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••  •  • ••  • •  • •  •••      February, 2018      ••  • ••  • •  ▪▪  •••  •  •  

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men.
The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-7


<<Salutation>>

          The word that best describes our last month is whirlwind, w-h-i-r-l-w-i-n-d! The DeRoos dictionary defines this as, the state of being where a person doesn’t know if he is coming or going. Have you ever been there?  During this time a month ago, we were walking in the breathtaking land of Israel.  When we returned, we packed to leave for Haiti and didn't get a DeRoos Drumbeat sent out for the month of January.   

A Look into our Lives

            ISRAEL

            Our trip was simply amazing.  To be able to be in the land that our LORD and Savior lived, walked, ministered the Truth of the gospel, and also to see the people who He called the apple of his eye was incredible.  It was truly a holy, worshipful experience, an encounter with the Lord God that has truly left us hungering for more of Him and to dig to learn more. 

            It was inspiring to see the layout of the land and the amount of walking needed on and over large mountains that made us appreciate the level of fitness and endurance the people, Jesus, and His disciples had to have had.  The span of distances from one place to another gave us greater perception and appreciation for Jesus’s life and ministry outreach.  

            We appreciated the level of archeology being done, unearthing original places for our imagination and displaying glaring truths of the Bible.  

            
Beginning at the archaeological site of David’s Palace, we walked in absolute awe through the stunning Hezekiah’s tunnel, a 1,750-foot tunnel under the City of David, an amazing engineering feat. They did it all with picks and chisels, started at both ends and managed to meet in the middle without any of our modern day equipment.  We ended up at the Pool of Siloam that was excavated in 2004 that revealed part of a monumental pool where Jesus healed the blind man. Hezekiah's tunnel carried fresh water to the pool.  (See pictures below)
            
            The land was breathtaking everywhere.  We saw so much and yet only the tip of the iceberg.  We are truly thankful for the ways in which the Lord provided, and the proper timing for us to have this opportunity.  If given another opportunity to go, we would go.

            If you are wondering if a trip to Israel is worth it, we say absolutely!! 



 


         NIGERIA

             It has been almost six years since we have been to Nigeria, and we have received numerous invitations to return; but, for a number of reason, the timing hasn't been right.  

           We are strongly considering and praying about a trip to Nigeria in June to visit our friends, to encourage them, and see the work of FAAGRIC that has blossomed under the Nigerian leadership. 

           There are a number of things we must do to prepare for this trip.  It takes some time to get all the paper work necessary for travel.  This needs to be done while we are in the US as we'll need to send our passports to the Nigerian Consulate to get an entry Visa. During this waiting time, we plan to take advantage of visiting and helping our daughter, Rachelle, who is expecting and due to deliver in May.

            We are excited about this opportunity and ask for your prayers as we seek the Lord.  Thank you 



             HAITI'S ORPHANAGES

            We recently received an email from a good friend who stays very informed with human trafficking concerns.  She brought attention to a recent article published by CNN’s, Lisa Cohen. This article highlights a huge problem with Haiti’s orphanage system, and the tendency for orphanages to operate as a business to receive foreign funds vs. for the well-being of the children in the institution.  
 
            We have heard of many such examples during our time of service in Haiti.  We have also experienced a stereo-type mentality from Haitians regarding the purpose of their own country’s orphanages.  We can remember a time where we had a special occasion for all the girl’s and a visiting team helped us prepare favors and serve them each their own meal at a local restaurant.  The staff at the restaurant was shocked to witness how much love, work, and special appreciation was shown to the girl’s and staff. They didn’t think anyone could have that much care or love for orphans.
 
            While the article does highlight a concern, it honestly goes too far in stating that any orphanage in Haiti is a part of “trafficking”.  There are plenty of godly orphanages involved in Haiti, and we are grateful to be serving alongside a couple of them.  You can read the article in its entirety, it is well worth the read: https://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/20/health/haiti-orphanages/index.html   

Nudging's

 

        NOW I SEE

            A common question we have received regarding our trip to Israel has been, “What was your most favorite part of the trip?”  While that’s a fair question, it’s hard for us to answer.  We heard so many stories, and visited so many places, that for us, it is difficult to limit our choice to one place.  There were certainly places, like the Sea of Galilee that looks pretty much the same today as it did during Jesus’ time. So that had its own significance to us.  Other places were special because of the Jewish heritage and history or Biblical relationship.  An example of that was the recently located site of the Pool of Siloam.

             For many years the story in the Gospel of John 9, regarding Jesus healing the blind man, has been one of Les's favorite Bible stories.  As a refresher, this story revolves around a miraculous healing on the Sabbath, and the Pharisees trying to find out what happened.  It’s truly a bit humorous as they are so intent about the potential breaking of the law, because the act was done during the Sabbath, that they overlook the person who benefited to the point of diminishing that he was ever healed.  There is a long process of interrogating the man who claimed to be healed and eventually his parents, because the pharisees questioned whether he was ever truly blind.

            As this blind man gains confidence, and probably by now is a bit frustrated with all the ridiculous skepticism from the religious leadership, he says something that simply clears the air. In verse 25 he says, “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.”  In other words, you can speculate all you want, but NOW I SEE.
 
            The reason this is such a favorite passage in scripture is that I can truly relate to this man.  Once I was blind, spiritually, and if not for the special touch of Jesus Christ, I would still be spiritually blind. Just as the blind man who was healed of blindness can now proclaim, “…now I see.”, so too can I.  It was a special feeling to stand near the spot where this happened so many centuries ago, and while this occurred clear back in the 1st century, Jesus continues to heal any who desire, of their spiritual blindness.   God is so good to give us that special opportunity of a miraculous healing, and the tremendous ability to say, NOW I SEE!!!


              A good song that articulates very well about this blind man's response is sung by Don Fransisco titled Since I Met Him.   

One Starfish at a time

 

           Sarafina:

            Our time here in Haiti has now reached passed the six-year mark.  You would think that by now we have seen almost everything Haiti has to show us…think again. 

            Sarafina is just a pipsqueak of a three-year-old.  She was born with something compared to Cerebral Palsy.  She walks and runs with a noticeable limp, her left hand is a bit hard for her to use, and she has some problems with drooling.  She also does very little communicating.  Sarafina was abandoned as a baby, likely due to the CP, and she has grown up in the James 1:27 Center.  This pass year she started school, and now lives with the girls at the Consolation Center of Haiti (CCH).  
 
            What strikes us so much about her is her joy.  She is SO happy!  She laughs and giggles and has an amazing twinkle in her eye.  Despite her circumstances, she has such a great countenance and demeanor.  She loves to play hide and seek or run away when a person tries to catch her.  It’s a life lesson for us.  Don’t allow circumstances to rob us of our joy, but rejoice in the Lord always! Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. 

            Please keep Sarafina in your prayers.

Nutritional Nuggets ~ Natures Pharmacy

                ABC's of Vitamins and minerals

 
 
1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 633,842
2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 595,930
3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away 155,041
4.  Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen (unintentional injuries; 5.2%)
5.  Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 1 in 6

6.  Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 6 of 10: Alzheimer’s disease: 1 in 10 (110,561)
 

               Finding Your Sweet Spot

 
Imagine a greedy telemarketer got a hold of your phone number. Every 15 minutes, they call you with a new sales pitch. Even if you hang up or get angry - they still call back later.  It gets to the point where you dread picking up.
 

Eventually - you’d stop answering, right?
Well, something similar is happening in your body.
It’s a condition known as… 
INSULIN RESISTANCE!
 

The world's sweet tooth has gotten out of hand.  We have gone from 20 teaspoons of sugar a year to eating over 150 pounds a year.  How does sugar have you?
 

  1. Why does sugar make us feel good?
  2. Which sugars can help you find your "sweet spot"?
  3. Are we being deprived of simple knowledge?
  4. Is the FDA your friend?  
  5. The "Prescription" is simple!

 



                                                              

                                        WHAT DOES FLOUR HAVE IN COMMON WITH SUGAR?

                                     

We only have one life to live.  Your best life CAN be now.  Here's how:  find foods analyzed for nutrient quality - all specific to help you get back to your "sweet spot".


Please click here to read more about the steps that you can do to begin your best life now on Catherine’s Genesis Health blog.  


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 

 

Please pray for wisdom and guidance from the Lord as we consider a trip to Nigeria this summer.

Praise the Lord for the opportunity to tour the Holy Land and spend a wonderful time learning more about Biblical History.
Please pray for Sarafina at the Consolation Center.
Please pray for our daughter Rachelle and baby, as she is expecting her fourth child in May.
Please pray for health, strength, and protection as we serve in Haiti.
Praise the Lord for a safe return and a quick adjustment to life in Haiti.


Rejoice in the Lord always!

 Now we see,

Les & Catherine

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