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Superstorm Sandy. Be warned another danger is approaching
America is battling to recover from Superstorm Sandy.
As I watch the TV coverage my heart goes out to the people who have lost their lives, their homes and their jobs and all I can do is pray that somehow God will sort it all out.
Thankfully there was advance warning that Sandy was approaching and as a result many hundreds of thousands of people were able to evacuate and I am sure this saved many lives.
It is going to take a long time for the country to fully recover and the financial cost could impact on Americans lives for a long time.
But I have some more bad news.
There is another storm coming!
This will not be due to a hurricane and the damage will not be to houses and the transportation system. This storm will hit people psychologically and physically. It will result in loss of income, poor health and sadly even death for some of the victims.
What am I talking about?
I am talking about burn-out.
I was sent a copy of a report from the Daily Mail. They state, and I quote
A survey of U.S. and Canadian employers found nearly two-thirds are asking their employees to work longer hours since the recession. And about half of the 300 companies asked expect the trend to continue for another three years. The worrying trend seems to have been particularly bad for senior and middle managers, according to the Towers Watson survey. The survey also discovered that it is not only the length of the working day that has been affected, but the amount of time off. One in three of respondents said their employees had been taking less time off during the working year.
It continues Laurie Bienstock from Towers Watson added: ‘In the short run, having employees work extra hours can increase productivity, but in the long run, extended hours can negatively affect employee well-being and retention.’
Yes it is true.
The human body needs to have time off. We were designed to have periods of rest and recovery and we ignore that at our peril.
Countless studies have shown that not taking a vacation is a false economy as it can lead to burn-out and many health problems. It also makes us far less efficient at work, more prone to making mistakes and to having accidents. We are also more likely to have major disagreements with our family, colleagues and even our clients.
Get yourself out of the danger zone by planning a vacation. Take the necessary precautions to protect yourself, your loved ones and to help you remain a productive member of society.
It does not need to cost a fortune! Christian House Sitters can help you! We can arrange for someone to look after your home and pets while you are away and that will not cost you anything We can even help you find rent-free accommodation all over the world. No not in some dingy dump but often in beautiful houses located in lovely places where apart from relaxing and having fun your only responsibility will be to look after the house while the owner and their family also enjoy a vacation.
Sounds too good to be true.
I know but it is true. Have a look at our website. Read the many press clippings in our Media coverage page on the website. Then if you have any questions contact me and I will try to help you.
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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