We have featured in news articles from all over the world but I think this is the first from Australia.
If you want to see the original you will find it on page 13 of the current edition (9) at http://www.informedchristiannewspaper.com/
Below is a copy of the text from the article and also a small copy of the actual article.
Many people are finding it increasingly difficult to afford a holiday these days due to the world financial crisis we seem to be going through. This is indeed a problem as research has clearly shown that during times of severe stress holidays can be more important than ever and can help prevent many stress related health problems.
Probably the best evidence of the effects of holidays can be found in the Framingham Heart Study which scientists have been plumbing for years to understand what contributes to our well-being. More than 12,000 men at risk of heart disease were followed over the past nine years to see if there were ways to improve their longevity. Among the questions they were asked annually was about holidays.
“The more frequent the holidays, the longer the men lived,” says Karen Matthews of the University of Pittsburgh’s Mind-Body Centre, who analysed the data to assess the benefits of holidays.
When you look at the average cost of reasonable accommodation for a holiday even without food it is extremely expensive to the average working class family. Add to this, if you have a dog or other pet that needs minding or to be put in a kennel.
Christian House Sitters is a non-profit ministry that provides a worldwide service to enable members of recognised Christian churches to enjoy a rent free holidays. It also enables home owners to have a reliable person to look after their home and pets free of charge whilst they are away. This can save both parties a great deal of money and therefore enable them to benefit from a much needed break that they may otherwise have been unable to afford.
By registering as a House Sitter you could stay in a lovely spacious house rather than a hotel room and it would cost you no rent at all.
The service has already helped many people from around the world enjoy a much needed holiday and it is expected that as the credit crunch bites further, many more will benefit from this facility.
The service is free for home owners and costs just a nominal fee per year for house sitters. Christian House Sitters are located all over the world with many of them in Australia.
All income goes to Christian Children’s Home in Kenya and provides accommodation, food, clothing, education and medical expenses for 80 children. Christian House Sitters is the sole means of support for these children and all money is very carefully monitored.
Full details can be found on the Christian House Sitters at www.christian-housesitters.com.
God bless you,
P.S. Here is a copy of the actual article.