Scott and Angie will be arriving at the orphanage as part of a team of 35, composed of CMA members from across the U.S. and Canada. The primary focus of the mission is construction. An addition will be built onto the kitchen, the first floor dorms need tiling, and a playground will be built. All of the volunteers have been asked to bring all the tools they can from circular saws to trowels and hammers. Scott and Angie will be carrying some heavy luggage.
Scott, who is employed as a systems analyst in the information technology department at Georgia Pacific, is looking forward to the construction work. It will be taking him back to his roots. Throughout his childhood he performed many home repairs with his dad and grandfather.
"My grandfather was a jack of all trades. He was a pretty handy guy," Scott explained.
The family never hired out for work to be done, not even when his parents built a home on Lake Bonaparte.
"I am really looking forward to going and serving the girls, and I am looking forward to getting a different perspective," Scott said. "Until I go to another country, I don't think I can really appreciate how well off I am in the U.S. I have always had a heart for service, so to go down there and swing a hammer for 10 hours a day sounds like fun."
Instead of construction tools, Angie will be wielding a spatula and a mixing bowl. The group is self-sufficient, so a few of the team members need to prepare the meals and shop for supplies.
"I have just always loved to cook," Angie reflected. "My dad always cooked and I was always in the kitchen with him. I remember making cinnamon rolls from scratch when I was only 12." Angie is looking forward to a break from her busy schedule. She is a marketing analyst at Home Bistro Foods and is currently working on her masters degree in administration and leadership.