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Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries, the largest Christian organization that specifically serves the chronically ill. She has authored eight books, including resources for over 300 HopeKeepers groups, a small group program of Rest Ministries. As editor of HopeKeepers. Magazine, founder of National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, and host of Hope Endures radio program Lisa seeks to encourage churches to increase an outreach to the chronically ill nearly 1 in 2 people in the U.S. Lisa's works have been published in periodicals such as Just Between Us and Faith Writers Magazine, and books including God Allow U-Turns. Lisa is a sought-after speaker and has been a guest of radio programs Decision Today, Family Life and Joni and Friends. She resides in San Diego with her husband and 6-year-old son, and has lived with degenerative rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia since 1993.