When we started the Christian-housesitters website I had a reasonable understanding of codeing in html but that was as far as my knowledge went.
I soon discovered that I needed much more.
A content management system
A security system
PhP codeing etc etc. I was lost.
I spent ages searching the internet looking for suggestions and there is a lot out there but it is expensive and we had very limited funds. We prayed. Should have done that first.
I then sent an email to a company who sell content management systems asking for their advice. One of the owners offered to help me free of charge. He has spent days writing code, fixing bugs etc. Nothing is ever too much trouble. Marilyn and I have nicknamed him our ‘computer angel’
Without his help we could never have managed. As far as I am aware he makes no claim to being a Christian but he is more than happy to work free of charge to help establish this ministry. God is good!
Shortly after the site went live we received an email from a lady.
“We were praying for a holiday but did not know how we could afford it because we have two cats. Your site is an answer to our prayers. We will now arrange our dates and then you can list our house. Thank you.”
As I said God is good!
More exciting stories to follow. Come back soon.
Our Christian House Sitters website is now a reality. It has been live for just over 2 weeks and we have already had many hundreds of folk visit the site. It has been so exciting to find people from literally all over the world showing an interest.
The messages of support have been a blessing to both Marilyn and I.
(I wonder why so few people write anything in our guestbook)
We already have a few House Sitters and House Owners. Our prayer is that all our members will find the right match. House sitters will find their ideal house and house owners their ideal sitter.
We do need more houses. As it is free to register as a House Owner we wonder why there is not a flood of folk registering their homes. If anyone has any ideas please share them with us.
In a future post I will tell you how God provided amazing technical help with the site.
Come back and keep up to date with this exciting story.
This is our first attempt at a blog.
It will follow our adventures as we launch our new service on an unsuspecting world. The service is called Christian House Sitters.
To get the ball rolling here is a litttle about us.
We are Marilyn & Ray White. A fun loving Christian couple aged 59 and 60 years old. We 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 for YfC in South Africa then went on to Bible College and Pastored a church.
24 Years ago we moved from South Africa to England
In addition to his theological training Ray has a PhD in Psychology and since moving to the UK he has lectured in Psychology, counselled for the NHS and 16 years ago we 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 500 people completed the training courses. Many are serving the Lord by working in or through their local churches.
We are now semi-retired but still run a secular Stress Management business called TLC Stress Management
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 details can be seen be clicking on the title. Let’s Get Serious He has also written a secular book on Stress Management called Stress Overcoming this Potential Killer
We recently did a 2 month House Sit in France. Whilst there we felt the Lord leading us to set up a Christian House Sitting service.
We believe this site will benefit many Christians around the world.
Pop in for a visit and tell your friends