Could you do better than Michelle Obama?

Michelle Obama

I was fascinated, and to be honest upset, by an article that appeared in the Daily Mail  yesterday. Remember this is set against a time of great economic difficulty in the USA. A time when many families are having real difficulty making ends meet.

They  quoted White House sources who claimed that the First Lady has spent $10 million of U.S. taxpayers’ money on vacations alone in the past year.

The article continued:

The First Lady is believed to have taken 42 days of holiday in the past year, including a $375,000 break in Spain and a four-day ski trip to Vail, Colorado, where she spent $2,000 a night on a suite at the Sebastian hotel.

And the first family’s nine-day stay in Martha’s Vineyard is also proving costly, with rental of the Blue Heron Farm property alone costing an estimated $50,000 a week.

I thought about this excess and then compared it to one of our housesitters who recently completed a 12 month round the world trip. He and his wife started from England and visited New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, America, Canada, Spain and France. Because he planned it carefully he was able to find suitable house sits for all but 2 weeks of the 12 month vacation and so his vacation rent bill for 50 of their 52 weeks trip of a lifetime came to a total of ZERO.

Now I am sure that their accommodation was not up to the same standard as Michelle Obama enjoyed at either the $2.000 a night Sebastian hotel. or that the family will enjoy for $50,000 per week at Martha’s Vineyard but this couple told me that their accommodation was always up to a very good standard. They stayed in houses in the city, farms out in the country and everything in between. At a number of places they were even given the free use of a motor car.

Most of our sitters only want a couple of weeks in a single location but even then their savings by house sitting can be tremendous.

So if you are keen to enjoy a rent-free vacation please take some time to look at our website or to contact me with your questions.

Remember you will be staying rent-free, you will be in the home of a Christian who is away and grateful that you are looking after their house and finally please remember 100% of your annual membership fees (just £25 for a year) goes to help feed hungry children.

Christian House Sitters is a Ministry not a business.

God bless you,



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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 thought on “Could you do better than Michelle Obama?”

  1. I read the same Daily Mail article that you did. I was suprised to see that one of the quotes/source was from the National Enquirer. While I am sure they are spending too much of the tax payers money on vacations, I am not sure the figures are correct. In a time when many people cannot even think about going on a camping trip, it saddens me to see our Leader in the Lap of Luxery.

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