I will make
and distribute these crosses which include
an epilogue to any and all who request them, for as
long as I am able.
I will do my best to be the hands that God uses to develop
other sources of love and encouragement for his people, for
as long as I am able.
I will hold confidential any and all information
provided to me out of complete respect
for your privacy.
-Glen A. Vodicka
feel the need to explain the evolution of the hope cross project.
I first started the site as a totally free spiritual contribution
to mankind,... material costs, my time, shipping charges were
The website response exploded in January of 2008 (see the statistics
page). When I openned my AOL e-mail I had 1,000 e-mail requests
from all over the world. As quickly as I could copy them they
filled up again. By the end of the month I had 355,277 hits
to my site from all over the world (62
countries to be exact). You might say that I was a little
overwhelmed to say the least.
Just copying e-mails for processing was a challenge...what alone
buying the very expensive Coco Bola material (approx $28.00
per board foot), copper wire and making the crosses which took
approximately 20 minutes per cross.
I tried to keep up with the e-mail requests enlisting the help
of the Algonquin, ill. Boy Scouts, family friends, my brother,
assisted living centers and close aquaintenances. I managed
to ship approximately 4,000 crosses free of charge but the costs
became insurmountable. Contributions were few and far between
and money ran out.
The end result was that I had to start charging for shipping
costs which paypal dictates as non-variable for either domestic
or international....$4.95/ shipment. The penny per cross charge
was because paypal has to have a line item charge for everything
on the order form. I thought that neither of these charges was
unreasonable as the crosses were essentially free and if you
considered the 2 cross limit for request you were getting 2
crosses for under $5.00.
I spent many "near all-nighters" but the blessings
were many also. I am still making the crosses on a limited basis
and with the required shipping charges will still ship them
to you for your spiritual encouragement.
If you ordered a cross and didn't get one shipped to you ...this
is the reason. For those that have labeled my www.thehopecross.com
as a "non-responsive' or "phishing" site, this
may give you a little more insight to consider before you make
rash statements. The only fishing that I do is fishing for souls
for the Lord.
Special thanks to Ken Prigge for his time and effort in bending
the hearts, and to my brother Terry in Texas who helped make
crosses, and to the countless people who contributed their time
and efforts in this ministry.
Your friend in Christ,
Glen A. Vodicka