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The Eye of the Storm

the eye of the stormThe Eye of the Storm

Those few days between Christmas and New Year feel a bit like the ‘eye of the storm’ The build up to Christmas is always frantic. So much to do, so much to remember and it all seems so far away until suddenly it is here and hardly anyone is ready.

Then the next build-up begins as we prepare for New Year. More parties for many people. More visits and visitors. More rushing around.

But between these 2 big events we do have a few days to catch our breath. Enjoy them! Try to relax a bit and enjoy the blessings of the Christmas week before you get caught up in plans for next Wednesday.

With Christian House Sitters the build-up to Christmas is always interesting. People contact us at the very last moment hoping to find a house sitter or a house to sit.

1 minute to midnightThe prize for 2013 goes to a new home owner who first contacted me on the 24th of December hoping we could find her a sitter to start on Christmas Day. I had my doubts but sent out the notice to our members and w got someone to look after her house and pets for 2 weeks starting Boxing Day. Both the owner and the Sitter were delighted. I was astounded.

Please, if you are interested in asking us to find you a sitter who will look after your home and pets free of charge do not leave it to the last-minute. God does provide in emergencies but if you know when you are going to be away let me have the details as far in advance as possible. After all it is a free service so you have nothing to lose and it really does ease the pressure and make the likelihood of finding the right person much greater.

Likewise if you are wanting a rent-free vacation during 2014 register as soon as you can so that you can have a choice of suitable houses. We have places available all over the world.

The other Christmas pressure we felt was because, as you all hopefully know, Christian House Sitters gives 100% of our income to run a Christian Children’s Home in Kenya. Every Christmas we like to give the children an added blessing by buying them each an item of clothing, providing a special Christmas meal and party and we also like to bless the hard-working staff who earn the princely sum of about £12 per month. So in December we ask our members to prayerfully consider making a donation towards this. Praise God, as always He provided.

My next blog post in a few days time will show pictures of the children in their new clothes, enjoying their meal, playing games and going to church.

If you would like to know more about the work in Kenya contact me or CLICK HERE and if you want to know more about Christian House Sitters then either contact me or CLICK HERE.

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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