Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why do I need to fill out an application for the free resources?
Before you fill out an application you must first fill out a contact form. This simple form will help us determine if your ministry falls within our Foundation’s focus as stated on our website.
If your ministry does fall within our focus, we will email you information for filling out an application. The application process usually takes less than 10 minutes and will provide us with information about your ministry or event, your contact information so we can contact you with questions, your shipping address, and it allows you to select which resources and quantities you are interested in.
Please understand that filling out an application does not guarantee that we will be able to provide them to you or your organization. We will never share or sell your information to third parties.
2. What is a digital signature?
This means to type your name into the field.
3. How will I know if you received my application?
The page will refresh and a notification will appear on your screen immediately after submitting your application indicating that your application has been received into our database. You will also receive a copy of your application to the email you provided.
4. How often may I apply for resources?
When requesting resources for ministry efforts within our primary ministry focus (military, first responders, prison ministry), we will be happy to review an application anytime you have a need we can support.
Our resources have been shared with churches and other ministries; however, we were not designed to provide resources on an ongoing basis but rather for specific outreach events/efforts. We partner directly with established ministries. For specific events that fall within our ministry focus, please allow 4 to 6 weeks for review and processing/shipping of each application.
5. How many books may I ask for?
If your event or effort falls within our ministry focus, then the quantity should be based on the number of people expected at the event.
6. It says that my address is “invalid/commercial/residential/unknown”. Is this okay?
a. Commercial: This means that this is a valid commercial address.
b. Residential: This means that this is a valid residential address.
c. Unknown: This address is unknown, which could mean a PO Box or a commercial address in a residential area. We will check the address when we receive your application.
d. Invalid: You have an incomplete address. Please make sure you have filled out all required address fields.
7. How much do the books cost?
All of our resources are free, including the shipping expenses.
8. The book says “A free gift, not to be sold” or “For donation only.” What does this mean?
Our resources must always remain free. They may be shared within an environment where no monies are exchanged. (This includes fundraisers and where donations are accepted).
9. If I want copies for myself and I do not fall within your ministry focus, what can I do?
We can provide a few resources for a one-time personal use. You will need to submit an application for this purpose.
10. May I purchase the books?
Our resources are free. However, you may purchase the original versions of these books (with the exception of the Michael Christopher series) at local bookstores or various online sources.
11. May I purchase the cross pins?
Our cross pins are free. However, you may purchase them at www.byamericanco.com or by calling 401-651-7365. Mention The 1687 Foundation for a discount from the manufacturer.
12. My application will not submit. What could the problem be?
Double check that all required fields have been filled in, that the quantity of books has been selected, and that you have typed your name into the digital signature.
13. What does “organization” mean on the application?
The organization is the name of the location where the resources will be shipped. The organization name must match the name or sign on the outside of the building.
14. Why don’t you accept donations?
We are self- funded and do not accept donations of any kind. This is our opportunity to give back to the Lord for His graciousness to our Foundation.
15. What is the time frame for receiving my resources?
We strive to review applications within two business days of receipt. Fulfillment and shipping typically takes another two business days. Depending on the shipping location, it may take up to a week for actual delivery. If we have any challenges with the address we are shipping to, questions about your ministry effort, etc. it will increase the review time until all questions are answered. Please submit an application a minimum of 4 weeks, but no more than 6 weeks, before your event to ensure our ability to ship resources to you in a timely manner.
Pray for our Foundation and those using our free resources that they may be used properly and for furthering God’s Kingdom within our mission focus and calling.
The 1687 Foundation is self-funded and does not accept donations. Anyone who would like to make a donation – may we suggest the Military Missions Network, Puppies Behind Bars, or another military ministry program. We have provided direct links for your convenience.
(Please be aware, The 1687 Foundation is not affiliated with these or any other military ministry)
The Military Missions Network (MMN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported through the generosity of individuals, churches, ministries, foundations, and businesses that care about military singles and families, and support our mission on their behalf. This ministry relies on the freewill offerings of those who believe in the vision, mission and integrity of the MMN. All support is deeply appreciated! Donations are tax-deductible.
Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. Puppies enter prison at the age of eight weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it. PBB programs bring the love and healing of dogs to hundreds of individuals every year. The dogs bring hope and pride to their raisers, and independence and security to those they serve.