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••  •  • ••  • •  • •  •••      June, 2016      ••  • ••  • •  ▪▪  •••  •  •

 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man,
which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Ephesians 4:22-24 



  

<<Salutation>>

          Ok, so we are not going to spoil the good news that someone else will share in the newsletter.  It's hard not to...but we'll stay quiet and give the privilege to the proper people.  However, we do want to give thanks and praise to God for His faithfulness and goodness to us!  Thank you Heavenly Father!  You truly are the Giver of every good gift!

A Look into our Lives


          Reunion:
 
             As we write this, we are now in Iowa, and enjoying our time home with family.  Our plans are to be in the States for the next six to seven weeks and spend some time on the road visiting supporting churches, as well as friends and family.  This summer trip will include a big family reunion on Les' side, and a special time at the men's campout.  This will be the first year that Nathaniel (Rachelle's husband) along with their 3 1/2 year old son, Isaiah, will be attending.  It looks like Josiah, Zachery, and Jonathan will all be able to make most or all of the camp as well.  What a special time!          

              It's a small world:
 
              On our way home after clearing security and customs, and waiting for our flight in Port-au-Prince, we noticed an elderly gentleman walking in the gate area who looked very familiar.  Have you ever had a situation where you are racking your brain trying to figure out who the person is?  It was even more complicated since it was in a different country.  We stared for the longest time, inconspicuously, just trying to help our brain register just who that person could be.  Finally, after realizing that it was futile to keep up the guessing game, we walked over and introduced ourselves, and asked for his name.  It turned out to be Dr Guidera, the orthopedic surgeon who had performed Jonathan's back surgery back in he early part of 2008.  This man's involvement in our lives at a very traumatic time was amazing, so it was a special blessing to see him again and reminisce about the past.  Dr Guidera was part of a team visiting Haiti to evaluate a medical mission through the Shriners organization.  We thank the Lord for the opportunity to meet again, and for old acquaintances to be refreshed, and we praise God for His divine appointments.


               Catherine's Computer:

               Our friend took Catherine's computer to the MacMedics who claimed that the warranty was void due to water damage.  We contested this because the only water damage there should have been would be the high humidity we experience in Haiti.  Our friend took it back to the Apple store where the employee present said that just by looking at the pictures from MacMedics, that he's convinced that the signs of corrosion are not enough to void the warranty.  He took it in the back for awhile, and when he came back out he said that he was going to order parts and fix it in store.  He said that none of the water detection stickers inside were tripped, and most of what they flagged at MacMedics turned out to be caked on dust,  He said a couple of the screws were starting to corrode but would 'disappear' should he have to send it out.  So the warranty covered it afterall.  We praise the Lord for our persistent friend and for the Lord's divine favor. 

Nudging's

 

          Conversion vs. Regeneration:
 
             The definition of conversion according to the dictionary.com is  "change from one religion, political belief, viewpoint, etc., to another". The definition of regeneration is "spiritual rebirth, or revival."
 
             At a first glimpse, one may think that these two words are synonymous of each other, but they are really vastly different.  Our first life example of this was when we were serving in India almost 30 years ago.  We had settled in a small rural low-cast Hindu village in the Southern part of India with another couple.  After living in the village for a few months, one day the village leaders came to our home and wanted to talk with us.  It took a bit for them to get use to the fact that these "white" people just dropped out of nowhere and resided in a place basically out in the middle of nowhere.  The conversation is a bit vague now, but the gist of things was to figure out how to get "things" from the Americans.  They made this comment, "If you will build us a clinic, all the village residence will convert to Christianity."  That was really quite a statement!  Our whole purpose for living there was to convert Hindus to Christians...here was a chance to have 300 people convert at once.  However, we wanted a heartfelt change, not change motivated out of wrong motives.  We answered and shared that we were not there to build medical clinics, but to share about an amazing God who cares about them and loves them.  The truth was that if we built a clinic they would have been "Christians" until the next person came along and gave them another reason to convert.
 
               You see, things get complicated in third world countries.  Many times people are making decisions based upon what they hope to gain by publicly professing in front of wealthy Americans.  We have seen this happen in Haiti...lots of conversions, but very few regenerations.    One can easily get caught up in the excitement of seeing people stand up front and make a decision to follow Christ; but we have learned to pray for genuineness, but look for craftiness.  If we are wrong, praise God!  If we are right, it's easier to handle the disappointment of false decisions for Christ with ill motives.  We know this may sound overly pessimistic, but it's a reality that we regularly experience.  We also know the Holy Spirit can move mountains, so we are always hopeful that He is the one changing lives.   However, we recognize the huge temptation nationals must feel to try, at all cost, to use situations and circumstances to help them survive in a country where survival is very difficult.   
 
                While this concept is hard to grasp as an American.  We have a similar movement taking place on our home soil.  Terms like born-again, and decision for Christ are getting wash down to nothing more than lip service.  The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new.”  It seems there are two important criteria that must be met, first the person must be in Christ, that is that Christ is Lord of their life and a serious decision has been made to submit to Him in will and deed.  Secondly, the old passes away.  Old habits and sins as they use to be will be replaced with things that are righteous, holy, and pure.  If the life doesn't display that change over time, most likely the decision was not spirit driven or genuine.  Thus it may have been a conversion, but it certainly wasn't a regeneration.  It's easy to say we are a Christian, or in Christ, but to live a life that demonstrates that as fact is another thing altogether. 
 
                How about you?  Is your life a reflection of a mighty God who has come into your life and turned it upside down...from bad to good...from sinful to righteous, or do you live like you've always lived, but now you call yourself a Christian?  Our hope is that you are that new creation in Christ!
 

James 1:27 Village

 

          The abandoned babies and widows center is growing by leaps and bounds.  We are watching our infants become toddlers and some are close to 2 1/2 years of age.  What a joy to hear them talk and see them respond to visitors and other staff people. The hope all along for the children who live at James 1:27, is to provide a temporary place of refuge and love and see if God will open doors for them to be able one day to have a home of their own through adoption.  This process has proven to be very difficult and filled with unique challenges as it is very time consuming to work through the international adoption criteria.  In the meantime, these kids are full of energy and joy. The staff is doing such a great job of loving and caring for them.  
 
              Again, there are a number of willing hands to help in a variety of ways.  From boxes of toys, to teams carrying down baby formula and diapers, we are so blessed to see the care and compassion. 

              We do request prayerful consideration of financial assistance for the ongoing expenses of providing for the daily needs of the kids and widows, and thanks for being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and your role is living out the heart of God. 

One Starfish at a Time

 

          RUTH-NEPHTER CHERY

          It's very interesting to see the different personalities of the girls over the years.  As visiting teams get to be familiar with the names and faces, it's always fun to listen to their observations, and see how a pattern is established.  Some girls are very social and make friends and leave an impact very quickly.
          However, there are other girls that are very shy, and therefore not so social.  They can be found standing in the background (usually behind something), and just content to stay out of the attention of visitors.  Ruth-Nephter fits into this category.  She is very timid, and prefers to fly under the radar.  Ruth is 15 years of age, and although no one would ever know, she is very smart.  Every year there is an awards ceremony sponsored by a French organization at Consolation Center of Haiti, and the three top students of each class are recognized and awarded special gifts.  Ruth is the top student of her class.  Not bad for a young girl who spent time as a restavec, and then was kicked out of the home because she was not wanted any more. Ruth-Nephter symbolizes why CCH is so special.  It takes individuals who no one seemingly wants, and gives them opportunity to excel, and sense God's love, and allows them to pursue tangible and realistic dreams. Our prayer is God will use her mightily!

Zachery & Olivia's Update


          Unexpected Circumstances  
         
         Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”

         This verse has been a continual reminder to us as we have made “plans” but sought God’s guidance as He ultimately directs us. In the midst of circumstances that seem unexplained or out of our expectation, we can rest with full assurance that God is in control and His plans are far greater than ours (Isaiah 55)

          With that being said, we originally had “planned,” to have our son born in a home of our own with Olivia’s mom being present, however, God (and our son!) had other plans. On June 26th, two weeks before the due date, Olivia went into labor and 3.5 hours later Jude Adam was born in the home of great-grandma DeRoos. We were just a few days away from moving into our own home and Olivia’s mom was due to arrive the next day. Despite the sudden drastic change in our plans, Jude was born extremely healthy, weighing 5 lbs 11 oz, and 18 ¾ inches long. Olivia’s mom was not able to make the birth in person BUT was able to observe the birth via Skype when Jude was born, which was a blessing.

          The entire birth was a joy despite the change of our plans and God’s hand was all over the speedy delivery, the health of mom and baby, and the overall experience.


          We can rest assured that despite our plans being dramatically changed, God had something greater and more divine in mind—and we can rest in comfort at this thought.
          As always, we encourage you to stay in touch on our blog to receive updates and photos ourpointofview.org, please be sure to follow!

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

                                           

                                                 Blueberries

 

In 1974, the USDA declared July as National Blueberry month.  In the 1990's health researchers began to explore the antioxidant activity in Blueberries.  In 2010 Blueberries became "little blue dynamos" and are considered a “superfood” since they're full of antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, both protect body from stress and cell damage.

1. Blueberries are Low in Calories, but high in nutrients ~ Blueberries
are among the most nutrient dense berries. A 1 cup serving (148 grams) of Blueberries contains: Fiber: 4 gram, Vitamin C: 24% of the RDA, Vitamin K: 36% of the RDA, Manganese: 25% of the RDA, Water about 85%

2. Blueberries are the King of Antioxidant Foods ~ Antioxidants help our cells fight stress by neutralizing other environmental damaging effects that cause damage to our cells by 20%.   Blueberries are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of ALL commonly consumed fruits and vegetables.

3. Blueberries Reduce DNA Damage, which may help protect against aging and cancer.  Oxidative DNA damage (like rusting metal) is part of everyday life and is the reason for the aging process.  It is said to occur tens of thousands of times per day, in every single cell in the body.

4. Blueberries Protect Cholesterol in The Blood From Becoming Damaged ~ Oxidative damage is not limited to our cells and DNA.  It is also problematic when our circulating LDL lipoproteins (the “bad” cholesterol) are oxidized.

5. Blueberries May Lower Blood Pressure ~ Blueberries appear to have significant benefits to 8% reduction in the risk for developing high blood pressure (hypertension).
 The anthocyanins (blue, violet, red pigments) in Blueberries help open blood vessels, which allows for smoother blood flow and a lower risk for high blood pressure.

6. Blueberries May Help Prevent Heart Disease ~ In a 2013 study on 93,600 nurses, eating plenty of blue, violet, red pigments linked to a 32% lower risk of heart attacks.

7. Blueberries Can Help Maintain Brain Function and Improve Memory ~ Oxidative stress can accelerate the brain’s aging process, having negative effects on brain function.  According to animal studies, the antioxidants in Blueberries tend to accumulate in areas of the brain that are essential for intelligence.  They appear to directly interact with aging neurons, leading to improvements in cell signaling.  Human studies have also shown promising results. (Brain, Memory)

8. Blueberries Can Have Anti-Diabetic Effects ~ Research suggests that these blue, violet, red pigments in blueberries can have beneficial effects on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism.  In a study of 32 obese subjects with insulin resistance, a blueberry smoothie caused major improvements in insulin sensitivity (Diabetic).  Improved insulin sensitivity should lower the risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, which are currently some of the world’s biggest health problems.

9. Blueberries May Help Fight Urinary Tract Infections ~ Urinary tract infections are a common problem in women.  It is well known that cranberry juice can help prevent these types of infections.  Blueberries are highly related to cranberries, and contain many of the same active substances as cranberry juice (UTI).  These substances are called anti-adhesives, and help prevent bacteria like E. colifrom binding to the wall of the bladder.

10. Blueberries May Help Reduce Muscle Damage After Strenuous Exercise ~ Strenuous exercise can lead to muscle soreness and fatigue, in part, by local inflammation and oxidative stress in the muscle tissue (Muscle). Blueberry supplementation may reduce the damage that occurs at the molecular level, minimizing soreness and reduction in muscle performance.  In a small study of 10 female athletes, blueberries accelerated muscle recovery after strenuous leg exercises (Recovery).

 
“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 

 

Praise the Lord for the Lord's favor and for gracious friends who helped with Catherine's computer.  Praise the Lord for all the information in tact. 

Praise the Lord for Jude, Zachery and Olivia's newest member of the family who is in good health.  Pray for continued health for baby and mom and provision of a place to call home.  We are so thankful for God's favor and blessings that He is showering upon them.

Praise the Lord for the ability to travel with a group of friends from Haiti to Iowa, and their willingness to help us get home.     
Pray for our times of sharing and that God will use us to bring glory to His name.
Please pray a relaxing time home. 


We are grateful for your prayers, and grateful to God for His answering of those prayers!

New creations in Christ, 

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 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

  E-mail zoderoos@gmail.com
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