Posts about House Sitting, Our charity work and general articles of interest. Lots of variety.
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
Over 70% of thieves search social media to find empty homes. Beat the burglars by following these top tips to a more secure home:
1. Don’t share the fact your house is empty It may be tempting to share your ‘hurrah, I’m going on holiday’ feeling with your friends but, according to mediabistro.com, 78% of thieves use social media to find empty houses. It’s best to avoid posting about your break on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And make sure selfie-obsessed teenagers do the same!
2. Make your house look lived in If you get milk or newspapers delivered, make sure you cancel them during your holiday so there isn’t a build up. If you have a window by your letterbox, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s covered so any prying eyes can’t see the build-up of letters by your front door. Things like this make it obvious to criminals that no one is home. If you have timers for your lights, use these to make it look as if someone is coming and going.
3. Recruit a neighbour or family member If you have family or neighbours who can come over every day, they can make it look as if someone is in. If they can move your post, or park a car in the driveway, it will help put off a burglar who may be monitoring your home.
4. Lock all your windows and doors A quarter of break-ins are through windows, so make sure they’re firmly locked, even those on upper floors. If no one is around, consider installing movement-activated floodlights or sensor lights at the front or back of your home.
5. Keep valuables in a safe place Over half of people don’t leave their valuables in a secure place, according to a study by confused.com. In fact, 13% leave items in a sock drawer – a popular target for burglars. It’s worth investing in a safe or finding a clever spot to stash precious jewellery and gadgets. For insurance purposes, doors should have a five-lever mortise deadlock to comply with BS3621 and window locks BS7950.
All excellent advice…. BUT sadly it is not that easy.
Burglars also read those tips. They know the tricks we are advised to use and so are often not fooled.
The fact is that your house is still being left empty and while these ‘tricks & tips’ may help to hide that they are no substitute for having the house actually occupied with someone living there.
This is where we can help. And it is FREE.
We can help you find a suitable person or family to live in your home while you are away. they will even look after your pets. No pretending the house is occupied. It will be occupied by someone trustworthy with good references and it will not cost you anything.
The other side of the coin is that if you would like a rent-free vacation we have houses owners all over the world who let us know when they are going to be away and we can put you in contact with them.
Have a look at our website for more information. CLICK HERE
I do not know who originally said failing to plan is planning to fail as it seems to be attributed to so many different people
Whoever said it was right and no doubt that is why so many others have copied the phrase. As you go into 2023 may God direct your plans and guide you to be and to do what He wants from you. I believe a holiday (USA read vacation) is part of His plan for most of us. I am reminded of the following cartoon we used to have on our website
We thought you may be interested in what happens there so here is a copy of the latest newsletter.
Home of Peace Newsletter 26 Nov 2022
Next Friday we will be driving up to Yorkshire for a week to see our Trustees Val & Keith Norton. Normally we can keep in touch by email, telephone and SMS or WhatsApp messages but ideally, we should see them at least once a year. We are looking forward to this as they are also our very good friends and wonderful trustees. They work hard fund raising for Home of Peace throughout the year.
They will be running a stand at Aldborough Christmas Event next Saturday to raise funds for Home of Peace. Please pray for this as the fair is out in the street and there will be a lot of Christmas stalls with canopies to protect them from the weather. Pray for no strong winds or heavy rain. We will be posting some pictures to the Home of Peace Facebook page after the event so be sure to visit the site and click ‘like’ as that will ensure you get all Facebook updates
A lot has happened since our last newsletter! We will try to give you a few of the highlights and will not be going over the normal routine things that you no doubt know about from past updates
Thing have been ’interesting’ as the cost of living has increased worldwide. In Kenya our food bill has gone up by about 60%. That is an essential we can’t reduce!
This at the same time that people around the world have been struggling and sadly some have found it necessary to reduce their giving.
We want to thank God for all those of you who have been so faithful in your giving. I do not know how we have managed but somehow God has always provided (often at the last minute)
Your gifts make it possible for us to look after, feed, accommodate, clothe, educate, and provide medical care for all the students and children many of them would otherwise have been left to starve to death.
Thanks to your support they now end up educated, healthy and well adjusted. Previous 3 students have gone on to university, others have trained at Tech College and qualified in hair dressing, beauty, tailoring, and electrical work, etc. These now have a live and it is largely thanks to the generous, often sacrificial, support of people like you. God bless you.
Clarification we refer to those in Secondary School as students rather than children and we say Children for those who are below Secondary School. All our students complete form 4 as this is very important in order to get a decent job.
Our staff are all paid a basic wage as stipulated by the Kenyan Government and in addition we pay their medical insurance, pension contributions and the 52 staff children all receive a gift of maize every month with sufficient to feed them for the month. The staff work 5 days a week and get 3 meals a day when they are working.
In August Kenya held their Presidential Election. Sadly, the country has a past record of pre and post election riots, violence and killings. We thank God that we did not experience any problems this time even though there was a change of President.
Naturally we do not get involved in politics and we always tell our staff that they should not allow political differences to influence their behaviour, but we must say we were encouraged to read that the new President says he has a history as an evangelist, and so does his wife and they both claim to be strong Christians. He says he will try to put Christian values first.
President of Kenya
His Excellency Hon.William Ruto PhD., C.G.H.
All the children at Home of Peace need to be checked and recommitted to our care on a regular basis by the Children’s Court. The committals are for 3 years at a time unless something unexpected happens during that time. In August the Children’s Court and the Dept of Children’s Services examined all our children’s records and we received confirmation of the committal of them all.
All our children and students are with us by order of the Children’s Court.
On the 1st of September the Dept of Children’s Services and the Court had to allocate us an additional 7 children who were in desperate need. Sorry we obviously can’t give the details. We created additional space by moving those who had turned 18 and were just finishing their final school year into other accommodation next door to Home of Peace. So, 7 more school uniforms, 7 more school fees and books, 7 more sets of clothing, 7 more to feed and the list goes on but we believe God sent them and He knew what He was doing so we trusted Him to bless them and supply their needs. Praise God He did in the most amazing way. We thank God for all who were involved.
There was a severe storm at Home of Peace during the night of the 26 of September. It damaged local houses in the surrounding community and sadly badly damaged the one dormitory roof. We managed to get the roof fixed quickly. The builder we use is honest, fast and does a good job.
Our Kenyan Trustees of Home of Peace Children’s Home meet every few months to monitor the work, make suggestions and report back to us in the UK. They also individually visit as often as they like and can inspect anything without prior notice.
The meetings last for a few hours and also involve informal chats over lunch and an opportunity to visit everything at Home of Peace and chat to the staff.
In the pictures you will see
James, our previous Manager who has retired and is Chair of our Kenyan Trustees
Mary known as the Prayer Warrior. She is a wonderful lady in her 80’s
Samuel. Our Technical Expert who checks all the electrical, building and plumbing and very often repairs things himself as a gift to the work. He is in demand all over Kenya doing contract work for Kenya Power.
Behind the computer is Kevin our fantastic Senior Manager. Unseen is Erick our Purchasing Manager, because he took the pictures. Erick saves us money always getting us wonderful bargains.
We provide a DayCare facility for our pre-school children and for the children of our staff at Home of Peace. The DayCare looks after our youngest children and those attending ECD (Early Childhood Development) classes after they finish their 2 hour ECD session.
Hellen manages the DayCare.
In October we moved the DayCare from outside of Erick & Hellen’s house to its own room at Home of Peace (see photo) as this is safer, easier to supervise and better for everyone.
The inside has been painted and the tiled floor laid and during the holidays members of the Art Club will draw and paint pictures on the walls which you will see in the next newsletter.
Do you have children who have sat exams? Do you remember when you sat exams?
A stressful time!
Here is a message we received from Kevin, our Senior Manager.
Our children in primary school will be sitting for their exams from the 28th of November 2022. Please pray for them as they undergo their eight-year test.
Our secondary school students in Ndori will be sitting for their final form four examinations from the 2nd of December 2022. Please Pray for them.
No we have not yet reached December still a few days to go but we need to plan ahead. The secondary students, the primary school children and the ECD children are all on holiday for 2 months. Please pray for our hard-working staff.
Christmas and New Year are fast approaching. Every year we try to give the staff, students and children a special celebration meal with treats, and we try to give every child and student a gift of clothing. If we are able, we would like to give the 10 youngest children each a small toy which will be something very special to them.
Most of the funds for this traditionally come from the wonderful members of Christian House Sitters BUT sadly due to the Covid restrictions on travel over the past couple of years coupled with the problems of inflation and a massive increase in living costs we lost a lot of members so if you feel that you would like to help us cover the cost of this important time please mark your donation ‘Christmas Celebration’
Any help greatly appreciated.
To send a gift for Christmas / New Year or the running costs of Home of Peace.
In 1849, French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr wrote “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose “ – the more things change, the more they stay the same.
In 2010 Bon Jovi sang:
The more things change the more they stay the same Ah, is it just me or does anybody see The new improved tomorrow isn’t what it used to be Yesterday keeps comin’ ’round, it’s just reality
Things are changing!
As an example, today the UK welcomed in our 3rd Prime Minister this year. Politically we have seen constant change all over the world
But even in these changing and often difficult times some things remain the same. As humans we still get tired, stressed and ill.
As most of you will know our charity www.TLC-Childrenstrust.org runs a Kenyan Government Registered Children’s Home and food costs alone have increased by well over £1,000 per month during this year so we do understand financial pressure
We still long for some time away from the treadmill of daily life.
But for most of us, we feel it is asking too much, as money simply does not go as far as it did
We would like to remind you that WE CAN HELP YOU
If you are planning a getaway and don’t want to leave your home unoccupied and vulnerable to being broken into or damaged.
If you don’t want to leave your pets in kennels or a cattery because it is expensive and also hard on the pets.
We can help you! Our ministry is worldwide so take advantage wherever you live and because it is free there is nothing to lose!
Register as a Home Owner with Christian House Sitters (Yes, it is free) and we will try to find you the ideal Christian to look after your home and your pets while you are away. Their service will not cost you anything.
Hopefully this means you can get a break from the pressures of life, spend time relaxing and rebuilding relationships and come home refreshed.
How do you arrange to benefit from this FREE service.
The past couple of years have been difficult because of the Covid travel restrictions.
They are now almost all lifted BUT have been replaced with new problems such as the chaos at airports, the cancellation of flights, the rail strike, the massive increase in fuel costs (not to even mention living costs)
The pictures above are showing the situation in the UK but sadly the same is true in so many countries at the moment.
As a result many people who desperately need a break simply can’t afford to get away at the moment.
WE CAN HELP. If you are a Christian and attached to a recognised Christian church.
We can arrange for a reliable person or family to look after your home and your pets FREE of charge while you are away. Saving on the cost of putting your loved pets in an expensive facility and leaving your home empty and open to burglary.
We can arrange FREE accommodation around the world for you looking after someone’s home while they are away. No hotel expenses, no confined to a small room, all the benefits of living in a lovely house and costing you nothing.
May we suggest that you look at our website CLICK HERE and then prayerfully consider registering with us.
Registering for someone to look after your home and pets is FREE
Registering to be offered available houses around the world costs just £25 a year and even that money does not go to us it goes to support a Christian Children’s Home in Kenya. Details can be found if you CLICK HERE
Do not delay. At the moment we are a little short of houses so you can expect a good response and you will be able to choose the sitters you like best. CLICK HERE
The last couple of years it has been difficult for people to benefit fully from CHRISTIAN HOUSE SITTERS because of all the Covid restrictions around the world.
BUT at long last there is light at the end of the tunnel as everything seems to be starting to return to normal
If you or anyone you know need to get away please have a look at what we have to offer.
Remember we are NOT a business but a MINISTRY and 100% of our income goes to support vulnerable children
Register FREE as a home owner and we will try to find you a suitable person to look after your home and pets free of charge
Register as a House Sitter for just £25 per year (goes to vulnerable children) and we will keep you informed of all new houses so when you spot anything you would like you can contact the home owner for a rent free vacation.
For further information please visit our website CLICK HERE
For information about the children we support see the charity website CLICK HERE
If you have any questions feel free to contact us using the contact form on either of the above websites.
This morning I had to place an order for heating oil for our 2 bedroom house. We pay this on a monthly direct debit. The lady at the oil supplier informed me that from next month (5th April) my direct debit will have to increase by just over 100% every month due to the oil crisis.
I am expecting something along the same lines from the supplier of our electricity.
Fuel has gone to the highest price on record.
Food is going up, up and then up again
This is a problem, not just to me, but to millions around the world. I strongly suspect it will impact on YOU wherever you live.
I do not have the answer but I can help
With the added stress of ever higher prices people who desperately need a vacation feel it is beyond their reach.
Through Christian House Sitters we can offer rent free accommodation and if you need someone to look after your home and pets while you are away that is available free of charge.
Remember we are NOT a business but a Ministry. My wife, Marilyn, and I cover the full cost of running this service and offer our own time free of charge.
The small annual fee that people pay to register as a sitter all goes through our registered charity to support the Home of Peace Children’s Home. Again nothing is held back for expenses. These are covered by our Trustees and their time is given free of charge.
So do yourself a favour.
Have a look at the Christian House Sitters website and see if we can help you, your family, your friends members of your church or anyone you know Full details are available just CLICK HERE
To find out about our charity and the work we support please CLICK HERE
If you have any questions, please contact us via the contact forms on the website and we will be happy to answer you.
My name is Calypso and I wanted to say a big thank you to Christian House Sitters for the way that you have improved my life.
I have staff (they mistakenly think that they own me but actually they just work for me) and from time to time they have a habit of deserting me. They say that they are going on their annual vacation and I see them excitedly packing their suitcases and getting ready. They look really happy but I have learned that it is bad news. It means I am going to be dumped at the cattery for 2 weeks. Now don’t get me wrong it is a very good cattery and they seem to try their very best but I ask you, do I look like someone who should be locked away in prison?
I have tried to explain this to my staff. I have even tried pulling stuff out the suitcase when they are packing but to no avail.
Once I decided to climb into the case and join them on their vacation in order to find out what it is all about but I was discovered and ended up in the cattery again. But this year it all changed! I saw them packing and I felt really depressed but instead of taking me to prison they had arranged for substitute staff to take their place. They called then House Sitters. They were great. Gave me the attention I deserve, fed me my normal food, in the normal place and at the normal time and I had a great time.
Vacation is no longer a word that brings dread to my heart. Thanks for sending the House Sitters. I am telling all the other cats in the street to share the good news with their staff.
Calypso the Cat
If your cat is trying to tell you something it might be saying that you should click on this link Christian House Sitters