Chronic Joy Ambassador Initiative is a partnership of hope recognizing individuals or organizations who exemplify one or more of our ministry foundations:
It is an opportunity for individuals or organizations to donate their skills, gifts or talents to further the work of the ministry.
A PARTNERSHIP OF COMMUNITY
Our Ambassadors will receive a certificate recognizing their vital place in this ministry, a story of introduction shared through social media (unless they decline), and our sincere gratitude and appreciation.
Chronic Joy Ambassador Initiative is a partnership of hope, purpose and worth. A partnership between artisan, donor and Chronic Joy Ministry. A partnership of generosity and joy. And it is the vital and remarkable partnership of community.
To become a Chronic Joy Ambassador, please contact us.
Chronic Joy Ministry has been blessed since the very beginning by the creative vision and capable design work of Kyle Re, founder of kylerecreative.com. Kyle has graciously donated nearly all of his work for the ministry, and we are deeply grateful. We wouldn’t be where we are today without his gifts and vision.
Kyle has gifted Chronic Joy with:
- logo design
- business cards
- founder and board member head shots
- social media ads
- four book covers and interior design elements
- two bookmarks
- Discovering Hope book trailer
- “Our Story” video
- and so many other pieces along the way
Kyle’s heart for others also pours out into missions. He’s served on short-term teams over the past 10 years in Mexico, Peru, Appalachia, in Guatemala with Potter’s House International five times, and in Hong Kong, where he’ll be returning in just a few weeks, twice. He has a huge heart for children, investing in their lives through faith, art, music, laughter and life.
On Sundays, Kyle leads worship teams at both his home church, Immanuel – Brookfield and at a growing, local church plant. On Wednesday evenings, you’ll find him volunteering with the incredible ministry of StreetLife, loving on those who, for so many reasons, find themselves living on the streets.
Kyle works remotely as a full-time graphic designer for Zero Chaos out of Orlando, Florida, in addition to running his own business, Kyle Re Creative.
Kyle writes: I’ve always been in love with the creative process. After earning my degree in Graphic Design, I realized I wanted more than a typical 9-5, so I shifted my focus towards starting my own business in photography and graphic design.
I enjoy traveling abroad, exploring old buildings, and making music. I specialize in wedding, lifestyle, fashion, corporate and fine arts photography. In graphic design, I specialize in logos, apparel design, infographics and corporate branding.
Jeff began his partnership with Chronic Joy Ministry as we took our first fledgling steps, answering technical questions, helping when needed, and most importantly teaching us so we can grow.
Jeff’s passion for serving behind-the-scenes began when he was quite young, using his gifts and growing abilities across a wide array of audio/video teams at his church, making all things technical work seamlessly and smoothly.
Jeff and his wife Katie faithfully invested in Chronic Joy as our first monthly financial supporters, even before we knew what we were all about.
Jeff has been instrumental in:
- purchasing domain names
- pursuing Google Apps for non-profits
- ongoing web support
- many vital, strategic, behind-the-scenes places in the technical world
Without Jeff’s knowledge and expertise, we simply couldn’t do all we do today.
Jeff will continue to serve as Chronic Joy’s Information Technology Consultant as we move to a self-hosted website in 2018.
His patient, unruffled demeanor and willingness to serve, faithfully and quietly behind-the-scenes continues today with his church, with Chronic Joy Ministry and with his family.
Jeff is a quiet, thoughtful, dedicated husband, father, son and IT professional, and we are deeply grateful for his continued investment in Chronic Joy.
PAMELA PIQUETTE is the mom of three adult children, grandma of two sweet baby granddaughters, and wife of 30 years. She has Ehlers-Danlos, chronic migraines, fibromyalgia, and dysautonomia.
Chronic Joy’s Ambassador Initiative reflects a partnership of hope, purpose and worth. In August 2016, those three words took on a new meaning for Gene Ehlinger. Gene is no stranger to chronic illness. He’s lived with Crohn’s disease since age 19. However, on August 29, 2016, an ambulance arrived at his front door for a suspected heart attack. When Gene’s heart stopped two minutes later, his life changed forever.
In nine hours, Gene was resuscitated nine times. His outlook for survival was not good, but HOPE was never lost. He was diagnosed with a massive blood clot in his lungs. Because his heart stopped so many times, it was not certain he would regain mental capacity, wean off the ventilator, or recover any of his kidney function.
Miraculously, after a month in the hospital, Gene was able to go home. However, he did need to return to the hospital three times a week for kidney dialysis. Even though it had been a couple of months since his incident, Gene continued to be hopeful that his kidney function would improve. And it did! After much prayer, Gene’s kidneys recovered enough to discontinue dialysis.
As time went on, they learned Gene’s illness had caused a permanent change in his physical strength and short term memory. He was not able to return to work as physical therapy assistance, changing his sense of self worth and life’s purpose.
Fortunately, Gene has found meaning through wood working. In the shaping and creating of new projects, Gene regained a renewed sense of self worth and purpose that not only bring meaning back to his life, but also joy to others.
In fact, it is for this reason that I am proud to announce Gene Ehlinger as a Chronic Joy Ministry Ambassador for 2017. Through his gift of woodworking, he created and donated a donation and prayer box. This handcrafted box represents a partnership between Chronic Joy Ministry and those affected by chronic physical and mental illness, a partnership of generosity, joy and hope, a chance to redefine one’s worth and purpose in chronic illness.
As Gene continues to find meaning in chronic illness, he is reminded often to never stop believing in hope as miracles happen every day.
You can find more of Gene’s story at: CrossingRivers.org
HEIDI PETERSON is a loving wife and mother to one friendly dog and three amazing, fun-loving children – a daughter born with a congenital heart defect (PA-IVS) and one son with food allergies and a sensory processing disorder – who always remind her to live in the moment. Since childhood, Heidi has witnessed the progression of a genetic, neuromuscular disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth on her siblings and father. She loves dark chocolate and all things nature and family, and is a registered nurse, clinic manager and wellness coach at Solstice Health, and a Chronic Joy Ministry board member.
The phone rang. It was 3am.
“Mom,” my son Sam said so quietly I almost couldn’t hear him, “can you come get me?”
Eight months earlier, Sam had walked across the stage in cap and gown, head held high, a smile playing at the edges of his lips and accepted his high school diploma. In August, on a Presidential Scholarship, he’d headed for college without a backward glance, ready to shake free from the past three and a half years of serious illness and start fresh. Clean slate. New beginning.
But you can’t shake free from the illness written in your DNA. Read more…
Today, I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Samantha Juneau, known to her friends as Sam. We’ve met just a few times, but there’s something remarkable about spending time with her. Sam’s smile lights up a room and she exudes warmth, kindness and joy.
Last week when we met, I talked almost non-stop as I have a habit of doing. Sam smiled and quietly held my hand. During our conversation, I noticed her necklace. It was beautiful. I told her how much I liked it and reached for it to get a better view. As I released the beads, time stopped. My hand was right beside her ventilator. Read more…