One sent home, one lost, one up, one down? I was contacted by a church we had rescued a domain for, interested in getting their domain back, I turned it back over to them today (the pastor reimbursed us for the cost of the domain).I know I am getting to sound like a broken record on this. I was contacted by a pastor from Kentucky. Their church had three domains registered, the person that was maintaining them moved to Colorado. I had registered one of the domains back in June 07. It was during the time I was expanding the ministry and just scooping up available domains.  The other two domains are owned by “a church in North Carolina, and a church in Japan (at least they are indeed churches!).” I can't emphasize the need for the domain to be registered in church's name with the church's email address so the Pastor or Staff is notified when the domain needs to be renewed. This pastor was of the opinion that they had the domains registered several years out into the future. Let give you all another wake up call. A domain can be canceled by the owner BEFORE it expires. If you pay some professional to handle your website and don't pay for the website, and the domain is included in the website cost, I have seen MANY providers take down the site for non-payment and simply cancel the domains so they are free for ANYONE to grab! Since the domain was not a “rescued” domain, I did not do any background checks. And, unfortunately for this pastor, I had assigned the domain to a church in Oklahoma just before Christmas.We were notified that our COBRA medical from my previous employer was going up $70 per month – the Lord can provide! Please pray for us, and our finances. Also, Maureen is will be going back to the doctor tomorrow, please pray for a good report.I was notified that I should be able to start my MSCA classes on January 20.I seem to be getting famous. I received a call from a pastor in California. They are trying to update their web page. They need the password and login. After 10 minutes on the phone I determined, that:I don't have their domain.Their domain is owned by someone in West Virginia (that the staff member I was on the phone with never heard of!I provided them with the name, phone number and email address of the person that the domain was registered to.Should I get back up on my soap box about the importance of maintaining that domain name ownership and communication window? Nah….. 
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