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New Zealand

God is continuing to bless the Christian House Sitters web site with fabulous homes. Places where a Christian can enjoy a rent-free holiday.

The featured property this week is in Christchurch New Zealand.

New Zealand

The house is only 5 years old and it is a large sunny 3 bedroomed home, on a hillside in the very small community of Diamond Harbour on Banks Peninsula, overlooking the Port of Lyttelton. It is a 40 min drive from  Christchurch.

The main living area is upstairs along with a double and a single bedroom. Downstairs is rather like a self contained flat with a double bedroom, lounge room , and a shower room/toilet. There are very large windows which allow much sun into the house and offers marvellous views over the sea to the Port of Lyttelton.  There are many ships coming and going into the Port, so it’s great to be able to watch that movement, often aided by either the binoculars or the telescope. The trip to Christchurch city takes about 40 minutes either by car, winding round the harbour which is very picturesque, or the local ferry which runs hourly, taking approximately 7 minutes, and then connecting with the bus into the city.  

There are many native birds around here, including bellbirds and the large wood pigeons. Also there are some walking tracks in the area, and kayaking available in the next bay around the harbour called Purau.

The owner has one sandy coloured cat, who needs company, and this is actually the main reason for wanting a house sitter,although the owner is very happy to share her lovely place with others, and think a house is better lived in than shut up for a season.

Full details on the website


About housesitters

ABOUT Christian House Sitters Christian House Sitters is a Worldwide ministry that started in order to provide holidays for Christians and sitters for owners who needed a reliable Christian to look after their home, pets and garden. House owners do not pay anything to have their property listed. House sitters are only charged £25 per year and in return for this some enjoy numerous holidays each year. All fees from membership go to sponsor food for children at the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. This only supplies about a quarter of what is needed to feed the children so we urgently need sponsors. All funds go via our Registered Charity TLC Children’s Trust Charity Number 1156786 website N.B. Joining Christian House Sitters does NOT commit you to sponsoring a child or giving any support beyond your membership fee to these children. Although naturally if you want to support that would be greatly appreciated. We have some regular sponsors and other people who give an occasional gift. All are greatly appreciated. ABOUT RAY & MARILYN We are Marilyn & Ray White. A fun loving Christian couple who have been in Christian work for over 30 years. Marilyn was born in England but moved to Zimbabwe as a baby. At the age of 16 she moved to South Africa. Ray was born in South Africa and grew up on a farm. We met in Johannesburg and got married in 1966. Ray worked in business for many years then he worked for YfC in South Africa then went on to Bible College and Pastored a church. In 1982 we moved from South Africa to England. In addition to his theological training Ray trained in Psychology and since moving to the UK he has lectured in Psychology, counselled for the NHS and opened a Christian Counselling Centre. Marilyn is also a trained counsellor and manager. In addition to the counselling we trained Christian counsellors both in our local area and by invitation in other areas of the UK. In total over 700 people completed the training courses. Many are serving the Lord by working in or through their local churches. We also ran a secular Stress Management business. We are now semi-retired and focus our time and attention on Christian House Sitters and Ray also serves as a member of our Church Leadership Team. Ray also has an active preaching ministry and runs Christian seminars on subjects such as stress management for church groups. He has written two books. A Christian book that is a very practical workbook on Christian commitment as applied to real life. The book looks at how we can surrender ourselves more fully to God. This is looked at under the headings of Physical, Mental, Social and Spiritual commitment. The book is called Let’s Get Serious. He has also written a secular book on Stress Management called Stress Overcoming this Potential Killer. (Ray was previously Chair of the International Stress Management Association UK). News Update This book has now been released as an e-book as well A few years ago we did a 2 month House Sit in France. Whilst there we felt the Lord leading us to set up a Christian House Sitting service. Since then we have done a number of other house sits. We believe this site will benefit many Christians around the world. Feel free to contact us (BUT please no spam) NOTE: If you want a fast reply the best way to contact us is via the contact page on the Christian House Sitters website God bless you, Ray & Marilyn

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