For the first time in its 34-year history, Ozark Mission Project (OMP) – a nonprofit ministry that brings youth groups to camp sites across the state each summer to serve individuals and families in Arkansas – will not be holding in-person camps. OMP’s mission is to transform lives through worship, fellowship and experiential mission work.
Ozark Mission Project began in 1986 with a vision to be a Christ-led mission opportunity and offers a diverse cultural experience that equips youth to make a global difference. More than 2,000 youth and young adults volunteer their time at OMP camps each year. Ozark Mission Project volunteers complete minor home repair and construction projects for low-income families in Arkansas.
While OMP will not be holding in-person camps this summer, the mission continues through “OMP Connect,” a virtual mission camp experience for any youth who have completed the 4th-12th grades. This virtual camp is FREE for any youth within that age range who wishes to participate.
“This summer will look different for our campers, volunteers and neighbors,” said Executive Director Bailey Faulkner. “Instead of building wheelchair ramps and painting houses for our Arkansas neighbors in need, our campers will be virtually connecting with senior citizens. We are partnering with local churches and agencies to identify senior citizens who have not been able to connect with their loved ones during the pandemic. This summer, we will still transform lives by creating intergenerational connections and thus a stronger community.” Key components of “OMP Connect” includes construction, “neighbor time,” worship, and fellowship.For additional information, questions, or to register for OMP Connect, visit OMP’s website or contact Hanna French, Director of Programs and Communications.