There have been those who have asked if they could help with this ministry. This section was added to address the subject.
PRAYER IS NUMBER ONE
The greatest thing anyone could do is to pray for me, this ministry, those who help, and those who come in contact with us. Besides this web site ministry, we also have our online support group, Christian-Koinonia. Since the start of the support group in May of 2000, it has taken precedence over this web site as it involves direct and continual interaction with people.
I would appreciate your praying for the following:
HELPING BY SENDING OLDER UPC/APOSTOLIC PUBLICATIONS
I would especially be interested in receiving any year version of the UPC's Ministerial Manual. (I have copies from 1952, 1957, 1965, 1991, & 2003 through 2016). Any older UPC church directories would also be appreciated. (I already have ones from 1952, 1975, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990-1992 as well as from 1999 to 2016.)
HELPING BY SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE
One may also help by sharing their experience in an unhealthy church setting. I would like to include more experiences dealing with how people have recovered after leaving their former group and how they have gone on in their walk with God. I prefer experiences that focus on spiritual abuse, erroneous teachings, and the effect of these as opposed to those that may appear to be just lashing out at people.
HELPING BY WRITING AN ARTICLE
We are always looking for articles to post directly to the web site. If you feel you are able to address any of the issues involved (those concerning spiritual abuse as well as those specific to UPC teachings), please feel free to submit such for consideration. You may remain anonymous or use your name or only your first name. Unlike other sites, we will also consider the writings of current UPC/Apostolic church members.
HELPING BY SPREADING THE WORD
You may help by telling others about the web site and support group. If you operate your own web site, a link from your site to this one is appreciated. You do not need permission to link to any pages on this web site. However, we do not give permission to copy our pages directly onto another site.
HELPING WITH LINKS
Links continually change, so you can help by informing us if you find a link that is no longer valid. We are always looking for new articles and sites to link to which may prove helpful to our visitors.
HELPING WITH EXPENSES
You may wish to contribute to the financial expenses of this ministry. Since our inception in 1997, I have been very reluctant to respond to this subject as all too often we have seen ministries that continually beg for money as well as ones that have misused contributions or promised all sorts of "blessings" should you contribute.
For years I paid for the expenses of this ministry from my personal income totally by myself. Regardless of whether anyone financially contributes to this ministry, we will continue as long as the Lord wills. The site was never set up to be a "for profit" one. Even with donations, expenses well exceed our income.
In 2000, we obtained our own domain name and had the site hosted by a Christian ISP and later moved to HostGator. There are times when information or books have been mailed to people at no charge. In 2007, we gave away numerous books and Bibles in an effort to help members of the online support group and continue to do so. There is the cost of Internet access, phone bills, post office box fees and office supplies. There are also costs involved with software and hardware.
It has been my desire to eventually be able to devote full time to this ministry. There are ways this ministry could expand, such as having an in-person support group as well as periodic conferences. Even if it never expands further, much more could be done with this web site and online support group if more time could be devoted to it. I am well aware that the site is in need of a major overhaul.
There are a few ways one may help financially. The first is by placing orders through the links provided on our main page and book pages. We joined the associate's program with Amazon.com in 2003 and they pay us a small percentage on any orders placed through our links to them. It's important to use the links on the pages in order for us to receive the proper credit for your order. Helping in this manner, you would receive the items you desire and help this ministry at the same time, without making a direct contribution. Please see the book page for links to place orders or go to our store where many items may be seen. You may also take advantage of special offers, including free trials.
The second way you can help is by sending a direct donation. We are signed up with PayPal where people may have funds directly withdrawn from their checking account or charge card. PayPal deducts a small percentage (about 3% plus .30) of any contribution as well as a separate small transaction fee. If you wish to make a donation through them, a link is provided below.
Should you wish to make a recurring monthly donation, use the button below. It is set for a twelve month period and is in $5 increments, starting at $5 and going to $20. Should you wish to stop before the year is over, you will have to go to your PayPal account and change your settings there.
You may also send any contributions to Lois Gibson, P.O. Box 300682, Waterford, MI 48330. Please note that credit card donations can only be made through PayPal.
We are very appreciative of the faithful monthly support which was provided to us during 2002, 2003 and 2007-2008 by Christian Challenge in Pineville, Louisiana.
Donations are not tax deductible as we are not registered as a non-profit organization.
You may also write me at the email address displayed in the image. No correspondence that seeks to debate will be answered as I have no desire to debate. Understand that due to the volume of mail and other commitments, not every email may be acknowledged or answered. If you are in need of support or a place to safely discuss various issues, please consider joining our private online support group or our closed Facebook group as it is not possible to privately correspond at length with everyone that seeks help.
Page added July 27, 2002 & updated June 4, 2016
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