Hello, my friend,
Some days it's hard to get out of bed, much less,
log on to the computer and then read through tons
of emails. That's one of the reasons I appreciate
that you've taken the time to open up this email.
I'm torn between feeling eager and excited about
Invisible Illness Week next week and struggling
with coughing, a cold, flaring badly. . . you
know the story.
So I'm going to ask a couple of favors (1)
will you help me spread the word about Invisible
Illness Awareness Week and (2) please, please
pray for our outreach next week as well as for
I'm including one of our press releases below
about Invisible Illness Week. We have a few of
them on the web site and more are scheduled to
come out over the next week. If you have discovered
Rest Ministries and are reading this newsletter,
the odds are that you may be a Christian or someone
who is open to hearing more about Jesus. But there
are millions of people online, who are posting
about the darkness and the depression of living
with illness and they don't have anyone to turn
This is why we have National
Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week -
to provide a 5-day conference online (free!) that
you can benefit from, but also as a way to introduce
Rest Ministries to people who are searching for
hope and a way to get through this life with illness.
Over the next week you will receive some bonus
emails from me. I hope you know this is an exception
and that you won't unsubscribe because of the
As you know, we don't have any funds to be able
to spend extra money on advertising or marketing
of Invisible Illness Week. By letting you know
what's happening with II Week, and you sharing
it with friends, it helps us considerably.
Here is today's press release. Feel free to copy
it and share it anywhere (email friends, post
on Facebook, post on your blog, etc.)
Ill Are Perfect Audience for
Virtual Conference, September 14-18
virtual conference is not the results of budget
cuts for National Invisible Chronic Illness
Awareness Week, but the result of what benefits
the most people who live with illness.
2009-SAN DIEGO - Hard beds, traveling expenses,
long walks to conference rooms, peers going
overboard on the perfume, and extreme fatigue
are predictably part of your average conference.
For the chronically ill, however, these inconveniences
oftentimes make attending an actual conference
impossible. National Invisible Chronic Illness
Awareness Week celebrates its seventh year,
and with the power of social networking, 009's
"virtual" conference September 14-18,
2009 is sure to be a success.
can only leave the house once a week, twice
if I am really lucky, so a weeklong conference
is normally impossible for me," says Juliann
Krute who lives with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
and many other illnesses. "Having a conference
that I can attend-even if I am in too much pain
to get out of bed-is fantastic!"
conference will feature twenty live seminars
via Blog Talk Radio that anyone around the globe
can listen to LIVE or archived. The 2008 workshops
have had over 12,000 listeners and are also
available on iTunes.
for 2009's conference include:
and Winning Disability Assistance When You Are
College with a Chronic Illness
the Job You Desire and Can Do
OK to say NO: Building Healthy Boundaries
with Chronic Illness in Your Marriage
See more here ]
speakers are some of the top chronic illness
advocates online today including Jenni Prokopy
of chronicababe.com; Rosalind Joffe of keepworkinggirlfriend.com;
Maureen Pratt, author of Peace in the Storm,
and Christine Miserandino of butyoudontlooksick.com.
They are joined by.Kelly Rouba, former Ms. Wheelchair
NJ 2007, and best-selling authors on marriage,
Bill and Pam Farrel.
Illness Week was founded by and is sponsored
by Rest Ministries, the largest Christian organization
that serves the chronically ill.
Copen, 40, founder of Rest Ministries and creator
behind National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness
Week says, "Regardless of where one's spiritual
ties are, there is an fundamental human desire
to feel understood, to feel like those you love
have some idea about what you are going through."
Copen, who is explored this in her book Why
Can't I Make People Understand: Discovering
the Validation Those With Chronic Illness Seek
and Why says, "One of the most
difficult adjustments to illness is that you
feel life is passing you by and no one around
you even realizes it. We hope through our conference
we can provide a place where people find the
true source of being validated in their pain,
how to live joyfully despite their illness,
and of course, we want to increase awareness
about how many suffer silently. Like our theme
says, 'A Little Help Gives a Lot of Hope.' It
more details about the free conference and other
resources visit www.invisibleillnessweek.com
Thanks again for spending a few minutes with
me today. I pray that you will have that assurance
that God will never leave you or forsake you,
even during the darkest moments.
A nice reminder... 1 John 2:17 "The world
and its desires pass away, but the man who does
the will of God lives forever."
God bless you,
Lisa Copen, Rest Ministries Founder
Rest Ministries Chronic Illness Pain Support