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Privacy Policy

Shades of Grace Ministries is a Christian, nonprofit organization committed to maintaining your trust and protecting your privacy.

This Privacy Policy describes the ways in which Shades of Grace Ministries (“we,” “the organization,” or “our”) collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from our site visitors, subscribers, and/or donors (“you” or “your”) through the use of this website (

When you access, we will learn certain information about you, both automatically and through voluntary actions you may take, during your visit. This policy applies to information we collect on the Website and in email, text, or other electronic messages between you and the Website.

Specific regions of the world now require different privacy disclosures, so please read the entire policy to be sure you fully understand our practices. By using the Website, you accept and agree to be bound and abide by the Privacy Policy. Through the use of, you consent to the following data procedures expressed within this agreement.

Information We Collect About You

When you access, we will learn certain information about you during your visit. The Website provides various places for users to provide information. We collect information that users provide through filling out forms on the Website, communicating with us via contact forms, providing comments or other feedback, and providing information when making a donation via the Website.

We use information you provide to us in order to serve you — to provide the ministry, teaching, and/or encouragement you have sought; deliver the item to which you have subscribed (newsletter, blog updates); answer your questions; respond to your feedback; process your donation; improve our overall performance; and provide you with offers and information.

Information We Collect Through Automatic Data Collection Technology

Like many other web sites, makes use of log files. These files log visitors to the site. This is a standard procedure for hosting companies and a part of hosting services’s analytics.

The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, device type (e.g. desktop or mobile), Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks.

This information is used to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information.

The information we collect automatically is used for statistical data and will not include personal information.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

We do not sell, rent, lease or otherwise transfer any information collected whether automatically or through your voluntary action.

We may disclose your personal information to our subsidiaries, affiliates, and service providers for the purpose of providing our services to you.

We may disclose your personal information in response to subpoenas, court orders, or legal processes, or to establish and/or exercise our legal rights.

Data Storage and Transfers

We employ commercially reasonable methods to ensure the security of the information you provide to us and the information we collect automatically. Please be aware that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and we are unable to guarantee the absolute security of the Personal Information we have collected from you.

Email is not recognized as a secure medium of communication. For this reason, we request that you do not send private information to us by email. However, doing so is allowed, but at your own risk. Credit Card information and other sensitive information is never transmitted via email.

Some of the information you may enter on our Website may be transmitted securely via a secure medium known as Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL. Credit Card information and other sensitive information is never transmitted via email.

With regard to online donation transactions, we are committed to the security of your personal information in compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. We use Internet Encryption Software, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Protocol, when collecting or transferring credit card information. Any information you enter is encrypted at your browser and sent over the internet in encrypted form to the payment processor (Braintree Payment Solutions, a division of Paypal). After you submit a donation, we receive a copy of the form you submitted (containing your contact information, donation amount/frequency, and prayer request, but no payment details) as well as a copy of your automatically generated receipt. We never see your full credit card number — only the last four digits, as displayed in your automatically generated receipt.

Our online forms are created and hosted through a service called Wufoo, a division of Survey Monkey. Wufoo’s privacy policy is available here.

You may view Braintree Payment Solution’s privacy policy here.

Your Rights aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your Personal Data.

In certain circumstances, you have the right:

  • To access and receive a copy of the Personal Data we hold about you;
  • To rectify any Personal Data held about you that is inaccurate;
  • To request the deletion of Personal Data held about you. You have the right to data portability for the information you provide to You can request to obtain a copy of your Personal Data in a commonly used electronic format so that you can manage and move it.

If you wish to be informed what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us.

Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests. In addition, please note that this is a manual process that may take up to 30 days to complete.


Similar to other websites, our website utilizes a standard technology called “cookies” and server logs to collect information about how our site is used. Information gathered through cookies and server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our site, and the websites visited just before and just after our own, as well as your IP address.

A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, that site’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.

Local cookies include:

  • Google Analytics: The goal of the various Google Analytics cookies is Website analytics. Google Analytics helps us track Website usage and statistics.
  • CloudFlare: The __cfduid cookie is used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. For example, if you visit our Website in a coffee shop where there are a bunch of infected machines, but your machine is trusted (e.g. because you’ve completed a security challenge), this cookie allows Cloudflare to identify you and not present you with a security challenge again. It does not correspond to any user ID and does not store any personally identifiable information.
  • Quantcast (Shareaholic): Shareaholic provides the social share buttons at the bottom of our posts and pages. Shareaholic helps us know how many times our content has been shared online.

Third Party Use of Cookies

Some content or applications, including advertisements, on the Website are served by third-parties, including advertisers, ad networks and servers, content providers, and application providers. These third parties may use cookies alone or in conjunction with web beacons or other tracking technologies to collect information about you when you use our website. The information they collect may be associated with your personal information or they may collect information, including personal information, about your online activities over time and across different websites and other online services. They may use this information to provide you with interest-based (behavioral) advertising or other targeted content.

We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly.

International Transfers

Your information, including Personal Information, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction. If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the information, including Personal Information, to the United States and process it there. Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

Links to Other Sites

Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

Email Information

If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses. We provide the same protections for these electronic communications that we employ in the maintenance of information received online, mail, and telephone. This also applies when you register for our website, sign up through any of our forms using your email address or make a donation on this site. For further information see the email policies below.

Email Policies

We are committed to keeping your e-mail address confidential. We do not sell, rent, or lease our subscription lists to third parties, and will not disclose your email address to any third parties except as allowed in the section titled Information Sharing and Disclosure.

We will maintain the information you send via e-mail in accordance with applicable federal law.

In compliance with the CAN-SPAM Act, all e-mails sent from our organization will clearly state who the e-mail is from and provide clear information on how to contact the sender. In addition, all e-mail messages will also contain concise information on how to remove yourself from our mailing list so that you receive no further e-mail communication from us.

Our emails provide users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us and our partners by reading the unsubscribe instructions located at the bottom of any e-mail they receive from us at anytime.

Users who no longer wish to receive our newsletter or promotional materials may opt-out of receiving these communications by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the e-mail.

How and Why We Collect Information

We collect your information in order to record and support your participation in the activities you select. We use this information to track your preferences and to keep you informed about the products and services you have selected to receive and any related products and/or services. As a visitor to this Website, you can engage in most activities without providing any personal information. It is only when you seek to subscribe to a service, register for an event, fill out a form, or make a donation that you are required to provide information.

How Do We Use The Information You Provide Us?

We use personal information for the purpose of serving you through:

  • Presenting our Website and its contents to you;
  • Providing you with ministry, teaching, and encouragement;
  • Providing you with the services and information you requested;
  • Providing you with information about your subscriptions and events;
  • Providing you with news of the organization’s activities;
  • Carrying out any contract between you and the organization;
  • Delivering the item to which you have subscribed;
  • Processing your donation;
  • Administering our ministry activities.

From time-to-time, we may use the information you provide to us to make you offers to purchase products and services provided by third parties in exchange for a commission to be paid to us by such third parties. Should you opt to take part in such promotions, the third parties will receive your information.

From time-to-time, we may use the information you provide to us to display advertisements to you that are tailored to your personal characteristics, interests, and activities.

Children Under the Age of 13

Our Website is not intended for children under 13 years of age. No one under age 13 may provide any information to or on the Website. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you are under 13, do not use or provide any information on this Website or on or through any of its features/register on the Website, make any donations through the Website, use any of the interactive or public comment features of this Website or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, or any screen name or user name you may use.

If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at [email protected].


By using our website, you hereby consent to our privacy policy and agree to its terms.

Contact Us

We welcome your questions or comments regarding the Privacy Policy:

Shades of Grace Ministries
P.O. Box 632934 Nacogdoches, TX 75963
Email Address: [email protected]

Effective beginning May 25, 2018