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The Encourager's Club

Encouraging Those who Live with Chronic Illness or Pain

Each month we receive prayer requests from people looking for prayer support and encouragement.

The Encourager's Club is a group of about 70 volunteers who receive the prayer requests. You can respond to whatever ones you want, by simply praying, or writing them an email to let them know s/he is in your prayers.

We have 2 Encourager's Clubs - 1 for men and 1 for women. Read more below!

How the Encourager Club Works
A note from Cynthia "Jake" Simons Trench, Encourager Coordinator
Why I Encourage... A Volunteer Shares
Books that Offer Encouragement During Difficult or Depressing Times

Each of us has a ministry. For many of us that ministry is the gift of encouragement.

We may not be thrilled with our circumstances in life right now, but we do know that we have made it this far because we have chosen to move closer to God, not further away.

We remember the days when we didn't feel this way. (We still even have them occasionally!) But we want to tell someone else that we have walked that walk and we understand the emotional and physical pain that they are facing. We can be real with them. We can listen. We can tell them to hang in there.

Whether you are a man or woman, young or old, you and your experiences can encourage someone else on this difficult journey of chronic illness.

Are you interested in encouraging others?

Wonderful! We request that you fill out a volunteer application and affirm that you agree with our statement of faith and that you understand that you will not be giving professional advice.

God bless you for reaching out to others! We promise that when you do even you will begin to feel better. God has a great way of doing that.
How the Encourager Club Works
  • First, fill out the application and be sure to check "encourage others"
  • When the application is received you will be "invited to join the Encourager Club Ministry" through Yahoo Groups, which is the service we use.
  • Be sure to respond and accept the invitation. You can start to respond and send people encouragement when you get the prayer requests that come through the Yahoogroup. You can get a log here for convenience. [.pdf]
  • Lisa sends you out a volunteer welcome packet and a "welcome CD" to listen to and send your accepted application is forwarded to Jake, The Encourager Club coordinator.
  • Jake assigns you a "care group leader" to be a friend and overseer to make sure you TOO are being prayed for, etc.
  • Listen to the CD, send back the forms requested.
  • Jake also drops a yellow Encourager folder in the mail for you with other items. Be sure to check out other encouraging resources here.
  • We also have an Encourager's Club group in the Sunroom. You will be "invited" to join this. If you don't you will miss out on important information, so be sure to say "Yes!" This is how Jake will correspond with you. You can also post questions you have about encouraging, scriptures you like to use to encourage others, whatever!
A note from Cynthia "Jake" Simons Trench, Encourager Coordinator

"In trying to raise a family while enduring illness God has blessed me more than I knew He could. My family is truly been transformed. Within the last year, my husband has become to me as Christ is to His church, my children have become close friends, and I seem to gain daily new friends, who also struggle to meet the days mountainous challenges in their own pain.

God has enabled me to love and comfort His people like never before. I am looking forward to doing the same within Rest Ministries. I have found much comfort here and I pray, given back the same comfort.

My top favorite things to do include: hanging out with my husband, my kids, inner city service, Isaiah 58 service to new friends, pain and illness support group. First in my life is God, then my husband, my kids, and others God brings my way. I am amazed at the new friends God has blessed me with! I look forward to getting to know you as you join us as an encourager."


Why I Encourage... A Volunteer Shares
I call people about once per month on average and write or email about three times per week. I like to encourage others because it makes me put my own problems into perspective and to know that I am not alone. It helps me get my mind off myself, and I enjoy relating to others and learning their stories and listening to their ups and downs. It also makes me feel good to share what God has asked me to share.

God has put within me the desire to encourage and the joy that comes from touching others with a part of Him.

2 Cor. 1:4 says: "(God) comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." Encouraging others encourages me.


Yes, quite often people respond with e-mails or nice cards saying they were very blessed and encouraged to receive a note or e-mail from someone who is praying and who understands.

Some people have very little contact with others who are chronically ill, so it's a breath of fresh air when someone actually cares and can relate without condemning or rejecting. It does make me feel good to know that I've brought a small piece of joy from God the Father to someone else and perhaps alleviated a bit of their pain for awhile. God says we are to "bear one anothers' burdens (with long suffering) and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Gal. 6:4).

That is why we are here--to love one another, for love is the only thing that lasts. Not to do so is to ignore Jesus's desire for the church to function healthily. Let's work together to build up one another and so strengthen the body of Christ as we reach out to those in pain with His heart.

Sincerely, Laurie Alloway

Books that Offer Encouragement During Difficult or Depressing Times



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