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.
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 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.
God bless you,