our vision

Our vision is to be a Christ-led mission opportunity offering a diverse cultural experience that equips youth to make a global difference. 

 

Our Mission

Ozark Mission Project (OMP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit mission of the Arkansas Area United Methodist Church, organized for ministry to persons in need in response to Jesus Christ's call to servanthood.

We bring church youth groups to camp sites around Arkansas where they, in turn, engage in the surrounding communities. In the spirit of Christ, these youth and adults serve individuals and families, our neighbors, who are in need of minor construction and yard work. In addition to the physical service projects, we strive to meet social and emotional needs by spending part of our time visiting, sharing lunch and, if the neighbor so chooses, a devotional. We make no demand of race, age, income or religion in the selection of our neighbors.

In 1986, OMP began with one camp and 35 participants. Today we host 12 camps each summer, serving all four corners of Arkansas. Over 1,000 youth and young adults participate in OMP camps each summer.


OUR NEIGHBORS

At Ozark Mission Project, we lovingly use this term in reference to individuals or families in need. Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, we put that love into action by meeting the needs of the financially and physically limited.

we SEEK TO EMPOWER OUR NEIGHBORS. 

On the surface, the benefit is purely physical – a wheelchair ramp, a porch repaired, a house painted, a lawn mowed. But the impact is deep and lasting: a disabled neighbor can move around on her own; a struggling single mom has a new sense of pride in her home; an retiree can sip sweet tea on his sturdy porch.

We also strive to meet social and emotional needs by encouraging our campers to spend time visiting, sharing lunch, and praying or sharing a devotional with their neighbor.


Ozark Mission Project solved a challenging problem for my friend Ellen by building her a ramp that is just extraordinary. The safety features, the craftsmanship, the kindness from your fleet of workers - Ellen and I were truly impressed. It is folks like you that still give people hope!
— Brent Walker, Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas

our purpose

  • To help develop spiritual, social and emotional wholeness in our campers
  • To encourage our campers to put their faith in action in their local churches and communities
  • To be a helping hand to those, who, for financial or physical reasons, cannot maintain their homes
  • To meet the spiritual, social and emotional needs of these persons

Proud members of ReFrame

ReFrame Association is a national network of nonprofit home repair organizations committed to providing occupants of substandard housing with safer, more livable shelter.