Email from a Cat

cat typing

I posted this some time ago but felt it was worth a repeat post for new readers

I love animals, always have done so when I received an email that claimed to have been written by a cat I was naturally fascinated.

The email was sent to Christian House Sitters as a thank you from a cat whose ‘owners’ had been away on vacation.

Here is what the cat wrote:

Hi,

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.

Yours thankfully,

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

It sounds good but……

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

Great… But…

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.

Have a look at our website for more information

www.Christian-housesitters.com

If you have any questions please use the contact form on our website and I will try to answer them but hopefully most questions are already answered on the website.

God bless you,

Ray

WANTED

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.

Remember
Our service is FREE to you.

For more details please

If you have any questions please read the FAQ page on our website or use the contact form on the website to ask me and I will do my best to answer promptly.

God bless you

Ray

Good News

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

May God bless and guide you.

Ray

How does your country rate?

Marilyn and I are exhausted. We are thankful that we will be going on a short vacation at the end of this week.

This led me to thinking about the importance of taking time out.

Having a vacation is really very important for many different reasons.

It benefits your health, protects relationships, improves work productivity, and can even save lives. I will not cover these in detail as I have done that previously but have a look at the following if you need a reminder.

Science behind vacations 

Research that could save your job, family and life

Health benefits of a vacation

Why you need a vacation

CLICK ON PICTURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

So I looked at how countries around the world care for their workers.

I got my information from  Wikipedia   They list over 2000 countries annual leave details. I made very interesting reading.

Here is a very short extract showing the countries I believe most of our readers will live in or be interested in. For the full list visit the link above to the article.

With only one exception (more about that later) every country listed has a legal requirement to give workers paid leave every year plus paid leave on public holidays (although sometimes this is taken as extra work and an increased pay instead of a day off.

The one exception is not some backward 3rd world country as one may have expected. Even 3rd world countries have a legal requirement to give staff paid leave.

No, the only exception is the United States of America where there is no legal requirement to give staff any time off.

COUNTRYPAID VACATION DAYS PER YEAR 5 day working weekPAID PUBLIC HOLIDAYS TOTAL PAID DAYS LEAVE PER YEAR 5 day working week
Australia201030
Belgium201030
Canada10 to 20 Varies6 to 10 varies16 to 26
France251136
Germany201030
New Zealand201131
Portugal22931
Spain221133
Sweden25934
Switzerland20727
United Kingdom20828
U.S.A000

America No vacation Nation 

Wherever you live and however many of few days you get take them!

Use them!

Benefit from them it could transform your life.

Worried about the cost?

Worried about your pets?

Worried about leaving your home empty and in danger?

We can help!

If you are going away and concerned about leaving your home uninhabited and vulnerable, we can arrange for people to stay, free of charge, in your home while you are away. They will look after your home and your pets.

If you are finding it difficult to afford a vacation, we invite you to join as a sitter and we will keep you up to date with RENT FREE vacations all over the world

For details have a look at our website

REMEMBER. We are a Ministry NOT a business. 100% of all income goes through a UK Registered Charity to support vulnerable children at a Children’s Home we run in Kenya Full Details

God bless you,

WHY?

Why do we run Christian House Sitters?

There are 2 reasons.

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.

JUNE

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.

JULY

E.C.D  GRADUATION

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

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.

Background

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

An extra unexpected blessing

Here is a note I received from one of our members who tells how her very first house sit provided a blessing that is still going on 3 years later

Hi!

Thought Id write as we have just said goodbye to a family we house sat for 3 years ago!

They had popped in for a cup of tea & to collect their daughter who had been staying!

Since we stayed at their home our daughters have become firm friends over social media! (She left a little note in her room).!

They have  been back & forth to stay with each other a few times, we have shared days out & our daughter was even invited to holiday abroad with the family!

What a delight has come from our 10 day house sit!

Thank you for your lovely ministry!!!

Take a moment to look at our website and see how you could also be blessed by joining our worldwide family of Christian House Sitters.

Remember registering as a home owner is FREE and registering as a Sitter is just £25 per year. All our income goes to support a Children’s Home in rural Kenya. Full details on the website

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters
is part of the registered charity
TLC Children’s Trust
UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

 

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How long do you need?

When you’re planning a holiday, one of the main points to consider is how long you’ll be going away for.

Reading the news this morning I came upon an article from Country Living asking the question.

How long do you need to go on holiday for to feel really relaxed?pexels-photo-279707

I can’t reproduce the whole article but below are some of the key points and findings. If you want to read the original there is a link below.

NOTE: American readers the word holiday in this article is used with the UK meaning. In the USA you would replace it with vacation.

When you’re planning a holiday, one of the main points to consider is how long you’ll be going away for.

Do you go for a long weekend, a whole week, or perhaps even longer?

According to scientific research, published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, there is a perfect length of holiday time which has the maximum beneficial effect on your health and wellbeing.

Researchers at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, set out to explore the effects of holiday length on health and wellbeing, and its relationship to positive aftereffects.

So what’s the perfect length? Longer than eight days. But there’s an interesting point to be made about the frequency of our holidays, too. Here’s why…

The results
The experiment found that health and wellbeing increased rapidly during holiday time, peaking on the eighth day.

How long should you holiday for?

So, if you want to get the most from your holiday and feel truly rested and rejuvenated, try to have a break for longer than eight days, and fill your time with pleasurable and relaxing experiences to boost your health and wellbeing.

And, as the authors suggest, it may be more beneficial to take more frequent shorter breaks, rather than one long respite from work.

We can help you achieve this goal.

Through Christian House Sitters you can enjoy rent-free holidays all over the world.
We can also arrange for people to look after your home and if necessary your pets while you are away. Again free of charge.

If you are thinking of a holiday and want someone to look after your home please visit our website and register as an owner. It is FREE.

Register as soon as you know your holiday dates, don’t leave it to the last-minute, as that way you will have a much better range of sitters to choose from.

If you want to be a sitter and to enjoy a rent-free vacation then we can also help.

Have a look at the website for the details. CLICK HERE

God bless you,

Ray

We are part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org  

The full article I read can be found at https://www.msn.com/en-gb/lifestyle/travel/this-is-how-long-you-need-to-go-on-holiday-for-to-feel-completely-relaxed/ar-BBLiAth?ocid=spartandhp

 

 

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Hello America

Hello America!   Please, can you help us out here?

America has the largest English speaking population in the world.

America has some of the largest Christian churches in the English speaking world.

Christian House Sitters has been prominently featured in articles in numerous American Christian magazines.

But

We still have fewer members in America than in Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Spain, South Africa and many other countries.

Please, can you help spread the word in the USA?


Remember this is not a business but a ministry.

Becoming a registered house owner is free.

Having someone look after your home and pets is free.

Registering as a house sitter so you can enjoy rent-free vacations all over the world costs just £25 for a year (all of which goes to help vulnerable children at Home of Peace Children’s Home.

We need a few Christians to catch the vision, tell their churches, friends and family and the result will be that we are able to serve everyone so much better.

To find out more about how this ministry works look at our website Click Here
Or read some of our past blog posts such as

USA The No vacation Nation

The Science Behind Vacations

8 Important Questions

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters
is part of the registered charity
TLC Children’s Trust
UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

 

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Good advice from a friend

Click on the video to watch the story unfold

If you are thinking of a vacation and want someone to look after your home please visit our website and register as an owner. It is FREE.

Register as soon as you know your vacation dates, don’t leave it to the last-minute, as that way you will have a much better range of sitters to choose from.

If you want to be a sitter and to enjoy a rent-free vacation then we can also help.

Have a look at the website for the details. CLICK HERE

God bless you,

Ray

We are part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org  

 

 

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