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Something Very Different

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This is the most unusual blog post that I have ever written. I’m only writing it because I feel that God has told me to do so and over the years I have learnt to be obedient to this type of strong inner prompting.

A little while ago at our church we had a series on the Upside Down Kingdom looking at how the Christian perspective is often so very different to the stance taken by everyone else. As I write this blog I feel that I am indeed living in an Upside Down Kingdom.

As regular readers will know I spend most of my spare time trying to help people find accommodation for their vacations or to help them find someone to look after their home and their pets whilst they are away.  This is done through Christian House Sitters and God has allowed us to help hundreds of Christians from all over the world. Some of our members have even jokingly referred to me as Dr House Finder.

What I need right now though is for someone to help me find a house.

Because Marilyn I have spent most of our life in Christian work in one form or another we do not have the sort of bank balance that people expect a psychologist to have when he retires. As result we live in rented accommodation. That is not a problem to us because we recognise that wherever we live it is only temporary as our true home is waiting for us and we will be in it rejoicing for all of eternity.

The house that we are staying in at the moment is lovely but the owner needs to sell the house and as result has had to put it on the market. From next week and we will have potential buyers trooping in and out and we’ve had to agree to move out once a sale has been arranged.

With the way the British property market works we would expect to have around 6 to 8 weeks notice once the sale has been finalised.

Naturally we could move out sooner but we could not stay on longer.

This means that we are going to need a new home to stay in and we have no idea where that house is going to be. We are completely open to God and willing to move anywhere as long as he shows us that is where he wants us.

Our needs are really quite simple. House in a TreeWe need a small two bedroom house but, and this is essential, it must be in a quiet place because since Marilyn has suffered her health problems she is hypersensitive to noise and living on a busy road or in the middle of a town or in an apartment block would really be a major problem for her.

Deep in my heart I know that God has the perfect place for us and I have no doubt that he will show us where it is and open the door at the appropriate time.

I was praying about this earlier on today and I felt God saying that I needed to put all this information into my blog. I don’t know why? It might be because God wants to use one of you to point us in the right direction or it may simply be that he wants me to be able to write another blog post later on in which I can tell how He provided and give Him the glory.

I would really appreciate your prayers and if you know of anyone who has somewhere suitable at a very reasonable rent and in, as I said, a quiet location, please let me know.

Two crazy ideas that I have had which again I felt I should share.

There may be a small church somewhere that is struggling because they can’t afford to employ a full-time pastor but they may have a church house and they may be willing to allow us to stay in the house and in return I could undertake pastoral duties. This is something that we would be very open to considering.

The second crazy thought I had was that there may be some Christian who is looking to invest in property and would be delighted to know that they could have an honest, reliable long-term Christian tenant who would look after the home as if it was their own and by paying rent would be contributing significantly towards the cost of the purchase.

As I said these are crazy ideas but we have a God who specialises in doing things that we as humans think are impossible.

In our lounge we have a placard which says With God Nothing is Impossible. I believe that to be true.

God bless you,

Ray.

P.S. I have just discovered that WordPress are adding adverts to blogs. Seems they is not always shown but if there are adverts on this page please note they were not placed by me, not approved by me and do not imply my recommendation.

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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

2 responses »

  1. “these are crazy ideas”. I’ve never heard so much rubbish in my life 🙂 Each time in recent years I was getting desperate for somewhere to live – it appeared. I really don’t why I ever get surprised sometimes. You may both be special, but I can’t see you are exceptions 🙂 Which is my rather silly way of saying that new home must be on its way †

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