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••  •  • ••  • •  • •  •••      November, 2016      ••  • ••  • •  ▪▪  •••  •  • 

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings,
that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation;
that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!  Isaiah 52:7


          Well, it's that time of year again!  We are getting ready to trade the warm sunny climate of Haiti for the cold wintery weather of Iowa.  I know…we must be crazy, but there are little (and some big) smiling faces waiting to see us.  Our plans are to leave Haiti around the 12th of December…pray for a safe trip home!

A Look into our Lives

Hurricane Matthew Recovery:

         The hurricane recovery process has been quite an experience.  We are close to two month’s post hurricane Matthew, and many places look the same as the day after the hurricane.  There are still lots of homes that show little improvement, other than a tarp covering the area that once had tin or thatch.   The exception to that is the work that is being done with the Consolation Center of Haiti, the Center of Help, and the various other locations where we spend our time. 

          First, we want to thank everyone for the overwhelming response to the need here in Haiti.  It’s been such an encouragement for us to see the compassionate giving and generous hearts. 
          Secondly, we would like to say that the need for more giving is still very real due to all the hardship and destruction brought on by the hurricane.

Weather related News:

            Last month was very difficult for us as we tried to prepare the DeRoos Drumbeat.  The Internet infrastructure was damaged badly by Hurricane Matthew, and the data on cell phones was so slow, it was tough to receive emails at times.  We basically sent articles and picture to Iowa, and had a willing set of hands (thanks to Mom DeRoos and Olivia) get things together and sent out. 

          As you may have noticed in October, there was no rainfall total in the climate chart.  There is a funny story behind that.  Les forgot to get the rain gauge when we evacuated our home.  He lamented the fact during the hurricane as we were being hit with walls of water.  Honestly, it’s doubtful he could have gone out to check it or empty it due to the 100 + mph winds that lasted for about 12 hours during the hurricane.  We truly don’t know the actual rainfall in our area.  When we went back home, Les got up on the roof to check the rain gauge…it was gone…the wind had snapped it off its holder…so much for rainfall totals for October.  

Current Status in Haiti:

            Many people ask us how things are going in Haiti in general.  The short answer is that it appears things are beginning to normalize.  However, normal in Haiti is not all that good.  We don’t see very many hurricane related protests, now we are on to the presidential elections and a new reason to protest.  It does appear that life is getting back to the regular struggle that is more typical.  The good news is that the majority of schools have resumed, but it’s been difficult for the farmers who are trying to get their crops planted (Some estimates were as high as 40” of rain due to Hurricane Matthew, and right now the crops are suffering drought conditions), and although the food supplies are good in the local markets, many families lack the resources to purchase them.  Please continue to pray for the people of Haiti.



          The experience of living on a small island, and then getting hit by a monster hurricane was not on my bucket list.  This segment of nudging’s contains some random thoughts and will then be followed up by a few scripture verses.

            1). I have too much stuff!  In the process of preparing our evacuation and moving inland to get away from the storm, I realized that it is so easy to accumulate things…even as a missionary in a foreign country!  (For those of you who do not know, we live right on the beach and help manage a guest house.)  A person doesn’t realize it until you need to either relocate or in our case, make a sudden move for safety sake.  I know it’s different for every person, but the verse that comes to mind is, Matthew 6:19-20  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.  
Even while serving in Haiti, it proves to be a challenge of how much we lay up upon earth. While I drive up and down the road most families along that road have just the bare necessities.  A bed, maybe some furniture, maybe a TV.  A couple of changes of clothes.  When I was moving my “wardrobe”, I had over 20 shirts…I can remember asking myself, “Why do you have so many shirts?”  I’m now in the process of finding men close to my size and giving some of them away.

          2). We are so blessed to have so many friends and loved ones who thought of us leading up to, and during, our time of getting hit by the hurricane.   It was very comforting to receive so many reassuring words of thinking of us and the people of Haiti, and to know we had so many people praying for all of us.  We are still finding stranded notes on Face book and in prior emails sharing concern for us and assuring us of prayer support.  We are very grateful! The fact that we are safe, and that we basically lost nothing is a sign of a mighty God who graciously answered your prayers.  We recently read an article that over 1000 people were killed, and the hurricane impacted 1.2 million people.  We live just 10 - 15 miles from where the center of the eye of Hurricane Matthew passed.  We don’t take it lightly as we recognize the miracle that occurred thanks to prayers of faithful believers.   James 5:16 says this, Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  We give thanks and praise to God for the effectual fervent prayer that sustained us and the people involved in the areas where we work.  Mesi anpil (Thank you very much!)

          3).  Finally, we want to express our commitment and service to an Almighty God who is sovereign in all His ways.  Some ask, “Why was Haiti hit so hard?”  We don’t have the answer to that question.  Haiti has been dealing with a difficult set of circumstances over the last decade, and for quite a lot longer than that to be candid.  We do know God is sovereign, and for the believers in Haiti, He will work all things to their good.  We are witnessing lots of lives being touched by the gospel, and we can only surmise that He has the attention of the Haiti people through this latest crisis.  After all, He loves Haiti and the people of Haiti very much.  We are sure it is His desire to draw all of Haiti unto Him.  

          For our part, we are blessed to be part of the workers who get the privilege to be ambassadors for Him, and proclaim His gospel to the lost in Haiti.  Isaiah 52:7  How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!  Our God does reign! Amen!

One Starfish at a Time



            Romain is a sharp young man that is quietly becoming one of the leaders at the Joshua House.  We don’t really have any background information to share, but our interaction with Romain gives us great hope for his future. 

          Romain is now in the 9th grade, and his English is very good.  He is quiet by nature, so he does not necessarily stand out like some of the other girls and boys who are more outgoing and social.  However, he does like to engage with team members, and recently approached Les and asked to be trained to help with setting up the DVD player and video projector for movie night.  This type of initiation is not that common in the Haiti culture, and his desire to learn, help, and serve was greatly appreciated.  

            Romain also has a hunger for the Lord and a sincere desire to grow in his faith.  For quite a while Catherine has been involved with the older girls in a Friday afternoon Bible Study.  It was brought to our attention that the older boys wanted to be involved.  So, for about the last three months, there have been seven boys in attendance.  Romain is faithful to attend, is proactive in asking about the time of the next study, and shows his appreciation by thanking Catherine after the Bible Study.  These may seem like simple actions of proper manners and behavior, but things like that get overlooked as life gets harsh. 

           Please continue to prayer for Romain!   

Center of Help (COH) Update


          The Center of Help was, by far, the hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew.  The devastation was close to 100% due to older structures that were built with inferior brick and mortar, and the common wear and tear over time.  Everything was either badly damaged or damaged beyond repair, except for one recently added Sukup housing unit to be used for food storage.  This building ended up being very valuable to keep the Center of Help population safe during the hurricane.
            The rebuilding process has been very quick with the addition of four more Sukup housing units, and the addition of a new kitchen and food storage area.  Even during this past month, as if the hurricane wasn’t enough, the Center of Help was hit by a “human” storm of armed robbers.  These thugs proceeded to steal anything of value that was left behind after the hurricane.  What sort of people would prey on the vulnerability of a widow and her orphanage??  It’s been a very disheartening experience for all involved.  Now the immediate direction is the building of a new compound wall for security and protection.  The hope is that this can be completed in short order, and thankfully, funds have been graciously allocated by a sponsoring church who are great friends with Laborers With Christ!  The hope is that after the wall is finished, construction can continue for a new latrine, and a new gazebo.

Consolation Center of Haiti (CCH) Update


          While the recovery has gone very well for the people side of things at CCH, the animal and agricultural side has, and rightly so, taken a back seat.  We are now starting to reevaluate the necessary steps to start the rebuilding process, and just recently relocated the nursery and have begun to clean things up in anticipation of construction.  We completely lost the rabbit building, but the chicken building and fish project are still standing with need for minor    construction, and roofing repair, in the case of the chicken building, and a new shaded mesh to cover the fish project.  We recently received wonderful news regarding our agricultural needs, as a church in Iowa reached out to us and offered to partner with Laborers With Christ in the recovery process, as well as, the ongoing agricultural needs throughout the year.  We are so grateful for how God is moving hearts!  

Nigeria Update



          Just the other day, we received a call from Nigeria.  It was the FAAGRIC farm manager, Sunday Okorie, calling us to ask why we didn’t call last month to get rainfall totals for the month of October.  Les explained that we were having a very difficult time with Internet and phone service due to the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  That was the first time our Nigerian friend heard anything about what had happened to Haiti. 
            The FAAGRIC program in Nigeria is going very well, and we recently received an email sharing one of the newest developments implemented by the Nigerian people.  It shared that t
oday Faagric has it's own produce site within the village market.  Sunday Okorie says that many people are asking where the location is to buy Faagric produce and they are told Express Road, Orie Ngodo Market, behind the Motor park.

         It is humbling to see how God continues to accomplished more and more through the Faagric project as awareness increases and the excitement from the people grows.  Things we once thought were not possible are today a reality thanks to God.

        In addition to selling produce, customers are also informed of the health benefits that can be gained from eating certain foods.  So far we are able to keep up with the customers during the rainy season, but the demand quickly rises as dry weather brings in less supply.


Zachery & Olivia's Update

      Intentional JOY
          November has been quite a full month, in our family and in the world.

          Earlier this month Zachery visited Haiti for several days while the Presidential Elections were happening in the US. 

          It can seem like wherever we look there is an abundance of hurt, sorrow, despair, and neglect of the Gospel. Haiti, hit by Hurricane Matthew, is hurting and broken. The United States, isn't far off. 

          It's easy to look at our world, whether in Haiti or Iowa, and become discouraged at the copious amounts of work to be done--physical and spiritual. It's easy to feel complacent, tired, and negative. However, this attitude is exactly what the enemy desires. He wants us to become frustrated, discouraged, desperate, and sorrowful and wallow in our circumstances. But the past few months, we've been trying to focus on the JOY we have in the Lord. 

          Don't you want to be known as someone who has the, joy of the Lord in your life? How does a person achieve this? So often we commit the verse, "The joy of the Lord is my strength," to memory without actually implementing this concept in our lives. But it's a solid truth--despite the hurt, the disaster, the fear, the anger, the frustrations, or the sin--the Lord is our joy and our strength when circumstances seem impossible. When we focus on the peace, strength, and joy from our Savior, it casts a dim shadow on all of the hurt and brokenness we face. 

          Please pray for the people of Haiti (and the United States)--that when all else looks hopeless and broken--that they would remember that the Lord is their firm foundation and their strength. . . this is great cause for JOY!
          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



                "One of Three Sisters" 

             An Native American story

When we think “pumpkin” we have a mental picture of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. When mentally picturing how the Pilgrim woman served it for Thanksgiving, the truth is quite the opposite. The Pilgrims cut the top off of a pumpkin, scooped the seeds out, and filled the cavity with cream, honey, eggs and spices. They placed the top back on and carefully buried it in the hot ashes of a cooking fire. When finished cooking, they lifted this blackened item from the earth with no pastry shell whatsoever. They scooped the contents out along with the cooked flesh of the shell like a custard.

1 Pumpkins Keep Eyesight Sharp 

Vitamin A is essential for eye health and helps the retina absorb and process light. A single cup of pumpkin contains over 200 percent of most people's recommended daily intake of vitamin A, making it an outstanding option for optical health particularly in dim light.

Pumpkin also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that are thought to help prevent cataracts and may even slow the development of macular degeneration.

2 Pumpkins Aid Weight Loss

Pumpkin is fiber-rich.  People tend to eat less and help you feel fuller longer.  This helps with the weight loss.

3 Pumpkin Seeds Can Help Your Heart

Don’t throw out the seeds.  They reduce LDL (the bad cholesterol).  Roast the seeds, add your own spice and have a wonderful nutritious snack.

4 Pumpkins May Reduce Cancer Risk

And the plant sterols in pumpkin seeds have also been linked to fighting off certain cancers.

5 Pumpkins Protect The Skin

The same free-radical-neutralizing powers of the carotenoids in pumpkin also may help keeping skin wrinkle free.

6 Pumpkin Seeds Can Boost Your Mood

For years the famous ingredient, Tryptophan, in turkey was thought to bring on the need for that post-Thanksgiving feast snooze. It turns out that it’s most likely the overeating rather than the tryptophan lulling you to sleep according to the experts. The amino acid, L-tryptophan, is important in production of serotonin.  Serotonin is one of the major players when it comes to our mood.

7 Pumpkins Can Help After A Hard Workout

Ever heard of bananas being touted as nature’s energy bar? Turns out, a cup of cooked pumpkin has more of the refueling nutrient potassium, with 564 milligrams to a banana’s 422.

A little extra potassium helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a heavy workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best.

8 Pumpkins Can Boost Your Immune System

Looking for a way to ward off illness and improve your immune system? Try pumpkin. The large shot of vitamin A the fruit provides helps your body fight infections, viruses and infectious diseases. Pumpkin oil even helps fight various bacterial and fungal infections. Plus, pumpkin is packed with nearly 20 percent of the recommended amount of daily vitamin C, which may help you recover from colds faster.

Huffington Post 

“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.

Catherine's New Nutrition Blog

          Have you taken a look at Catherine's new Genesis Health Blog?  

Recent Posts:
          The Original Pumpkin Pie
          Be Cool With Blue

Prayer & Praise 


We praise God for the overwhelming support to date regarding the recovery stage of Haiti. 

Please pray for a safe trip home on the 12th of December.
We give God praise for how He is using us in ministry.  What a privilege it is!  May God be glorified in it.
Please lift up Lordine in your prayers before the Lord as she fights this spiritual battle with Voodoo. 
Please pray for the people of Haiti and their continued recovery and rebuilding after Hurricane Matthew.
Please pray for Romain and his heart for the Lord.

Praying you have a special Advent Season of Hope & Anticipation. 

Serving the One who reigns! Amen! 

Les & Catherine, Zachery & Olivia


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  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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