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••  •  • ••  • •  • •  •••      June, 2017      ••  • ••  • •  ▪▪  •••  •  •  

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
 Ephesians 2:10


<<Salutation>>

           You never know how things will work out in this game called life.  We have had an interesting turn of events.  Although it may not have been what we would have chosen, for us, we prefer to have Dr Seuss’s perspective.  He is quoted as saying, “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”   

A Look into our Lives

Change is in the Air:

          
While we begin to make plans to travel back to the US, and visit friends and family, we are hearing of some exciting plans that are taking place with our daughter and son-in-law.  Rachelle and Nathaniel have desired for a while to relocate and get a bit closer to his family.  This, of course, had to work in conjunction with a new job and just the right circumstances.  Well, it sounds like that has just taken place.  Nathaniel has given his notice and has accepted a similar position as a purchasing agent with a new company in Kentucky. We are excited for them and pray for peace and clarity of mind as they begin the whirlwind effort of packing and moving to a new state and starting a new job. 
 
          This does directly affect us, as many of you know.  They were house sitting for us in Iowa, so now we will need to decide what our plan of attack will be with our home.  We truly wanted to start the process of downsizing a bit and sorting through things as very little of this has been done due to our being away on the mission field over the last 13 years.  

         We do covet your prayers for our travel and stateside plans.  We will fly home on August 4th.  Rachelle and Nathaniel will have been moved out of our home for a little over two weeks…that will sure seem strange with no smiling little faces there to greet us.
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          Please pray for Nathaniel and Rachelle’s family as they begin this new phase in life.  Thank you!


Community Unity:

          After Hurricane Matthew, we knew it would be important to step up local community involvement where we lived.  Even though the hurricane is long gone, and becoming a faint memory, the ongoing need is very real.  It’s not so much that there is no food, but rather no jobs, and no income, coupled with the fact that sustainable living is still a ways away due to crop and tree damage that many counted on to survive.  We see plenty of food supplies stacked in piles in Les Cayes, but almost daily we hear from our neighbors that they are hungry.  To be candid, one needs to take what they say with some skepticism as it’s a favorite thing to shout at the wealthy foreigners even if they have just eaten.  However, living with them does help us to better discern true needs.

          Over the past couple of months, we have been involved with local projects to show that as missionaries in Haiti to represent God, we care!  Recently another organization had a surplus of meals, and asked us if we could find a home for them.  It was our desire to work through local Haitian officials to organize and distribute those meals in our community.  The turnout was well managed at two different locations…all under Haitian supervision and control.

          We were also involved in providing a Sukup home to a local community family that had no home.  She was eight months pregnant when she appealed to Eddy in tears that she was soon to have their third child, and they had no roof over their heads.  It was great to have a mission team come and help build the home, and work side by side with the family who was to receive the home and a handful of neighbors that came to help.  Les says the picture means a lot to him, as they insisted he would hold their newborn child.  

          Just before Zachery and Olivia left, we started a garden to use as a community outreach tool.  Our hope was that this would be another way to offer something to them in return for their help in maintaining the garden.  Zachery spent quite a bit of time with our Haitian farmer friend, Immanuel, who lives nearby, to plan and plant the garden.  Les and Immanuel now work together to harvest and plan for future crops.    We have given away lots of amaranth and okra, with many more crops coming. It remains to be seen how well it will work, but we have had the joy of having a positive impact on a few families already.  These types of neighborly gestures, we believe, help build bridges to gospel conversations.

          Please keep us in your prayers as we find ways to shine our lights and be salt to those around us.  


 SEEDS OF FAITH PROJECT

         
Thank you all for responding to the Seeds of Faith Project.   Your seed gifts are greatly appreciated from our friends in Nigeria and Haiti and will not only grow but feed many nutritionally.

One Starfish at a Time

 

      
                                Dedette Cesar                                                       Emani Cesar

            The last two sisters of the four sisters we have highlighted are Emani and Dedette. They both are staying at our James 1:27 Center.  These girls are displaying a level of comfort and interaction that is vastly different then when they first arrived.  It’s always fun to see when guests visit their home and watch them shine with smiles and respond with friendly and excited welcomes.  It’s likely that Emani will move to the Consolation Center of Haiti (CCH) later this summer as she prepares to start school this fall.  She will then join her two older sisters. No worries though, as the sisters will all have a chance to see each other on regular occasions.  While a person would never wish a separation from family, by God's grace these girls have been greatly blessed.  Their health and educational opportunity is so much better than what they had experienced in their home environment. 

          Praise be to God for the mighty work He is doing in their lives!!

FAAGRIC NIGERIA

 

INSTANT CHANGE
  
          This is to testify how God blessed me. God really touch my life and my life changed through faagric. I
am so grateful to God he made it possible to me, to be one of the student of this great institutions.

          After, I change my diet through the instruction which my teacher told me I was totally refreshed.
It was on the month of November 2014 that our beloved brother, pastor Excel Eze introduce me into
this great research, before I joined this faagric I have been suffering from many health challenges such
as waist pain, high blood pressure, headache and many others before I could not walk a distance place
without suffering with pains over a weeks but now I walk over a miles without complaining anything
about pains, praise the Lord.

          But now God in his infinite mercy, has used our lecture Mr. Sunday Okorie to teach many this about nutritional food which has been a great help to me since I praticacized it. Now I have come to realize that what the scripture says in the book of genesis 1vs 29 is real.

          My gratitude goes to our director and wife his les/ Catherine derose who bring the brain to Nigeria people and also my gratitude goes to my lecturer Sunday Okorie may Almighty father bless them all in Jesus name.  


                                                                                                                                          Yours Faithfully,
                                                                                                                                          Faith Madu
                                                                                                                                          Christ Witness International


Christ Witness International is the church Les & Catherine and Family attended while in Nigeria.  During our time there Faith was involved in the choir.

Center of Help

 

          Over the past couple of months, it’s been two steps forward, and three steps backward at the Center of Help.  It seems like just when we feel good about what is getting done, something pops up and deflates our proverbial “balloon”.  We sent pictures last month of all the wonderful and exciting changes, and as if someone read our newsletter, we had an unwelcome guest come over the wall during the night and rob one of the solar panels.  There is so much fear at the Center of Help, that although they heard the thief outside they wouldn’t leave the safety of the homes to confront the robbers.  Fortunately, they only removed one of the panels, and the next day Les went and removed them all until we could add more razor wire on the part of the wall that wasn’t secure enough to keep people out.  As we write this, the panels have now been reinstalled and we are one step closer to having electricity.

            On a more celebratory note, we recently had a surprise birthday party for all the children and staff.  Imagine popping in unannounced with a big birthday cake, and I mean BIG, and a couple of cases of Haitian juice, to celebrate birthdays.  It was really a special time complete with fancy balloon print paper plates, colorful napkins, and some decorations provided by a group of widows in Iowa.  Oh, and those paper plates were all collected and washed for the next special occasion.  We didn’t know this at the time, but the Wednesday prior to our Friday celebration, Madam Farril, the widowed director of the orphanage, just had a birthday. 

          Thanks to special friends who left money for special occasions like this…a great time was had by all.  To top it off we showed a movie of Noah.  Of course, the question asked while we were packing things up to leave, “Lè ou ap vini ak fè sa ankò?”.  (When will you come and do this again?)  

Wedding Shower Announcement

 
       

         For Jonathan & Mandie


      Date:  Saturday, September 9th

      Type:  Couple's shower


      Time:  9am - 11am

      Place:  Summit E.F.C.in Alta

                                     

 

                              

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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 

 

Praise the Lord for our community involvement and the interaction with Haitian friends.

Pray for Nathaniel and Rachelle and family and for a smooth transition
Please pray for Dedette and Emani Cesar, Pray they would grow to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Pray for wisdom as we determine what direction to consider for our home in Alta
Please pray for the Center of Help, for peace and security to be finally a reality.


Thank you very much for your willingness to be our prayer warriors and
for your kind words of encouragement.


Smiling because it happened,

Les & Catherine
 

   Ministry (U.S.)                                            Les & Catherine’s
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