Friday, July 25, 2008
The Christian Compass
July 24, 2008
Cache Connections has Plenty of Cache' for Christian Singles
Posted on July 24th, 2008 by Sharon
by Linda Emmons
Since our society has long abandoned formal, “proper” introductions of unmarried people to one another, and most frown on arranged marriages, what is a Christian single person to do? Being a Christian single has it’s benefits, and some people are called to that lifestyle. But if you or someone you know is part of the majority of Believers, those who know God has a soul-mate “out there” for them somewhere, and hate the sterile, ineffective approaches of typical dating services, Cache Connections may be for you.
Cache' Connections is the outgrowth of the matchmaking abilities of friends and business partners Kim Whitaker and Linda Martin. Believing that a faith-based, personal approach to finding a mate was lacking, the two women started a matchmaking service. Soon it became apparent that they needed a larger pool of singles and decided to take Cache' Connections online in February, 2007.
Kim and Linda said “We built the service exclusively for Christians… It has always been crucial that we are lifting up in prayer our clients and all areas of the business and committing every aspect to be done in a God-pleasing manner. We believe God hard-wires in everyone a destiny to be completed here on earth, so we take this role very seriously.”
A cache is a hidden treasure, and some of the unique characteristics of Cache' Connections are the personalized, interactive services intended to bring out the treasure in the people they serve. Cache' tries to help members understand themselves and develop healthy relationships. Kim and Linda host online chats to stay in touch with members and provide support from Drs. Tom and Beverly Rodgers, relationship therapists, international speakers and authors of multiple books on Christian relationships.
Cache' adds interest by hosting live chats and a “dating game” segment where a single is spotlighted and they narrow choices down to finalists.
To get started, prospective members must agree to a statement of faith, provide a credit card, and answer a questionnaire. The members are given a series of choices to describe their faith and how it plays out in their daily lives. The questions are designed to be a teaching tool, guiding members to think about who they are and what they are looking for in a mate. The next task to register is photo submission. Since other sites tempt members to use outdated photos, Cache' members are required to submit photos reflecting a more present reality.
Cache' Connections is unabashedly Christian, and scriptural context is provided on their site for all the activities. Check them out further at http://www.cacheconnections.com/
Founders: Kim Whitaker and Linda Martin
Current members are from 20-80 years old; Average member age range is 35-48 years old
Geographical area covered is worldwide, although being a new service, many are clustered in Cache’s home base of Illinois.