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May-4-blogIs it really May already?

Hardly seems possible but it is and we are rapidly moving through 2015.

It is time to pause and think about our plans for the rest of the year otherwise we will find ourselves missing wonderful opportunities.

One of the important things that we need to think about is when we are going to have a vacation.

As I have mentioned in previous posts there is a whole lot of sound research that shows the advantages of having a break and the dangers of not having a break. It impacts on family life, marriages, productivity at work, mental health and physical health to name just a few.Dog on Vacation

 We want to help you.
How?
We can offer you rent free accommodation all over the world.

No there is really no catch. Look at the website  (www.Christian-housesitters.com )and read the reports by leading Christian and Secular media from all around the world. They investigated and then reported.

While you are there also take a moment to read the testimonials on the site from those who have benefitted personally.

Cat in suitcaseWhat about your home and pets?
Here again we can help.
There is no need to leave your home unprotected and vulnerable to a whole range of potential disasters. Burglary, flooding due to a burst pipe, storm damage or anything else.

There is no need to imprison your loved pets in some kennels or cattery.

We can arrange for honest, reliable Christians who have references from their church to stay in your house and it will not cost you anything.

There is the very old song about love and marriage which says you can’t have one without the other. Well with us you can have either of our services without the other or you can choose both.
So if you just want to have a vacation join as a House Sitter
If you just want someone to look after your home and animals join as a Home Owner
Or if you want both then join as both.
The choice is entirely up to you.

God bless you,
Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

 

 

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Making a Noise. My strange life.

I have lived what many consider a rather strange life.

When I tell people about the jobs I have held they often ask how I managed to fit all that into a single lifetime. Well the answer is really simple. For the majority of my working life I held 2 and often 3 different jobs at the same time.

Why? Because God called me to do work for Him and usually all our salary and savings went to support the work. Often a single salary was not enough so I would take on a second or third job to enable me to do what we both felt called by God to do.

I mention this because I was thinking back to the later 1970’s early 1980’s when we were still in South Africa and we got involved with Civil Defence as volunteer ambulance crew. ambulanceIt involved intensive First Aid training ( I eventually qualified as a paramedic) and one night a week we would meet at the local Fire and Ambulance station for training and at least once a week we would be on duty manning an emergency ambulance. We were naturally also on call should there ever be a major emergency (yes there were a few).

When we got called out to an emergency we would have the siren blasting and the emergency lights flashing and off we would rush to try to save a life.
I am sure that there were times when the siren noise disturbed some people. It may even have woken a few sleeping children. That was not our intentnoiseion but a side effect of our frantic rush to get to the emergency before it was too late to save a life and as a result I never felt any guilt for making a noise under those circumstances.

Many years have passed. I no longer do that type of duty but as most of you will know we are retired and run Christian House Sitters which brings great blessing to people all over the world enabling them to enjoy vacations that they could otherwise not have afforded. We also run TLC Children’s Trust a registered charity that supports really vulnerable children in Kenya through a children’s home that we run. (All income from Christian house Sitters goes to the children via our charity).

Recently we have had some major needs at the Children’s Home and as a result I have found myself making a noise. Contacting people, writing blog posts, sending out newsletter, etc. All asking people to help us save the lives of these children. I started to feel embarrassed embarrassedand guilty for disturbing people but God reminded me of my time on the ambulances. It felt as if He was saying you used a siren to save lives. Now you are trying to save not one but dozens of children’s lives and if in the process you need to make a noise and disturb a few people then so be it. These children matter. They are not to blame for their predicament. They did not ask to have parents who died due to AIDS or to be abandoned. They deserve to have somewhere to sleep in safety, to eat a good meal, to have clothes to wear and to get an education and if in order to do that I need to disturb a couple of comfortable people well that is just how it has to be.

When we took over  running the home after I visited there some years ago the children were living in very poor conditions. Using a field as a toilet, sleeping on the floor, no real facilities. That was part of the reason we stepped in. We wanted to upgrade everything to a decent standard, create decent facilities, provide good governance and strong Christian standards. We have been working really hard to bring things up to a decent standard so we could get the home officially registered.
So far we have:

  • * Built 2 toilet blocks with wash rooms. Prior to this the children used a local field. This has had a significant positive impact on their health.
    * Built and equipped a nursery room for the young children.
    * Erected a security fence around the property to protect them from predators (human and animal).
    * Provided beds, bedding, mosquito nets etc. for all the children.
    * Erected a temporary kitchen. (Now replaced with a permanent kitchen see below)
    * Provided all the children who are of school going age with school fees, exam fees, uniforms, text books, note books etc.
    * Repainted and repaired the dormitories
    * Replaced the floor in their church which the children use as a meeting place every day
    * Established a first-aid system which has reduced the money spent sending children to the local medical clinic for minor injuries.
    * Established good working relationships with the local authorities.
    * Arranged a number of unannounced visits to check on the home.
    * Installed solar electricity in the Home
    * We have just finished putting up a permanent kitchen for the Home.
    * Appointed a fully qualified Social Worker and Children’s Home Manager

NOTE. All supplies etc. are purchased locally. We do not waste money shipping out things that they can obtain from a local supplier. This saves money and benefits the local community. We insist on detailed, official receipts and for items such as beds, uniforms etc. photographs showing these items on site.

However the Kenyan authorities have recently changed their regulations. They have decided to flex their muscles and we have been informed that our dormitories are too small for the number of children thus not providing adequate ventilation.

They are correct but we had to prioritize the needs with our very limited funds.
The authorities have now given us 2 months to either build 2 new dormitories or they will remove all except 30 of the children. ChildrenWhen asked what would happen to these children we were told that they will be taken back to their home village and dropped off there. Or to paraphrase it they will end up back on the streets begging and starving.

The children have been crying and begging us to do something. This is their home. The only safe home that they have ever known. A place where they are loved, looked after and given a chance to grow into productive adult members of the community.

Building costs are far lower than here in the UK and it will cost us approx. £6,000 to build the required dormitories and a further £2,000 to equip them with bunk beds, bedding, mosquito nets, etc.

We were working towards reaching all the required standards within the next year we now just have a few weeks.

I am therefore making a noise!
I am writing to companies asking for donations. But to get what is needed in the time will take a miracle.
I am writing to friends asking for prayer.
I am asking you to do whatever you feel able to do.

  • Pray.
    Tell Others.
    Give (even a little.)

Full details are on the website CLICK HERE.

God bless you,
Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

 

 

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Frustrated …….but Trusting God

FrustratedI was feeling frustrated when a friend sent me the following Christian poem by Bryan Miles.

Why was I frustrated?

I will tell you after you have read the poem. I trust it will bless you as it blessed me.

 

Frustrated by Bryan Miles

When the words don’t flow out smoothly
And I fumble for a line
When I tap my fingers on my desk
Like a rhymed pantomime
When I scratch my head till my scalp gets sore
Gnaw my pencil to the lead
I take another dose of Your Word
And nibble on daily bread
There’s so much gold on every page
But it takes some digging in
I find myself deep in thought
In scripture up to my chin
So much to learn, so much to chew
So much to peck and glean
From Your Word to my heart
From my heart to pen
And the treasure in between
In between each written word
There’s a bright and shiny gem
I try to convey the wisdom I’ve learned
And share it all with them

Sometimes it seems so easy
The words pour out so fast
And other times much like today
My brain is at half-mast
Frustrated, I come to Your throne
I bow my head and pray
I could never do this on my own
Without Your guidance there’s no way

Some people call it writer’s block
If so, it’s there for a reason
But nothing blocks Your presence from me
You’re here for every season
Every season of my life
Has taught me quite a bit
I can thump my pen again and again
But I’m never going to quit

Frustrated, so I seek Your face
It causes me to think
Your Word flows true
When I dwell on You
It fills my pen with ink…

So why was I frustrated?

Because of our work with the Children’s Home in Kenya.
These children rely on us for all their food, clothing, education, accommodation and medical expenses. These are children who would otherwise be homeless, living on the streets, stealing, begging and often starving to death.
We know God called us to this work.
We know He is in charge.
We give 100% of the income from Christian House Sitters to this work.
We give every spare penny of our own rather limited income to this work.
But there are simply never enough funds for the actual basic needs let alone the extra things we would like to do. Not lavish extra things just simple things like a new dormitory and some extra blankets for the children, etc. But before we can even look at those we need the basics such as money for food, school fees etc.

But as I said there is just never enough.

I feel frustrated when I look around and see people spending vast amounts on things that are really not essential. Often wasting money. Yet when we make an appeal hardly anyone seems able to afford to do anything to help.

We are blessed by having some wonderful people sponsoring a child at £20 per month.

We are blessed by 2 people who can’t afford that amount but regularly give £5 per month. God bless them.

We are blessed by occasional large gifts.

But the grind goes on and on. The home is at a critical point right now as we explained in our last newsletter (Click here) and we need God to touch hearts.

 Please join us in praying.god-provides

Please ask God if He wants you to give (No gift is ever too small) or if He wants you to ask your church, friends or family to help. All the details can be found on our website (Click Here)

I may be frustrated but I know God is in control and He will provide even though at times it seems many of His children are not willing to hear His prompting.

He will never fail?

God bless you,
Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

 

 

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Free Service for Christians Everywhere.

I love saving moneyI have news about a genuinely free service.

Not like the spam messages I get every day with things that look good on the surface but are there just as bait to get you to spend money. No this is a service that will not cost you anything. Not now and not in the future.

We have just passed Easter and many people are now starting to think about their vacation later in the year.

Vacations are wonderful, benefit our mental and physical health and build up relationships within the family but they can also create tremendous stress because of the cost.

If you have any pets they will need to be looked after while you are away.  I am quoting UK prices where you live the prices may vary but this is to illustrate the point and I can’t, in a blog post, put prices for every country in the world. The average price in the UK Dog and leadfor having a pet minder to pop in for a few minutes every day in order to ‘look after’ your pet is around £200 per week.  More if you have more than one pet. All that money and the pets are still left alone for about 23 hours a day and your house is left unprotected. If you want someone to stay in your house and look after your property as well you can expect the cost to be significantly higher.

The majority of us can’t afford that.

On top of that if you hire a someone through an agency they select the person. You have no idea who you are letting into your home. They may have no criminal record but are they really the type of person you feel happy giving the run of you home unsupervised while they know you are away?
Oh yes it's free

Using our service it is FREE. You know that the people will be Christians, you will have references from a leader in their church and you are able to make contact with potential sitters and prayerfully select the right person or persons.

Christian House Sitters will provide the service FREE OF CHARGE. No catch, no small print, no hidden cost. FREE.

Our service is available all over the world. Right now we have members in:

Canada,
America,
England,
Scotland,
Ireland,
Wales,
France,
Spain,
Germany,
Holland,
Italy,
South Africa,
Australia and
New Zealand.

How can you get this free service?

Easy. Visit our website and register as a Home Owner. Yes, it is free and only takes a few minutes.

The  other big vacation expense is renting somewhere to stay. A cottage, hotel room, or even just a camp site. If you chose to register as a Sitter then you can have Rent-Free accommodation. Registering as a sitter is also very quick and easy but this will cost you the tiny sum of £25 per year. Note all the income goes to look after children at a Christian Children’s Home in Kenya. Children who would otherwise be homeless, living on the streets, begging, stealing and often dying. Your annual £25 will allow you to apply for as many vacations as you like during the year for yourself and your family. You will stay in a home not an impersonal room and save a fortune. The annual cost is way less than one night in a very modest hotel room. We have had members who have enjoyed many months of rent free accommodation during their year. Others are content with just a week or two. But even at a week you are probably saving in excess of £200 to £300 per week even if you do not have children.

Have a look at www.Christian-housesitters.com

Do your friends a favour. Share this opportunity with your friends, your family, your church and be a blessing to them.

God bless you,

Ray

 

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

 

 

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Apology and Exciting News

SorrySorry I have not posted for a couple of weeks. Bad! But my excuse is that life has been really hectic and I genuinely have not had time to write anything worthwhile.
My second apology is that this post is a little long but hopefully it will still be worth a few minutes of your time to read it

InterconnectedAs most of you will know we run have 2 interconnected ministries.

There is Christian House Sitters which provides rent free vacations for Christians all over the world and from which all the income goes to Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya.
Then there is TLC Children’s Trust (www.tlc-childrenstrust.org) a UK registered charity that we run and through which all funds are passed in order to provide total accountability.
Some people join Christian House Sitters and have no interest in supporting the Children’s Home which is perfectly acceptable (but their fees still go there) and others who may have no interest in Christian House Sitters just support the home via TLC Children’s Trust.
Naturally there is a big overlap and most who are involved in one are also involved in the other.

Here is a copy of the latest TLC Newsletter that went out yesterday.

This is a really exciting but challenging time for the work at Home of Peace. A time when your prayers are needed and also a time when we are expecting tremendous positive changes at the home.

The government in Kenya recently made an announcement, and informed us, that all children’s homes must be officially registered by the 7th of June failing which they will be closed down.

There is a sense in which we can understand and agree with their logic as it is important that any home accommodating children must be run properly and therefore registration is sensible however if the home is not registered and is closed down the children who are at present receiving accommodation, food, education, medical expenses and clothing will be sent back to where they came from which in most cases will mean that they will end up begging and sleeping on the streets, turning to crime in order to survive, developing serious health problems and often dying.

Whatever the logic we have no choice but to become registered by the 7th June.

In order to achieve this there were certain criteria which we have to meet.

First and foremost is that we are not allowed to have more than one child per bed. Apparently it is better for children to sleep on the streets without a bed and then to share a bed in a safe and secure environment.

As you know we have been trying desperately to raise funds to build additional dormitories but this has not yet been supplied and we only facilities for 45 beds and as result we have had to move out of the home all except for 45 children. This has now been done. No we have not sent them back onto the streets and we would never do that! What we have done is arranged for them to be accommodated either with family or friends who live near to the home and they come to Home of Peace every day for all their meals, they go to school with the children from Home of Peace, we still take care of all the medical expenses and the cost of the education. The only difference being that they no longer sleep in our dormitories. We believe that this is only a temporary measure and that once God provides the money we will be able to build the additional dormitories and they will be able to move back in and sleep at the home.

The next criteria was that we need to have on the staff a person who is qualified in the area of children’s work and is a qualified social worker. Once again God has provided. For the past three years we have been in close contact with Edward Wata and for the past few months Edward has been visiting the home on a weekly basis to do training for our staff.

He is a remarkable man. He was brought up in a Christian home by a Christian mother and once he had finished his schooling he worked on the roads for four years saving money in order to get himself further education. He now has accredited university qualifications in the area of children’s work and is also accepted by the Kenyan authorities as a qualified social worker.

He has previously worked in children’s homes and has helped two homes to achieve registration but he left that work because he felt that God wanted him to focus on Christian work. He has therefore raised the money to build a small school and he runs a church where he provides a for widows and orphans in his area.

He has worked part-time for the government as an inspector of inspectors for the Department of Education. He was also until relatively recently chair of the Department of Children Services for our area.
As I mentioned we have got to know him well over the past three years and found him to be an honest, reliable man of God.

Praise God Edward has agreed to take on the role of Manager of Home of Peace and Social Worker for Home of Peace. He will work for us three days per week allowing him time to continue his other work at his church and school however on the days he is not there he will still be available should there be a crisis of any sort.

Finding the money to employ somebody with Edward’s qualifications would have been very difficult but he has agreed to work for just £100 per month plus £30 per month to cover his travelling expenses because he does not live where the Home of Peace is located. To get somebody of this calibre at that salary is a miracle! We will need people to sponsor this amount so we can pay him.

The final requirement from Children Services for us to be registered is that we need to be able to show records that we have sufficient sponsors for all of our children and the overheads. We don’t. We send money out to the home on the 8th and the 22nd of every month and each time this is an adventure of faith. Normally the day before the money goes out we do not have sufficient but God somehow provides. Understandably this is not a satisfactory model for the government and we need to be able to demonstrate that we have committed supporters.

As result we are asking God for a further 23 sponsors at £20 per month. It costs us £20 per month for food for each child and if, or should I say when, we have these 23 new sponsors we will be able to meet the government requirements.

Please pray about this as it is an urgent need. £20 per month is not a lot and 23 new people is not much. We know God can do this please ask Him if there’s anyone in your church or amongst your friends or family who may be willing to become at least one of these new sponsors.

The other good news is that we now have a farm.Our farm
Adjacent to Home of Peace is a plot of land that belongs to Erick our faithful administrator and his wife Helen who is our matron, and they have donated this land to Home of Peace so that we can use it to grow food for the home. This will make a significant difference and we praise God for their wonderful generous gift.

We have employed David as a farm worker and he is at present preparing the land and getting it ready for planting. David will be working the land five days a week and over the weekend’s the older children at the home will get involved.

Once the crops start to develop we believe it will save us a great deal of money as well as providing the home with really good fresh food.

So as I said at the beginning this is an exciting yet challenging time and we would greatly appreciate your prayers.

Thank you to all who faithfully support this ministry financially and through prayer.
God bless you,

Ray

Remember to please tell others about these ministries.
They can see everything at the TLC Children’s Trust website. and at the Christian House Sitters website.

 

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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Why you NEED a vacation

According to a study by Harris Interaction and Expedia, 36% of workers don’t plan to use all their paid vacation days, and 37% never take more than a week off at a time. That is unhealthy, bad for you, your family and the company who employ you.

Live longerLive Longer
A State University of New York survey found that men who took annual vacations reduced their risk of death by 20%. Men who didn’t take any vacations in five years had the highest death rate and incidence of heart disease than any other men surveyed.

Cogs in a headImprove your mental health
A study by Wisconsin Medical Journal found that women who took frequent vacations were less likely to become depressed, tense, or tired. Women who rarely took vacations were likelier to have stress at home and sleep less.
Taking time away from work and routine allows the body to replenish and repair itself, according to Karen Matthews of Mind Body Center at the University of Pittsburgh, quoted on npr.com. The center surveyed 1,399 participants recruited for studies on cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and other conditions, and found that leisure activities, including taking vacations, contributed to higher positive emotional levels and less depression among the participants. Other benefits include lower blood pressure and smaller waistlines, reports npr.com.
Women especially seem to benefit from taking vacations, according to a 2005 study conducted by Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal and reported on medicalnewstoday.com. Women who vacationed less often than once every two years were more likely to suffer from depression and increased stress than women who took vacations at least twice a year.

Become more productive
What? You can more productive by not working? Yes.
By scheduling two weeks of vacation a year, you force yourself to make the other 50 weeks more efficient. Your scheduled becomes an award–a carrot. This means more incentive to eliminate distractions, work more efficiently, and get things done.
Christine Louise Hohlbaum explains on the CNN website that workers who forgo their vacations aren’t doing themselves or their companies any favours. Even if they are physically present, they have often mentally checked out. “If people are overworked, they’re surfing the Internet. They’re not contributing to the bottom line,” Hohlbaum says..

Revamp your relationshipsHappy Family
The busy lifestyle of this present modern word has left little time for interaction between family members. The children are always busy with their schoolwork and the parents are at work for most of the day. Going on a vacation provides a suitable time for the family to interact with each other and improve their relationship.

Recapture your childhood
When was the last time you went out to play? I mean really play. Without worry of someone calling or interrupting you. Real vacations let you recapture that feeling of childlike exploratory freedom. You can wake up when you want, go to sleep when you want, and eat what you want. Most importantly, you can have fun without worrying about the consequences on work back home.

Gain self-confidence
“Don’t put yourself on sale.”  Wise words from financial guru Suze Orman.  When you skip vacations, you put yourself on sale. If you have 2-weeks of paid vacation and don’t use them, you’re essentially working for free. By committing to a vacation, you declare to yourself (and to others) that you are important and deserve dedicated time for yourself.

Find creative inspiration
Most of the year, we live on a schedule. We eat at the same restaurants, see the same people, and experience the same environment. This monotony reduces the opportunities for inspiration and for new ways of thinking. By traveling to a new environment we put ourselves in an uncomfortable situation and allow our brains to think differently.  Robert R. Butterworth, a Los Angeles psychologist with International Trauma Associates, quoted on abc.com. Workers in creative fields especially need the opportunity recharge their batteries. “If you have a job that’s very creative and you don’t take time off you hit a wall and you need a change. The break will allow you to refresh your brain cells,” explains Butterworth

Are you being held back by the cost?
Are you worried about leaving your home and pets?
Christian House Sitters can help wherever you live. Our worldwide service offers rent-free accommodation and also provides reliable people who will look after your home and pets while you are away. They will do it free of charge.
Have a look at www.Christian-housesitters.com

Share this opportunity with your friends, your family, your church and be a blessing to them.

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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A Post in Pictures. Enjoy.


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Vacation

Vacations are a necessity
Travel gives you a story

Put things in perspective

BUTWe Can't afford it

Then you have 2 choices

We do not recommend this choice

Budget Travel Joke

But we do suggest you look at

RENT FREE
Yes Rent-Free and we can also arrange for a reliable Christian to look after your home and pets FREE of charge while you are away.

Have a look at www.Christian-housesitters.com

Share this opportunity with your friends, your family, your church and be a blessing to them.

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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