Free Group Text Messaging :: Church, youth everyone else

Many small organizations, churches and youth groups cannot afford the high priced group messaging services that many companies offer. Telefio Messaging offers a free group messaging service for small youth groups and churches.

Telefio is really nice because it has all the features that you need to notify your subscribers/members and the really cool thing about it is that it’s totally free. You can see how it works at I would recommend it to youth leaders, church leaders, small groups, ministry groups, worship groups or just anyone that needs a cheap (or free) group messaging service to keep in touch with his or her group.

Free youth group sms messaging

Youth Groups use Telefio Messaging to reach out via SMS

SMS Marketing and Group Messaging are widely used services by many businesses. But businesses are not the only ones that can benefit from such valuable and effective services.

The First Russian Baptist Church youth of Mount Crawford, Virginia is a youth group who has been using a group messaging service for a few years now and can’t live without it!

With 180 members, the FRBC youth pastor still manages to keep in touch with each one of them and keep everyone on the same page about current events and activities.

There are many group messaging options out there but “Telefio has to be the best group messaging service, they just understand youth leaders.” says Artem, a helper in the youth group. Telefio Messaging was created specifically for youth and church groups.

Pete Tkachuk, former FRBC youth leader, says he loves the service. “[Telefio] is a low cost … communication service that’s very user friendly and provides robust tools for managing teams…” Pete signed up for the service about 2 years ago.

You can read more about the youth group on their web page at (Light in the darkness).

Are you using SMS to increase awareness about your ministry? Telefio Messaging,, might be your answer.

Hostmonster 500 error/dispatch Problem

The following error was found in my fastcgi.crash.log

[23/Jul/2009:10:00:28 :: 23983] Dispatcher failed to catch: undefined
method `read’ for class `FCGI::Stream’ (NameError) /usr/lib/ruby/gems/
103:in `process_request’ /home/username/rails/app/vendor/rails/
railties/lib/fcgi_handler.rb:153:in `with_signal_handler’
101:in `process_request’
78:in `process_each_request’
`session’ /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/fcgi-0.8.7/lib/fcgi.rb:104:in
/usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/fcgi-0.8.7/lib/fcgi.rb:36:in `each’
77:in `process_each_request’
76:in `catch’ /home/username/rails/app/vendor/rails/railties/lib/
fcgi_handler.rb:76:in `process_each_request’
51:in `process!’
23:in `process!’
unhandled dispatch error

Josh’s message got me on the right track to a fix, but didn’t quite
work. I believe this is in fact a bug in the rack gem.

Step 1: Install the rack gem locally

gem install rack

Step 2: Fix the bug in the locally installed rack gem

Edit /path/to/local/gems/rackrack-1.0.0/lib/rack/handler/fastcgi.rb.
Move line #7 to just below the definition of the read method. It
should look as follows.

class FCGI::Stream
def read(n, buffer=nil)
buf = _rack_read_without_buffer n
buffer.replace(buf.to_s) if buffer
alias _rack_read_without_buffer read

You can determine the path to your locally installed gems by running
‘gem env’. Look for ‘INSTALLATION DIRECTORY’.

Step 3: Tell your rails app to use the local gem instead of the system

Edit the environment.rb file for your application and add the
following to the top.

ENV[‘GEM_PATH’] = ‘/path/to/local/ruby/gems’

Use the path exactly as listed next to ‘INSTALLATION DIRECTORY’ when
you run ‘gem env’. In my case, it was /home/username/ruby/gems. You
should not need to specify the path to the global system gems.

Step 4: Kill any running dispatch.fcgi processes

killall -u username dispatch.fcgi

Step 5: Try to access your app

At this point my rails app started with no problem.

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