe, and also wondering if it's the right thing for their lives! Allison is a friend of Lisa Copen's (founder of Rest Ministries) and Lisa personally recommends this book whole-heartedly. For support groups visit Sanity Support.



Coming Soon! There just have not been enough hours in the day!

Log on at the Hope Endures web site to hear the broadcast. You can either listen to it online, with your MP3 or ipod player, or... you can call a phone number and listen to it over the phone. Stay tuned... because once we have a selection of shows they will also be available on CD.


Thank you to our kind friends who tell us how Rest Ministries is making a difference. We share this with you, not to toot our own horn, but because so many of YOU ARE our ministry! Your kindness to strangers in the Sunroom, your answering prayer requests, writing devotionals, or encouraging devotional writers... You are all appreciated and we want you to hear just how much God uses you ever day!



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Did you know we really need your prayers? In the last few months we've had volunteers who have suffered heart attacks, lost their home, lost a loved one, had additional illnesses diagnosed and more.

Our ministry is blessed, but at the same time we have computer crashes, administrative issues and all kinds of things that just remind us that though God is in control, the enemy desperately wants to slow us down! We have a great list of things you can pray for us about for 2008. Print it out here and stick it in your Bible or on your fridge, and remember us, okay? It's very appreciated!

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