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"O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endurethfor ever."
Psalms 118:1


                      As we prepare this ministry update, we have just had the first official big snow in Iowa and celebrated a wonderful family get-together over Thanksgiving Day.  We are grateful and thankful for so many blessings!

A Look into our Lives

          Holiday Wishes

            First of all, we would like to wish you a wonderful Holiday season.  We hope you had a special time as you celebrated those things you are thankful for during Thanksgiving, and we send our wishes to you that you would have a very Merry Christmas

            Regarding our ongoing status concerning serving in Israel, we do have new news!!  We have heard from Israel and have received a verbal confirmation that we have been granted volunteer visas.  We are very excited and thankful for the news!  Along with the notification, we’ve been instructed by the organization we’ll be working with to wait for an official receipt from the Israel Ministry of Interior (MOI).  Once we receive the receipt, we will start the planning phase of travel to Israel.  

            We really didn’t think we would be in the U.S. during the holiday season.  We had resolved ourselves to the fact that we would spend Christmas in Israel thinking things would go much quicker than they have.  Now we are enjoying special times with special people and the added joy of being here for Christmas.  Thanks for all your prayers and the kind words of encouragement as we have “walked” this journey!

Haiti Update 

            Unfulfilled Promises

            Back in 2017, the last time a Birthday Calendar was published, Eddy approached Catherine for files of all the pictures of the girls and boys over the years.  Catherine said, "she would be happy to get those to him", but time passed and one thing after another seemed to slow down the process of passing on the pictures.

          Back in March of this year, after we had shared our plans with Eddy regarding our leaving Haiti for a new opportunity. Eddy asked for another favor.  He asked if Catherine had files of all the classes taught.  Eddy went on to share that Haitian Human Services regularly visits the orphanages and wants to have proof of positive interaction with the kids in the orphanage.  He felt the different things Catherine had been doing over the years was a wonderful example of the positive and sometimes unique opportunities that enhanced the life of the kids. 

          On one of the last times we had Monday night Bible study, Eddy requested copies of all the Bible studies that were done with the girls over the years.

          Catherine left Haiti not fully fulfilling these obligations. But, as time has passed, there has been a big push to satisfy Eddy's requests. Throughout the past several months, Catherine has worked on a Yearbook on all eight years of our service in Haiti of the activities she was involved in with the girls.  This 64-page book is a compilation of projects, Bible Study courses, and pictures of the girls and staff over the years.  This book is primarily focused on our times with the girls over the years.  Additional files of pictures of the boys will be sent to Eddy on a USB Thumb drive. 


            Do you display ingratitude?

           A word that we don’t hear used very often is the word ingratitude.  While this is the time of year where there is a lot of attention on thinking of specific things or reasons we are either grateful or thankful for as we celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s surprising how ingratitude can sneak in.  Let us explain when we think of the opposite of thankful, we think of unthankful; when we think of the opposite of grateful, we think of ungrateful.   The word gratitude in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is defined as, “the state of being grateful: thankfulness.”  So, gratitude puts grateful and thankful together, and the opposite of gratitude is ingratitude; but Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ingratitude as: “forgetfulness of or poor return for kindness received.”

            Truly there are many “kindnesses” we receive that we no longer display gratitude over.  Things like electricity and pure drinking water; things like lights at the click of a switch or a warm home on a cold wet windy night.  Unfortunately, as we get used to these things they get relegated to a “taken for granted or entitled” category.  From the clothes on our back to the glasses for our eyes, we are receiving so many kindnesses.  From the fillings in our teeth to the socks on our feet we are receiving so many kindnesses.  It’s a relatively true statement that one of the most obvious symptoms from a society that is wealthy and used to enjoying materialism is ingratitude.  We expect it as if we deserve it.  That’s not the case at all.  God has graciously poured His kindness upon us.

            We recently had someone share a video with us that does a great job of humorously putting things in perspective, and we can relate so well because of the places we have served and people we have loved over the years.  For a link that will brighten your day click: Having gratitude

Nutritional Nuggets ~ Natures Pharmacy

ABC's of Vitamins and Minerals



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While we await celebrating the birth of our Savior, there is a Herb/Spice that many Americans use to celebrate homemade turkey dressing at Thanksgiving.  For me, this is a favorite spice of Thanksgiving.  Sage originates from the Latin word Salvia officinalis meaning

SAGE  has an interesting history and was long thought to improve wisdom and memory.  People associated with using Sage were eventually known as Sages. Read more about it here and learn why.  


Sage is an herb that has not only been used as a flavoring but also used for medicinal and health purposes.  Sage has an extensive history as a medicinal herb.   If there was a health concern, Sage was a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases.  Its medicinal uses are vastly incredible.  

  1. Anti-Oxidant/Anti-Inflammatory Actions
  2. Improves Eyesight
  3. Oral Health
  4. Better Brain Function
  5. Heart Wellness
  6. Prevents Cardiovascular Disease
  7. Digestive Benefits
  8. Menopausal Symptoms
  9. Cancer
  10. Prevent Diabetes
  11. Sleep
  12. AND so many Medicinal Uses:...
Find numerous healing tea recipes and let me know the ways you found it useful.

Herbs and Spices have added delicious and healthy potential to our lives in many ways.  

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 


Please continue to pray for the people and countries of Haiti, and Nigeria.

Praise The Lord for the recent news of getting granted a volunteer visa to Israel. 
Pray for our travel plans as we expect to receive further communication from the Ministry of Interior (MOI), and start to look at purchasing airline tickets.  
Praise the Lord for the opportunity to spend the holiday season with family in the U.S.
Praise the Lord for the many kindnesses He has given us. We have so much gratitude.  

We are very thankful for you!!

With Hearts full of gratitude,

Les & Catherine

Ministry (U.S.)                             Les & Catherine DeRoos

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