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••  •  • ••  • •  • •  •••      February, 2016      ••  • ••  • •  ▪▪  •••  •  •

Thou believest that God is one; thou doest well:
the demons also believe, and shudder.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works,
in that he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar?
Thou seest that faith wrought with his works,
and by works was faith made perfect;

James 2:19-22  


<<Salutation>>

          This past month has had some wonderful teams coming to work in Haiti and share in the experience of caring and serving.  We are so blessed to have willing hands and feet!  These smiling faces and willing hearts are a great encouragement to us as we serve in the "trenches".  Thank you Lord.

A Look into our Lives

 
         A note from Catherine: 

          It is not my desire to belabor my oral story; but, I thought it important to share that I ate my first meal, not blending anything.  I am able to chew more on different textures of food now with a few exceptions.  I still need to limit myself and use care with easing back into chewing; but, I am doing so much better.  I know that my teeth will only continue to improve as time goes on.  I am truly blessed by you my prayer warriors.  

          Being on the side of a prayer need is very humbling in deed.  I know that is what the body of Christ is there for.  Our sharing in one another’s burdens is important and is Biblical.  Utilizing the power of prayer is very important for our faith walk and our relationship with the Lord, learning to trust in Him, in His timing, working in His ways; which by the way, are all different from our own.   Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways.

         
Preaching the Word:

          As 2016 kicks into gear, we have had increased opportunities to share at the Village of Hope.  It is always a special time of ministry as both Les and Zachery have times to share, and sometimes simultaneously as Zachery translates for his father. This past month Les preached on the 14th of February (Valentine's Day), and shared of the significance of Love.  It may surprise you that the country of Haiti does celebrate Valentine's Day.  What better time to talk of God's love and the huge demonstration of the Father's love for us as he sent His son to die on the cross.  Les went on to share about how the love was unconditional.  Love we couldn't earn by works or behavior and didn't deserve.  Love that was given as a gift while we were in the midst of a life of sin and ungratefulness.  While we celebrate with chocolate and flowers to show how much that special person means to us, the heavenly Father demonstrated how much you and I mean to Him by sending His only Son.  Truly, how great is the Father's love!!

 

       
         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. You can also give Carolyn a call at 712-299-5956. 

Nudging's

 

          Dead Faith!

          One of the challenging roles we fill in Haiti is in-country hosts for mission teams.  On an average year we can see over 20 different teams that come down to serve and be used of the Lord in Haiti.  It’s really a special treat for us to meet so many new people and watch how God works in their hearts as they desire to witness and experience a cross-cultural setting.  Many of these team members sacrifice a week of vacation so they can come down and work and serve.  Usually throughout the week of serving, the topic will come up about how their lives have been impacted to do more when they get back home.  

          You see for many western Christians, there is no concept of what we should be doing with regards to our faith.  To them our faith is demonstrated by going to church, dropping some money in the offering plate, saying our prayers before meals and before we go to bed.  However, the Bible isn’t silent about this.  There is a big assignment to be doers of the word, not just hearers.  That doing is an active participation in the lives of people who are in need both spiritually and physically.  The passage that truly brings this home is in James 2:14-16  What doth it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but have not works? can that faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked and in lack of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; and yet ye give them not the things needful to the body; what doth it profit?  The whole point here is that we are to do something!!  If we do nothing it goes on to say in vs 17, without works our faith is dead! 

          Now it’s easy for us to see need all around us as we serve in Haiti…sometimes too much need that could never be alleviated in our lifetime.  Once a person steps on American soil, it takes a bit more gumption to find places to serve and demonstrate your faith.  Our encouragement to you is to pray and look with a heart to help and demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ, and your faith in action.  Whether it’s at the local foodbank, halfway shelter, or reaching out to a neighbor that doesn’t know Jesus.  The point is to roll up your shirt sleeves and exercise your faith, because faith without exercise (works) is dead.

One Starfish at a Time

 

          Geraldin CRESH:

          Imagine a situation where you are approximately 10 years old and you don’t know your last name, or your age.  You’ve never known your birth date, and no one wants or cares about you!  Impossible you say!  In the U.S. we have a term when someone is unidentified; they are called John or Jane Doe.  In Haiti we use the term CRESH.  CRESH is an acronym of the French name for the Consolation Center of Southern Haiti (Centre Le Reconfort Sud Haïti).

          Geraldin was brought to us from an orphanage that was closed down due to poor administration and management.  There were a handful of boys and girls that were relocated to CCH, but many of them left again as they found family members who could care for them.  In Geraldin case, there is no one.  No parents, no family, no last name, no recorded history, therefore no birthdate.  

          Thankfully that’s not the end of the story.  He now lives at the Joshua House and attends school.  His smile is contagious, and he is enjoying life.  His outlook is bright, and for once he doesn’t have a care in the world.        

Seeds of Faith ~ giving a gift that grows


                 

                                     Eggplant                Grape Tomatoes        Bell Peppers
                                     Jalapeños               Roma Tomatoes        Zucchini
                                     Acorn squash         Carrots                       Red Onion
                                     Green Beans          Cucumbers                White Onion
                                         Spinach                  Kale                           Romaine


          Calling all Pastor friends!  Do you still have those basket’s to collect seeds for LWC’s Seeds of Faith Project?  We want to take the time to remind you to share with your congregations that now is the time to be thinking about helping LWC collect these seeds May we encourage you to use the Seeds of Faith baskets to remind and build continued awareness of this very important gift that continues to grow in our Nigeria FAAGRIC program.  The need for seeds to teach the ever growing FAAGRIC centers through our faithful instructors and seed sower students is important because they are not able to obtain them in Nigeria.  Thank you so much for sowing into the health and well-being of others who are less fortunate for their future.

          Haiti’s seeneeds come in the form of cash for the seeds.   Haiti imports seeds from South America. Unlike Nigeria who cannot obtain them, we can get seedwithin the country.  If you would like to donate cash for seeds in Haiti, ear mark the gift seeds for Haiti .


 

Zachery & Olivia's Update


         Last month we shared the excitement of a new ministry for us: trade training and mentorship. We also shared about our first trainee, Kiki, who has been a willing and excited learner. Kiki has a uniquely soft, unassuming, and eager spirit and has quickly learned. Recently, he completed his first project—a proud moment for Kiki and also for Zachery. Our desire for this new ministry is to empower and equip Haitians with a useful trade that they will be able to use to support themselves. When Zachery asked Kiki what he would like to make for his first project, Kiki mentioned a large mirror.

          A little background: Kiki currently lives at the Center of Help, an orphanage nearby that we’ve worked with over the years. For his entire life, he’s lived at the orphanage and has a true heart for the children who still live there which was why he wanted to make the mirror for the Center! He said that they didn’t have a mirror and that the children would really like to have one. On Thursday, he completed his mirror
(which he designed!) and was beaming with pride at the finished product. Already, he’s had someone offer to buy another one—a huge encouragement to Kiki! Please continue to pray for this new ministry, the projects, and those involved.

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

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

                                           

  ASPARAGUS

Kidney Stone: Asparagus is one of the best natural treatments for kidney stone. Asparagus is very effective against which can cause uric acid kidney stones. It breaks up uric acid making it excellent for gout and kidney stones.  Asparagus juice is also contains the anti cancer properties. Drinking Asparagus juice daily eliminates the kidney stone, breaking down hard to flush out kidney stones.  After consuming Asparagus, many people notice that their urine has a distinctly different odor. Place about six to eight ounces of Asparagus in a blender and drink, then wait for few minutes (a diuretic agent).  Or, drink enough water and remember to increase your water intake whenever you increase your activity, and when you're in a warmer climate. 

Diabetes: In a research reported in 2012 in the British Journal of Nutrition which suggest that regular intake of Asparagus can help to keep blood sugar in control with its very low glycemic index making it a great addition for anyone who wants to reduce spikes in the blood sugar levels and increase insulin production.   

Heart disease: Asparagus contains soluble fiber and fiber is effective against degenerative heart diseases. Asparagus contains highest amount of potassium and Vitamin B which may help to control our blood pressure. Vitamin B can help to regulate amino acid that can be a precursor to heart diseases and stroke.

Cancer: Asparagus is amazing food and it contains the minerals and vitamins that may protect us against cancer. Amino acids found in Asparagus are very effective in fighting cancer. Asparagus is a source of antioxidants, and it contains a group of substances collectively known for their anti inflammatory effect. According to the research these two factors reduce stress and prevent cancer.

During Pregnancy: Asparagus five spears give you 100 mcg of folate, and folate is very useful for men and women both. Folate is very useful for women who are pregnant, having the risk of Spina Bifida. Folate helps to regulate embryonic and fetal nerve cell formation and help to prevent premature birth. According to the research folate can increase sperm count in men who suffering with fertility.  Folate has been found to help with cell regeneration and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.


Keep things regular with Asparagus.  High in both fiber and water content, Asparagus can aid in preventing constipation, ensuring that the body is able to effectively remove toxins before they accumulate. Half a cup of Asparagus tips provides close to two grams per serving.

Improves digestive health.  Asparagus contains an unusual carbohydrate called inulin, which, unlike most carbs, does not break down in the first parts of the digestive tract. Rather, it's not until it reaches the large intestine that it gets digested, making it the perfect food source for certain bacteria, which in turn helps with nutrient absorption, reduced colon cancer risk and allergy relief.

Better eye and skin health.  Asparagus contains vitamin A, which is not only known to boost eye health, but to improve skin, lung, and intestinal tissue lining.  Vitamin C also supports immune health, while being a strong antioxidant at the same time. A cup of raw Asparagus tips has about 7.5 mg of vitamin C

Better bone health, wound healing.  Asparagus is very rich in vitamin K, which has been linked to helping prevent osteoporosis. Additionally, it's helpful when it comes to assisting with blood clotting, so it's also effective in helping wounds heal.
 
Look for Asparagus in the market from February to June, with April being the peak. 
 
“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 continued improvement in Catherine's teeth healing.  Please continue prayers for a 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.  May we be sensitive to the Holy Spirit hearing His voice clearly in every step that is made.

Praise the Lord for the opportunity for Geraldin to have a new bright beginning to be set in a loving and caring environment where he can begin a new chapter in his life.  Please pray for Geraldin, that the Lord will show Himself to be real to him and that he becomes a strong ambassador for Christ to evangelize his own people. 


May the presence of Jesus Christ be with you!

Serving in faith and action, 

Les & Catherine, Zachery & Olivia

 

Ministry (U.S.)

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P. O. Box 74

Alta, IA 51002

Phone:  (712) 200-1139

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  Les and/or Catherine DeRoos

  c/o Agape Flights CAY 26466

  100 Airport Avenue

  Venice, FL 34285

  Phone: 011 509-3857-8345

  E-mail faagric@yahoo.com 

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  Zachery and/or Olivia DeRoos

  c/o Agape Flights CAY 228521

  100 Airport Avenue

  Venice, FL 34285

  Phone: 011 509-4292-4788

  US Phone:  (712) 334-1028

  E-mail zoderoos@gmail.com
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