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I Almost Felt Guilty

trainAs I was reading the news on the BBC website a few minutes ago I almost felt guilty.

According to 2 reports that they published this morning people staying at home instead of going on holidays are helping to boost passenger numbers on some rural train lines. The rail authorities appear to be delighted.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14580224
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14582886

I am sure that is very good news for the rail companies and for people who live in some rural communities.

So why do I feel guilty?

Well to be honest I don’t. I said that I almost felt guilty. But after I thought about it for a few minutes the guilt evaporated.

My initial pang was because through the work of  Christian House Sitters we are helping so many people all over the world get away and enjoy a well deserved and often desperately needed holiday. Therefore, according to the articles, we are slowing the growth of rail passenger numbers and so harming small communities.

I disagree!

I am convinced that having a local resident go away for a couple of weeks during a year has a minimal effect on rail passenger numbers. But keeping the local residents physically and mentally more active because they were able to have a break may mean that in the long run they live longer so the railway and the community will benefit.

In addition bringing in visitors to an area boosts the local economy and many visitors will choose to make use of the train service during their holiday.

So Christian House Sitters will continue with a clear conscience.

I believe the service we offer helps everybody.

Our sitters enjoy a rent-free holiday. Our registered owners get someone to house sit and pet sit free of charge while they are away and our ministry gives all our income to feed hungry children.

As a result sitters benefit, owners benefit, children benefit and the local economy gets a boost.

To find out how we can help you enjoy a better holiday please have a look at our website or contact me.

God bless you,

Ray
www.Christian-housesitters.com

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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 http://www.tlc-childrenstrust.org 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 www.christian-housesitters.com God bless you, Ray & Marilyn

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