After days of Arctic-like conditions, a group from Kenora are looking forward to some tropical heat.
Gerald Yoder, Inger Calder and Dan Pearson are set to go. They're headed for Africa, where they'll help orphans in Liberia.
For Yoder, it's a return trip. He's previously helped building crews to help them become more self-sufficient, such as a chicken coop.
"Anytime you can help people, who are so appreciative, it's a triple win," he explains.
At this time of year, temperatures can range from 40 to 45 C with still hints of the rainy season adding humidity, even though they're transitioning to the dry season.
For Calder and Pearson, it's their first trip. When a previous member of the delegation wasn't able to participate this year, Calder didn't hesitate.
"The right conditions just came together," she said.
She's expecting to help match the orphans with glasses, so they can see better.
Pearson expects to help with building projects, as well as offer assistance behind the scenes. They're both members of Jubilee Church in downtown Kenora, where teams of volunteers also assist those in need in the community.
The trio are joined together by Dave Miclash of Alongside International. The children's home is named in memory of Linda Miclash, Dave's late wife, with a wing in memory of Tom Newell, the former chaplain at the Kenora Jail.
A special benefit meal is planned for Jubilee to help with the mission.
"If anybody is interested in getting involved, I would highly recommend it," Pearson added.
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