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" Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Philippians 2:3-4

            August has been another month of celebrations.  One celebration includes you!  You are invited to a Wedding Reception.  We hope you are able to join us!

A Look into our Lives

           More Family Celebrations

            The month of August has been one of celebration and waiting.  We had a very special time in Florida as we traveled down in a family caravan and enjoyed the celebration of Josiah and Karis’s wedding.  It was a beautiful wedding and filled with special touches from the couple and Karis’s family.  We are very excited for them and praise God for the evidence of their love for Jesus Christ and the desire to bring glory to him through their marriage and lives.  Don’t forget to come and celebrate with them as we will have a wedding reception in Iowa.

                  Wedding Reception              


     Celebrate With Us!  Come Meet & Greet! 

   Josiah & Karis and hear how they met

Your sharing this special day with us will be the greatest gift of all.
Any extras you feel compelled to give, please make it very small.
Gift cards or cash are light and will help us on our way.
But most of all we hope you come, are blessed, and have a lovely day.

       The Little Things

            Our time home in the U.S. has been one of enjoying the "little things" we have missed over the years.  These are things like picking and eating sweet corn.  Eating bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches, or big salads of fresh produce from family gardens.  Going out to a favorite coffee place to have a specialty coffee.  Enjoying the changes in the seasons as we feel the weather get cooler and have a chance to visit a high school football game or volleyball game depending upon which nephew or niece is involved in the activity.  Hopping in the car and running to a store knowing they'll have most everything we want on our shopping list.  Going out to a movie theater to sit and watch a movie with popcorn.  Finally, spending quality time with family and grandchildren and just being around to enjoy their love and laughter.  It's amazing how special these events or experiences feel when they aren't part of every day life.  Our hearts are full of gratitude to God!!




            The “waiting” side of things has been pertaining to the ongoing immigration process for our future trip to Israel.  Neither of us could envision the level of work and exhaustive screening that’s necessary to serve long-term.  There was need to have further medical exams after a preliminary checkup.  Everything turned out fine, but the delay in getting the Doctor’s signature on medical release paperwork took a few additional weeks.  We know God’s got all this under control, but there have been some questions roaming around behind closed doors of “Why?” and “What next?”  In the last week of August, we were able to send off all the requested documents (a total of nine for each person) to Israel and now that our part is over, we can sit back and see how the next phase goes while the Israeli organization adds additional documents and presents the applications to the immigration office.  On August 28th (Catherine's birthday), we got official word that the forms have been submitted.  Thank you Lord!   Your ongoing prayer support is requested, and thanks so much for keeping us in your prayers!


            In Honor, Preferring One Another

            Over the last several months, we have been receiving nudging by the Holy Spirit on how important it is to be servant leaders.  During Jesus’s earthly ministry, he gave such a vivid example of servant leadership.  It’s almost humorous to read through the Gospels and see how Jesus tries to instill into his disciples the importance of serving one another.  From the account in scripture of James and John coming to Jesus and asking to have an exalted place in Jesus’s kingdom, to Jesus taking of his robe and washing ALL the disciples feet.  There is such a strong thread of instruction on serving, and understanding the importance of preferring one another.  

            It’s not really all that easy to explain why or how many of us seem to miss this, but in the journey through life trying to exemplify Jesus Christ, this is often one main feature of his character that gets put on the shelf.  Once it’s “shelved”, we simply look like those in the world who aren’t concerned about Christ or looking like him in their actions and lifestyle. The other sad result of, overlooking or “shelving” serving one another, is the fact that we short circuit the blessing process.  Think of a time when someone did something for you in a serving way that was out of the ordinary.  Can you remember how you felt and the specialness of that gesture?  It makes such a huge impact in a person’s outlook and attitude.  Keeping in mind how it can make a person’s day, why wouldn’t we be more proactive and regular in our actions to fulfill this goal? 

            Please don’t misunderstand us, we’re not saying this type of preferring one another never takes place in the church.  It does take place, but often it seems to happen after the loss of a loved one or bringing meals to a home after a baby has been born.  We believe it shouldn’t take “special” occasions to cause motivation to do something.  Some very simple instruction from Jesus is found in, Mark 9:35, “Sitting down, He called the twelve and *said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”, and in Philippians 2:3-4, the apostle Paul adds to this notion of serving (Paraphrased) we should regard others and their interest as more important than yourself and your interests. 

            Think about the current level of tension and conflict going in our modern day society.  There is such a high level of critical thinking and disrespectful behavior.  Most of it stems from the mindset of putting personal ideals and opinions first and bashing anyone that doesn’t think the same way.  It’s created such a mess!  We’d like to make a suggestion.  Why not do as scripture admonishes and put others first.  Make a point this next week to pick a family member, friend, co-worker, or even a complete stranger, and do something that will make their day.  A kind word or gesture, a note, or perhaps an act of serving.  Try to be a blessing to someone that could obviously use a little blessing in their life.   Be intentional to show your heart to serve and put others interests ahead of your own.  May the Lord truly bless you as you seek to bless others!

Nutritional Nuggets ~ Natures Pharmacy

ABC's of Vitamins and Minerals



  (click above title to read more)

This is a tropical plant (spice) that has a variety of titles given to it:

“The Golden Spice of Life”
“The Magic Bullet”
"The Wonder Herb"

"The Most Powerful Medicine"

It has incredibly very powerful benefits: anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, pain reducer, anti-oxidant, cleanser/detoxifier, anti-fungal, and an anti-inflammatory

     1.  Calms Brain Inflammation/Supports Brain
     2.  Blood Purifier
     3.  Immune Booster

     4.  Psoriesis (skin conditions)
     5.  Arthritis
     6.  Manages/Controls Diabetes
     7.  Spectacular Support for the Liver
     8.  Cleans Arteries to Lower Cholesterol Levels

     9.  Healthier Digestive System Colitis, Crohn’s disease, IBS, Leaky Gut
     10.  Prevents Cancers - T-cell leukemia, colon carcinomas and breast carcinomas.

Read more about it here and find a latte recipe as well.

What spice is it?

Turmeric [TER-muh-rihk]
It has proven to be a medicinal staple that has stood the test of time.

Herbs and Spices have added delicious potential?  

Add Herbs and Spices to your food and get a nutritional boost!
Grow your own Herbs and Spices and get a free nutritional boost!  


Make positive changes in your lifestyle by visiting my Genesis Health blog:

Color Me Beautiful  series shares about the natural chemistry of the colors in food, you will understand the connection of why the natural colors in foods are important and how they can offer our bodies health and how they can bring vitality into our lives.
Color Food Beautifully This series covers the FDA's approved artificial food colors (AFC's), what problems they cause.
     >  Find methods and ways to create your own colorings with natural foods.  
     >  Don't want to go through the work of making your own.  Find links to natural food colorings you can purchase.  (I do not benefit from
     the sales of any of the linked items.) 

Revisit past Nutrition Nuggets about Natures Pharmacy regarding the benefits of individual fruits and vegetables. 

“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.   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 


Pray for the immigration process for serving in Israel and a positive outcome.

Praise The Lord for the marriage union of Josiah and Karis, and the addition of a new daughter-in-law into the family. 
Pray for wisdom and patience as we plan for the trip to Israel, and wait to hear the results of the application.
Praise the Lord for the chance to spend time with all our children and a great time of travel to and from Florida.
Pray for our travel to the St Louis area to participate in Catherine's brother's wedding on September 1st.

Thank you for keeping our future in your prayers!

Serving in His love,

Les & Catherine

Ministry (U.S.)                             Les & Catherine DeRoos

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