June 2006 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

 It was good to take a team to Tricotte after a year of postponements and cancellations due to the political unrest.  A team from Washington State University spent two weeks in Haiti, ministering in our schools and spending time with our orphans.  The team of 14 college students was led by the Chi Alpha directors, Steve and Tami Barke. 

The common area of the orphanage was a focus of the team’s project.  It had never been painted and was in serious need of a more cheerful look.  So the team got out the scrub brushes and much needed elbow grease and, with many orphan’s help, cleaned the walls in preparation for the paint.  The children were given the opportunity for input into the design of the murals that would follow the base coat.  Most of them excitedly presented their artwork on paper.  The team then put together two mural ideas, one for the girls and one for the boys.  The boys went with a Jonah and the whale theme.  The big whale had just spewed Jonah on the land and Jonah was kneeling in prayer on the shore.  The rest of that mural was colorful flowers and vines. Continue Reading →