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WHAT ARE YOUR GRACE GIFTS?

We invite you to dust off your grace gifts, take a fortifying sip of courage, and link arms with us in the mission and ministry of Chronic Joy®. Make a difference, one precious life at a time.

Every believer has received grace gifts, so use them to serve one another as faithful stewards of the many-colored tapestry of God’s grace.
(1 Peter 4:10)

GRACE GIFTS

We invite you to dust off your grace gifts, take a fortifying sip of courage, and link arms with us in the mission and ministry of Chronic Joy®. Make a difference, one precious life at a time. 

Whatever your story, whatever hue and shade of God’s many-colored tapestry of grace, your voice is valued, your grace gifts make a difference, and you are vital and necessary. If you feel the Spirit’s gentle nudge to get involved, He’s already making a way and already preparing your place.

Want to get involved?

Looking for an easy way to step in? Service in a Box – a variety pack contains everything you need – flat cards, envelopes, and professionally printed guides to send a little #PenToPaper love to your dear ones. Become an Ambassador of Intentional Kindness and make a difference today.

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Serve one another humbly in love.

Serve

Our hearts are wired to serve, because we were created for communityChronic 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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Show up. Lean in. And be intentionally kind.

Intentional Kindness

Show up, lean in, and be intentionally kind. Kindness is love in action. It shapes the relationships between us and builds a strong foundation of deeply caring and faith-enriched communities.

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What's in your pocket?

What's in your pocket?

When we give, God multiplies. Give simply. When we give what we have, where we are, with a cheerful heart, community deepens, strengthening the bonds between us and delighting the heart of God.

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Meet Our Volunteer Staff

Erin Burkhardt

Erin Burkhardt

Chronic Joy® Content Writer and Prayer Team Member

Erin is a grateful follower of Jesus, navigating the different stages of life through the eyes of chronic illness. She has a passion for empowering others by encouraging them to trust God even in the most difficult of circumstances. Erin and her husband (along with their two young boys) are purposeful and passionate in living out their faith and loving their neighbors. Her other passions include freelance writing, loom knitting, and fishing!

Karin Fendick

Karin Fendick

Contributing Writer and Prayer Team

Karin is a handmaiden of the Lord, saved by grace, a worshiper, a poet, a broken heart, a lover of words, His work in progress on the Potter's wheel. She is hungry for truth and amazed by love. After five years in Africa, Karin and Rick (her beloved husband of twenty years), are back in rural Canada where chronic pain drives her to the feet of Jesus. She is powered by prayer, love, and many cups of strong coffee. She is the author of From Ashes to Glory (A Psalm a Day).

Kara Plett

Kara Plett

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer and Prayer Team

Kara, her husband Conrad, and their crazy calico cat, Lulu, live in Calgary, Canada, where she has been a teacher for 28 years. Kara felt led to write a book of devotionals when her journey with chronic illnesses pressed her into God’s arms of love more deeply. She prays that her journey and refinement will also encourage you in your walk with God.

Learn more about her book, Searching for Sea Glass: Journeying with God Through Chronic Illness - 30 Devotionals today!

Jan VanKooten

Jan VanKooten

Chronic Joy® Editor and Board Member

Jan and her husband Gerry divide their time between Sterling, Alaska and Sedona, Arizona (where she is a choir director at Sedona United Methodist Church). Jan's love of words fills the spaces in between being a wife, mom, grandmother, and retired music educator.

Sedona also provides Jan and Gerry great Red Rock views and amazing hiking trails -- if you're ever in the area from April through October, do drop by!

Gayl Wright

Gayl Wright

Chronic Joy® Content Coordinator and Prayer Team

Gayl is a writer, poet, amateur photographer, artist, nature lover, crocheter, and seeker of truth and beauty. Besides having 7 kids and 14 grandkids (Some have chronic illnesses and one son is with Jesus), she and her husband Steve also hosted foreign exchange students. Gayl was a church pianist for years and homeschooled her children. She has published poems at Spillwords Press and an article in the book, Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. Her desire in life is to glorify God and encourage others. Check out her blog, Words, Photos, and Art.

Meet Our Volunteers

Hailey Hudson

Hailey Hudson

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

Hailey is a full-time freelance writer and content marketer who lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her cat. She is in her early 20s and has a genetic disorder that has caused half a dozen other chronic illnesses; she has a PEG-J feeding tube and is passionate about ministry and advocacy work in the area of disability, tube feeding, and chronic illness (particularly chronic illness and the church). In her spare time, Hailey writes YA novels and sings musical theatre. Follow her on Instagram or check out her blog.
 
Dee Richards

Dee Richards

Facebook • Care Coordinator

Dee is a faith-filled servant of God, with two beautiful teenage daughters who are the loves of her life. She struggles with paranoid schizophrenia and depression, and following a life-altering experienced, dedicated her life to serving God. After working as an accountant for many years, Dee now volunteers at a local nursing home, for Everybody Wins Iowa, and Chronic Joy®. She is also an assistant teacher in the Rite of Christian Initiation as Adults at her church. In her free time, Dee enjoys reading the Bible, historical fiction, and romance novels, walking, and sharing her heart on Facebook.

Sam Re

Sam Re

Creative Contributor

Sam lives at the crossroads of creativity and curiosity, loves a puzzling challenge, and prefers the journey to the destination.

Sam is diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos, eosinophilic gastroenteritis, dysautonomia, a very genetic mutation, and additional challenging illnesses.

Find him at instagram.com/thechronicphenix.

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