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Thank you Australia

ReporterI was delighted this morning when I received a copy of INFORM’D CHRISTIAN NEWSPAPER from Australia and found an excellent article on our work.

We have featured in news articles from all over the world but I think this is the first from Australia.

If you want to see the original you will find it on page 13 of the current edition (9) at http://www.informedchristiannewspaper.com/

Below is a copy of the text from the article and also a small copy of the actual article.

MULTI-BENEFIT HOLIDAYING

Many people are finding it increasingly difficult to afford a holiday these days due to the world financial crisis we seem to be going through. This is indeed a problem as research has clearly shown that during times of severe stress holidays can be more important than ever and can help prevent many stress related health problems.

Probably the best evidence of the effects of holidays can be found in the Framingham Heart Study which scientists have been plumbing for years to understand what contributes to our well-being. More than 12,000 men at risk of heart disease were followed over the past nine years to see if there were ways to improve their longevity. Among the questions they were asked annually was about holidays.

“The more frequent the holidays, the longer the men lived,” says Karen Matthews of the University of Pittsburgh’s Mind-Body Centre, who analysed the data to assess the benefits of holidays.

When you look at the average cost of reasonable accommodation for a holiday even without food it is extremely expensive to the average working class family. Add to this, if you have a dog or other pet that needs minding or to be put in a kennel.

Christian House Sitters is a non-profit ministry that provides a worldwide service to enable members of recognised Christian churches to enjoy a rent free holidays. It also enables home owners to have a reliable person to look after their home and pets free of charge whilst they are away. This can save both parties a great deal of money and therefore enable them to benefit from a much needed break that they may otherwise have been unable to afford.

By registering as a House Sitter you could stay in a lovely spacious house rather than a hotel room and it would cost you no rent at all.

The service has already helped many people from around the world enjoy a much needed holiday and it is expected that as the credit crunch bites further, many more will benefit from this facility.

The service is free for home owners and costs just a nominal fee per year for house sitters. Christian House Sitters are located all over the world with many of them in Australia.

Supporting Kids in KenyaAll income goes to Christian Children’s Home in Kenya and provides accommodation, food, clothing, education and medical expenses for 80 children. Christian House Sitters is the sole means of support for these children and all money is very carefully monitored.

Full details can be found on the Christian House Sitters at www.christian-housesitters.com.

The children

 

God bless you,

Ray

P.S. Here is a copy of the actual article.

Copy of the article

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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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