PLATTSBURGHScott and Angie Campany, a young professional couple from Plattsburgh, are heading far south this Saturday, all the way to Santiago, Chile. Its a long trip that has been a long time in the making.
As members of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, an evangelical church that focuses on foreign missions, the couple has financially and prayerfully supported numerous missionaries and hosted missionaries visiting their church. Taking part in a short-term mission trip is something the two have discussed many times over the past few years, but it wasn't until about nine months ago concrete plans were set in motion.
It all began early New Years morning. While the couple was still lying in bed, Angie posed Scott that quintessential New Years question, "So, do you have any resolutions this year?"
Scott didn't, but he reciprocated by asking Angie the same question.
"Well, since you're asking, we've been talking about going on a mission trip for a long time so lets just do it," Angie challenged.
Scott agreed, and the next day Angie started looking over their short-term mission options on the CMA website. "When I say I am going to do something, I am usually crazy and gung-ho," Angie said with a smile.
When Angie began reading about the Vision for Chile Mission, she felt God tug on her heart and the couple decided to take part in a two-week mission trip from Oct. 6-21 to Hogar La Granja, an orphanage funded by the CMA in Santiago, Chile. Santiago is a city of about six million in a country of 15 million, so it is very urban. Just outside the city limits are the beautiful Andes Mountains.
The orphanage ministers to girls three to 17 years old and is not a typical orphanage, in that only a few of the girls are true orphans. The majority of the girls are in the home as a result of abuse or neglect, and many have some contact with their biological families on the weekends.