Who we are

Hand of Mercy Christian Fellowship is located at:

Hand of Mercy Christian Fellowship
4930 E Main St #7, Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 832-1549

Protecting your private information is our priority. This Statement of Privacy applies to https://handofmercy.org and Hand of Mercy Christian Fellowship and governs data collection and usage. For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, unless otherwise noted, all references to Hand of Mercy Christian Fellowship include “we”, “us”, the “Site”, “https://handofmercy.org” and “Hand of Mercy”. The Hand of Mercy website is a Church and Sermon Podcast site. By using Hand of Mercy’s website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Children Under Thirteen

Hand of Mercy does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use this website.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Collection of your Personal Information

Hand of Mercy may collect personally identifiable information, such as your:

  • First and Last Name
  • Mailing Address
  • E-mail Address
  • Phone Number

If you donate through our secure donation link, your billing and credit card information will be collected in order to complete the purchase transaction. This is provided directly to our third party payment processor, EFT Corporation, and no financial information such as credit card number is retained by Hand of Mercy. However, first and last name, mailing address, email address, and phone number may be provided to Hand of Mercy in order for us to provide donation tax receipts.

We do not collect any personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us. However, you may be required to provide certain personal information to us when you elect to use certain products or services available on the Site. These may include:

  • Submitting your credit card or other payment information when donating through our secure donation link.
  • Sending us an email message.
  • Commenting on a post.
  • Registering for an account on our Site (if applicable)

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through Hand of Mercy’s public comment sections, this information may be collected and used by others.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Tracking User Behavior

Hand of Mercy may keep track of the websites and pages our users visit within Hand of Mercy, in order to determine what Hand of Mercy services are the most popular.

Automatically Collected Information

Information about your computer hardware and software may be automatically collected by Hand of Mercy. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding the use of the Hand of Mercy website.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Use of Cookies

The Hand of Mercy website may use “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you register with Hand of Mercy site or services, a cookie helps Hand of Mercy to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same Hand of Mercy website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Hand of Mercy features.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Hand of Mercy services or websites you visit.

Website cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Links and Embedded content from other websites

This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Use of your Personal Information

Hand of Mercy collects and uses your personal information to operate its website(s) and to communicate with you in relation to donations, services and/or products you have requested from us. Hand of Mercy may use your personally identifiable information to inform you of products or services available from Hand of Mercy and its affiliates. We may also gather additional personal or non-personal information in the future.

Sharing Information with Third Parties

Third Party Payment Processor

We use EFT Corporation, a third party payment processor, to process donations made to Hand of Mercy. When donations are processed, information is provided directly to EFT Corporations, and Hand of Mercy does not retain any financial information such as credit card numbers. However, information such as first name, last name, email address, and mailing address may be provided to Hand of Mercy in order to provide donation tax receipts. The use of your personal information provided to EFT Corporation is governed by their privacy policy, which may be viewed at  https://etransfer.com/privacypolicy.cfm .

Third Party Email Providers

Hand of Mercy uses Mailchimp or Gmail to send out email announcements to customers. Their Privacy Polices can be found at the following links: https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/ and https://policies.google.com/privacy .

Other information about third parties

Hand of Mercy may share data with trusted partners to help perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Hand of Mercy, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Hand of Mercy does not sell, rent or lease its customer information to third parties.

Hand of Mercy may disclose your personal information, without notice, if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with the legal process served on Hand of Mercy or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Hand of Mercy; and/or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Hand of Mercy, or the public.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Security of your Personal Information

Hand of Mercy secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.

Hand of Mercy uses the following methods for this purpose:

  • SSL /TSL Protocol in our donation links provided through our third party service EFT Corporation to ensure protection of your payment information. You can review their privacy policy here : https://etransfer.com/privacypolicy.cfm
  • Shield Security on our website

When you click on our donation link, you will be redirected to a secure website page hosted by EFT Corporation. This is indicated by a closed padlock icon directly to the left of the website address. Please verify this before proceeding with your donation. For more information about EFT Corporation and to review their privacy policy please see the following link: https://etransfer.com/privacypolicy.cfm

Our secure donation link is protected by SSL /TSL Protocol. When personal information (such as credit card number) is transmitted to other websites on a secured webpage, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol.

We strive to take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or alteration of your personal information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations inherent to the Internet which are beyond our control: and (b) security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through this Site cannot be guaranteed.

Shield Security details

Our website uses specialist security software – Shield Security. This helps to ensure data breaches do not occur and our website and data are protected against hacking attempts and intrusion.

Shield Security protects site visitors and works to block potential hacks while monitoring web traffic and filesystem changes.

The learn more about Shield Security, please follow this link.


  1. The Shield Security plugin never stores any sensitive, personally identifiable information in any cookie at any time.
  2. In the case that the Shield Security plugin needs to redirect a visitor or any request, it may use a cookie to prevent repeated/infinite redirect loops.
  3. For registered/logged-in users, the Shield Security plugin uses a cookie to track user sessions and control display of certain in-plugin admin notices.
  4. The Shield Security plugin does not normally use Cookies for unregistered site visitors. It may however use a cookie to register the closure of the Shield Security security badge to prevent repeated display.

Data Storage: User Sessions
For logged-in users, the Shield Security plugin stores information on the username, the IP address and the time of last login and last activity.

This information is purged upon logout or data cleanup.

Data Storage: Audit Trail
The Shield Security plugin has an Audit Trail feature that will log the following information:

  1. Audit Trail message that may include email addresses
  2. Logged-in username (where applicable)
  3. Originating IP address of the request

For logged-in users this represents information that may be used to locate (by IP address) and identify individuals and their activity on the site.

This information is stored for security purposes by the site administrator.

This data will be retained and then automatically purged from the database after a fixed time period, as determined by the site administrator. (Currently this is set to 14 days.)

Email Communications

From time to time, Hand of Mercy may contact you via email for the purpose of providing announcements, alerts, confirmations, surveys, and/or other general communication.

If you would like to stop receiving communications via email from Hand of Mercy, you may opt out of such communications by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of emails, or by contacting us directly at pastorpete@handofmercy.org.

Changes to this Statement

Hand of Mercy reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your account, by placing a prominent notice on our site, and/or by updating any privacy information on this page. Your continued use of the Site and/or Services available through this Site after such modifications will constitute your: (a) acknowledgement of the modified Privacy Policy; and (b) agreement to abide and be bound by that Policy.

Contact Information

Hand of Mercy welcomes your questions or comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Hand of Mercy has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Hand of Mercy at:

Hand of Mercy Christian Fellowship
4930 E Main St # 7
Mesa, Arizona 85205

Email address:

Telephone number:
(480) 832-1549

Effective as of April 04, 2020

Privacy Policy constructed with help from free privacy policy generator on Rocketlawyer.com.