The long spoon………

I am blessed to receive numerous uplifting, encouraging and challenging email most days. One that often helps me is from a man called Pastor Tim Burt who writes a blog called Fresh Manna. You can see it at

This morning I received the following from him. (Note he has previously granted me permission to reproduce his posts as long as I link back to his blog and acknowledge him as the source.)


The Spoon That Feeds… (Author Unknown)

Long spoon

A man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, “Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.”

The Lord led the man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the man’s mouth water.

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

The Lord said, “You have seen Hell.”

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The man said, “I don’t understand.”

“It is simple” said the Lord, “it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other. While the greedy think only of themselves.”

Galations 5:13
Gal 5:13 “For you have been called to live in freedom–not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love.”

This in many ways is the philosophy behind Christian House Sitters.
Christians blessing each other and being blessed at the same time.

Those who are going on vacation get the blessing of having someone look after their home and pets free of charge

Those wanting a vacation get a rent-free house to live in.

Both parties are also blessed by knowing that they are helping another Christian.

For more information have a look at our website. CLICK HERE

God bless you,


We are part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

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Thank You

Time to say thank you to some people.

Many of you kindly contacted me with very encouraging and positive comments after my last blog post. Thanks that is always an encouragement. (If you missed the last post you read it easily by clicking the link to the post called Wonderful Exciting Progress)

A couple of days ago I received an email from a couple who are registered with us as House Sitters. Their email said “Hello Ray, Just a note to let you know that the stay was everything we hoped and prayed for. …… we have come back physically and spiritually refreshed. Thanks so much for this work. “

They had just returned from a house sit arranged through Christian House Sitters. It is lovely to hear from people who have been able to enjoy a much-needed break through our service. This couple were able to travel to a different country, stay in a lovely home and as they said they benefitted both physically and spiritually and it was rent-free as are all our houses.

Thank YouI also received a letter from one of our home owners saying “… what a tremendous blessing your service had been enabling us to go away without having to spend a lot of money on putting our dogs in kennels, our cats in a cattery and then worrying that the animals were ok and that our house was safe. As a result we had more money to spend while away and we had a better, more relaxed time.”

Finally I received an email from the Administrator at the Children’s Home we support in Kenya. (Remember 100% of the income to Christian House Sitters goes to support these vulnerable children. He wrote saying ‘ Please say thank you to all your members. Because of them our children eat well and are happy.”

So this is just a short blog post to sat thanks to everyone for your encouragement.

We would like to serve you as well

We can help you enjoy a Rent Free Vacation and we can help find someone to look after your home and pets while you are away. Free of charge.

Share this opportunity with your friends, your family, your church and be a blessing to them. Full details on our website

God bless you,


Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

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Great Memories

It is Boxing Day.

We had a lovely Christmas with our daughter coming for lunch and we are looking forward to Monday when we will have all the family here including those from Liverpool.

As I was thinking about past Christmases I looked at the dining room wall and saw the painting of Ducks & Donkeys. (Sorry for the poor quality of the photo but it was taken with my phone in poor light. The actual picture is far better.)
Painting of ducks and donkeys
It was given to me as a Christmas present many years ago when I was still lecturing in Psychology. One of my students had a job as an illustrator for greetings cards and she painted this for me as a gift to say thanks for my help. It is about 16 x 12 inches.

She told me that I am the leading duck taking all my students on an exciting adventure into the study of the human mind. The donkeys? Well they represent those who could not be bothered to study. They may look good at the moment but unlike my students they will never fly.

I then went into the bedroom and saw the second painting. Painting of Bruniquel(Once again please forgive the poor quality of my photograph.)This was also a Christmas gift but from a home owner in France after we house sat for her some years ago. She is a professional artist and wanted to say thanks to us for looking after her home so that she could go away over the Christmas/New Year period. The painting is of Bruniquel a tiny fortified village of 561 inhabitants is at an altitude of 250 metres by the river Aveyron.  She painted it after we mentioned how much we had enjoyed exploring the fascinating local villages including Bruniquel.

Wikipedia reminds me that Bruniquel village is a picturesque mixture of old pink stone and red tile with a dramatic belfy, medieval gateways and defensive walls. Two feudal medieval castles dominate the village and the valley, one of which is the Château de Bruniquel. The ‘old’ castle was built in the 12th century and the ‘young’ castle was built-in the 15th century and occupied for about 200 years. It now houses a museum of prehistory exhibiting “treasures of Bruniquel” found in several caves near the castles.

Ahh good memories.

Would you like to collect memories of exotic places? You can.

Allow me to once again be the ‘lead duck’ and follow me to Christian House Sitters where you can enjoy rent-free vacations all over the world. Likewise if you need someone to look after your home (and pets) free of charge we can help.

For full details have a look at

God bless you,


We are part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

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Annie Bradshaw – THIEF

We are continuing our periodic series of articles on good vacation reading for Christians. Once again we are delighted that an author has agreed to write a brief article about their work especially for our blog.

Annie Bradshaw the author is also, I am delighted to say, one of our registered members of Christian House Sitters.

Asked to describe herself she says: A wild child, ran away to Holland at 15, 3rd in Miss Wales at 20, 1st female DJ at Stringfellows at 22. Fell for Jesus in ’94. Now Screenwriter for the Kingdom




 So often in life it seems as though the good things we desire are thwarted by what can sometimes feel like an invisible enemy.

At other times what opposes us is real, maybe in the shape of our parentage, or our circumstances, or maybe just the people we choose to befriend.

For many of us the desire for something ‘better’ can be enough to fuel our determination and thereby change the hand that life has dealt us. But for some it would appear that no matter which way they turn, the ‘demon’ is right there waiting for them.

‘Thief’ isn’t so much an example of human perseverance or endurance, although for sure these attributes are displayed throughout the story. Rather it is a tale about hope surviving against all odds.  A declaration that no matter what life throws at us, there is One who has a purpose and destiny for our lives that cannot be undone.

The human heart is a fragile thing and when broken the pain can be such that what was once so soft can become callous and hard. And yet, each human kindness shown to such a heart can be a preservative that prevents ultimate death. And even if not in the conscious mind of the bearer, it is stored away, to be remembered when faced with another broken heart needing consolation. And so it is that those with the saddest of lives can pour out immeasurable hope to those who have none.

Nabal and Nivcah were two boys from the same village whose options were few. Both born into poverty and oppression, it would seem that their future had been determined with no way out.  And yet even in the direst of situations we have the precious gift of choice. But who has the final say and when do those choices end?

Some of the characters depicted in ’Thief’ prove that it’s never too late to turn things around. But though they both lived their lives as thieves, the ultimate destinies of Nabal and Nivcah were as distant as Heaven is from Hell.

‘Thief’ will take the reader to a distant time and place, but the challenges of the characters in the story are no different than those we face today.

For Nabal and Nivcha the final choice is life, but who will choose it?

‘Thief’ is available on Amazon for download to a Kindle or any device with a Kindle app. You can go direct to the page using this shortened link: where you will also find several reviews.

Below is just one reader’s response on American Amazon:

‘Thief ‘stole my heart, February 5, 2012

I am constantly amazed at how a gifted writer with a heart for a story can bring to life a few lines from the scriptures. This story gripped me from the first pages, transporting me to the land of Israel in the days of Jesus. Ms. Bradshaw has clearly done her historical homework. Happily, you don’t feel the sense of dry history as she leads you back to His time through the story of a broken man. I highly commend it to you!  Comment by Janey Barnhart

To find out more about how you can enjoy a rent-free vacation through Christian House Sitters or to ask us to arrange for someone to look after your home and pets while you are away please visit our website


God bless you,




WOW Another Blessing!

The last few weeks have been amazing. God has been so good and given us publicity in the Washington Times, Women Alive Magazine in England and now in the American magazine Faith Filled Family.

Cover of the Magazine

This article takes you a little deeper into what we do and why so I am reproducing it below.

Christian House Sitters

Ray White was born in South Africa. His wife, Marilyn, moved to South Africa from England at eleven months of age. They now live in England but they have seen the needs of the people in this region, and their heart is to help Christian work in Africa. .

Their organization, Christian House sitters enables them to support a children’s home in Kenya with proceeds going towards this charity.

Faith Filled Family: How did you come up with the idea for Christian House Sitters?

Ray: When we retired, we had very little money as it had all gone into the work of the Christian Counseling Ministry so in order to be able to have a good vacation we needed to find an alternative to paying full price. We heard about a Secular House Sitting organization and registered and ended up in a house in France for 3 months. It was a wonderful experience but we found it a bit lonely as we knew nobody and could not find a church. Also the home owners who were not Christians left some statues and things around the house that made us feel uncomfortable. Marilyn said that the next time we should use a Christian organization so we searched and could not find one anywhere. Marilyn therefore suggested we start one which we did and the result is Christian House Sitters.

Faith Filled Family: It is my understanding that you two started this ministry on your own. Would you please explain what the CHS does?

Ray: We seek to help home owners and house sitters find each other. People can register as a Sitter, an Owner or as both. If you register as a home owner we help you to find a house sitter to move into your home while you are away on vacation. They will look after your home and pets for you free of charge and in return they receive a rent free vacation in your home. So as an owner you save money by not having to pay anyone to look after your home and pets. You also have the security of knowing that your home and pets are being looked after by a responsible Christian.

If you register as a house sitter you get to travel and stay rent-free in lovely homes all over the world rather than in expensive and often characterless hotel rooms.

How does this work in practice? When you register as an owner we list your house details (without the specific address) on the restricted section of our website that can only be viewed by registered sitters.

We also email all registered sitters drawing their attention to the listing.

Sitters then decide which houses they are interested in and click an enquiry button. That automatically sends the owners their details and their profile info. Then it is over to the owner to make contact and decide which application they like best, check references and arrange the sit.

Faith Filled Family: How can someone sign up for either being as an owner or sitter?

Ray: It is really very easy. All they need to do is visit our website and click on the link to register. They will be asked for their name, the name of their church and minister and for some information about themselves. As long as they are members of a recognized Christian Church we will accept them as members. We also write to the named minister informing him or her that these members of the church have joined CHS.

Faith Filled Family: Can I be an owner and a sitter? What about paying, if I am both would I still pay the sitter fee?

Ray: You can register as a sitter, as an owner or as both. Registration as an owner is FREE. Registration as a Sitter is £25 per year.

Faith Filled Family: How does a sitter gain access to the houses available and the timetables?

Ray: When a sitter registers they select a password. This enables them to login to the members section of the website and see details of all available houses. From here they can also notify home owners of their interest in a house. Also whenever any new house is listed with us we send an email to all registered sitters giving them the details and reminding them that if they are interested they should login and contact the owner.

Faith Filled Family: What advice do you provide for both parties?

Ray: On the website we have a number of sections to help people. These include:

Tell Your Sitter, Advice to Sitters, Suggested Agreement and also more general info under “House Sitting Explained” and under FAQ

Faith Filled Family: How many countries has your ministry been extended into?

Ray: At the moment we have active members in Canada, USA, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Portugal, Spain, France, Holland, Germany, Italy, England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales

We are also looking into expanding into other areas as well.

Faith Filled Family: I would think this is a fluid ministry in that owners and sitters are changing. Is this true?

Ray: Yes and no. Many owners remain with us and use our service every time they have a vacation.

There is no limit on how often they can ask for a sitter. We also have many sitters who renew their membership every year. But naturally there are some owners and sitters who do not remain with us and there are also always new people joining.

Faith Filled Family: I understand that the benefits from the sitters’ fee go towards a particular charity. Where does it go?

Ray: 100% of this money goes to support homeless children at a Christian Children’s Home in Kenya.

The cost of running the site is covered by us so all income goes to these needy children. You can read more about the children’s home as

Faith Filled Family: Please explain how and why you chose your beneficiary?

Ray: When we first started we decided that we wanted to support Christian work in Africa because of our personal experience there. Initially this money went to a Christian Organization in South Africa.

Meanwhile our church had been helping a Children’s Home in Kenya. For various reasons the church could no longer afford to continue this financial support and after much prayer we decided to take it on as our project. The work had not been run very efficiently in Kenya so Marilyn, who is experienced in business management, set up a strong accountability structure with herself as the leader. She appointed local Christians to run the home on a day-to-day basis under a local leadership team.

But all major decisions need to be approved by her and she also makes certain that the money is properly accounted for and used wisely. She has had contact with local officials and the home has been inspected by both the area Chief and the District Commissioner who expressed their delight in how well it is being run.

Faith Filled Family: The Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya; how many children are cared for at the home?

Ray: This varies slightly but we normally have between 80 and 85 children who would otherwise be living on the streets, begging or stealing to stay alive. We provide them with accommodation, food, clothing, medical care and pay for their schooling. This is all done in a strong Christian atmosphere. As a result we are seeing lives transformed.

Faith Filled Family: You have explained that Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya Is supported by the CHS. Does the ministry cover all expenses?

Ray: At this stage we are their only financial support. Over the past 12 months we have built them 2 toilet blocks (before this they had to use a field which we felt was not satisfactory), we have built a nursery room for the younger children, and we have got additional beds for the children. They now all have bedding and mosquito nets and we have been able to keep them in food, medicine and clothing. It is often really difficult and each time we send out money it is an adventure in faith asking God to supply but He has never failed. If we had additional funds we would love to improve the facilities, build some more dormitories, turn our temporary kitchen into a real kitchen, etc.

Faith Filled Family: If someone desires to donate to the Children’s Home, how would they go about doing so?

Ray: They can do that from our site by clicking the donate button or by sponsoring a child. Full details are at


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Praying Hands by Ashley Reece

We are continuing our periodic series of articles by published Christian authors in which they tell us a little about themselves and also suggest some vacation reading for when you are next housesitting with Christian House Sitters.

Today we feature the work of Ashley Reece

Ashley Reece

Ashley Reece was born and raised in Detroit, MI to her parents Pastor William Reece & Angela Reece.  She In December 2010, she founded is an online Christian magazine for youth.  Ashley attends the Blessed Community Baptist Church in Michigan.  Her father Pastor William C. Reece, Jr. is pastor

Ashley write:

My parents instilled in me at a young the importance of believing and following Christ.  As a preschool teacher, I learned that many children had no idea about praying.  Some also had no idea about Jesus Christ.  That bothered me and I feel that everyone should not only know about Jesus, but also praise and worship his name.  I’m a firm believer that Christ is the only way we are able to wake up and live each day.  He is the only one that makes all things possible in our lives. 

Strong Little Praying Hands-Christian Prayer Book for Youth

By: Ashley D. Reece

Strong Little Praying Hands

The Lord had placed on my heart last year to write “Strong Little Praying Hands”.  I’m a strong believer in Christ and if I did not have him I would not be here today.  We all have had trials and tribulations.  I’ve been lied on, mistreated and unemployed.  I woke up some days and had no idea how I was going to make it.  Jesus was all I had and sometimes you have to be at your lowest to get closer to him.  I prayed everyday and every night.  I remained faithful and did not give up.   The Lord answered my prayers and he is still blessing me.  “Strong Little Praying Hands”, is a prayer-book for children.  Prayer allows us to communicate with God, and children should learn the importance of prayer early on in their lives.  This book contains twelve prayers and twelve related bible verses.  While reading this book, children can recite prayers that relate to their everyday life and learn bible verses about praying.  I want the youth to know that they can pray to God about anything.  They should get in the habit of praying daily and not just when they need something in their lives.  We should pray when we’re happy and sad.  We should pray when things are going right in our life and when their going wrong.  I’m a witness that the Lord will continue to bless and protect us if we believe in his word, follow his commands and pray.  

Strong Praying Hands-Christian Prayer & Devotion Book for Everyone

By: Ashley D. Reece

Strong Praying Hands

Since Strong Praying Hands for Youth was published, I decided to write a book for adults as well.  Strong Praying Hands is a Christian Prayer & Devotion Book for Christian’s all over the world. Great for readers who want to grow closer to Christ, learn about topics that affect us every day and how to handle them with the guidance of Christ!  The book contains prayer, related bible verses, and discussion topics.  Some topics discussed are gossip, friendship and more.  Praise God, pray, read & learn at the same time!

Both books can be purchased at


To find out more about how you can enjoy a rent-free vacation through Christian House Sitters or to ask us to arrange for someone to look after your home and pets while you are away please visit our website


God bless you,


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