Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of membership?
If you want to initiate contact with pen pals on our site (instead of just posting a free pen pal ad and waiting for responses), membership is required. In other words, you cannot access our anti-SPAM email system to initiate contact with pen pals on our site unless you have a membership.
Why is it necessary to be a member of your club just to email pen pals on your site?
First of all, our membership system protects our pen pals from SPAM (unsolicited advertising of anything) -- a very big problem that we had before -- and also from ungodly people. (In the rare event that a member sends anything inappropriate to a pen pal, the pen pal can forward the email to our abuse department (abuse@ChristianPenPals.com) and we will ban that member or warn them. And as long as the pen pal does not respond to the message, that person will not have his or her email address). The other purpose of our membership system is to provide essential funds to support the thousands of hours of labor behind this site and the hardware, software, and server hosting expenses.
How can I start my MEGA MEMBERSHIP?
It's easy to activate your membership at any time (either before or after your free trial expires), by paying a very small membership fee to support our operations ($2/mth, minimum 12 months -- i.e., $24). You can have your membership activated today, regardless of whether you pay by credit card or even through the mail (with our Pay by Mail Honor System).
How much does it cost to become a member?
In terms of US dollars, the minimum fee is US$24 for ONE FULL YEAR of unlimited usage ($2/mth). By the way all the members of your household can join for the price of one, so your whole family can join for $2/mth. Or, if you would like a one-year premium membership (with the extra benefit of having all new ads that meet your criteria automatically delivered to you in email), it is US$36 ($3/mth, for an individual or entire household).
You mean I have to pay!!?? I thought this site was Christian! Everything should be free!!!
Ever pay for a Bible? A Christian music tape? A Christian book? A Christian concert? (Even Bible schools and seminaries charge fees to support their operations.)
The very small membership fee that we charge ($2/mth -- minimum 12 months) is to support the thousands of hours of labor behind this site, as well as the hardware, software, and web hosting expenses. Somebody has to pay for all of that. Why do you insist that we pay for you (and the hundreds of other users)?.
It is quick and easy to pay by credit card, and for those who don't have a credit card, we have a pay-by-mail honor system so that anybody can be subscribed within hours. All they have to do is to email us an affirmation that it is already stamped and sitting in their mailbox. Many people have no problem doing that in exchange for the great benefit they receive from our labors, such as this user:
Keep up the good work. I am glad you are charging. You need to with all the work you do. God Bless you all.
Lastly, we do have a 'poverty affidavit' option for those who honestly cannot spare $24 (but not for those who simply disagree with a fee).
Can I put my sons/daughters/whoever on my one membership?
Yes, to attract more families to our site we offer a family discount: your whole household can join for the price of one. Just email us with the email address of each one so that we can activate their memberships along with yours. (Only members of your immediate household please.)
I'm only 14 years old and my parents won't let me send any money to anything on the internet. What shoud I do?
It will have to be up to your parents to decide whether or not they want to provide this service for you. You could show them the site and they are welcome to email us with any questions they may have that are not covered in the Frequently Asked Questions.
If you have any question about membership that is not answered here, please contact us
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