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Rescued by Locals

Lost Reading a mapThis story is allegedly true: Some attribute it to Fulton Sheen but as I originally heard it the person involved was Billy Graham. No matter the point remains the same.

Reverend Billy Graham tells of a time early in his ministry when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon. Wanting to post a letter, he asked a young boy where the post office was.  When the boy had told him, Dr. Graham thanked him and said, ‘If you’ll come to the Baptist Church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to heaven.’

The boy replied, ‘I don’t think I’ll be there… You don’t even know your way to the post office.’

Having done a lot of travelling I know how difficult it can be to end up somewhere where you don’t know anyone or anything about the area. Yes one can get travel guides but they don’t always seem to have the information I need. Things like where to find the post office. This is especially true when travelling in another country where you can’t speak the language

Over the past couple of years Marilyn and I have travelled in a different way. We have done House Sitting. Hardly a surprise as we run Christian House Sitters.

Some of the many blessings we have experienced are living in a home instead of an impersonal hotel room and also having contact with local people. The house owners always leave us with a list of local contacts. Usually people from their own church. As a result we arrive in a new place feeling that we already know real people who we can contact with  any questions or who can advise us about local facilities. A side effect is that we also often get invited to visit these people. We don’t always accept these invitations but when we do we make new friends and that enriches the experience of being in the new town.

Snow sceneTwo years ago we were house sitting up in the Italian Mountains when we were snowed in. Neither of us speak any Italian but all it took was a simple phone call to an English-speaking friend of the owner and we were able to find out how to get groceries and on one occasion what to do when the water pipes leading to the house froze. What could easily have been a difficult time was instead a time of real blessing. The locals rallied round and made sure we were kept supplied and warm until the weather improved.

If you have never tried house sitting why not give it a go? It is a wonderful way to travel all over the world, live rent-free and enjoy a vacation you could otherwise only dream of having.

See our website for details or contact me

God bless you



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

One response »

  1. Hello there and thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting.

    House sitting sounds very adventurous and a lot of fun! Love the snowy photo, too. Beautiful 🙂


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