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For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:17



          The word for this month is G-L-I-T-C-H.  The definition for glitch is, "A sudden, usually temporary malfunction or fault of equipment.  We have a full-fledged glitch going on at our house.  Hopefully it will go away fast, but glitches can be a handful especially when we live on the mission field... 

A Look into our Lives

        Sad Day:

          This past Tuesday, we said goodbye to Zachery and Olivia as they headed to the US, and prepare for the last trimester of Olivia's pregnancy.  They wanted to get back in time to visit her family for a couple weeks in Maryland, and then still be able to fly commercially to Iowa.  It will be a difficult adjustment for us as we have grown to really appreciate their involvement with the work in Haiti.  On the other hand, we are happy for Olivia and her family as she gets the opportunity to spend time with them.  Please continue to pray for them as they try to get settled in for the next five to six months and find a temporary home and work, and prepare for the new arrival.  

          It Doesn't get any better than this
        ...or does it?

          One of the many blessings God has granted us is the special opportunity to minister along-side one of our sons and his wife.  Since our return in January, we have had a number of opportunities to give Sunday morning messages, and it usually is either Les preaching in English and Zachery translating to Creole or Zachery preaching in Creole.  As parents, it's so rewarding to have a child follow in your footsteps, and watch them respond to their own calling and vision as they seek to be obedient to the Lord.  We find ourselves saying, "It doesn't get any better than this!" Then recently we had a visitor, our oldest son was down for a visit of about two weeks.  It was his second visit to Haiti, but the two visit were almost five years apart.  He was so surprised with all the changes.  He was also remembered by the girls who were around during his first visit, and they had a great time getting reacquainted.  However, one of the biggest highlights for us took place on a Sunday morning.  Les had been asked to preach at the church of the Village of Hope, but offered the opportunity to Josiah.  So for the first time we sat in the congregation and watched not one, but two sons be involved in the morning worship service; Josiah preaching in English and Zachery translating in yes, it does get better...thank you Lord!

          Farming is in full swing, we are plantvesting:

          While the planting season is getting started and now under way in our home state of Iowa, we are in the middle of plantvesting.  What, is that a typo or even a word?  Well kind of, you see we have some fields that are being harvested, and others just getting planted.  We just finished raising our first crop of peanuts.  By all accounts, it was a very good crop of peanuts, and since the peanuts were intercropped with corn, we are now watching and waiting for the corn to mature.  At the same time, we have just acquired some additional ground, and since the last half of April has received plenty of rainfall, we'll plant that field.  It's really strange to be involved in agriculture in Haiti.  Haiti has plenty of heat units all year-around, so the limiting factor is rain. If the good Lord decides to bless with rainfall, we can take advantage of planting almost any time of the year. 
          Glitches, Hiccups, Setbacks
        After months of preparation to finally be able to begin giving a completed presentation on Moringa to the house mothers at CCH, my computer just quit.  It shut down flashing screen or error messages, just a complete blackout.  Les googled some troubleshooting advice, and tried all he could do...nothing.  Our last hope was letting it sit for 30 hours so the battery completely drained...still nothing.  We decided to send it with Zachery and Olivia who were leaving soon for the US. They are taking it to the person who can deliver it to the direct place the computer was purchased.  Now it is a waiting game to see if they can rescue my information.  Glitches are frustrating.  Please pray that they are able to retrieve my work and that there will be no rebuilding of this lost information.  Get the full story plus part 2 on our blog here.

CCH Activities


       CCH Activities
          Right now the girls are at the midpoint in their second semester.  Last week and this week they have been in exams.  So, please pray for them as they try to recall all the information they have learned and that they pass their exams.
          During the summer months, I Catherine, used to continue with some sort of learning topic to keep our kids minds sharp and active but in a more relaxed, fun way, without a lot of mind bending information.  I was hoping to accomplish this, this summer for the girls.  I hope to fill a portion of that time with practical fun topics for learning. 
          It may not be summer yet but to fit in all the topics, I felt it necessary to start now, especially since we plan on traveling home in the end of June and stay through July for the birth of Zachery & Olivia’s first baby. 

          Oral Care Camp Week 2

             This last month I have been teaching on oral care in an Oral Care Camp.  The camp is a fairly serious topic, but it has been well received, and for the most part enjoyable.  We just finished week 2 of our Oral Care Camp.  

             Not only is a picture worth a thousand words, but images are great for empowering, implanting and enhancing memory.

            Showing them microscopic images of the "bad bugs / bacteria" that live in your mouth resulted in many wrinkled faces and gasps with all age levels.  Every bit of information was building upon itself for the climactic ending that I will share in a moment.

            After doing a quick review on brushing, when to change your toothbrush and how to clean your toothbrush (because it too harbors these bad bugs after brushing), we covered the how and why we should be flossing, because every part of the tooth doesn't get clean by just brushing.  
Two volunteers performed live demonstration of the two front teeth and Zachery using his arms to show how not to floss and how to floss.

            At the very end we did an activity.  I had them chew Red Cote tablets for 30 seconds and had them spit it out.  They then were to return to the classroom to receive an explanation on the purpose of that tablet.  An image was showed to them and an explanation as to what their teeth should look like if they had brushed well and what they would look like if they had not.  It was truly fun to see them laughing and smiling at each other with red mouths and teeth. Word spread quickly after the first class about the Red Cote tablets. It was wonderful to see my class fill up quickly and not seem like I was "pulling teeth" to get them there.  No pun intended.

          After explaining the picture to them, we encouraged them to run to the bathroom and look in the mirror, then finish brushing their teeth where they had missed. They did just that.  I should clarify that the younger girls were all smiles and giggling, but the older girls didn't want to open their mouths.  When Les went to the girls living area, there were all kinds of girls grabbing their toothbrushes to do a better job.

          Three of the house mothers were able to attend, but the others were busy preparing food.  They had heard news about the class and wanted their own Red Coat tablets.  I said I would arrange for a class with them another time and I would hand them their own Red Cote tablets then.  

          We invite you to see more photos of Oral Care Camp Week 2, scroll down and read all about Oral Care Camp Week 1, and catch up on other blogs on your way there by clicking here.  We will have more fun things to share, so you will not want to miss out.  For those of you who are already following, please forgive this repeat.

          Please do follow us if you would like to keep up on more regular basis.  



          Levels of Human Depravity

          We had a pretty traumatic event take place earlier this month.  A young boy about the age of four was brought to the Consolation Center of Haiti (CCH) and dropped off by the police and Haitian Human Services, after being taken from a family member who was severely physically abusing him.  Eddy actually called us over to where the little boy was standing and asked, "Do Americans ever have children they don't want from birth, and beat them almost every day."  We didn't really understand what he was getting at until he lifted the shirt of the little guy.  We'll spare you from a graphic description, but it was obvious Jackson had grown up in a difficult and harsh environment and his mother was holding him responsible for most of her life problems.  Thankfully her neighbor could no longer deal with the sounds of punishment and the crying of what must be an abused and hurting child. 

          The mother, who is expecting her second child, is now in prison.  Some may say, well she gets what she deserved!  To a degree that is true, but I do know this...she deserves our prayers.  I also know, but for the grace of God, there go I.  You see, without Jesus Christ, it's absolutely horrifying what humanity can do to each other.  Some evenings, as a form of date night, we'll sit and watch a movie or documentary.  Recently we watch a documentary on the holocaust (I know...some date night haha), what came across to us was the level of human depravity, yet it was out in the open and no one seemed to care.  It's the same in our own country right now.  Oh, we use individual rights and special terms and definitions to sugar coat it, but our country is helping to fund the killing of innocent babies by the thousands every day.  Babies that are gifts from God and created by Him, just like Jackson
          This really shouldn't surprise us; the Bible tells us that left to ourselves we all are sinners, and we are deserving of a sinner's death.  See Romans 3:23, and 6:23.  The Bible also tells us that while we were yet sinners, God reached out to us through the death of His son, Jesus Christ.  See Romans 5:6, 10.  God demonstrated to us the importance of action to stem the tide of evil. God's action remind us of a famous quote by Albert Einstein, "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."
            We didn't really come to Haiti to see the impact of godless actions, but we certainly came to share of the importance of a relationship with Jesus Christ and witness His amazing ability to touch lives and transform evil to good.  We are learning that one cannot happen without the other.  We would encourage you to do the same wherever you are.  Don't stand and watch while evil triumphs, speak out on behalf of those who can't speak for themselves, take a stand even if it's not politically correct.  Remember what God has done for you, and go and do that for those who may not even care.

LWC DeRoos Daily Blog


         DeRoos Drumbeat BlogDeRoos Daily Blog

          In an attempt to give timely news on a regular basis, we set up a blog.  We have had a desire to do this for some time now in order to bring you a little closer to our world on the field; and with the current technology, we can now make this happen.  It is a great way to keep you up to speed on all that is going on.  There is simply too much that happens to report everything in a monthly report and still keep that report short.  It is already too long for our liking.  We expect to send two to three emails a week depending on current events. Those of you that are interested in following our blog, and don't mind us invading your inbox more often, please click here: DeRoos Daily Blog.  Those of you who wish not to have your inbox invaded at all, you can save the link to your favorites and check back as often as you wish.

One Starfish at a Time



          You have already read about the circumstances in which Jackson came to CCH.  We'd like to follow up a bit and share how he is doing.  Before we do that, let us just say it always amazes us at the resilience of children.  To know some of the stories of the boys and girls that we regularly interact with, and yet see their joy and smiles and hear their laughter is truly amazing to us.  We had this inaccurate perception that because of a scarred past, they will live with a "black cloud" over them for the rest of their lives.  Now we must confess we are not psychologist or able to evaluate the psyche, nor can we read their minds to know what the true impact is on their daily mindset, and we also recognize we are limited to fully know or understand what is "going" on.  However, we can look for and see signs of emotions that display a much stronger sense of happiness, trust, contentment, and community. 

          This is the case with Jackson.  He is close to the youngest boy at the Joshua House orphanage, yet he is adapting very well.  He loves to play soccer and comes up to people and shakes their hand and give them a smile.  He wants to interact with the other boys at the orphanage.  His older "brothers" make sure he is included or help him get from one place to's about an eighth of a mile walk from the Joshua house to the church building.  Jackson was not fed well at his home, so for him, food, good food, is important.  He especially enjoys meal time!  He is doing well, and we know he is now in a lot better place!  Please continue to pray for Jackson and his mother.

Zachery & Olivia's Update

          Preparing & Reconnecting  

          It seems like things in Haiti happen in whirlwind affects, one activity after another. We’ve had quite a few busy weeks recently, especially with the preparation for returning home to the States.

          A few weeks ago, Zachery had the privilege of preaching at Kiki’s church at the Center of Help. It was a refreshing service, with standing room only, and the congregation appreciated having him as a guest preacher. Kiki particularly appreciated having his friend visit and preach at his home church.

Now, that we are home in the United States preparing for our six month stay, we are equally as excited to reconnect with friends and family and visit churches and teams who have visited in Haiti. Equally, as exciting are our preparations for our “little bundle”—as we anticipate the future of being parents! This is an exciting season for us and we are thrilled to be around family and friends at this time.

          As always, we encourage you to stay in touch on our blog to receive updates and photos, please be sure to follow!

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



          This heart-shaped berry has been said to signify purity, passion, and healing. A close relative to the rose, this unique berry is the only fruit that carries it’s seeds outside. The ancient Romans believed that strawberries could soothe melancholy, fever, inflammation, throat infection, kidney stones, & many other diseases.  But researchers have recently ranked strawberries as one of the 50 best antioxidant sources among commonly eaten foods. The following health benefits of strawberries will motivate you to grow your own strawberry forever:  Here is a link to get your own organic seed for your garden.

     1.     Blood Sugar Benefits: Several recent studies have found regular intake of
strawberries to be associated with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes. In these studies, significant benefits do not emerge until frequency of intake reaches at least 2-3 strawberry servings per week. 
     2.     Anti-Cancer Benefit:
 Strawberries are best documented in the case of breast, cervical, colon, and esophageal cancer (Esophageal Cancer: Research shows that within six months, drinking water mixed with freeze-dried strawberry powder has been able to significantly reduce 80% of developing cancer cells within the esophagus’s of rats, and is projected to have consistent results in human esophageal cancer as well.)
     3.     Combat Arthritis and Gout: Filled with antioxidants and detoxifying agents,
strawberries can efficiently aid to eradicate inflammation and pain associated with diseases such as arthritis and gout forever. A recent study depicted that women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week had much lower inflammation levels. They were also 14% less likely to have elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) within their blood, which indicates high inflammation.
     4.     Healthy Digestion & Stored Fat Burning: Since they are filled with fiber,
strawberries maintain regularity and cleanse the intestines. The red-hue in strawberries causes stored fat to be burned much quicker. Nitrate, in strawberries, encourages oxygen and the flow of blood within the body; this in turn inspires weight loss.
     5.     Packed With Folic Acid: These super
berries provide your body with folate. Without a sufficient amount of this B vitamin, you may be susceptible to conditions such as vascular disease, atherosclerosis, and a decline in cognitive function.
     6.     Promote Bone Health:
 Strawberries contain potassium, magnesium, vitamin K which are important for strengthening your bones.
     7.     Lower Cardiovascular Disease: Flavonoids (yellow pigments) lower LDL cholesterol and therefore reduce our risk of for heart disease and hypertension. Three or more servings of
strawberries were able to decrease their risk of a heart attack by 32%.
     8.     Huge Immune System Boost: Strawberries have a surplus of Vitamin C (about 113% of recommended daily intake) which is more than enough of what your body needs to reap the benefits. Consuming Vitamin C during stressful situations actually has the ability to decrease blood pressure to a normal level, preventing the development of hypertension.
     9.     Increase Brain Function:  Free radicals are to blame specifically to cause brain tissue to decline and neurotransmitters to become much weaker. 
Strawberries high in Vitamin C and phytonutrients counteract some of these conditions when consumed regularly. Iodine, another nutrient strawberry is abundant in, maintains proper nervous system and brain function. Anthocyanins also have the ability to improve short-term memory drastically.
    10.  Wrinkle Eliminator: Along with biotin, necessary in maintaining durable hair and nails,
strawberries contain an acid which defends the flexible fibers in our skin and allows it to appear youthful.
    11.  Battle High Blood Pressure: Potassium and magnesium efficiently reduce high blood pressure, which can be spiked by sodium intake among other risk factors such as diet. Consuming
strawberries regularly helps prevent hypertension, and also maintains healthy oxygen levels by enabling consistent blood flow throughout the body.
    12.  Diuretic: The strawberry fruit is considered to have cooling, calming, and diuretic properties.
Strawberry fruits and leaves are used to treat urinary tract disorders.  Yes, you can eat the leaves.

TIPS: 1) Wait to clean them until you are ready to eat them, rinsing them speeds up spoiling. 2) two days is the maximal time for strawberry storage without major loss of vitamin C and polyphenol antioxidants that stabilize oxidative stress. 3) The leaves and stem part of the 
strawberry contain benefits that are good for your health. One of the benefits of strawberry leaves is that they are a natural digestive aid.
“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 the warranty still in effect for Catherine's computer.  

Pray for Olivia and the baby, as they get closer to the July due date. .

Please pray that the information on Catherine's computer can be recovered. 
Praying for the Lord's guidance regarding a trip to Nigeria and when.
Please pray for healing for Jackson physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Please pray for Jackson's mom's salvation.  Also for the health of the child she is carrying.

Thank you for your prayers!

Waiting for the day when good will triumph over evil, 

Les & Catherine, Zachery & Olivia


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