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Orphan elephant adopted by family of buffalo

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A friend of mine posted an article to Facebook about an elephant that has lived as a buffalo for over 40 years.

Elephant with Buffalo
If you want to read the full article you can do so by simply clicking here. But briefly it seems this elephant was orphaned in 1970 and adopted by a heard of buffalo. She has lived with the herd of buffalo ever since and has no interest in being reintroduced to elephant herds. She has become a buffalo.

The story touched my heart.

It also brought to mind the children that we provide for at Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. Many are orphans. Often because of the effects of AIDS, malaria and other local health problems. These children have been ‘adopted’ into the home. Not a heard of buffalo but a family of other children, adults who love and care for them, an opportunity for an education, clothing, medical care and a strong Christian environment.

Our Administrator at the Home is Erick Owino who was himself an orphan living on the streets as a young child, frequently hungry, always in danger before he was taken into a Christian Children’s Home. Now as an educated adult he helps look after the next generation of struggling children.

Please help us to help these children.

Their only income is from Christian House Sitters. (All our income goes to the home) and from people who choose to either sponsor a child or to make an occasional donation.

All funds are passed through our charity arm T.L.C. Children’s Trust (Registered Charity Number 1156786) and we carefully monitor where it is used. We are in contact with the home a few times every week and know exactly where the money is used.

Please also join us in praying as we urgently need £6,000 to build 2 more dormitories as our facilities are simply not sufficient for the number of children.

If you or your church can help even in a very small way please get in touch.

If you would like to know more about the home or the charitable trust please click here.

To find out more about Christian House Sitters click here

God bless you,




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Some people are unbelievable

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Understanding PeopleI will never understand people.

That is a strange remark from someone who has a doctorate in Psychology, who taught Counselling and has spent years working with people but I am still constantly surprised by people.

Let me give you an example.

Christian House Sitters offers people all over the world an opportunity to enjoy a rent free vacation. This has blessed hundreds of people. Yet yesterday I got an email from someone complaining that they are expected to cover their own travelling expenses to get to the place where they will be staying rent-free.

The lady said that she wanted to have a 2 week vacation with her husband and 3 children, they found an ideal house through our site with a swimming pool, 4 bedrooms, beautiful garden and a lovely location and on this occasion not even any pets to look after. Ideal for them but she wanted to know why she should cover the cost of the journey from where she lives to the vacation property.

Out of interest I looked it up and she would be driving about 100 miles.

Who does she think should pay this? The people who are allowing her the privilege of staying free of charge in their home?

It works both ways. Our home owners are normally delighted that someone is going to stay in their home, protect the property from intruders, and often look after their animals free of charge. But recently a potential owner decided not to register because we refused to allow him to demand that a sitter spend their time doing some major repairs to his roof. Why should they?

Our philosophy is really simple. We believe everyone benefits from our system. Sitters enjoy a rent-free vacation and owners enjoy the peace of mind of knowing their home and pets (if they have any) are looked after. Both sides also have the joy of being able to help another Christian.

We therefore do not allow either side to charge a fee nor do we allow owners to demand that the sitters spend their vacation working.

Ahh I hear someone object but surely Christian House Sitters is making lots of money through this.


Marilyn and I personally cover all the costs of running this ministry and ever penny of income goes via our registered charity (T.L.C. Children’s Trust charity number 1156786) to support a Christian Children’s Home in Kenya where really needy children are helped with accommodation, schooling, clothing, food and medical care.

If you would like a rent-free vacation or to have someone look after your home free of charge please visit our website for more details. CLICK HERE

If you would like to know more about the Children’s Home then please CLICK HERE

God bless you,




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Seeing life differently.

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A different view

Those of you who’ve been following this blog will know that I have been waiting for an operation on my eye. I had it yesterday.

I am thrilled with the result but it is going to take some time to adjust.

All my life I have been shortsighted and have therefore had to wear glasses in order to do everything. Even though I have worn them for almost 60 years I have never liked wearing glasses. They cause problems in the rain and they are just a bit of a pain at times but I have got used to them.

Over the years my shortsightedness has got progressively worse until I could only see clearly for about 8 inches in front of my face. Anything beyond that I needed my glasses.

To make things slightly more difficult I started to develop cataracts in both eyes and have been waiting for them to mature and then be removed.

The operation I had yesterday was to remove the cataract from my left eye but the hospital now do things somewhat differently. They not only removed the cataract but they actually removed the entire lens from my eye and replaced it with an artificial lens adjusted to my prescription to give me perfect distance vision with that eye.

As result I can now see very clearly from the horizon until about 3 feet from my face. I don’t think I have ever seen as clearly. The operation itself was not at all traumatic and I am delighted with the result.

I still need to have my right eye done. I understand that the waiting list for this will be a few months as they have to wait one month after doing the first eye to check on its progress before booking the appointment for the second eye.

The result is that I can now see clearly for the first 8 inches from my face through my right eye after which everything becomes out of focus and I can see from about 3 feet away to the horizon through my left.

This leaves a gap from about 8 inches to 3 feet where I can’t see clearly with either eye.

That is a little awkward as I need vision in that particular area in order to work the computer, run Christian housesitters, do my duties as a church treasurer, preaching etc.

I’ve been experimenting today and find that the best solution, at the moment, is to put an eye patch over my repaired left eye and then put on my old glasses which enables my right eye to see for those tasks. Now all I need is a parrot on my shoulder and I will be a bona fides pirate.Pirate

Thank you for everyone who has sent messages of support and prayers. God has done a wonderful job, as he always does, and I am thrilled with the results of yesterday’s operation.

I would still appreciate your prayers for the next couple of months that the appointment for my second eye will come through quickly and that I will find the best way to do those jobs which require vision in the section where I am at present still having problems.

God bless you,




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I was frustrated but……

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I was feeling frustrated.

My vision is not as good as it should be because of cataracts and I am on the waiting list for cataract surgery at the Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, Somerset. The wait has dragged on and on making life a little difficult at times as I depend on my vision for almost everything that I do from running Christian House Sitters through driving, preaching and even on to handling the finances as church treasurer.

Eventually I was contacted and told the operation would take place on the 12th of May. I was delighted but then got a call to say “sorry it has to be postponed” Grrrr

Then another call saying it was re booked for the 23rd of May. Phew relief.

A few days before the due date another phone call “sorry we have to cancel the appointment due to unforeseen circumstances but we will re book you asap

The frustration began.

Every morning I watched for the postman and waited for a phone call.

So far nothing.

Every day I moaned at God “Why did you let then cancel my appointment you know I need it?”

Today I read the local newspaper and saw the following article.

The West Country Logo


Cataract patients suffer complications after private firm’s operations at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
9:00am Thursday 29th May 2014
A PRIVATE firm hired to perform routine eye surgery at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital had its contract terminated after dozens of patients suffered mystery complications. More than half the 62 patients who had cataracts removed earlier this month experienced blurred vision and swollen corneas – normally one in 400 have such side effects, according to Musgrove.
Patients, who were treated under local anaesthetic in a mobile unit beside the day surgery unit, have been recalled and given treatment to ease the problem, but some may need further surgery in the future……..

God knows what He is doing.Perfect Timing

His timing is perfect.
His delays are for our good.
I am reminded that I need to trust Him and stop my complaining.

God bless you,





Funny Picture of Operating Theatre


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A Small World can mean a Big Problem

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The world, so they say, is becoming ever smaller because of TV, the Internet and fast travel.

Small WorldPlaces that were once so very far away are now almost in our own backyard. I can remember living in South Africa and placing a phone call to England and being told there was a 14 hour delay and that when I was put through I would be limited to a maximum of 3 minutes.

How it has changed.

I love the changes. I am delighted that I can sit in my home in England, pick up the telephone and preach to a congregation gathered in rural Kenya where they do not even have electricity.

Without modern communications we could not run either Christian House Sitters or TLC Children’s Trust.

Without modern communications we could not run the Children’s Home in Kenya from our base in England.

But sadly with every step forward there seems to be a corresponding step backwards.

Because the world is so much smaller we are no longer shocked when we see children starving, pictures of war or disasters. We have become much more hard hearted.

I want to challenge every one who reads this to prayerfully consider if you can do something, no matter how small, to help those less fortunate than yourself.

One place you may like to begin is by making a donation towards the Children’s Home in Kenya.

These children would be homeless, living on the streets, begging and stealing to stay alive if it were not for Home of Peace. Instead they are well fed, clothed attending a good school and growing up in a Christian environment. As a result instead of ending up either dead or as criminals they can now grow into productive, educated and healthy members of society.

We personally monitor where every penny is spent. We do not take anything towards our overheads but cover these personally.

James 1:27 So please consider helping.

Areas we need help include.

Occasional gifts. No matter how small.

Regular sponsorship for a child.

Gifts towards the urgent need to build additional dormitories as our facilities are not sufficient to meet the required minimum standard set by the Children’s Services.

How can you get involved?
God bless you



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Vacation Fun

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I always enjoy a good laugh so was delighted when my friend Arthur Song shared the following with me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

TRAVEL PLANS to consider…Dog on vacation

I have been in many places, but I have never been in Kahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Kahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.

I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often these days.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, but I don’t remember what country I was in. It’s an age thing. They tell me it is very wet and damp there.


Extra Charges at checkout jokeWherever you are going remember with Christian House Sitters you get to enjoy your vacation in rent-free accommodation. Also if you are concerned about leaving your home and pets while you are away we can arrange for them to be looked after free of charge.

For more details please see our website

We are a part of the Registered Charity T.L.C. Childrens Trust (

God bless you,




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Bureaucratic Double Speak

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A friend kindly sent me the following story and it reminded me of another similar episode I personally experienced. Before I tell you my experience here is his story.

My daughter called me at work to say I was to phone “Josh” at the bank regarding my account. So, I called my bank and the operator asked me what Josh’s last name was and I explained that he hadn’t left his last name.
When she asked for his department, I said that I didn’t know.
“There are 1500 employees in this building, ma’am,” she advised me ra
Baloney Detectorther sharply.
After a few more brusque comments, I was becoming angry so I asked
her for her name.
“Danielle,” she said.
“And your last name?” I asked.
“Sorry,” she replied, “we’re not allowed to give out last names.”

As you will know we run a ministry called Christian House Sitters which has a two-fold aim.

Firstly we enable Christians all over the world to enjoy vacations that they may otherwise have found difficult to afford. This is done by offering all our registered sitters rent-free vacations and by offering our registered home owners someone reliable who will look after their home and pets free of charge while they are away. This has blessed hundreds of people all over the world.

Our second aim is to use all income received from our sitters registration (they pay £25 a year. Owners pay nothing) to support the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya.

Because of this second aim we are a registered charity with the Charity Commission of England and Wales (reg number 1156786) under the name TLC Children’s Fund.

When we applied for registration we were asked for our aims and said:
“To provide for vulnerable children in Africa thorough the provision of funds for food, clothing, accommodation, education, medical expenses, etc.”
The Charity Commission wrote back asking “What do you mean by the word ‘vulnerable’?

We replied:
“These are children who are either orphans or who have only one parent who is unable or unwilling to support them. Without support these children will resort to living on the streets and rely on begging or stealing to survive. This is a major problem in that part of Kenya.
Before any child is accepted at Home of Peace the Administrator, Mr. Erick Owino, carries out a full investigation into their circumstances. This includes contacting the Area Chief in their home village, informing Children’s Services in Siaya, and interviewing anyone who knows the children or their family. The Dept. of Children’s Services receives a monthly report on all children accommodated at the home.”

They wrote back saying the word ‘vulnerable’ is not a word with a clear meaning and we needed to change our wording to.

“To relieve the needs of orphans and other underprivileged children and young people in Kenya in particular but not exclusively by the provision of funds for food, clothing, accommodation, education and medical care.

We did and they registered us.

Now the double-speak. Before anyone can be registered by the Charity Commission as a Charity Trustee they need to sign the official Trustee Declaration. Part of it reads as follows
“Working with vulnerable people”
Does your organization work with children or vulnerable adults?

I am confused. Double Speak

How can they ask about working with vulnerable people and then say the word vulnerable is unacceptable as it is not a clearly defined word?

Bureaucracy gone mad again.

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If you are interested in TLC Children’s Trust then please Click Here

My friend who sent me the Bank story also sent this which may help explain why people working for large organizations often speak in riddles.

Buzzword Bingo

How to play: Simply tick off 5 words heard in one meeting from the following list and shout out BINGO! It’s that easy!

Proactive, not Reactive
Win-Win Situation
Think Outside the Box
Take That Offline
On the Same Page
Strategic Fit
Gap Analysis
Best Practice
The Bottom Line
Core Business
Lessons Learned
Touch Base
Game Plan
In the Loop
Out of the Loop
Go the Extra Mile
The Big Picture
Movers and Shakers
Ball Park
Fast Track
A Done Deal
Empower Employees
No Blame
Stretch the Envelope
Knowledge Base
Total Quality
Put The One to Bed
Move the Goal Posts
Peel the Onion Back

Testimonials from other players:

“I had only been in the meeting for five minutes when I yelled BINGO.”

“My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically.”

“The facilitator was gobsmacked as we all screamed BINGO for the 3rd time.”

“I feel that the game has enhanced the overall quality of meetings per se on a quid pro quo basis.”

“People are even listening to mumblers, thanks to Buzzword Bingo!”

God bless you,




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