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My Birthday

old manYesterday was my birthday.

Birthdays are always rather special and to me this one was another of those important milestones along the road of life as I turned 65 and officially became an Old Age Pensioner.

But I’m going to live by the comment from Francis Bacon who said. “I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am”

In the build-up towards my birthday I put a request on my Facebook page asking my friends to help me celebrate this milestone by making a donation, no matter how small, towards the support of the children’s home that Christian House Sitters finances in Kenya.

I would love to say that I was overwhelmed by the response but that would be dishonest. Only one of our friends made a donation and that was for £5.00. I can understand the reason finances are difficult and most people are already committed or indeed over committed.

Some people expressed surprise that I wanted a donation to go to this cause.

I was surprised that they were surprised. After all 100% of the income from Christian House Sitters goes to help support, feed and clothe these needy children.

Christian House Sitters is a ministry not a money-making business.

We can help you

We help Christians all over the world who need to take a vacation but are finding money a little less available than they would have liked. If you fall into this category you can register a house sitter with us and we will keep you informed about rent-free vacations all around the world.

We also help Christian home owners who are planning to go away and need someone to look after their home and animals whilst they are away. This can be very expensive but we provide the service through our house sitters and it does not cost you as  the owner anything at all. It is completely free of charge.

The sitters reward is rent-free accommodation. We charge a very nominal fee of just £25 per year to be registered as a sitter and all of this money goes to these needy children. Marilyn and I personally cover the cost of running the ministry and do not take anything out from the income that is received.

The owner’s reward is having somebody look after their home and pets free of charge. Registered home owners do not even pay the annual registration fee.

The other people who benefit from Christian House Sitters are, as I mentioned, the children in Kenya.

So let us help each other?
If you are looking forward to having a vacation and would be interested in house sitting please make contact.

If you’re a home owner and are concerned about having somebody reliable to look like you’re home and pets please get in touch.

If you feel that you would like to make a donation, no matter how small, to help these needy children then we would also love to hear from you.

Finally please can you help us to make this ministry more widely known?

Tell your friends.

Mention it to your church.

Ask your church to put a link on their website and an article in the newsletter.

The more members we have the better for everyone.

More sitters will benefit our owners.

More owners will benefit our sitters.

More members will benefit the needy children.

God bless you,

Ray.

http://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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