Yes, finances are a problem. Sometimes I can barely get my rent and utilities paid and still have some left over for groceries. But I still make my payment here, and help to support others.
When I first came to this site, I didn't even know about all the different things that come with it, and even now I don't use them. But I loved the idea. Writers helping writers to learn, but more so -- Christian writers, and not just learning, but having fun while doing so.
Yes.. I am a 'stand back' sort of person any more, pay my way and leave others to decide for themselves. Then I came here. Posted an article. Submitted to the Challenge. Met some folks on the Message Boards... and was hooked. Not by the thrill of writing, or being around other writers so I could learn, not the web-site builder, Critique Circle, the monthly magazine, private messenger, discount editing, or even the message boards filled with so many loving people.
I was hooked because not only was this site doing these thing, and so many more, but they did so for so many... FREE. I couldn't really afford it at the time, still can't, but I loved what I saw at Faithwriters so much I couldn't help but help... (Is that an improper statement?)
I don't use many of the benefits, lately I haven't even been submitting articles, as far as I know I am still paying for my Email account, which I have had since before it was a free bonus with the 500. I can't afford it. . . but I still pay -- for the works and love that Faithwriters gives to so many. . . freely.
I am not too smart when it comes to writing, I can't help people by teaching them what they are doing wrong, I still make some of the same mistakes, but I am learning. I can however help this site so that those who do know how can teach me better. It is worth it. . . Every penny.
It breaks my heart to think this place could close, all because so many are willing to take part in this great site... and want it. . . free. They want the Messenger to get more people asking for their work. They want the tips and feedback to help them be better at writing. They want the freelance listings so they can sell their stuff.
If you eat, you pay for your food. If you go to school to learn, you pay their fees. Go to Starbucks, you're wasting money, but you still pay for your stuff. Who would not like the idea of keeping their family together, and do so for only $10 a month. (And now for even less, $5.95/month.) I don't come here and pay just for MY stuff, I do it so all those others may be blessed as well. In blessing others I am greatly blessed myself.
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Thanks for sharing this Jesus Puppy. I just followed your link from the message boards. LIke you, I haven't used much of my 500 "perks" either, although I hope and plan to, but it is great to be a part of this site, isn't it? :) God bless you!
Hi, Jesus Puppy,
This is a fantastic article. I'm a newbie, also with limited funds, but I'm going to join the 500 now too. The attitude of taking but not giving back goes against everything I'm learning as a fairly new Christian.
We reap what we sow!
It's members like you who give FaithWriters its amazing spirit. Your heart for this place shines through. Thank you so much for sharing your testimony.I pray others will be inspired to sign up for the FW 500 and support this awesome, awesome ministry, too. You're a blessing!
Hey, Pup, this is the best summary of the 500 situation I've read to date:
"Who would not like the idea of keeping their family together, and do so for only $10 a month. I don't come here and pay just for MY stuff, I do it so all those others may be blessed as well. In blessing others I am greatly blessed myself."
"Keeping the family together" sounds like a terrific motto for FaithWriters 500!