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••  •  • ••  • •  • •  •••        January, 2016      ••  • ••  • •  ▪▪  •••  •  •

Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand;
and it shineth unto all that are in the house. Even so let your light shine before men;
that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16

           NIGERIA'S CLIMATE AT A GLANCE                             HAITI'S CLIMATE AT A GLANCE               
                            Average        Average       2015         2016                              Average        Average         2015          2016
                               Low               High          Total         Total                                  Low              High            Total          Total
                                                                    Rainfall     Rainfall                                                                     Rainfall      Rainfall

     November            77                 84           10.7 "             8"        November              73                89           11.4 "              8"  
     December            79                 89                0 "             8"        December              71                87              .5 "            N/A  

         January            74                 87                0 "             0"           January               69                86               0 "           1.7"  


         We just finished a week with a team visiting from our home church for the third year.  It is not only an honor but a privilege to host this special group of people.  Each team has had long time dear friends and a history of fond memories that we are able to reminisce about and even more special sharing how the Lord is moving in hearts and in lives.  Mom DeRoos (known as Mamma-O here) came, and we were able to celebrate her birthday.  Chateau, the place we ate to celebrate, created such a nice atmosphere for her.  Upon entering, they played a special Happy Birthday melody announcing her arrival.  

         Each visit from home has come with some very kind words along with encouragement.  In great humility, we receive your kind words and thank you so much!  We appreciate you and your support in so many ways!  

A Look into our Lives

         A word from Catherine:
          It has been roughly four months now of needing to blend all my foods in order to eat.  It has seemed like a never ending, now and forever lifestyle.  In many ways my condition has changed our social status as a couple, as well as going out on a dinner date with my beloved husband.  

          It is often difficult for me to remember that my teeth have really been through a lot of trauma and that they are still healing.  Periodically, I will bite on one side and then the other to test different types of foods and textures while feeling pain.  However, for the first time, on Wednesday evening the 27th of January, I accidentally bit on some nuts in a blended trail mix that didn’t quite blend all the way.  I was very surprised, even stunned, and chewed carefully with delight!!  My hope began to soar that evening!  The test was how they would feel the next day.  The next day my upper front teeth were sore but not the bottom back teeth on either side, as was usually the case.  I still don't chew everything; I am pacing myself; but it is such an improvement.  PTL!!!

          In addition to my night guard and my recent protocol of using a simple silicone rubber called the “Jawcerciser” a jaw exerciser, I believe my teeth are gaining strength.  Our teeth are like any other bone that needs exercise to stay healthy. The “Jawcerciser” is meant to help strengthen the teeth and jawbone structure, increasing jawbone density, and also helps increase salivary gland flow important for tooth health, digestion, and mouth health in general.  

          I am truly appreciative of your tireless and continued prayers for me.  I would be grateful for your continued prayers specifically for my upper front four teeth, especially the two middle teeth, which still get sensitive when chewing certain foods, and the gums near those teeth including the roof of mouth gets sore.  My upper teeth have also shifted some since wearing the night guard on the bottom teeth, so my bite is off and uncomfortable.  My TMJ continues with no pain, PTL!, but seems to be an issue more in stressful, tense moments.

          I know God is greater than all my problems, discouragements, pains, fears, giants, questions, hangups, confusion, even bigger than any mountain that I can or cannot see.  Please pray that I will be content in God's timing for my complete healing.   ENJOY this uplifting song "God is Bigger Than All My Problems"!!!


        2016 Haiti Calendar:

          The 2016 calendar has arrived and is available.  Due to the increased places and therefore faces of the children at the Consolation Center, James 1:27, and Joshua House this years calendar's price reflects the increased cost of production and will be $25.00.  Featured in this 2016 Calendar, you will also learn Creole throughout the year pertaining to some common phrases and greetings used in Haiti.  Calendars will be available in Haiti at the guest house and Alta, Iowa by dropping in at 210 Johnson Street, Alta, or requesting a copy and we can have that mailed to you with an additional small shipping cost.    



          A new feature of the DeRoos Drumbeat this year is a section that we title, Nudging's.  It seems almost every month God is stirring our hearts in specific areas.  Some are related to ministry, others can be just what we are sensing from God as we spend time in devotion and walking with Him.  Our hope is that these will be challenging little tidbits to encourage your walk with the Lord, and cause you to ponder and evaluate your own relationship with Him.

         On Fire, but Smoldering!

         For years a very common practice in Haiti has been using fire wood for meal preparation.  In an attempt to make the kitchen experience less harmful to the lungs, a large population of the country is now using charcoal.  It’s very similar to the briquettes Americans use when doing back yard barbequing. 

          The process of making this charcoal is a regular event in Haiti, as it can also be a source of revenue.  In the picture you can see that they pile a mound of big tree branches, then cover it with leaves, and then dirt.  They ignite the leaves and it smolders for almost three days.  When it’s done smoldering, they remove the dirt and what’s left is a pile of charcoal.  The trick is to use fire to burn something, but not allowing it to be consumed by the fire.  

          I was struck by the contrast of how we can wrongly apply this same principal to our relationship with Jesus 
Christ.  Having a fire burning within us, but failing to let it truly consume us and display a zeal and fervent devotion for Jesus Christ can be all too common reality.  I have heard over the years from acquaintances that there are two things a person should keep to themselves… politics and religion/faith.  What a shame to have that mindset!  Our faith should be shouted from the mountain top.  We are encouraged over and over in scripture to share, proclaim, live, and do deeds that are an outward sign of the fire we have within.  Too often our “comfortable” Christianity puts us in a state of complacency that allows two things. 1) A confirmation of the passage in 2 Timothy 3:5  “holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power therefore…”, and  allowing the saltiness in our lives to lose its savor.  Matthew 5:13 says this, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing…”.  What a sad thought.

          We get the famous song that most of us can sing from memory from the same chapter in Matthew, and is used at the beginning of this DeRoos Drumbeat.  It goes like this, this little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, this little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. So simple, yet so profound; are you allowing your light to shine?  Is the fire within kept to a smoldering level, or are you yielding to Jesus Christ and allowing Him to consume you and be reflected in the way you live for Him. 

          Are you willing to step out of your "comfortable" Christianity shoes and allow God to be God?  We hope so, and may you not just run the race, but run the race to win the prize my friend!


One Starfish at a Time


           Sedenies                      Gizelle                      Emanis                      Dedette

         All in the same family

          Back in November we had something happen at the Consolation Center of Haiti (CCH) that was shocking, and although it’s fairly common in Haiti, we still shake our heads in disbelief when this occurs.  In the middle of the day with all kinds of activities going on, all of the sudden four (4) young girls appeared seemingly out of nowhere.  These girls are all sisters, and they were just dropped off.  No explanation, no belongings, no understanding of who brought them, other than it was a man who walked them past the front gate, and then just blended into the crowd of people visiting the medical clinic and disappeared.  We cannot imagine the heartache and struggle this family must have had to go to these extreme measures?? 

          It is apparent these girls were not living a very good life.  They displayed many symptoms of malnutrition and seem to be behind for their ages developmentally.  When they first arrived, a person could see that they were in a bit of shock.  Now over two months later, their smiles come more frequent, and they are engaging with others, and more importantly, getting a sense of security and being loved.  Please continue to pray for Sedeniese, Gizelle, Emanis, and Dedette as they grow and mature.
Picture taken by Brittany Larson and used with her permission. 


Nigeria Update

 Our friends in Nigeria started the year 2016 with a desire to expand FAAGRIC, and impact more lives to the glory of Jesus Christ.  From testimonies to the addition of another learning center, God continues to open doors and touch lives.  We are very grateful for the diligence and leadership capabilities of the staff.

          As you can see by the pictures we have received from Nigeria, FAAGRIC is alive and well, and more and more "students" are being added on a monthly basis.  We know this would not be made possible if not for faithful support of friends and churches.


          This is to testify how God blessed me through FAAGRIC. After I changed my diet through the instructions which our teacher gave to me, I was totally refreshed. Before I used to be constantly sick such as arthritis and body pains but because of the kind of teaching I learned through FAAGRIC, all the numerous disorders in my body have disappeared. I feel much younger; I am still working in my garden. Praise the Mighty God, Amen.

          Before I used to take drugs times without number, but it’s now 4 years I became FAAGRIC student, I no longer take any drug again. Praise God, Amen.
          My prayer goes to Director and his family and my teacher Sunday. May Almighty Father bless them in Jesus name, Amen.
Yours faithfully,
Elder Rufos Ezekwe

  Thank you for your willingness to help those less fortunate.


Zachery & Olivia's Update

         It seems like the past few weeks have flown by since we’ve been in Haiti; several teams have come and gone, our house is finished, and we’ve moved in! Previously, we were staying at the beach house while we waited for our solar panels to arrive and enjoyed our “second home,” with Dad & Mom DeRoos. However, now we can establish a “new normal” while setting up home, teaching Youth Group at the Center, and endeavoring to start a new project.

          Something we’ve had on our hearts for many months has been mentorship and trade training for the people of Haiti. We desire to empower those in the community to have a trade that would essentially allow the trainee to become self-sustainable, through close training and apprenticeship. Our “Guinea Pig,” Kiki is a hard worker, an eager learner, and excited at the opportunity to learn a trade. He will work with Zachery on several projects at the Center, mainly carpentry and construction work, learning a trade that we hope he can use in the future. Empowering the people of Haiti is essential to establishing a healthier and more stable country, as well as encouraging a work ethic. We’re excited to see where God will take this new ministry opportunity. We will be writing more extensively about this new project on our blog:, please be sure to follow!

          The news is quite rampant with information on the Zika virus which has affected many Cente/South American countries as well as several Caribbean countries, including Haiti. Mostly this is concern because of the impact it causes for pregnant women and their unborn babies. We are taking every precaution possible; bug spray, mosquito nets, etc. as well as seeking prenatal care from an American doctor who has a clinic in Haiti. Please continue to pray for safety and health for all.

          As always, we encourage you to stay in touch on our blog to receive updates and photos

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



Okra is a vegetable that is eaten all over the world.  But for some, its slimy texture can make it somewhat unpalatable.  Here are a few health benefits to encourage you to eat of its slimy goodness.


     According to a study published in the Jilin Medical Journal in the year 2005, people who consume okra showed improvement in kidney disease, saw a reduction in rhine protein and uric acid.


     In 2011, a study was published in the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal stating okra’s ability to protect against liver disease against chemically induce liver damage because of it antioxidant activities.


     Researchers published in the Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences, saw a decrease in the blood sugar levels of their lipid profiles levels.  Traditionally, okra has been used as an alternative treatment for diabetes.


     A new study shows okra’s ability as a cancer fighter.  Researchers discovered lectin (a type of protein that can bind to cell membranes) in okra.  It actually induces cell death in human breast cancer cells.


     Okra helps to fight off depression therefore elevating the mood.

With all these possible health benefits, one would almost be crazy not to give Okra a chance. 


“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 your time to browse the wealth of information and be not only inspired but uplifted.

Prayer & Praise 


Praise the Lord for our safe arrival.  Please check out our DeRoos Daily page on January 10 to hear more about our trip and read on other posts made.

Please pray for continued patience and contentment as the Lord brings healing to Catherine's teeth and for full recovery.    

Pray for LWC 2016 ministry expectation as we continue to grow.  May we honor the Lord and bring Him glory through everything we do and hear His voice clearly in every step that is made.

Please pray for Sedeniese, Gizelle, Emanis, and Dedette as they grow and mature.

May the presence of Jesus Christ be with you!

Running the race to win the prize, 

Les & Catherine, Zachery & Olivia


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  c/o Agape Flights CAY 228521

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  Venice, FL 34285

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  US Phone:  (712) 334-1028

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