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Some people are unbelievable

Understanding PeopleI will never understand people.

That is a strange remark from someone who has a doctorate in Psychology, who taught Counselling and has spent years working with people but I am still constantly surprised by people.

Let me give you an example.

Christian House Sitters offers people all over the world an opportunity to enjoy a rent free vacation. This has blessed hundreds of people. Yet yesterday I got an email from someone complaining that they are expected to cover their own travelling expenses to get to the place where they will be staying rent-free.

The lady said that she wanted to have a 2 week vacation with her husband and 3 children, they found an ideal house through our site with a swimming pool, 4 bedrooms, beautiful garden and a lovely location and on this occasion not even any pets to look after. Ideal for them but she wanted to know why she should cover the cost of the journey from where she lives to the vacation property.

Out of interest I looked it up and she would be driving about 100 miles.

Who does she think should pay this? The people who are allowing her the privilege of staying free of charge in their home?

It works both ways. Our home owners are normally delighted that someone is going to stay in their home, protect the property from intruders, and often look after their animals free of charge. But recently a potential owner decided not to register because we refused to allow him to demand that a sitter spend their time doing some major repairs to his roof. Why should they?

Our philosophy is really simple. We believe everyone benefits from our system. Sitters enjoy a rent-free vacation and owners enjoy the peace of mind of knowing their home and pets (if they have any) are looked after. Both sides also have the joy of being able to help another Christian.

We therefore do not allow either side to charge a fee nor do we allow owners to demand that the sitters spend their vacation working.

Ahh I hear someone object but surely Christian House Sitters is making lots of money through this.


Marilyn and I personally cover all the costs of running this ministry and ever penny of income goes via our registered charity (T.L.C. Children’s Trust charity number 1156786) to support a Christian Children’s Home in Kenya where really needy children are helped with accommodation, schooling, clothing, food and medical care.

If you would like a rent-free vacation or to have someone look after your home free of charge please visit our website for more details. CLICK HERE

If you would like to know more about the Children’s Home then please CLICK HERE

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

3 responses »

  1. Simply amazing. I long, long, long to come to your country and take a vacation. I would NEVER think that the family should leave me food, or pay my expenses, or give me their car to drive…even leaving a bicycle would be generous! How can anyone ask for more than a beautiful place to enjoy? Here’s the answer; they don’t love Jesus, because if Jesus’ love is in their heart they would not expect more. Thank you soo much for what you and Ms Marilyn do. God bless you.

  2. Thanks Louise. I am pleased to say the vast majority think like you and I. Many homeowners make bicycles and often even a car available for use but those are just an added blessing.

  3. You are so interesting! I don’t think I have read through something like this before.

    So nice to discover somebody with a few original thoughts on this issue.
    Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing
    that is required on the internet, someone with a little originality!


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