Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Cheap Vacations and Needy Orphans
By Nico Bougas
Special to ASSIST News Service
LANCING, WEST SUSSEX, UK (ANS) -- In 2006 Dr. Ray White retired after many years in Christian ministry, first in South Africa with Youth for Christ, then later in the UK where he ran a Christian counseling center.
That Christmas found them housesitting in France and they discovered this to be an interesting experience. But they had no Christian fellowship and found the owners of the house where they were staying had some very strange beliefs which made them uncomfortable.
Marilyn suggested that for the future they try to use a Christian service. However, to their surprise, they could not find any. So they decided to launch their own called Christian Housesitters International.
During this time of international financial crisis many people are finding it increasingly difficult to afford a vacation. And Christian Housesitters is the ideal way to have an affordable vacation whilst at the same time providing house owners with the security of knowing that their homes, and in some cases pets, are well looked after.
Research has clearly shown that during times of severe strain and pressure, vacations can be more important than ever and can help prevent many stress related health problems.
More than just holiday accommodation
Their church became involved with this ministry in 2004 when it was just a room with a few children sitting and sleeping on the floor. Then in 2010 the church felt that they could not continue to support this work financially due to the many demands on the church finance. The Whites immediately jumped in and took it upon themselves to support the work. After much prayer Marilyn White, who was then managing Christian House Sitters agreed to take on the responsibility for all the finances and for the training of the staff. She is now part of the management together with James Onyango and is in contact with them several times a week. She also keeps an eagle eye on how the money is used. Every cent is accounted for.
The Whites are hoping that as the word spreads about the unique housesitters ministry that many of the members will take on the responsibility of supporting this needy work and get their churches to do the same.
Full details can be found at www.Christian-housesitters.com
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