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Warning. This post is Different!

Warning. This blog post is very different to what I usually post. Hopefully nothing to Running Awayoffend anyone but be warned it may challenge you and it could save lives.  If you are not willing to be challenged it may be wise to stop reading now.

I was looking through some news reports on household income for people living in the UK and in the USA and was surprised to find that they are virtually the same. According to a report by the BBC the average British income for a couple is £40,000 per year and according to Finance My Money the US equivalent average income is $60,000 which converts at todays rate to £39,000. So really not a lot of difference.

 Taking the UK figure because it is easier to work with the £40,000 pa works out at £3333 per month and while to some that may sound a lot it is low enough for the BBC to ask Is £40,000 really a livable income for families in the UK?

Yes I do understand statistics and I fully appreciate that an average income means many will earn less but equally many earn more. Some significantly more. I know for a fact that this average amount is more than my family income! Dare I say considerably more. And yet we manage to live a happy and fulfilling life so in my opinion the answer to the BBC question is yes it is enough.

Now let us look a little further afield. As regular readers of this blog will know Christian House Sitters has a duel ministry.

We help Christians all over the world to enjoy rent free vacations and we support a Children’s Home in Kenya.

In order to support this we give 100% of all income that is earned by Christian House Sitters to the home.

We also ask people to sponsor a child and to consider giving a gifts. Finally we hold the occasional fund-raising event.

As a result we are able to send out about £1,000 a month to support the home. This money needs to provide food, clothing, accommodation, schooling, school uniforms, medical expenses etc for just over 80 vulnerable children and 10 members of staff.

It is simply not enough! It works out at around £11 per month per person. The BBC questioned if £3333 per month is enough for a couple with 2 children. That is £833 per person. We are trying to save children’s lives on £11 per month.

Yes I do know that the cost of living is far higher in the UK and the USA but hopefully this will help you to understand why we need to appeal for more sponsors.

Please can I ask you to give this some serious consideration. Mention it to your friends, family and church. We have set the sponsorship at £16 per month but if you can’t afford that anything you can manage will help us to save lives.

If you want any more information please feel free to contact me.

You can read more about Christian House Sitters and how you can save money by having rent-free vacations by going to our website CLICK HERE

You can read more about the Children’s Home by seeing the Kenya page CLICK HERE.

From the Kenya page you can also easily and safely arrange a donation or a sponsorship.

God bless you,

Ray

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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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