CornerStone Portable Computers is a Christian non-profit ministry, that exists to provide resources for the mobilisation of Pastors, Missionaries, Christian Schools, Organisations, and Lay Christians world-wide to the spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
GREAT PRICES ON TOSHIBA LAPTOPS -- Todd, our good friend working in Bosnia, tipped us off on what he says is a great location for cut-rate pricing on Toshiba laptops. Steve seems to have a burden for pastors, missionaries and Christian schools to have a computer.
NEED A TOSHIBA COMPUTER? -- DSR, Inc, has specialized in providing Toshiba portable computers to missionaries overseas since 1986. Its techs have lots of experience with delivery, 220 volts, plug ends, etc., and they operate one of 27 major Premier-level repair shop in the USA. They provide "one-business-day" turn around on tech support emails.
Since 1986, DSR has strived to provide the technology community with a unique option when it comes to purchasing and servicing computer equipment. Unique in that we combine a large product line, a full range of accessories and upgrades, outstanding repair capabilities and a dedicated staff that knows what it takes to attract and retain a loyal customer. These qualities have produced repeat customers and numerous referrals, which have enabled our company to grow significantly over the years.
Originally a family owned business, DSR recently became employee owned and operated. What started as a company selling and repairing laptop computers when these machines first emerged in the marketplace has evolved into a full service technology firm. DSR has sales and service authorizations with most all the major computer manufacturers and a network services division, which specializes in network design and installation for the small to medium business market. While the computer industry and its incredible technology has experienced substantial change over the years, DSR has kept pace and has consistently provided the solid expertise in this field that our customers seek.
We enthusiastically invite you to experience the DSR difference. We promise to deliver not only exceptional service but also very competitive pricing, knowing that in doing so you too will become one of our many satisfied customers.
They do have them fixed enough to get email accounts on them. They aren't free but sold at cost -- meaning what they have paid them for. They also have a lot of other supplies for schools, churches, medical clinics etc. Their focus is on connecting with the church leaders who actually live in those areas but they also work with missionaries and anyone involved in ministry. Laptop Computers Currently Available For Overseas Only. On all computers the hard drive has been wiped clean. It is advisable that you have experiece setting up computers or know someone who can. The computer will boot the same as if you were booting off of a 3.5" floppy disk. You will need to load DOS, Windows and other programs as needed.
Computer ministry has multiplied to aid 5,000 workers worldwide
By Brittany Jarvis
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Walter Tripp, manager of Missionary Computer Fellowship, recalls hearing someone describe the organization as "the most widely known rinky dink ministry in the world."
While he laughs about the "rinky dink" part and questions the "most widely known" distinction, Tripp acknowledges MCF has helped thousands of missionaries by providing inexpensive or free computers, software and training.
The Orlando-based MCF supports a staff of 25 people who spend much of their time upgrading or refurbishing computers for missionaries. The ministry originally was established to offer computer training for missionaries, recounted Tripp, a member of Central Parkway Baptist Church in Orlando, but its capabilities have expanded with its reputation.
First Presbyterian Church, Orlando, which Tripp said has "been very good to us in an interdenominational sense," gave a major boost to the ministry when it offered MCF free office space to build computers. The community soon rallied behind MCF as its impact on missions grew. Community members began donating used computers to the MCF office.
Initially the intent was to rebuild the computers for resale to companies as a means of financing the ministry. But that quickly evolved into updating used computers for sale to missionaries as well, and has now become a major focus of the ministry.
Missionaries -- including retired missionaries, missionary children and students training to be missionaries -- receive a 75 percent discount on most used computer equipment. MCF gives away outdated computer models such as IBM's 286, 386 and 486.
Missionaries also can obtain brand-new computers, with the requirement they pay for the wholesale cost of parts.
Of the 5,000 missionaries aided by MCF, hundreds have sent notes and letters expressing their gratitude for the computers.
A missionary in Nigeria wrote, "I really lack words to express my appreciation for the way you have continued to bless the work in Nigeria with all of the computers."
Diane R. Fox, who serves in Africa, wrote, "Thank you again for your gracious gift of seven computers for Guinea. I know that those who receive them will greatly appreciate what you have done ... ."
Tripp said most missionaries use computers to stay in touch with relatives and friends through e-mail. Others use Printmaster to make cards for church members and the online Bible search program for teaching materials. Betty Lou Mills, a missionary to Bosnia and Croatia, said, "MCF got me started on computers. They made it possible on a missionary salary to get a computer."
Presently, MCF's greatest need is for workers and for older computers, Tripp said. The ministry has several pending requests from Russia, Trinidad and Nigeria for computers. Tripp also needs workers to service Macintosh computers and to edit videos for missionaries.
"Every year we almost drown in the numbers of people who need help," Tripp said. "The thing I'd like to do is to help more people, and to do that we need more workers."
For information about receiving computer training, giving and receiving computer equipment contact Missionary Computer Fellowship.
Used Computers and Monitors from a Christian Ministry.
This place has some of the best deals I have seen on used computers and monitors. This ministry specializes in selling videos to missionaries.
Many companies who make computers will also sell refurbished computers. I know Dell and Hewlett Packard do this.If you buy used computers the most reliable brands are probably Dell, Gateway, Micron and Hewlett Packard. Dell is usually near the top for ratings.
Dell gives either a 5 or 10 percent discount to churches. http://www.dell.com/us/en/dfo/misc/segmenter_dfo.htm Tested, re-tested, and guaranteed Dell products with same-as-new 24 hour technical support and limited warranties. Shop Dell Outlet for current technology ready to ship at reduced prices.
Used Mac dealers lots of web sites of new, used and reconditioned Macs.
As a follow-on to our earlier item about solar-powered laptops, we thought we should point out that Faithe clarified that the devices mentioned in the item, " NEED POWER FOR THAT LAPTOP? TRY SOLAR!" (May 31st edition), are actually fairly low power. To recharge a laptop, one would probably need to link several units together. The wattage for a typical laptop runs about 35 watts. It would take over 15 of these things to power your laptop. Since that's fairly expensive, Faithe found for us an alternative. For about $129-$450 you can get a portable 12V solar unit which will power a laptop. The price range depends on which laptop you have (how much energy it draws) and how much power you want from the solar system. See http://www.realgoods.com for more info.