"The question, therefore, is not 'How can we make community?' but, 'How can we develop and nurture giving hearts?'" Henri J.M. Nouwen

“The question, therefore, is not ‘How can we make community?’ but, ‘How can we develop and nurture giving hearts?'” Henri J.M. Nouwen

 

Vital Programs for YOU!

 

God has guided Chronic Joy through another exciting year! What a privilege it is to share a snapshot of the vital programs we offer and to extend a warm and welcoming invitation to you – because you are the reason we do what we do – to serve in, with, and through our growing community.

 

Created for Community

 

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, anxiety, 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?’”

 

Nurturing Giving Hearts

 

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 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.

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PRAYER POND

You’re invited to the Prayer Pond, 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 with radical hope and compassionate change.

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SERVE

Our hearts are wired to serve, because we were created for community. Chronic illness can make serving in traditional or culturally familiar ways challenging, but not impossible. Discover creative new ways to love God and others right where you are, however you are able.

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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. 

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#PENTOPAPER

#PenToPaper is a powerful, yet easy way to encourage one another and build each other up. Foster 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.

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CREATIVE SPARKS

Creative Sparks invite an exploration of hands, hearts, and stories. Engage your senses, explore your own unique story, and experience God in fresh, new ways as you learn, lean in, and kindle creative joy in midst of chronic illness

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#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.

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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, even in the midst of debilitating

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PASS IT ON

Make the journey easier for one another. Do you know a great resource – book, blog, or website? Do you someone you could introduce Chronic Joy to? You’re invited to Pass It On!

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AWARENESS

Our DID YOU KNOW? program offers both digital and printable Fact Sheets to create awareness, increase knowledge, and support education in a quick and easy format that you can share with friends, family, churches, small groups, co-workers and neighbors.

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