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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
a brief description of the need you'd
like to try to fill.
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.
Volunteer" Opportunities (From Your
operate out of a home office based in
San Diego, CA. All of our current opportunties
are from your own home.
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.
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.
are always looking for writers for devotionals
our writers guidelines. Hours flexible.
entry/research on the net
occasionally have projects where we need
some assistance. Do you have some fingers
that need to keep busy?
a HopeKeepers group in your church
HopeKeeper leaders have said every church
needs one! Read
If you'd be willing to help
us exhibit, speak to the media, or other
ways to help us get the word out, let
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
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.
not grieve, for the joy of the Lord
is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10
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
You Know. . .?
Volunteering Eases the Pain
has been found to:
Enhance self-esteem through
the "good feelings" derived
from helping others and feeling
worthwhile and needed.
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.
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.
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
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."
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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