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Volunteering with Rest Ministries to Help Others with Chronic Illness or Pain

God can use you now!

"Neary 100% of Rest Ministries volunteers live with at least
one chronic illness. Around here we consider that credibility, not disability."
- Lisa Copen, Rest Ministries Director

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Rest Ministries. We are completely supported and administered through our volunteers, from our founders to those who moderate the various support groups online and in churches around the world.

I invite you to find out what volunteer opportunities are currently available--or--if you see a need that is not being filled, please send our founder, Lisa, at a brief description of the need you'd like to try to fill.

Please include the approximately how many hours you can donate per week and any experience that may be helpful in the position your are asking us to consider.


Current Opportunities
Encourager Club
Volunteer Policy and Procedure Manual
Time Sheet
Article: About "Virtual Volunteering"
"Virtual Volunteer" Opportunities (From Your Home)

We operate out of a home office based in San Diego, CA. All of our current opportunties are from your own home.

Encourage others
Become an encourager writing notes and adding your stickers, tea bags, etc. When someone calls or emails us that needs an extra dose of love, we pass them onto our encouragers. Hours flexible/5-10 hours per month. More information here. Please state this is the desired position in the application.

Monitor Message Boards. Simply go through our message boards and read the posts. Respond to anyone who sounds like they need encouragement and/or pass their message on to Rest Ministries staff. 1-2 hours weekly. You should already have been a part of the group for some time and be recommended by a current moderator.


Become a Writer
We are always looking for writers for devotionals and HopeKeepers Magazine. Review our writers guidelines. Hours flexible.

Data entry/research on the net
We occasionally have projects where we need some assistance. Do you have some fingers that need to keep busy?

Lead a HopeKeepers group in your church or community. HopeKeeper leaders have said every church needs one! Read more.

Marketing Assistance Opportunities
If you'd be willing to help us exhibit, speak to the media, or other ways to help us get the word out, let us know.



Ministry Is….

Listening, when you'd rather fix the problem.
Searching for the joy, when it's easier to say "it's not fair."
Helping, when you feel like you're the one that needs the help.
Telling God, "use me," when you'd rather ask to be rescued.
Encouraging, even when you don't understand God's reasoning.
Hugging when it feels awkward.
Saying, "let's pray right now," instead of "I'll pray for you."
Serving, when you doubt you have anything left to give.
Comforting, by being the flicker of light in others' dark caverns.

"Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10
[author unknown]

"This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you."
2 Corinthians 9:12-14

Did You Know. . .?
Volunteering Eases the Pain

Volunteering has been found to:

  • Enhance self-esteem through the "good feelings" derived from helping others and feeling worthwhile and needed.
  • Distract one from one's aches and pains, providing motivation for rehabilitation and activity, helping overcome social isolation, and providing a sense of community and belonging.
  • Key benefits of volunteer work include: skill development, coping with isolation, the chance to "give back" to the community, to meet people, to enhance job prospects, personal growth, personal empowerment and to gain a new perspective on one's own problems. Research Summary: Graff, L. (1991). Volunteer for the Health of it Etobicoke, Ontario: Volunteer Ontario.

"Some days I think I can't get out of bed, but knowing there are still ways to serve God, even when I'm in pain...well.. I get more back in grace and love from the ones I serve than I ever give. And I will serve until Jesus speaks my name to tell me I have done what he wanted me to do, and I can come home. Love, prayers, and hugs." Sandy

"I truly believe I am a better person, spiritually, and physically, in the sense that I am able to relate to others who do not understand, because Lisa and her Rest Ministries volunteers are there to understand." Chris

"Rest Ministries has changed my life by giving me hope and best of all a wonderful special friend just like a sister. I have several pen pals and they are all so precious to me and help me keep my head up in the hard times." Sue



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