Officially I am retired but I am working hard every day, without any financial reward, running Christian House Sitters.
We have members all over the world so we receive emails throughout the day and night because of the different time zones. I have a policy of never letting anyone wait more that 12 hours for a reply. Most get a reply far sooner. As a result I monitor the site for about 18 hours a day. Not constantly but checking on things.
I also spend a lot of time and energy promoting our ministry. As I said we do not make money from this ministry, rather than making me money costs us money.
Am I crazy? No I do not think I am I believe there are very good reasons to do what we are doing.
So why do we do it?
There are 2 reasons.
Christian House Sitters has blessed many Christians around the world who could not otherwise have afforded a vacation. We believe that in itself is a great ministry to the people of God.
But there is also a vital second reason.
There is a Children’s Home in Kenya run by a Christian team. These wonderful people have dedicated their lives to looking after the children. They do not get a salary just food and somewhere to sleep and we give them each a gift of about £10 per month.
Marilyn, my wife, is in regular contact with the home and guides them in every decision. She also keeps an eagle eye on how they use the money that is donated.
I have just been looking through their financial report for last month. All the staff donated back at least 80% of their personal (very small gift) to help buy food for the children.
In the local community people are very poor. But I found my heart deeply touched by the following entries:
Gift of a small fish
Gift of beans (Value about 50p)
Gift of a vegetable (Value about 35p)
This is sacrificial giving.
When I look at that my own small gift of time and money it seems insignificant. These people have so little yet gladly share what they have.
Please will you prayerfully consider helping us to support these hungry children.
The income from Christian House Sitters only provides about 25% of their minimum requirements. We have a few regular sponsors and also receive occasional gifts.
Somehow God stretches the money and the basic needs are covered. But every month is an adventure in faith.
You can help by sponsoring a child, by making an occassional gift, by telling your church, friends and contacts and naturally by praying for us.
We would like to do so much more. When our income is sufficient to cover the basics we will need to buy them more beds. At present the children sleep 2 to a bed. They need a kitchen as at present cooking is done on an open fire under a tree, they need additional dormitories, etc.
These are God’s children. Please help us to help them!