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••  •  • ••  • •  • •  •••      July, 2016      ••  • ••  • •  ▪▪  •••  •  •

 For the Lord God is a sun and shield:
the Lord will give grace and glory:
no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Psalms 84:11 



          Our time home has been a great time with family and friends.  We are so grateful for the gift of family, and the blessing of watching it grow and the joys of witnessing and interacting with the newest generation.  Shortly we will head back to Haiti, please keep our travels and adjustment in your prayers...thank you.

A Look into our Lives

    Our Growing family:
          We try to take advantage of the opportunity to get together as a family when we are home.  This is often easier said than done, as we seem to be getting spread out more and more as the years pass by.  The other challenging aspect of our time home is where we will attend church.  As missionaries, we have a number of church families who regularly support us, and we try to see as many as possible in the time allowed, but invariably we fail to visit every one who has made it possible for us to serve in Nigeria and now Haiti. 

     We wanted to share a recent picture of our growing family, and give you a chance to see how God is blessing us! From left to right is Haddasah (N & R), Jonathan, Isaiah (N & R), Nathaniel, Rachelle, Catherine, Lilia (N & R), Les, Zachery, Olivia with Jude, Josiah.  Thanks for the faithful support, and allowing God to use you to be such a blessing to us!



           Think about the words on the sign.  All of us have wants and desires.  The question is when is enough, enough? When have we passed that line of needs and overlapped into the wants category? Obviously, this question has a multitude of answers, and what may be right for some would be completely different for others.  For us, this question is further complicated by serving in poor countries.  If we had never seen the needs of humanity, and the level of poverty in Africa and Haiti, it would be much easier to sort out our thoughts.  But, honestly, we suffer the most culture shock when we return to the States and see and experience the life of plenty, and the lack of gratitude.  What becomes so evident when we are back in the States is not so much the “stepping over the line” with regards to needs vs. wants, but rather the mentality that we somehow deserve it or have earned the right to spend it.  

          It’s our hope to use Nudging’s this month to encourage you to a greater level of thankfulness.  Do you realize that your family represents the top 5-10% of the world in relation to income?  Some of you may fall below that level, but it’s safe to say that all of you are in the top 15-20% range on a global scale.  While you rate above 80% in the financial scale, there are other forms of measurement that Americans stand at the very top.  Important life needs like safe drinking water, consistent electricity, and food availability are quick examples.  If you study the graphic of safe water, that helps explain the disparity. You can click the image to read further.  While we in the US get grumpy because we need to dump another bag of salt in the water softener, children from the age of four on up are walking miles a day in poverty stricken countries to get safe drinking water for their household. It’s almost unheard of any deaths occurring in the United States due to poor water quality. The recent situation with Flint, Michigan, and their water problems would be an exception.  However, the amount of media coverage of that situation shows how blessed our country is to have and expect safe drinking water…meanwhile “Every day more than 3000 children die from diarrheal diseases, mostly due to unsafe water.”, and the American media doesn’t find that as news worthy??  Let’s look at electricity.  The U.S. is close to the highest user of electricity on a global scale.  From our experience, in the United States, you can measure the time of stoppage in hours on an annual basis.  In Haiti many homes don’t even have electricity, and those that do will expect to have over 200 days a year without electricity. (Note: This is total hours of stoppage divided into day length, not total continuous days without electricity.)  Imagine that!  The next time your internet shuts down, take a deep breath and thank God for the amount of time you are allowed to have it.  

          Finally, we want to address the hardest area for us…food availability.  We can remember after coming back from Nigeria after being gone over a year, we had to do some shopping.  We made a quick trip to a local larger retail store to pick up a few things to get us by.  We were not prepared for what we saw; rows and rows of food items.  The ability to decide what to get after being in a country where there was hardly any variety was overwhelming for us.  We just stood and stared with our mouths wide open and brains in a fog.  The abundance and variety was so obvious. Compare that to households that may get one meal a day at best.  A plate of rice and beans is a blessing to that family.

          Why do we share this?  Do we desire to make you feel guilty or drive you emotionally to give more to the poor and needy?  No, that’s not our purpose. It’s not a bad idea, but that’s not what we are trying to accomplish.  We understand that by the grace of God that we, you and us, have been given this wonderful blessing of living in the land of plenty.  It’s not our fault that all this is available and we certainly cannot be expected to forsake it all because others in the world don’t have it.  However, our hope is that you would give thanks and praise to the One who has blessed you with the ability to enjoy such tremendous blessing.  Live every day with gratitude and thanksgiving!  Recognize the Giver of every good gift!  Don’t be prone to complain or grumble about things that most of the world doesn’t have the privilege of experiencing.  Set your heart and mind to refuse to take things for granted, but rather be thankful and ask the Heavenly Father for a greater awareness of how blessed you truly are!!

CCH update



          Bethal EFC in Fairmont, MN surprised Catherine with an Adult and Infant CPR Prompt set. 

          The idea to do a First Aid/CPR camp was through observing that the staff seemed to not know what to do in certain situations due to the fact that a doctor/nurse or clinic was available locally.  Catherine began sharing about her desire to do a First Aid/CPR camp with the CCH staff with team members in the medical field about topics to teach, and she also asked for them to keep an open eye out for any CPR equipment being replaced. Currently Catherine is undergoing CPR training and certification so she has the proper credentials to train others.

           Catherine says, "Thank you so much for this gift that can be the potential giver of life."  Also, please pray for Catherine as she begins the journey of preparing for the First Aid & CPR camp.     

One Starfish at a Time


          ANEL DUMAS:

          When the process began of adding a boy’s orphanage to the Consolation Center of Haiti (CCH), it was precipitated by a prior orphanage having some issues that caused improper care for the boys at that orphanage.  Consequently, the original boys arrived with very little background history.  Anel was one of those original boys. What we will share is more about what we know now vs. earlier.  

          Anel turned 17 years of age on August 3rd.  He is a very smart young man that has accepted the challenge of being an older brother to the younger boys in Joshua House.  Anel is improving in his use of English, and is writing letters to American friends in English as well.  One of his passions is soccer, and he is very good at it. He is very respectful to staff and visitors, and enjoys the social interaction with team members.  

          Anel has a very bright future ahead of him.  He is thriving academically, and engaging spiritually.  What a blessing it is for us to see him develop and mature as he spends time at CCH.  We know that GoServ regularly shares their appreciation for all the sponsor’s do to make such a great impact on the boys and girls at the different projects in the Les Cayes/Millard area.  As missionaries who are on the field and who almost daily have the chance to interact with the kids, we wanted to share our own gratitude for your willingness to be used by God to make such a powerful impact and share with a generous heart.  Thank you!!

Nigeria Update


          The news we hear from our friends in Nigeria continues to be very encouraging.  We are very blessed to see their dedication and determination as they share both a spiritual and physical message.  In this last month’s correspondence they thanked us for the seed that was sent, and shared they have been getting quite a bit of rainfall. We in turn want to thank faithful friends and churches that help provide seed on an annual basis.  We’ll be taking some of this seed back to Haiti and use it in the aquaponics project.

          We also received a new testimonial from one of the students in Nigeria.  Praise God for the mighty things he is doing!

          I am here to testify what God has done for me through FAAGRIC. God really touched and changed my health condition in a better mood.

          When I received the good news about nutritional value and health maintenance from the teachings of our teacher Sunday (Mr), I tried my best to carry it out as he directs me, by changing my diet. I was totally changed both physically, mentally and otherwise.
          Formerly, I suffered constant headache, sleepless night and acute malaria but through the teaching I received from FAAGRIC all these numerous sickness disappeared. I feel much refreshed and younger because I now sleep like baby.
          Before I used to take drugs like water, I even buy drugs in advance due to my health condition. Just a year now, I became a FAAGRIC student taken drugs like water became a story of passed. Praise thy Lord. Why this is still a surprising package to me is there is a day I was wondering how a young lady like me will be depending on drugs for my daily living but as God’s doing since six months now I have not tested any drug again. Praise the Lord.
          My prayers go to Director and his family and to my teacher Mr. Sunday and others who made this opportunity to reach us free of charge. May our heavenly father bless and reward them in hundred fold in Jesus name, Amen.
                                                                                                                      Yours faithfully,
                                                                                                                      Mrs. Ngozi Janeth Udeh

          Please continue to pray for the country of Nigeria, and wisdom for us as we evaluate a future trip to visit the FAAGRIC project and celebrate with the students who have joined over the last three years.

Zachery & Olivia's Update

          Cherishing Family  
          During our return to the United States, we have spent many months around family, both in Iowa and in Maryland. We've had the joy in participating in baby showers, family dinners, social events, a camping trip, fishing outings, and the unique joy of having our son born in Grandma DeRoos' home. All of these events compounded with precious family time, has made us give thanks for family and cherish our family units, extended and immediate. We've needed to refresh ourselves with the lesson that a family is a precious and sacred bond not to be taken for granted. 

          Comparatively, in Haiti the family unit is not considered as precious or sacred. Marriage is more of a rarity than a norm, all too often we see families where siblings have different fathers, and parents give their children away or abuse their privilege of parenthood. To us, it seems like a harsh and callous life. But to others it is simply a part of their culture. Of course, not all families are like this, but it does happen frequently. Because of living among this culture for so long, we've realized how often we take family for often we overlook the blessings of loving parents, siblings, and relatives and the sacredness of the family unity. It is all to easy to have our views of family jaded by misunderstandings, or differing perspectives. But instead of becoming easily offended we should take a lesson from those who have lived their lives without a loving family and strive to protect the sacredness of family.
          Please pray for those we serve who lack a loving family unit, that they would be reminded that they are never Fatherless. Please pray for the healing of those abused by family, that their experiences would not taint their view of future family relationships. 
          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


                                  Bing Cherries

     Cherry’s are a member of the Rose family.  There are more than 900 cherry varieties.  This variety is the best known sweet cherry. Its purple-red flesh and deep red skin is close to black when fully ripe. Bing cherries are the most popular and sought after cherry in all of North America. They were first cultivated in Oregon in the 1870s by a man named Seth Lewelling. However, he had a foreman whose name was Bing, who is thought to have been the one who actually cultivated and turned this popular fruit into what it is today.  

     All it takes is one bite into just one of these delicious little fruits, and it is hard not to finish off the whole bag pretty rapidly.  The Bing is available from the end of May until early August.  
    This happens to be one of Les’s favorite fruits. 

     Here is a link to the chart that I have posted for a larger version.  Please click here:  Bing Cherries

1.  Protects against Alzheimer’s
Antioxidants in cherries protect cells from damaging molecules called free radicals —  they may be useful in the battle against Alzheimer’s by preventing the toxic amaloid plaque, that causes the disease, from forming. 

2.  Cancer-Preventive Compounds
Sweet cherries contain fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids, and anthocyanins, a unique set of antioxidants which are deep red-almost black color pigments.  These promote reduction from the risk of cancer cells forming, which may help play a role in cancer prevention. A study using human cancer cell lines demonstrated the cell cycle stopped the mutating cells when exposed to cherry anthocyanins.

3. Lower Risk of Stroke
Cherries may activate receptors in your body's tissues, which help regulate genes involved in fat and glucose metabolism. This activation may help to lower your risk of heart disease.   In turn, Cherries may combat hypertension and stroke, fight cardiovascular disease, and discourage diabetes

4. Reduce Inflammation and Your Risk of Gout
Cherries are such powerful medicine for gout and arthritis, fibromyalgia, or painful muscle-related sports injuries.  Uric acid forms crystals in your joints and creates stiffness, swelling and inflammation.  Cherries also protect the beneficial collagen in the joint from the uric acid thus helping in the fitness of joints. Eating just a few, six to eight cherries every a day keeps uric acid levels in check, preventing any recurrence of gout.  Those who ate more cherries, up to three servings in two days, had an even lower, 50 percent reduction in risk. You can also drink your cherries just make sure it is 100% Cherry juice.

     The Bear Fruit Bar ( is also a great source of not only cherry concentrates, but other potent fruits as well.

5. Reduce Post-Exercise Muscle Pain
Athletes experience less pain. The anti-inflammatory compounds in cherries may have a protective effects in reducing muscle damage and pain during strenuous exercise.

6. Support Healthy Sleep (Melatonin)
Cherries contain natural melatonin, a powerful antioxidant, has a calming effect on brain neurons and the nervous system, soothing irritability, insomnia, headaches, and even helping to establish regular sleep patterns.  It helps "cool down" excess inflammation and associated oxidative stress. Other inflammatory issues include arthritis pain relief.  It also plays a vital role in better sleep, battle jet lag, and body regeneration.

7. Good for the heart and blood pressure
Sweet cherries are a good source of several minerals, such as potassium which is good for heart and blood pressure.  Cherries also contain iron, zinc, copper, and manganese.

8.  Bing Cherries provide approximately 2.6g of fiber per cup.   
Fiber is vital in controlling appetite and keeping regular.

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Suggested Reading:
Eat and Heal (Foods That Can Prevent or Cure Many Common Ailments) by the Editors of FC&A Medical Publishing

“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.

Catherine's New Nutrition Blog Coming Soon

          Thank you!

          It has brought Catherine so much joy to share with you the nutrition nuggets for the last couple of years. Thank you so much for the kind comments you have shared over the past two years regarding the Nutrition Nuggets segment of our monthly DeRoos Drumbeat.  It will continue to be Catherine's pleasure to bring these nutritional nuggets your way.  

          Eating the rainbow has been Catherine’s advise for over 15 years now and unconsciously practiced and observed even before she gained further knowledge on how the foods we eat can directly benefit or degrade our health and wellbeing.  This is really information that everyone should hear and understand.  

          Catherine is taking the next step by starting a separate blog that will color your life starting with a collation of all Nutrition Nuggets in one place, motivational quotes, current educational information, and recipes. All of which will hopefully motivate and help make better food choices easier for you, which in turn will move you more towards better health.  


Prayer & Praise 


Pray for our travel and adjustment as we return to Haiti on August 13th.

Praise God for His provision for a home for Zachery, Olivia, and Jude.  Praise God for Olivia and Jude's health.  

Please pray for Zachery, and a knee injury.  It is causing quite a bit of discomfort and pain. 
Praise the Lord for a great time of connecting with churches.
Please pray for the country of Nigeria and wisdom for us as we evaluate a future tip to visit the FAAGRIC project and celebrate with the students who have joined over the last three years.
Please pray for those we serve who lack a loving family unit, that they would be reminded that they are never Fatherless. Please pray for the healing of those abused by family, that their experiences would not taint their view of future family relationships.

Thanks so much for your words of encouragement.  We give thanks to God for you! 

Giving thanks with a grateful heart, 

Les & Catherine, Zachery & Olivia


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Les & Catherine’s Contact Information

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  100 Airport Avenue

  Venice, FL 34285

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