"I am writing my thesis right now, so the thought of going somewhere for two weeks and cooking and taking care of the girls doesn't sound like work to me," she said.
Planning a trip of this magnitude did have its obstacles, with the cost of the trip being the largest. The couple needed to raise $5,000, most of which went to building materials. They were able to cover $2,000 themselves and significant donations came in through the church. Early last month, they had a bake sale auction at their church and two weeks ago, a "Chili for Chile" cook-off. Nine church members made their best batch of chili and others were happy to pay to sample the chili and vote on their favorite. Chris Dominianni, from the Adirondack Soup Company, suggested the cook-off and offered the winner a $25 gift certificate to his restaurant. Dr. Suki Gras was the winner, returning the prize toward funding the trip. The cook-off was a success and the final amount needed for the mission trip was raised just two weeks before Scott and Angie's departure date, leaving them nothing more to do than pack their bags.