Chronic illness impacts millions of children worldwide.

A chronically ill child affects each family, and every family member, differently, often impacting a child’s development, behavior, self-awareness, independence, daily routines, recreational activities, and education. Yet illness can also be a catalyst to building lifelong compassion, resiliency, and faith.

Our Children’s Program grew from our desire to care for our youngest in tangible ways. It began with delightful notecards and stationery designed by one of our Creative Contributors to encourage children who may be hospitalized, homebound or just having a tough time. Offering a kind word to a child affected by chronic illness provides the gift of knowing he/she is not alone.

These same notecards or stationery can be used to teach your children to write caring notes to those affected by chronic illness. Empathy and kindness can be taught. Old-school letter writing is almost a lost art, but through our #PenToPaper program we hope to rekindle it!

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thes. 5:11) Our program grew so we could encourage you and build you up as you climb the difficult mountain of caring for an ill child. Having resources at your fingertips – books, blogs and even more became our next step almost overnight. Through our Pass It On program we hope to continue to gather more resources to share in the future.

Children impacted by illness and pain

Chronic illness impacts millions of children worldwide.

A chronically ill child affects each family, and every family member, differently, often impacting a child’s development, behavior, self-awareness, independence, daily routines, recreational activities, and education. Yet illness can also be a catalyst to building lifelong compassion, resiliency, and faith.

Children

CARD MINISTRY

CJ Star wants kids to know just how much they are loved by Jesus. Would your child be blessed to receive cards in the mail? SIGN UP today. (It’s safe and secure.)

 

STAR NOTECARDS

This set of 4  Whimsical “Star” Notecards is oozing with joy. Perfect to send to a child who is homebound, in the hospital or just having a tough time – or for a child to send to a grandparent or other loved one.

Click here to purchase.

Prayer for Children with Chronic Illness 

Chronic illness is hard. Often finding and/or being a part of a community when your child lives with chronic illness as a constant companion can be even more challenging.
 
You’re invited to the Chronic Joy Prayer Pond, a community rippling with radical hope and compassionate change. A place where you can share your prayer requests, updates, and shouts of praise. Whether a request, praise, lament, suffering, loss, hope, grief, or joy, each prayer ripples far beyond this day and the boundaries of our world.
 
How often we hear, “Prayer is the least I can do,” when in reality, prayer is the most we can do. 

Featured Children Books

The Rally Board: The Story Of A Journey Through Pediatric Surgery And The Valuable Lessons Learned Along The Way

Ed Sasena

“The Rally Board” is a true story about how a small whiteboard used to capture only positive events caught the attention of people all over the world and helped a family survive the emotional and physical struggles of their baby daughter’s three open-heart surgeries. It is primarily intended to help those families that are about to embark on a difficult pediatric medical situation. But the main lesson of the book is advantageous to anyone facing adversity. Included is a perspective written by one of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit nurses who cared for the child during the most stressful moments.

Zip-Line

David Humpherys

Zip-line is a book for kids that have a scar on their chest from open heart surgery to repair a CHD. Used by families, schools and hospitals, Zip-line whimsically explains the answer to the question “How did that line get there?”.

The story centers around a little girl and her bunny rabbit explaining to the reader how she got the scar on her chest and how she isn’t any different than anyone else. It shows her unrestricted in activities and features age appropriate illustrations – no blood, or anything remotely graphic. It aims to set a model for kids with a CHD to be comfortable with themselves, their heart scar, and the surgery that they were too young to remember.

The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day: Awesome Games and Crafts to Master Your Moods, Boost Focus, Hack Mealtimes and Help Grownups Understand Why You Do the Things You Do

Dayna Abraham

Stay Calm, Be Happy and Make Every Day Amazing!

Do kids’ behaviors leave you confused and frustrated? Dayna Abraham is teaching the world there’s a better way.

She, too, was baffled by her son’s behaviors until she realized the power of using science and child development to see him for the superkid he already was. In this revolutionary book, Dayna bridges the gap between kids and the adults who love them by empowering kids to be their own problem solvers; helping adults understand what kids really need to succeed. As a teacher, writer and mother, she explains that undesirable behaviors are really a cry for help.

Sometimes

Rebecca Elliott

Toby and Clemmie return in this touching and amusing sequel to Just Because, proving that even a scary hospital can be a place for fun if you have the right attitude and the support of someone you love. Toby loves his big sister Clemmie. She always looks after him and he looks after her—no matter what. Toby knows his sister is very brave, but when she has to go to the hospital again, they both have to help each other face their fears. Together, they still find ways to have fun and make the hospital a much better place. Their uplifting story will be loved by parents and children alike who find themselves in a similar situation, and will help encourage children to ease their fears and feel better about spending time in intimidating hospitals. Toby and Clemmie first appeared in Just Because, in which Toby paints us a picture of his super big sister and all the things they do together—just because

 

Check out our PARENTING page for additional resources.

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