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“To Go or Not To Go” – Blame Henry Ford

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It is not often that I find an academic article on the subject of vacations and especially one that is easy to read but Sarah Fox has an excellent one. You can read the full article at

She begins by saying:

To go or not to go?” This seemed to be the question most Americans were asking themselves regarding a summer vacation last year. With gas prices reaching extraordinary heights each day, many people opted to stay home rather than go on a summer vacation. Summer vacations used to be as American as apple pie; kids and parents would look forward all school year to having that one week in the summer to relax and just get away. American summer vacations date back to the early 1900s. Henry Ford was one of the biggest influences on summer vacations with the invention of the automobile. ….. For years now, American middle class families have been squeezed by rising prices and shrinking take home pay  American’s have little extra money to pay for a vacation.

She then looks in some detail at how the cost of living has risen faster than the take home pay of the average family. I will not bore you with the details if you are interested they can be found at the link I mentioned before but I suspect that you do not need me to tell you how expensive life has become. Most of us tend to run out of money before we run out of month.

So to return to the question Sarah Fox asked. To go or not to go? 

In these tough economic times should we simply accept that a vacation is beyond our financial means and drop the idea?

There is a lot of research showing that working without a vacation will significantly increase your stress levels. The research also clearly shows that an increase in stress can lead to major health problems such as cardiac problems, reduced immune defence, digestive difficulties, depression etc.

There is even research showing that Stress May Cause Fat Around the Midsection in Lean Women  (Denise Mann WebMD Medical News  22 Sept 2000)

JugglerSo how do you juggle the need for a vacation with the demands on your ever reducing bank balance?

One solution that many have found is to join Christian House Sitters where we enable our members to enjoy rent-free vacations all over the world. In addition we can also provide reliable Christian people to look after your home and pets free of charge while you are away.

Have a look at the website for more details. CLICK HERE

This may be the answer that you and your family have been seeking.

If you do have any questions please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help.

God bless you,




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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 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

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