Marilyn , my wife, and I have just returned from visiting our daughter and her family. They live about 200 miles from us so we don’t see them as often as we would like although naturally we keep in contact by phone, text and email.
Each time we visit their house we are reminded that God does the unexpected. A couple of years ago they went to a house auction looking to purchase a low cost house that needed a lot of work.
As the auction progressed the expected price was soon greatly exceeded putting it out of their range. Naturally they felt dissapointed but as they were sitting in the middle of a row decided to wait through the remainder of the proceedings.
At the end a house they had seen but rejected because they knew it would be out of their price bracket came up for auction. There was no serious bidding. They made a bid and got the house.
Later they chatted to the man who out bid them and purchased the house they originally wanted. He admitted that he made a mistake. He got the two properties confused in his mind and that is why he bid so high. As a result of his mistake he could not afford to bid on the other house. Leaving it for our daughter.
It is a beautiful home.
We believe God set it aside for her.
In the same way we believe that our house sitters and house owners can look to God to match the right owners with the right sitters.
Am I allowed to have a good moan?
Yes why not after all it is my blog.
I am feeling frustrated by Christians who can’t read. Or is it simply that they do not bother.
On our web site Christian House Sitters we clearly explain what is involved in joining. This is explained on the home page where it says that House Owners can (at the moment) join free of charge but house sitters are charged an annual membership fee of just £20.
We go on to explain that proceeds go to support Christian work in South Africa.
We also say ‘before joining please read the FAQ page’. On that page we once again explain the costs etc.
Then when they click on the register tab and get to the registration page we once again explain the costs and procedure.
Yet every day I have someone joining as a sitter but ‘forgetting’ to pay’. When I email them they normally respond by saying ‘oh sorry I did not realise there was a charge’
Help. How can I make it clearer.
I really wish we could do it all free of charge but the web site costs money and part of our reason for existing is to raise money for Unsung Heroes a Christian ministry in South Africa. (See a previous post).
They are after all getting the opportunity of a free holiday by becoming a registered house sitter.
Enough. No more moaning. I just felt the need to get that lot off my chest.
A lovely sounding lady emailed me from America this morning. She had been looking at our Christian House Sitters web site and was astounded that she could get a Christian to live in her house and look after her pets while she and her family have a holiday.
She said that last year they employed a pet sitting service. The sitters visited her dog for 20 minutes each morning, giving it some fresh water, this visit lasted 20 minutes. They visited again during the day to take the dog for a half hour walk and for a final 20 minute visit to feed and settle the dog in the evening.
She said this cost her $48 per day. They were away for 2 weeks so dog care alone cost them $672.
The dog and indeed her home were left unattended overnight.
With our service she can have a family stay in the house, look after the house and look after the dog and it will not cost her anything. At the same time as saving $672 she is giving another Christian a holiday and supporting Christian work in South Africa.
She was beside herself with appreciation.
I am so glad we are doing something right.