Wednesday, March 30, 2011
How do you spell March Madness? $3.75 per month!
That's right, we have gone a bit "mad" at Cache' Connections with the March Madness special, where you can join in the online dating with other like-minded believers for just $3.75 per month! Sign up for a One-Year subscription for the sale price of $44.99 with promo code: MADNESS11 and take advantage of this crazy deal!
Here are a few comments we've received lately from new members:
From a female: "I really feel like I'm meeting quality people. The site and my connections are really genuine about their faith. I love that you are praying for us, and that I'm a real person to you." Cache' Connections definitely has the personal touch that was lacking in my other online dating experiences."
From a male: very impressive. so many questions but good ones. the detail involved. well worth it.
(You have to chuckle at the difference in the word count :)
From time to time, however, we hear comments like this:
"Cache' Connections is just in it for the money." We confess this one gets our dander up a bit, but we try to remember the importance of not being offended. (Proverbs 19:11 A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.) If we were really in this business/ministry for the money, we would have checked out long ago! We have yet to be repaid for our initial investment for the start-up costs, so we have virtually had no paycheck for almost four years, having both given up well-paying careers. I wonder how many of those naysayers work for free? And how many businesses are in business NOT to make money? We know that God honors work and business, so please - give us a break.
I wonder if this comment is heard most often because Cache' Connections is not a free dating website. While we could have gone the free route and had advertisers support the cost of business, we felt that the barrage of advertisements would be distasteful to a community of class, respect and intentional dating that we are trying to build. Let's face it, you get what you pay for, and anything that you invest in financially, you are going to take more seriously. That's why Cache' Connections members are serious about seeking connections with other believers, and that's why Kim and Linda are serious about doing everything in a God-pleasing manner. And by and large, our members see this effort being played out in our day-to-day operations and communications. That's not to say that we are perfect - we slip up from time to time, but daily ask God for the grace and wisdom to lead this company with wisdom and grace that only He can provide. Ask anyone who deals with Christian singles, and you will hear that it is a very diverse group with a unique set of challenges, and that is why singles ministries tend to have a short lifespan.
Speaking of free dating sites, one of my Facebook friends asked for prayer regarding a man she had recently met on a free dating site. She really liked him but had some initial concerns. I told her that I would pray for discernment and cautioned her that men from free dating websites usually come with red flags. Of course, that is a blanket statement and there are exceptions to that rule. First of all, I don't think she asked the administrator of the free site for prayer. Secondly, she did come back to me a few weeks later and confessed that her suspicions were right about the guy. Free sites tend to attract people who are not serious about making connections that might lead to a God-pleasing marriage. In short, you get what you pay for.
The standard pricing at Cache' Connections is in line with other well-known sites that many of you have joined. Because we are still a fairly new community, we offer greatly reduced specials such as the "March Madness" nearly every month to grow the membership base, as well as free trials, so that we can keep those connections coming to you. This is our full time work - and then some - so yes, this is a "for-profit" company. One day those profits will be used to fulfill the vision of Cache' Connections:
provide a distinctively-Christian environment for singles to connect with each other to form friendships and romantic relationships leading to marriage
daily pray for members, their relationships, decisions and connections; to pray daily for the operations of Cache’ Connections
uphold Christian singles by providing hope, encouragement, instruction, emotional support and resources
provide a website that is easy to maneuver and to offer customer service of the highest standards
employ a marketing campaign that encourages society to follow God’s standards in order to produce healthy, successful relationships
partner with a Christian relief and evangelistic organization to provide hope to the needy and promote the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ
honor God in all that we do and bring glory to His name
"Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them." John 13:17