I just wanted to let you all know what is going on at GodVine. There are a few things I have on my mind.
First, let me just share my heart with you. GodVine is tiring work. I get many emails a day asking for help, etc. While I refer them all to the website for posting, I really do not know what to do with the pleas for monetary help. Even if we were, at this point, able to give money, I have no way of knowing who is in real need and who is scamming.
Then, there is the "marketing". Who would have thought that trying to get the word out would be so tough? You would not believe the hate mail I get. I try and post the info on "christian" sites and get shot down or told off not so politely. It is amazing how little people are willing to give to help someone else. It is sometimes depressing and disturbing. Some of you have found me on Freecycle - some groups will let me join and others have been very rude. Apparently, they think we are in competition.
So, I am depending on the friends of GodVine to help spread the word. Please let your pastors and fellow church members know, your friends, family, etc. That will help alot.
I get many people questioning my ethics because the site is listed as "Christian" and they bash me for not being open to help the unsaved. Please, let me state once and for all, GodVine is NOT limited to christians. Although I believe our first call is to take care of those in our own body, I also believe that giving is our way of showing Jesus to the world. With that said, if you know of a genuine need, please don't hesitate in posting for anyone else who may not know our Saviour.
Lastly, let me share my dream. I would love to be able to dedicate myself full-time to GodVine. Right now, I work outside the home and have four (yes, four!) children to deal with. The only way I can ever do this is to generate enough traffic to have sponsors. I intend also to incorporate as a non-profit and offer people a tax deduction for their donations to others. Although I can write the papers myself, it still costs money to file them. So, once again, it is a money thing.
I believe in GodVine. I believe that is is a God inspired way for us to help each other. Let's face it, things aren't looking any brighter. Gas is continuing to rise and with it, everything else. I KNOW this can work. I so much appreciate you all and the encouragement you give me - it keeps me going when I have to read the garbage that other people send. Just wanted to let you know what is going on.
It has only been a week and I am getting emails from all over the place! Praise you Jesus! I am so excited about getting people to connect. I realize that many of you are from different states. I am based in North Alabama but the site is intended to be nationwide.
This is growing so quickly that the board is getting a little small. Please bear with me as I figure out how to link pages for each state that posts.
I thank you all so much for your encouragement! If any one has a suggestion, please let me know. I'm open to new ideas!
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