CREATED FOR COMMUNITY • OUR PROGRAMS HELP!

 

God has blessed our ministry and provided comprehensive tools and resources that make a difference – one precious person at a time! What a privilege it is to share a snapshot of the 10 vital programs created for you and to extend warm and welcoming invitation – because you are the reason we do what we do – to serve in, with, and through our growing community!

 

We Invite You!

Come! Sip hope, savor prayer, learn, grow, serve, give and

Thrive in a life with chronic illness.

 

 

 

CREATED FOR COMMUNITY • COMPANIONSHIP

 

One of the first things Jesus did in his public ministry was gather a community (the disciples) around him — and when He left His followers after the resurrection, He left them with the presence of the Spirit and the gift of companionship.

 

Let those words sink deep – the gift of companionship. Made in God’s image, we were created for community, filled with His Spirit, and given the gift of companionship.

Timothy Keller wrote, “Community grows naturally out of shared experience, and the more intense the experience, the more intense the community.”

Chronic illness, chronic pain, mental illness, caregiving, parenting, grief, and chronic loss are powerful shared experiences among the community of Chronic Joy, giving us a common language, and often, common needs.

Henri Nouwen points out that community further “grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another. Community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others more important than our own. The question, therefore, is not ‘How can we make community?’ but, ‘How can we develop and nurture giving hearts?’”

 

CREATED FOR COMMUNITY • PRAYER IS OUR HEARTBEAT 

 

Prayer is the heartbeat of Chronic Joy and one of the most important ways we can serve one another. As we pray, a deeply intimate act, our hearts are drawn together in and through Jesus, which kindles our longing to serve. While we may no longer be able to serve in traditional or culturally familiar ways, together we can discover creative new ways to love and serve right where we are, however we are able.

Your longing for community, your desire to serve, the needs we’ve both experienced and learned about from you, all held in fervent prayer, grew into the foundations of our 10 Vital Programs.

The door is open, Friends, the table is set, and you are warmly invited! We look forward to the banquet and to the beautiful growth of community in the seasons ahead.

Click here for printable Our Programs brochure.

#PENTOPAPER

#PenToPaper program is a powerful, yet easy way to encourage one another and build each other up. Build community, offer hope, let someone know they are not alone, and that they are prayed for, cared about, and genuinely loved. We provide a beautiful starter set of stationery to encourage both sender and receiver. LEARN MORE.

Creative Sparks • Be Brave. Be Curious. Create!

CREATIVE SPARKS

Though few of us would call ourselves creative, that amazing grace-gift is woven straight into our DNA. As we engage with God, He ignites our curiosity, waking us to wonder and the joy of possibility. Today, be brave. Be curious. Create! LEARN MORE.

Chronic Joy® Access • Chronic Joy® Access

Chronic Joy® Access

Opening Doors. Removing Barriers.

Accessibility is an invitation to broaden our perspectives, choosing the simple kindness of including one another, opening doors, and removing barriers. LEARN MORE.

PRAYER MINISTRY

You’re invited to the Prayer Pond, your safe harbor, 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. REQUEST PRAYER.

SERVE

“Serve one another humbly in love.” Serving with chronic illness is as important to who we are as breathing, and as vital to us as oxygen. In God’s Kingdom, small acts – as simple as a smile or a cup of cold water – are significant. Discover creative new ways to love God and love others right where you are, however you are able. LEARN MORE.

#STEPREPPRAY

#StepRepPray is an opportunity to meet with God in prayer as you intentionally move in whatever way you are able. With each step or every rep, we invite you to pray for others, to seek God’s guidance, to worship and praise Him, and to thank God for the gift of movement. LEARN MORE.

Pass It On → Kindness

PASS IT ON → KINDNESS

PASS IT ON! is an invitation to pass on the love and kindness of God – making the journey easier for all of us. Write hope-filled #PenToPaper notes. Share encouraging books, blogs, and websites. Knit prayer shawls. Welcome others into the Chronic Joy community.

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RADICAL COMMUNITY

Radical Community is rooted in love, nourished in prayer, and strengthened in courageous vulnerability as we listen, engage, forgive, learn, grow, serve, and extend compassion to all.  LEARN MORE.

GIFT OF HOPE

Hope is possible. Sometimes we just need to know that someone cares, that our stories matter, that hope is possible – even in a life with chronic illness, even through sustained loss, and even in the midst of debilitating pain. If you need to know that your story matters, that you are not alone, and that someone cares, request your free copy of Discovering Hope. Our Gift of Hope to you! LEARN MORE. 

Self-Care • Kindness Multiplied

SELF-CARE

Kindness Multiplied

When we are kind and generous with ourselves, we can pour kindness and love overflowing into others. Take time and take care of you, because you are God’s beloved.

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