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""Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
James 4:8-10


          The month of March went by quick for us. As we prepare to leave Haiti, we find ourselves relishing friendships and slowing down to notice things more.  We’re grateful for our time and experiences in Haiti…God is so good!

A Look into our Lives

          This past month has brought back familiar memories as we have started to go through everything in our Haiti home as we prepare to move.. 

          You may remember that it was this past summer with a major push in August to get our U.S. home empty and prepare it for a family who decided to rent it from us. 

          Now here we are again, going through seven plus years of accumulation and getting things either sold or given away, except for some personal items we are sending back to the U.S.  It’s not as difficult of a task as a lot of things will stay in Haiti and get plenty of future use, plus the overall volume is much less.   

          A special thanks to Ken DeYoung for allowing us to take advantage of the GoServ plane and providing the ability to send things back with him.  That’s a huge blessing to us!!



            Here’s a unique story for you.  We seem to have plenty of these!   I guess life on the mission field gives plenty of opportunity to share either experiences we have had or experiences others have shared over the years.  One of my favorites is one shared by Catherine’s Mom. 
            Norma shares about when they were serving in Nigeria, West Africa back in the late 1960’s, it was rare and expensive to get packages shipped all the way from the United States.  The Nigerian Postal Service notified them of a package, and they needed to go to the Post Office and pay customs to get the package.  When they got home, they opened the package with an excitement in the air.  The note said, “I was thinking of you and thought you could use these…and they have only been used once.”  When they finished opening the package it was full of once used tea bags!!!  Can you imagine the disappointment and perplexed emotions?  …and we paid Customs for these!!??!! 

               While this is an extreme case, we see this type of thinking when people want to give things to Jesus.  As missionaries there can be a whole different level of what’s perceived as acceptable to send to us and Haiti because we and Haitians have learned to live with less.  Fortunately, we have had numerous teams reach out and ask what we would like or could use, and then bless us beyond our wildest imagination.  Thank you so much for that!!!

              However, the way we treat Jesus can be so “left-over” minded.    It may be things that we don’t want any more, and the church or a designated place the church uses for helping others, is the place to get rid of things. It may be our finances.  Instead of recognizing that God lets us have the proverbial 90% to do with what we want, there is a mentality that God only deserves OUR 10%.  It may be our time.  We’ll give God Sunday and possibly one evening during the week, and we get the “main course” of our time to do with what we please.   It may be our heart!!  Are there certain areas that remain untouched by Christ’s reign in our life?  Do we have more of an emotional attachment to people, stuff, and activities than our Savior?  

               We are pilgrims on a journey.  We get a glimpse of this in 1 Peter 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:  The thought is that we are peculiar, set apart, singularly focused with a 100% determination and commitment.  It's important to remember that this life is simply a temporary trial period for us to get it right and ready for eternity with Jesus.  If we are falling into a “left-over” mentality trap with how we devote our heart, time, energy, and finances now.  It’s going to be a rude awakening.  

            Over the next month, we suggest trying to concentrate on being more singularly focus on your commitment to Jesus Christ.  Devote more time to prayer and a daily personal devotion time.  Make a decision and effort to give Jesus your primary attention.

Seeds of Faith Project - giving a gift that grows

          If you want to sow into the lives of others in a practical way, the Seeds of Faith project through Laborers With Christ is a great way.  It is a form of giving that keeps on giving to the less fortunate.  In Nigeria, the availability of seeds is almost nonexistent.  We are now currently collecting seeds for Nigeria.  

          What kind of seeds would make this type of investment even greater?  Ideally, heirloom seed is by far the best type of seed. Partly due to the multi-generational capability.  Heirloom seeds are capable of producing seeds that will produce seedlings just like the parent plant, and since we train on how to collect seed for the next growing season, it's an ideal fit.. They are also more consistent in the production of produce, and usually a better quality.  However, we'll gladly accept heirloom or hybrid seed.  If you desire to not do the shopping, but want to send a donation, that's not a problem, as we can order the needed seed and get that sent. 
          If you would like to order the seeds yourself, here are a couple link:  Seed Savers Exchange or Heirloom Seeds  

          Thanks so much for your willingness to help!!

One Starfish At A Time

        About four years ago, we became acquainted with this precious woman of God.  We met her through good friends of ours Dan and Kari Elliot, who were in Haiti serving as missionaries with their young family.  When they left they encouraged us to ask Tikilene to help us with household cleaning.  She has been with us once a week ever since to help with deep cleaning tasks.  

            Tikilene has such a servant's heart and goes above and beyond what is asked of her to do and is faithful.  If she sees something beyond the given instruction, she shows initiative to do it.  When it rained one day and it was impossible to come, she came the following day.  On a couple of occasions Catherine needed help with preparing Mayi Moulen (Ground Corn), a cornmeal/palenta porridge.  On another occasion she showed Catherine how to cut Abrico, a tropical apricot.  

            In our book, Tikilene is a rare gem in Haiti.  Her godly character is truly priceless.  Most of the time we have the opportunity to see these "starfish" grow and mature as we spend time with them.  On rare occasions, God turns the tables, and uses the "starfish" to have a major impact on our own spiritual journey.  Tickling has been one of those starfish.

            May the Lord God richly bless Tikilene as she has so richly blessed others.

Nutritional Nuggets ~ Natures Pharmacy

ABC's of Vitamins and Minerals



Coloring Food Beautiful Naturally

More Than Meets The Eye
  (click above title to read more)

Green is strongly associated with health, renewal, nature, fertility, energy, and is the color of balance. It is a relaxing color that is pleasing to the eye.

For those of you who enjoy reading about history, like dressing up, or even enjoy creating eye catching foods, you will be surprised at what green’s history shares on a deeper level, and that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to appearances.  We can truly learn something from history.  BUT, will we?

You have more influencing power than you think!

     We all eat with our eyes and the FDA and the food manufacturers know this.  If you are interested in how to liven up foods for celebrations in your life naturally, I hope you will join me as we take a look at the FDA’s approved food color list, the problems associated with it, and explore natural possibilities.   

By visiting my Color Me Beautiful  series where I share about the natural chemistry of the colors in food, you will understand the connection of why colors in foods are important and how they can offer our bodies health and how they can bring vitality into our lives.

Let’s choose to celebrate LIFE together the right way,
in a positive way and make it the best LIFE ever!

Please click here to read more about the steps that you can do to begin your best life now on 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.   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 


Pray for Haiti's current political situation and for a peaceful long-term resolution to all the protests and strikes.

Praise the Lord for our safe trip back to Haiti.
Please pray for Guerline and Cassail and their new life at CCH.
Praise the Lord for the privilege and honor to serve.
Pray for wisdom as we deal with the selling of personal belongings that we leave behind.

We are very grateful for your faithful prayers!

Offering God our best,

Les & Catherine

Ministry (U.S.)                             Les & Catherine DeRoos

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