Adriel and Aian Vissani plan to board an airplane for the first time in their lives in August 2011. And they don't expect the life-changing experience to end there.
The twin brothers are among the members of St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church in Huntington Beach flying to Arusha, Tanzania next summer to help renovate a school and soccer field. The Vissanis have been out of the country before when they went on church missions to Tijuana, but they expect the shock to be even greater when they land in the impoverished African country.
A few things they've heard about the village where they plan to stay: The tank at the local children's school provides the only clean water around. Mosquito nets are required for sleeping indoors. The school soccer field resides in the bush and has no lighting. And the students get by with a single, worn ball.
"I want to bring 10 [balls], so they can practice or make a team," Adriel Vissani said.