On this blog you never know what to expect. We have articles to make you laugh, articles to challenge you, information about Christian House Sitters, book reviews and a load of other stuff. I pray before I write each post and I trust God to use them as He sees fit.
Today I want us to have a very brief look at a famous lady.
I have often seen quotes attributed to Mother Teresa and have found many of them really challenging but I realised that I know very little about her. Oh I know she was a Roman Catholic who worked with the poor in India but to be honest not much else. So I decided to do a little background reading and I discovered that she was born on the 26th of August 1910 and died on the 5th of September 1997 at the age of 87 and that she was originally of Kosovo Albanian origin although she lived for most of her life in India.
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 was active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children’s and family counselling programmes; orphanages; and schools. Members of the institute must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and the fourth vow, to give “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor”. She was the recipient of numerous honours including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.
She was a controversial figure both during her life and after her death.
I am not going to make any comment about her theology, her views on contraception or even the reports that some of her homes were of a low standard. She was a person and as such, like all of us, she must have made mistakes. Nobody can achieve what she did without making some mistakes along the way.
What I am convinced is that God would prefer the way she lived her belief over the way most of us just talk about it.
No doubt because Christian House Sitters provides the funding for a Children’s Home in Kenya I have found a number of her quotes very pertinent.
May I suggest that you do the following:
Pray about them.
Then ask God if He wants you to do anything about it.
Finally act on what you feel God is saying.
One way you could make a real difference is by helping us support this children’s home. We are a registered charity but we are very small and we do need support. Nothing is taken to cover our overheads. Marilyn & I cover them ourselves. So everything you give will go to the home.
Will your money be wasted? No we are in almost daily contact with the home and we monitor everything very carefully.
Have a look at our website for more information. CLICK HERE
Here is an extract from a blog post I put up about 4 years ago.
Officially I am retired but I am working hard every day, without any financial reward, running Christian House Sitters.
We have members all over the world so we receive emails throughout the day and night because of the different time zones. I have a policy of never letting anyone wait more that 12 hours for a reply. Most get a reply far sooner. As a result I monitor the site for about 18 hours a day. Not constantly but checking on things.
I also spend a lot of time and energy promoting our ministry. As I said we do not make money from this ministry, rather than making me money costs us money.
Am I crazy? No I do not think I am I believe there are very good reasons to do what we are doing.
So why do we do it?
There are 2 reasons.
Christian House Sitters has blessed many Christians around the world who could not otherwise have afforded a vacation. We believe that in itself is a great ministry to the people of God.
But there is also a vital second reason.
There is a Children’s Home in Kenya run by a Christian team. These wonderful people have dedicated their lives to looking after the children. They do not get a salary just food and somewhere to sleep and we give them each a gift of about £10 per month.
Marilyn, my wife, is in regular contact with the home and guides them in every decision. She also keeps an eagle eye on how they use the money that is donated.
I have just been looking through their financial report for last month. All the staff donated back at least half of their personal (very small gift) to help buy food for the children.
In the local community people are very poor. But I found my heart deeply touched by the following entries:
Gift of a small fish
Gift of beans (Value about 50p)
Gift of a vegetable (Value about 35p)
This is sacrificial giving.
When I look at that my own small gift of time and money it seems insignificant. These people have so little yet gladly share what they have.
Please will you prayerfully consider helping us to support these hungry children.
The income from Christian House Sitters only provides about 25% of their minimum requirements. We have a few regular sponsors and also receive occasional gifts.
Somehow God stretches the money and the basic needs are covered. But every month is an adventure in faith.
You can help by sponsoring a child, by making an occassional gift, by telling your church, friends and contacts and naturally by praying for us.
We would like to do so much more. When our income is sufficient to cover the basics we will need to buy them more beds. At present the children sleep 2 to a bed. They need a kitchen as at present cooking is done on an open fire under a tree, they need additional dormitories, etc.
These are God’s children. Please help us to help them!
God bless you,
Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity
TLC Children’s Trust
UK Charity number 1156786
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