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••  •  • ••  • •  • •  •••      February, 2017      ••  • ••  • •  ▪▪  •••  •  • 

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27


          To quote Forrest Gump’s Mama, “Life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”.  It pretty much sums up our month of February.  We have all sorts of different things happening and eagerly await how God will allow things to unfold.

A Look into our Lives

         2017 Haiti Calendar:

          The 2017 Haiti Calendar has arrived and are now available.  The cost remains the same at $25.00.    

          Calendars will be available in Haiti at the guest house for teams and Alta, Iowa by either dropping in at 210 Johnson Street, Alta, or requesting a copy, or we can have that mailed to you with an additional small shipping cost. You can also give Carolyn a call at 712-299-5956.

Laborers With Christ Intern:

I can't believe my time in Haiti is already coming to an end. I honestly tried to come into this internship with no expectations, and I have to say it has far exceeded the ones I did have!

The James 1:27 Village is where I have spent most of my time. 

It is where I will be leaving a huge part of my heart and many tears will be shed in saying goodbyes. 

Let me tell you a little about what I see there every day.

Six women are mothers to 20 babies. Each woman has 3-5 children in her care six days of the week. They each get one day off a week and then their children get added to the other mothers care for that day! Each day, every child gets two baths (unless of a diaper explosion and then add another bath!) and three meals a day. Keeping in mind that these children almost all need help being fed and then cleaned up, it is a day filled with constantly cleaning up after little ones. Plus laundry pretty much all day everyday with this many children! What selfless women who are caring for the needs of abandoned babies which have become their own. It's so special to see the bond that forms between the house mom's and the babies! Such a love for each other. 

I have made a very dear friend in one of the house mothers and she has opened her home to me, made me a part of the family and put me right to work! My friend Semm has two daughters of her own. Sterlandy is her baby and is six months old. She takes care of twin boys and another baby boy who is a couple months older than her baby. Watching her love and care for babies that are not her own (as much as she loves her children) really has been such a precious and wonderful thing to watch. She is one of the most selfless and caring woman I have ever met. Not only does she care for the physical needs of these children, but she makes them laugh & smile and plays with them. She loves them so well! It is a small picture of what God has done for us and brings to mind the verses from John 14:18-21 (MSG) which say: "I will not leave you orphaned. I’m coming back. In just a little while the world will no longer see me, but you’re going to see me because I am alive and you’re about to come alive. At that moment you will know absolutely that I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you. The person who knows my commandments and keeps them, that’s who loves me. And the person who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and make myself plain to him.”

I will always cherish the moments with Semm and her little family of five and remember her in my prayers until I see her again!

One Starfish at a Time



            We have an infant that recently arrived at the James 1:27 Center.  His name is Johny.  Johny was born with a deformity, and usually in Haiti that is a death sentence.  Most families either don’t want a child that will take more work or can’t afford to care for them due to unexpected and extra medical expenses.  Johny was abandoned at the General Hospital in Les Cayes. It’s much easier to abandon the child and start over…a difficult concept that is very hard for us to fathom.  Johny was born with club feet, and is now in a very loving environment with a “family” around him that sees him for the special person God has created.  
            Johny is now 9 months old, and has his first appointment with a U.S. orthopedic doctor who will visit Haiti in May.  Our hope is we are on the right track to correct Johny’s deformity, and watch the Lord open the door for him to walk and run and lead the life of a typical child.  We would appreciate your prayers for Johny, and we’ll keep you informed as things progress.

James 1:27 Center Update


        The newest addition to the James 1:27 Center happened yesterday is Jean (Jhahn).  We now have 21 babies.  From mother’s who just can’t take care of them, to a child being abandoned at the General Hospital.  Each child has a unique story.  This past couple of months, Bethany, a Laborer With Christ intern, has devoted the majority of her time investing into the lives of the children at the James Center.  Over these past two months, she has earned the trust of the staff, and functioned as a child care taker to help the other “mothers” who work full-time there.  We have never had that level of involvement by an American, and we certainly have gained a much greater appreciation for the staff and their commitment to raise and care for children. On an average, Bethany would spend 5 hours a day, excluding Sundays, feeding, bathing, and holding babies.  We know she will be missed as she is scheduled to return to the U.S. on March 7th.  The James 1:27 Center is funded on an ongoing basis with contributions from friends who have a heart for the ministry to widows and abandoned babies. Your generosity towards the James Center is greatly appreciated. 

           Please contact us with more information if you are interested in helping in any way with this project.

CCH Agricultural Update


One of the goals after returning to Haiti in January, was to get things reestablished agriculturally, especially in regards to the physical structures and self-sustainable projects. The first site to get attention has been the fish site.Over the month of February, we had teams visiting who had a desire to help with our tilapia aquaponics project.  This had received some structure damage, but needed a “facelift” as we primed the frame again, and then applied a finish coat of paint.  We have realized over time that the fish tanks needed more shade as we found ourselves fighting the algae growth due to Haitian heat and sun.  The teams helped build a new roof over the tanks, and did a great job of removing the chain link fence and reinstalling it after everything was painted.  The pictures above do a great job of displaying the before, and after.  Thanks so much to the Lennox team and others who so willingly served wherever needed!  It was greatly appreciated!! 


Seed of Faith ~ giving a gift that grows


We have reached that time of year when it’s time to ask for help in collecting seed.  Recently Les had a talk with some of the Haitian agronomists regarding US seed.  They are convinced it would do better than what they currently have available.  Here is a useful list of seeds to try in Haiti, as well as, Nigeria.

                                              Eggplant                Bell Peppers             Okra
                                              Jalapeños              Roma Tomatoes       Collards
                                              Carrots                   Red Onion                White Onion
                                              Green Beans         Green Pepper           Cucumbers              
                                              Kale                       Romaine

May we encourage you to use the Seeds of Faith baskets to remind and build continued awareness of this very important gift that continues to grow in our Nigeria FAAGRIC program.  The need for seeds to teach the ever growing FAAGRIC centers through our faithful instructors and seed sower students is important because they are not able to obtain them in Nigeria.  Thank you so much for sowing into the health and well-being of others who are less fortunate for their future.   

Zachery & Olivia's Update

Jude's Announcement

          God has always been faithful to us—in the small things and in the big. He has always provided for us, given us care and protection, and wisdom when we ask for it. Lately, we’ve been asking for a lot of wisdom in our ministry in Haiti. Since returning to Haiti, we’ve evaluated our ministry position and have been seeking the Lord for His plan for ministry. We’ve felt for some time that with our little family growing (see above!) that the Lord is closing doors for our work in Haiti. Through much prayer and discernment, we have made the decision to return to the States in April, this time with no plans of returning to Haiti in a full-time capacity. As you might remember, late last year we felt the Lord leading us to purchase a home that we were renting—although we were unsure of how the plans would work with a home in the States and our family living overseas we proceeded in faith. Now, we see that the Lord was providing for us—as He always does. We don’t have to worry about finding a home once we return to the States, praise God. 

          Another factor that impacted our decision to return home was discovered right before we left for Haiti in January. Yep, that’s right—Jude’s going to be a big brother. This was quite the surprise news, but nonetheless we are excited and grateful for the chance to raise another child (though, we’ll have our hands full!!!) 

          Please pray for our return home, the transition from Haiti to the States, and those that we will leave behind in Haiti.

          As always, we encourage you to stay in touch on our blog to receive updates and photos, please be sure to follow!

Nutritional Nuggets – Natures Pharmacy ABC’s of Vitamins and Minerals



Have you said any of these phrases or heard someone say, “You’re a peach?”, “Life’s a peach?”, "I'm just peachy."

          What is the meaning of these phrases above?    

          There are a number of meanings depending on how peachy is being used, but generally speaking, peachy means "very good or excellent” and it dates back to at least the 1900's.  One source says some peaches were used to produce a natural high by interfering with the leptin receptors in the brain. These certain kinds of peaches were commonly sold as a drug, and when people were "high" from eating them they said they were feeling "Peachy" and were outlawed in the 1940's.

          There are more than 300 varieties of peaches that grow and flourish in the United States and over 2,000 varieties globally, although the fruit is native to China.

  1. The peach tree is often considered to be the "Tree of life".
  2. August is National Peach Month in the USA (since 1982!)
  3. In China, this fruit is a symbol of good luck, protection, longevity, and a common symbol in Chinese art.  A healthy stress-reliever that helps reduce anxiety. Peaches are often referred to as the ‘Fruit of Calmness’ in Hungary.

          Why would the peach be considered to be the "Tree of life" and reduce anxiety?  Perhaps feeling "Peachy" has something to do with how it benefits our health.  

Please visit Catherine’s Blog, Genesis Health, for further detail on how the peach benefits your health. 

New posts you may be interested in on Catherine’s Genesis Health blog:  

  1. Don't Worry, Be Happy - part of the Color Me Beautiful series sharing about what is behind the colors in our foods, and what these beautiful colors  of the rainbow mean for your health.  
  2. Revisit past Nutrition Nuggets about Natures Pharmacy regarding the benefits of individual fruits and vegetables.        

If you are interested in learning more about improving your health, please visit and follow Genesis Health today.

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!
WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.

          Please visit Catherine’s Pinterest boards by clicking this link:  Catherine's Place.   There, you will find a variety of healthy sources, natural solutions, recipes, God's Creation, and SO MUCH MORE.  Grab yourself a healthy snackmake yourself comfortable, and take time to browse the wealth of information and be not only inspired but uplifted.

Prayer & Praise 


We praise God for the time we had with Zachery & Olivia.  They will be sorely missed.  Pray for them as they re-acclimate to the U.S.

Please pray for Bethany as her time comes to a close and goodbyes are said.  She will be missed by all. Pray that Bethany will re-acclimate quickly to her life back in the U.S.
We praise the Lord for the hearts that have been touched in helping with the restoration happening at the Center of Help.
Please join us in continued prayer for the restoration of Haiti and their continued recovery and rebuilding after Hurricane Matthew.
Thank you so much for investing in the lives of others less fortunate.

Join us in prayer for a special year of ministry in the year 2017.

Serving for the least of these, 

Les & Catherine, Zachery & Olivia


Ministry (U.S.)

Laborers With Christ

P. O. Box 74

Alta, IA 51002

Phone:  (712) 200-1139


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Les & Catherine’s Contact Information

  Les and/or Catherine DeRoos

  c/o Agape Flights CAY 26466

  100 Airport Avenue

  Venice, FL 34285

  Phone: 011 509-3857-8345


Zachery & Olivia's Contact Information

  Zachery and/or Olivia DeRoos

  c/o Agape Flights CAY 228521

  100 Airport Avenue

  Venice, FL 34285

  Phone: 011 509-4292-4788

  US Phone:  (712) 291-1483

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