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••  •  • ••  • •  • •  •••        September, 2015      ••  • ••  • •  ▪▪  •••  •  •

 

       The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. 
Psalm 34:15
 

<<Greeting>>

     As we talked with our farm manager Sunday Okorie, in Nigeria, he relayed to us that September was a very rainy month.  As you can see with our climate chart, Nigeria had 55” in September.  Can you imaginethat; 55 inches of rain in one month.   He said that many of their farms have struggled due to all the rainfall.  Oh how we wished we could take a little from Nigeria, and add it to the climate in Haiti.  This past month for us was a very exciting month for our family.  God is so good!!

 

NIGERIA’S CLIMATE AT A GLANCE

 

HAITI’S CLIMATE AT A GLANCE

 

Average Low

Average

High

2014 

Total

Rainfall

2015 

Total

Rainfall

 

 

Average Low

Average

High

2014 

Total  Rainfall

2015 

Total

Rainfall

July

75

79

20.6”

 29.9“

 

July

77

92

2.4”

5.7”

Aug.

74

78

33.6”

 16.6“

 

Aug.

77

91

3.3”

3.5”

Sept.

76

80

22.1”

55“

 

Sept.

77

91

8.7”

2.7”

A Look into our Lives


        Some highlights of our visit home:
 
       
We are so grateful for the opportunities we had while we were home. We were in the U.S. just a couple days short of six weeks.  Here are some, but not all, of our highlights:  Traveled to or through seven different states. Shared at six different churches.  Spoke with four teams who have visited Haiti, and two more that are seriously considering a future visit.  Spent time with Catherine’s folks and brother, Dan, in Missouri.
 

        Our trip home could be compared to a whirlwind.  Our main focus was lots of fun as we participated in Zachery & Olivia’s Maryland wedding and hosted an Iowa reception for them after they returned from their honeymoon.  Planning and preparing for these two events required some uninterrupted time and organizing that could not be properly attended to in Haiti.  A HUGE thank you to all who were involved in front and behind the scenes to make these events a beautiful success and wonderful memory.  We are also very grateful for our time together as a complete family for a short few hours, a rare occasion these days.  Due to all the traveling, our times were few with our grandkids, but we made the most of those times and "tanked up" enough hugs to get us by 'til our next return...we hope.

        Again, words cannot express our gratitude for those who made it possible for our, Les & Catherine’s, get-away time.  We literally unplugged from the outside world for 98% of our time.  Yes, it is possible to unplug.  We enjoyed walking, talking, reading to each other, and just relaxing.
 

CCH News

     
        Hit the ground running:

        Assimilation back into the Haitian culture and ministry was at a quick pace on this return. Our return to Haiti went very well, and all our flight connections and ground travel once in country was as smooth as possible.  A good family friend traveled with us too, and it was his first visit to Haiti.  It’s always kind of amusing for us to watch the response of people as they process the different experiences that are part of living and serving in Haiti.  For those of you who have been here, you will understand…We received a very excited and warm welcome from the staff and boys and girls who have become such a huge part of our lives.  This past Sunday Les shared in church how while we were back in the U.S. so many people would ask us about their special friends in Haiti that they have grown to love.  It’s truly amazing for us to connect and interact with now literally 100’s of people who have been to Haiti and have a heart for the work there and have become so committed to the ongoing efforts and needs.

        For our first CCH Bible study, Catherine had a review class on the lessons that have been covered so far.  The girls were asking days ahead of time if on our first Monday back we would have a Bible Study.  It was very obvious that All the girls have been diligent to memorize all the books of the Bible, and retaining the stories we have covered over the last six months.  

 

News From Nigeria

  
Transportation Provided:
    
        We are excited to share two recent pictures from Rev. Armstrong.  Through a generous donation from friends of Laborers With Christ, we were able to help meet some transportation needs for the staff members of FAAGRIC. Rev. Armstrong was able to use the financial gift towards the repair of his motorcycle and vehicle.  We praise God for this provision for our good friend Rev. Armstrong, who has truly gone “the extra mile” in service to his people and serving with LWC.  Rev. Armstrong has been such a faithful staff member serving in the capacities as our Nigerian FAAGRIC Director and travels extensively to instruct and train at the FAAGRIC Learning Centers.  The growth of the work in Nigeria continues to expand.  Rev. Armstrong says, “We are making a wonderful progress in catching more and more students through our workshop, we have been to Amuda Methodist church, we shall move to Mbato..., pray for us.”   Having the ability to help in areas like this would not be possible without the faithful support of friends of Laborers With Christ.  Thank you so much! 
 

One Starfish at a Time

 
        David Leon:

       We first wrote about David back in October of 2013.  We thought you may like an update of where he is now.  When we first shared about David, we described his situation as a domestic “servant” situation.  The term used in Haiti is restavec.  Although David has a biological father, his is unwanted in his own home due to the woman who lives with his father.  For quite a while David "lived/served" in another family's home, but those conditions became more and more intolerable.  David returned to his father’s home, and was allowed to sleep in the home, but there was no care or provision directed towards him.  For all practical purposes he was an orphan.
 
        When the Joshua House (a new boy’s orphanage associated with the Consolation Center of Haiti) was started in December of 2014, Eddy asked me about David.  We were both aware of his situation, and were glad he was no longer a restavec, however his life was still full of struggles too great for anyone, not to mention, a 13 year old boy.  We are happy to share that David is now part of the CCH family living at the Joshua's House boy's orphanage.  David now has a place to stay, regular meals, attends school, and regularly attends church.  David has been around the Center area as long as we have, and almost every time he talks with Les, he asks about people who have visited in the past by name.  The opportunity to have him near by and involved with a godly group of people who desire his best gives him so much future potential.  Praise the Lord!

Permission given by Brittany Larson for the use of the photograph.
 

Zachery and Olivia’s Update

 
        Since our last DeRoos Drumbeat insert, we’ve had a major change in our relationship. We can now officially say that we are husband and wife! After our wedding we honeymooned in Virginia, traveled to Iowa for a wedding reception, returned to Maryland, prepared for a missions presentation at a local church, and are now preparing for our departure to Haiti on the 13th of October. Whew! What a whirlwind. Despite the busyness, we’ve been able to reflect on the past several months and are overwhelmed by the unconditional love and support from so many friends and family. We covet your prayers as we prepare to leave in October as well as during travel from the United States to Haiti—we’re excited to see all that God has planned on this journey. If you’d like to stay in touch and receive updates about Haiti, please visit our new blog titled Our Point Of View (www.ourpointofview.org)
 

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

       
W
atermelon

        Conventionally grown watermelons are not among the dirty dozen of the most heavily sprayed produce. Instead, they are actually among the fifteen most clean of non-organic fruits and vegetables.  Other good news is that Watermelons don't lose as much nutritional value cut and stored in the fridge as most other produce.

   •   Watermelon is rich in electrolytes and water content, melons are nature’s gift to beat tropical summer thirst.
   •   Watermelon are very low in calories (just 30 calories per 100 g)  They are plentiful in
numerous health promoting phyto-nutrients and anti-oxidants essential for optimum
health.
   •   Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin-A.
...Both beta carotene with vitamin A help support good eyesight and prevent glaucoma.
…Vitamin-A is also required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin. 
…Vitamin A is known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
   •   Watermelon is rich anti-oxidants. These antioxidants have been found to offer protection against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers. Phyto-chemicals present in watermelon have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen-free radicals.
   •   Watermelon is an excellent source of lycopene, are surprisingly superior to raw red tomatoes  Studies suggest that lycopene offers certain protection to skin against harmful UV rays.
   •   Watermelon offer an abundant source of minerals potassium and magnesium. Potassium is important for cardiovascular health, brain health, helps the kidneys eliminate kidney stone forming calcium as well as assists with the body's fluid retention that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Therefore it offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.
   •   Watermelon contains a surprise nutrient vitamin B, especially B1 (thiamine) important for maintaining electrolytes and nervous system signal transmissions and B6 (pyridoxine) for enzymatic functions that convert food into cellular energy.  It is also an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is a major antioxidant.
    
“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 Place by clicking this link:  Catherine (faagric).  
There, you will find a variety of healthy resources, natural solutions,
healthy recipes, God's Creation, and SO MUCH MORE.  
Grab yourself a healthy snack
, make yourself comfortable, and take your time
to browse the wealth of information available and be inspired, encouraged, and uplifted.

 

Prayer & Praise 

 

Praise the Lord for the beautiful wedding of Zachery and Olivia, and the addition of a new daughter in our family.

Please pray for wisdom as we evaluate future ministry options and direction. 

Pray for the drought in Haiti.  Pray for much needed rainfall throughout the whole country.   

Pray for Zachery and Olivia as they prepare for a permanent move to Haiti in October.

Praise the Lord for a special time home, and HIs obvious blessing, protection, and abundant provision to our family.  We truly sensed His presence with us.    

 

                          We are grateful for you partnership with us!


                                               
 

                                            In His Love & Service, 

                                  Les, Catherine, & Zachery, Olivia

 

Ministry (U.S.)

Laborers With Christ

P. O. Box 74

Alta, IA 51002

Phone:  (712) 200-1139

E-mail:  faagric@yahoo.com

Web Page:  www.laborerswithchrist.org 

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

  E-mail faagric@yahoo.com 

Zachery & Olivia's Contact Information

  Zachery & Olivia DeRoos

  c/o Agape Flights CAY 26466

  100 Airport Avenue

  Venice, FL 34285

  Phone: 011 509-4270-8023

  US Phone:  (443) 988-2371

  E-mail zoderoos@gmail.com

 

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