May 2001 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

It was January of 1996 – the first time Sheryl and I and our 2 daughters, traveled the long road, along with Pastor Diogene, to Tricotte.  I had been to Haiti 4 or 5 times before but never got beyond the village of Pont Sonde, where Childcare International’s orphanage was located.  Pastor Diogene had told me about his home village of Tricotte and he was looking forward to sharing it with us.  But on that hot January day, traveling on some of the worst roads in the world, crawling along at 10 – 15 miles per hour, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to go there at all.  Realizing with each mile and hour we traveled, we’d have to retrace our steps again in a couple days.  I was ready to turn around and retreat so the return trip wouldn’t be so long.  After about 5 long hours, we arrived in Tricotte and experienced for the first time the love and hospitality of these godly, Christian brothers and sisters.  Yes, it would be preferable not to have to travel that awful road, but on each of the 18 trips since then, the road does not seem as bad even though the potholes get worse every trip.  I always know at the end of the road comes spending time with Tricotte friends, both in the orphanage and in the village. Continue Reading →