My name is Calypso and I wanted to say a big thank you to Christian House Sitters for the way that you have improved my life.
I have staff (they mistakenly think that they own me but actually they just work for me) and from time to time they have a habit of deserting me. They say that they are going on their annual vacation and I see them excitedly packing their suitcases and getting ready. They look really happy but I have learned that it is bad news. It means I am going to be dumped at the cattery for 2 weeks. Now don’t get me wrong it is a very good cattery and they seem to try their very best but I ask you, do I look like someone who should be locked away in prison?
I have tried to explain this to my staff. I have even tried pulling stuff out the suitcase when they are packing but to no avail.
Once I decided to climb into the case and join them on their vacation in order to find out what it is all about but I was discovered and ended up in the cattery again. But this year it all changed! I saw them packing and I felt really depressed but instead of taking me to prison they had arranged for substitute staff to take their place. They called then House Sitters. They were great. Gave me the attention I deserve, fed me my normal food, in the normal place and at the normal time and I had a great time.
Vacation is no longer a word that brings dread to my heart. Thanks for sending the House Sitters. I am telling all the other cats in the street to share the good news with their staff.
Calypso the Cat
If your cat is trying to tell you something it might be saying that you should click on this link Christian House Sitters
The past few days I keep seeing adverts from a dog / cat insurance company saying that they now offer a free pet sitting service through a house-sitting company. They say this is worth £99 and is valid for 1 year
To get this you need to take out pet insurance with them. For a dog this starts at £12.17 a month or £146 for a year.
More than 1 dog you pay more
Got a cat as well or a few cats again you pay extra.
I am sure that they offer an excellent service but
I believe we offer something even better.
Christian House Sitters offers FREE membership to home-owners. No need to buy anything.
As a registered home-owner you can have a FREE house and pet sitters as often as you like. No limit!
Got no pets. Not a problem. We will try to find you a suitable sitter to look after your home so it is not left empty and in danger while you are away. It is still FREE
Got other pets. No problem we have found sitters for fish, birds, rabbits, donkeys, horses, and a variety of other pets. All FREE of charge.
Our service is available world-wide.
There is no risk as you do not pay anything to join, and the house-sitter/ pet-sitter is FREE as well so you can’t lose anything.
Restrictions on travel are reducing almost everywhere. The demand for houses is growing almost daily. As an example, a recent house had 9 applications within the first hour of being listed on our site.
So if you are a Christian and connected to a recognised Christian Church Register with Christian House Sitters as a Home Owner.
It will not cost you anything and when you are away your home and if necessary your pets will be looked after Free of Charge.
This is the ideal time to get your next vacation planned and sitters arranged.
Looking at the BBC News website this morning I saw the following as their main news article.
The article continue by saying that within hours of the easing of UK Travel restrictions the travel industry had seen a very significant increase in bookings.
What about you?
Are you looking to join the people who will benefit either by travelling to or from the UK?
If so remember how our ministry can help you and save you a lot of money.
You can register FREE of charge as a home owner and we will do our best to find someone to look after your home and. if necessary, your pets while you are away. This will not cost you anything. It is FREE.
You can also register as a House Sitter which will cost you £25 per year (all of which goes to support vulnerable children at the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya.) You will then be kept informed of all houses anywhere in the world that are listed with us as needing a sitter and if you are interested you can contact the home owner to apply to look after their home.
Remember we are a Ministry NOT a business.
100% Of our income goes through our registered charity to the Children’s Home.
For details about how to register and for more information about how it all works please visit our website. CLICK HERE
For more information about the Children’s Home and our charity please CLICK HERE
Firstly as a way of blessing and helping Christians all over the world to have a vacation that they may otherwise have found it difficult to afford. For details see www.Christian-housesitters.com
Secondly 100% of the income we get from Sitters, who pay just £25 per year for their membership , goes through our UK Registered Charity to support the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. See https://www.TLC-Childrenstrust.org Note Home Owners who want a sitter do not pay anything.
Below is a copy of the latest newsletter about the work in Kenya.
Newsletter May to August 2021
This has been an odd year. Covid continued causing chaos but we thank God none of our staff or children have been infected.
Our Health Dept Manager Erick Jafeth Ochieng has done an excellent job. In his latest report received this week he wrote: We are all observing covid 19 protocols with regular hand washing and sanitizing prioritized…… Environmental hygiene has been maintained; the toilets are always cleaned and washed on daily basis with the flushing of water available sufficiently….. the kitchen, is above average standards of personal and environmental hygiene.
May The academic year in Kenya resumed in May instead of starting their new year in January. They will now finish last year’s studies and start their new academic year at the end of July this was due to Covid.
Our secondary school and technical college students are all supplied with a bike so that they can cycle to and from school as it is too far to walk. One day as they cycled, a dangerously driven car hit one of our girls. He failed to stop. The other students cycling with her helped her and contacted Home of Peace. The bike is a mess but thank God she was not badly injured.
Also during June our Social Worker, Faith, who served us well for many years suffered an emotional breakdown. We gave her sick leave and she returned to stay with her parents. She also decided to resign so we needed to find a replacement.
Under the Kenyan Education System children need to graduate from ECD (Early Childhood Development) before they are allowed to start primary school. At Home of Peace we employ a qualified ECD teacher to prepare our children. They need to study how to read, write do basic maths, some language skills and creative skills.
The latest group have graduated in July. The teacher loaned them gowns etc. for their graduation ceremony.
Sharon Odhiambo became our new Social Worker. She is well qualified and has a lot of very valuable experience. We welcomed her to the team and she is already proving to be a great blessing.
Also during July
Our amazing trustees Val & Keith Norton once again did a wonderful job arranging a fun garden party and games, at their home, to help raise funds for the children at Home of Peace.
They raised over £1,400! Thank you Val, Keith and all who helped you!
AUGUST 6 new children were committed to Home of Peace last Friday. 5 will go to Primary School and one to ECD.
About two years ago, whilst visiting a church he helped plant in the town of Homa Bay, which is about a four-hour drive from Home of Peace. Erick was presented with five young children who had been found homeless and suffering. Erick did the right thing and reported this to the area chief and also to the local Department of Children services and as a temporary measure, with their permission, he placed 3 of them with a member of the church and he personally started sending money to help provide food for them whilst waiting for the children’s department to do the right thing. With the permission of the area chief he took two of the children back with him to his own home where he was able to look after them.
When nothing was done by the children’s department we wrote to them and suggested that these children should be placed in Home of Peace where they could be looked after.
Once again nothing was done. Meanwhile one of the children that had come back and was staying with Erick, a young boy of eight years old, had been complaining of an inability to see. Naturally we arranged for him to be checked by the hospital and they decided that he had cataracts in both eyes and if nothing was done he could lose his sight. They referred him to the eye hospital (the only eye hospital in Western Kenya) who confirmed that he urgently needed two cataract operations but that because he has not been committed to Home of Peace he could not be covered under the Home of Peace children’s medical insurance scheme and the operations would have to be paid for privately. They quoted 36,000 Kenya shillings which translates to £250. Erick told them that he did not have this amount of money and they got back to him and said that they had found someone who would sponsor the majority of the cost and he would only have to pay 15,000 shillings which is about £100. We managed to raise this money and the child has had both operations.
On the 6th of August Erick and Sharon, our new social worker travelled to Homa Bay for the children’s court there to finally make a decision what to do about these children and, praise God, they have been committed to Home of Peace. The court also asked us to take an additional child. So, we needed to provide for 6 new children who will needed everything. Clothes, basics like toothbrushes, enrolment in school, school supplies, uniforms, etc.
That same evening we had a fire at Home of Peace. A Brave Young Man At Home of Peace we have a generator because mains electricity often fails for days at a time. On Friday 6th August the generator caught alight and there was a real danger of it exploding and hurting or killing people and destroying the buildings. Our Assistant Head Boy, John Charles, bravely grabbed the fire extinguisher and ran into the generator room and extinguished the fire. The generator needed to be re-wired, fitted with a new coil and a new battery but had he not acted so quickly I dread to think what may have happened.
We presented him with a Certificate of Bravery and a small gift of money.
MARILYN & RAY Your ongoing prayers would be greatly appreciated as Marilyn has continued to struggle with health problems and to add to that on Monday she was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes which may need surgery. She will be having further tests on the 2nd of September
ONGOING Please continue to pray for this ministry, for the staff at Home of Peace, for the children and students, and for us. It is a tremendous blessing and privilege to be involved but at times it can be really hard work and emotionally draining. Please continue to tell others, (Friends, family, church) about this and encourage them to get involved. Please join us in thanking God for His provision and pray that through faithful people, like you, He will continue to meet the needs. It does cost a lot but it is saving and transforming lives. All gifts, no matter how small will be greatly appreciated CLICK HERE
May God richly bless you Love in Jesus Marilyn & Ray
Reasons To Take A Vacation ASAP, According To Science
By Renee Jacques (Updated Dec 06, 2017)
The most common reason why people weren’t taking a vacation was that they possess what researchers call a “martyr” complex, in which they believe that no one else can do their job as well as they can. Yet more than 20 percent of people who don’t take vacations say they skip out because they are afraid they feel they are easily replaceable.
Whichever is the case, we’re here to tell you to please, please take a vacation. We know you’re afraid. But after you read these reasons why taking a vacation will do amazing things for your wellbeing and your mind, you may reconsider. And more importantly: Taking a vacation could make you even better at your job. Yes, it’s true. Read on, and start booking your next flight or planning a staycation.
1. Your body is literally telling you to take a break. But you keep ignoring it.
Giving employees significant time to take a break will help them be renewed and come back to work even stronger, says Tony Schwartz, the chief executive officer of The Energy Project, in an op-ed in The New York Times. His company offers employees four weeks of vacation starting in their first year. He does this because he believes that “the importance of restoration is rooted in our physiology.” He credits a study done by researchers at Florida State University …..
2. Because when your brain is completely relaxed, it’s still working on improving the skills you have learned.
This all goes back to the science of sleep. Many studies have shown that when the brain is relaxed, it focuses itself on boring but essential tasks, like etching in and memorizing the new skills you may have learned at the office during the week before. So, if you’re struggling to keep up with the new software your company just introduced, right now might be the best time to take a vacation. Let your brain take some time to process the new information, and you might return in tip-top shape!
3. It’s been proven that allowing your brain to day-dream allows you to better solve problems and be more creative.
Your brain operates on two levels: One side is task-focused and the other side is focused on letting your mind wander and daydream. As you can imagine, a hard worker like you is pretty much always in the task-focused mode, overworking your brian to stay engaged on something you must finish for work, all the while taking in an overload of information…
As we mentioned above, taking a break is good for your brain. Because you have got to let your brain daydream. Daniel J. Levitin, the director of the Laboratory for Music, Cognition and Expertise at McGill University and the author of “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload,” told the New York Times that giving our brains time to wind down and think about nothing at all can provide “our moments of greatest creativity and insight.”
4. Fact: The more vacations you take, the happier you’ll be.
As far as vacations go, the more the merrier. A study done at Erasmus University in Rotterdam found that among about 1,500 Dutch adults in which 974 of them took a vacation, those who took time off were happier than those who did not, mostly because they were excited in anticipation for their vacation. They also showed signs of slightly increased happiness for two weeks after they returned from vacation. So, the trick for success, says the study’s leader, Jeroen Nawijn, seems to be taking two or more short breaks spread out in the year rather than one massive vacation. Spread out that happiness!
5. Your performance review this year could be higher if you just go take your vacation.
All that happiness could pay off for you in major ways. An internal study was done by the Ernst & Young accounting firm found that for each additional 10 hours that an employee took for vacation, his or her performance review was 8 percent higher the next year. Who knew that some rest and relaxation could get you your next raise?
7. Bosses who take vacations return to work as more focused business leaders.
A survey by job recruiters at Korn/Ferry International discovered that 84 percent of over 250 executives have canceled a vacation due to pressures at work. That’s shocking. If you’re the head honcho, don’t think it’s impossible for you take a vacation. We know it’s hard to break yourself away from your work, but you make the rules, after all, and it’s proven that you’ll be better and enforcing those rules if you give yourself a little break.
Jennifer Deal, a researcher at the Center for Creative Leadership who has examined the way executives deal with taking vacations, told The Wall Street Journal that when bosses take time off they come back more creative and able to think about the long run future of the company better. If they don’t take a break, she says it’s extremely difficult for them to “see outside of the immediate whirlwind.”
8. Immersing yourself in new cultures and cuisines will give you a whole new array of ideas you can bring back to work.
Think of your vacation as a very relaxing and stress-free way to get some more work done. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine concludes that multicultural experiences help foster creativity and help generate ideas. However, this shouldn’t be working abroad. The study emphasizes that the experience will only promote creativity when the situation doesn’t call for “firm answers or existential concerns.”
BUT I CAN’T AFFORD A VACATION
Do not be caught out!
Instead of paying a company loads of money to pack you like sardines onto one of their charter flights to an overpopulated resort, then being ‘organised’ by their rep throughout your stay in a small hotel room take the DIY approach.
Stay rent-free in a private house with all the home comforts.
Plan your own itinerary.
Go home having rested, enjoyed your time away and having saved a lot of money.
You could be enjoying a rent-free vacation in one of the many houses that we get all over the world.
Also if you need someone honest, reliable and with references to look after your home and if necessary your pets while you are away. Even if you are not in one of our houses. We will help you find someone free-of-charge.
Over 70% of thieves search social media to find empty homes. Beat the burglars by following these top tips to a more secure home:
1. Don’t share the fact your house is empty It may be tempting to share your ‘hurrah, I’m going on holiday’ feeling with your friends but, according to mediabistro.com, 78% of thieves use social media to find empty houses. It’s best to avoid posting about your break on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And make sure selfie-obsessed teenagers do the same!
2. Make your house look lived in If you get milk or newspapers delivered, make sure you cancel them during your holiday so there isn’t a build up. If you have a window by your letterbox, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s covered so any prying eyes can’t see the build-up of letters by your front door. Things like this make it obvious to criminals that no one is home. If you have timers for your lights, use these to make it look as if someone is coming and going.
3. Recruit a neighbour or family member If you have family or neighbours who can come over every day, they can make it look as if someone is in. If they can move your post, or park a car in the driveway, it will help put off a burglar who may be monitoring your home.
4. Lock all your windows and doors A quarter of break-ins are through windows, so make sure they’re firmly locked, even those on upper floors. If no one is around, consider installing movement-activated floodlights or sensor lights at the front or back of your home.
5. Keep valuables in a safe place Over half of people don’t leave their valuables in a secure place, according to a study by confused.com. In fact, 13% leave items in a sock drawer – a popular target for burglars. It’s worth investing in a safe or finding a clever spot to stash precious jewellery and gadgets. For insurance purposes, doors should have a five-lever mortise deadlock to comply with BS3621 and window locks BS7950.
All excellent advice…. BUT sadly it is not that easy.
Burglars also read those tips. They know the tricks we are advised to use and so are often not fooled.
The fact is that your house is still being left empty and while these ‘tricks & tips’ may help to hide that they are no substitute for having the house actually occupied with someone living there.
This is where we can help. And it is FREE.
We can help you find a suitable person or family to live in your home while you are away. they will even look after your pets. No pretending the house is occupied. It will be occupied by someone trustworthy with good references and it will not cost you anything.
The other side of the coin is that if you would like a rent-free vacation we have houses owners all over the world who let us know when they are going to be away and we can put you in contact with them.
Have a look at our website for more information. CLICK HERE