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
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
The past few days I keep seeing adverts from a dog / cat insurance company saying that they now offer a free pet sitting service through a house-sitting company. They say this is worth £99 and is valid for 1 year
To get this you need to take out pet insurance with them. For a dog this starts at £12.17 a month or £146 for a year.
More than 1 dog you pay more
Got a cat as well or a few cats again you pay extra.
I am sure that they offer an excellent service but
I believe we offer something even better.
Christian House Sitters offers FREE membership to home-owners. No need to buy anything.
As a registered home-owner you can have a FREE house and pet sitters as often as you like. No limit!
Got no pets. Not a problem. We will try to find you a suitable sitter to look after your home so it is not left empty and in danger while you are away. It is still FREE
Got other pets. No problem we have found sitters for fish, birds, rabbits, donkeys, horses, and a variety of other pets. All FREE of charge.
Our service is available world-wide.
There is no risk as you do not pay anything to join, and the house-sitter/ pet-sitter is FREE as well so you can’t lose anything.
Restrictions on travel are reducing almost everywhere. The demand for houses is growing almost daily. As an example, a recent house had 9 applications within the first hour of being listed on our site.
So if you are a Christian and connected to a recognised Christian Church Register with Christian House Sitters as a Home Owner.
It will not cost you anything and when you are away your home and if necessary your pets will be looked after Free of Charge.
This is the ideal time to get your next vacation planned and sitters arranged.
Looking at the BBC News website this morning I saw the following as their main news article.
The article continue by saying that within hours of the easing of UK Travel restrictions the travel industry had seen a very significant increase in bookings.
What about you?
Are you looking to join the people who will benefit either by travelling to or from the UK?
If so remember how our ministry can help you and save you a lot of money.
You can register FREE of charge as a home owner and we will do our best to find someone to look after your home and. if necessary, your pets while you are away. This will not cost you anything. It is FREE.
You can also register as a House Sitter which will cost you £25 per year (all of which goes to support vulnerable children at the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya.) You will then be kept informed of all houses anywhere in the world that are listed with us as needing a sitter and if you are interested you can contact the home owner to apply to look after their home.
Remember we are a Ministry NOT a business.
100% Of our income goes through our registered charity to the Children’s Home.
For details about how to register and for more information about how it all works please visit our website. CLICK HERE
For more information about the Children’s Home and our charity please CLICK HERE
Marilyn and I are exhausted. We are thankful that we will be going on a short vacation at the end of this week.
This led me to thinking about the importance of taking time out.
Having a vacation is really very important for many different reasons.
It benefits your health, protects relationships, improves work productivity, and can even save lives. I will not cover these in detail as I have done that previously but have a look at the following if you need a reminder.
So I looked at how countries around the world care for their workers.
I got my information from Wikipedia They list over 2000 countries annual leave details. I made very interesting reading.
Here is a very short extract showing the countries I believe most of our readers will live in or be interested in. For the full list visit the link above to the article.
With only one exception (more about that later) every country listed has a legal requirement to give workers paid leave every year plus paid leave on public holidays (although sometimes this is taken as extra work and an increased pay instead of a day off.
The one exception is not some backward 3rd world country as one may have expected. Even 3rd world countries have a legal requirement to give staff paid leave.
No, the only exception is the United States of America where there is no legal requirement to give staff any time off.
Wherever you live and however many of few days you get take them!
Benefit from them it could transform your life.
Worried about the cost?
Worried about your pets?
Worried about leaving your home empty and in danger?
We can help!
If you are going away and concerned about leaving your home uninhabited and vulnerable, we can arrange for people to stay, free of charge, in your home while you are away. They will look after your home and your pets.
If you are finding it difficult to afford a vacation, we invite you to join as a sitter and we will keep you up to date with RENT FREE vacations all over the world
Firstly as a way of blessing and helping Christians all over the world to have a vacation that they may otherwise have found it difficult to afford. For details see www.Christian-housesitters.com
Secondly 100% of the income we get from Sitters, who pay just £25 per year for their membership , goes through our UK Registered Charity to support the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. See https://www.TLC-Childrenstrust.org Note Home Owners who want a sitter do not pay anything.
Below is a copy of the latest newsletter about the work in Kenya.
Newsletter May to August 2021
This has been an odd year. Covid continued causing chaos but we thank God none of our staff or children have been infected.
Our Health Dept Manager Erick Jafeth Ochieng has done an excellent job. In his latest report received this week he wrote: We are all observing covid 19 protocols with regular hand washing and sanitizing prioritized…… Environmental hygiene has been maintained; the toilets are always cleaned and washed on daily basis with the flushing of water available sufficiently….. the kitchen, is above average standards of personal and environmental hygiene.
May The academic year in Kenya resumed in May instead of starting their new year in January. They will now finish last year’s studies and start their new academic year at the end of July this was due to Covid.
Our secondary school and technical college students are all supplied with a bike so that they can cycle to and from school as it is too far to walk. One day as they cycled, a dangerously driven car hit one of our girls. He failed to stop. The other students cycling with her helped her and contacted Home of Peace. The bike is a mess but thank God she was not badly injured.
Also during June our Social Worker, Faith, who served us well for many years suffered an emotional breakdown. We gave her sick leave and she returned to stay with her parents. She also decided to resign so we needed to find a replacement.
Under the Kenyan Education System children need to graduate from ECD (Early Childhood Development) before they are allowed to start primary school. At Home of Peace we employ a qualified ECD teacher to prepare our children. They need to study how to read, write do basic maths, some language skills and creative skills.
The latest group have graduated in July. The teacher loaned them gowns etc. for their graduation ceremony.
Sharon Odhiambo became our new Social Worker. She is well qualified and has a lot of very valuable experience. We welcomed her to the team and she is already proving to be a great blessing.
Also during July
Our amazing trustees Val & Keith Norton once again did a wonderful job arranging a fun garden party and games, at their home, to help raise funds for the children at Home of Peace.
They raised over £1,400! Thank you Val, Keith and all who helped you!
AUGUST 6 new children were committed to Home of Peace last Friday. 5 will go to Primary School and one to ECD.
About two years ago, whilst visiting a church he helped plant in the town of Homa Bay, which is about a four-hour drive from Home of Peace. Erick was presented with five young children who had been found homeless and suffering. Erick did the right thing and reported this to the area chief and also to the local Department of Children services and as a temporary measure, with their permission, he placed 3 of them with a member of the church and he personally started sending money to help provide food for them whilst waiting for the children’s department to do the right thing. With the permission of the area chief he took two of the children back with him to his own home where he was able to look after them.
When nothing was done by the children’s department we wrote to them and suggested that these children should be placed in Home of Peace where they could be looked after.
Once again nothing was done. Meanwhile one of the children that had come back and was staying with Erick, a young boy of eight years old, had been complaining of an inability to see. Naturally we arranged for him to be checked by the hospital and they decided that he had cataracts in both eyes and if nothing was done he could lose his sight. They referred him to the eye hospital (the only eye hospital in Western Kenya) who confirmed that he urgently needed two cataract operations but that because he has not been committed to Home of Peace he could not be covered under the Home of Peace children’s medical insurance scheme and the operations would have to be paid for privately. They quoted 36,000 Kenya shillings which translates to £250. Erick told them that he did not have this amount of money and they got back to him and said that they had found someone who would sponsor the majority of the cost and he would only have to pay 15,000 shillings which is about £100. We managed to raise this money and the child has had both operations.
On the 6th of August Erick and Sharon, our new social worker travelled to Homa Bay for the children’s court there to finally make a decision what to do about these children and, praise God, they have been committed to Home of Peace. The court also asked us to take an additional child. So, we needed to provide for 6 new children who will needed everything. Clothes, basics like toothbrushes, enrolment in school, school supplies, uniforms, etc.
That same evening we had a fire at Home of Peace. A Brave Young Man At Home of Peace we have a generator because mains electricity often fails for days at a time. On Friday 6th August the generator caught alight and there was a real danger of it exploding and hurting or killing people and destroying the buildings. Our Assistant Head Boy, John Charles, bravely grabbed the fire extinguisher and ran into the generator room and extinguished the fire. The generator needed to be re-wired, fitted with a new coil and a new battery but had he not acted so quickly I dread to think what may have happened.
We presented him with a Certificate of Bravery and a small gift of money.
MARILYN & RAY Your ongoing prayers would be greatly appreciated as Marilyn has continued to struggle with health problems and to add to that on Monday she was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes which may need surgery. She will be having further tests on the 2nd of September
ONGOING Please continue to pray for this ministry, for the staff at Home of Peace, for the children and students, and for us. It is a tremendous blessing and privilege to be involved but at times it can be really hard work and emotionally draining. Please continue to tell others, (Friends, family, church) about this and encourage them to get involved. Please join us in thanking God for His provision and pray that through faithful people, like you, He will continue to meet the needs. It does cost a lot but it is saving and transforming lives. All gifts, no matter how small will be greatly appreciated CLICK HERE
May God richly bless you Love in Jesus Marilyn & Ray
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I am sure we are all tired of Covid. It seems to have taken over every area lives for such a long time. So many new words. So many new restrictions. So many false dawns.
As I read and watch the news my heart breaks for those who have suffered as a result of this awful virus and their loved ones.
I also feel sad for the vast number of people who have lost their income because businesses have had to shut.
Being involved in Christian House Sitters, I am also naturally aware what a problem this has been for people desperately needing to get away and have a vacation. The travel rules keep changing. Trips are booked and then cancelled. People are losing vast amounts of money. In the end instead of the vacation easing the stress it seems to add to the pressure.
I genuinely believe the situation has made the ministry of Christian House Sitters even more valuable.
Christians dealing with Christians. Individuals dealing with individuals.
I have seen a number of examples where sitters and owners have booked and then due to changing government regulations have had to ‘put it on ice’ but they have worked together so as things improve they quickly rearrange their dates and nobody loses out.
We still have far less houses available than normal because so many members are afraid to book anything in case the rules change. So, if you need someone to look after your home and if necessary your pets FREE of any charge register with us now.
But what if the rules change again?
My advice. We need to be pragmatic. Work within the rules and make you house available if that is allowed where you live. But when potential sitters contact you say if the law changes you will naturally have to rearrange the dates. Then keep in contact with the sitter and discuss when or if anything changes.
Have a look at the website for the details. CLICK HERE