“Transforming lives through worship, fellowship, and hands-on 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 servant hood. OMP’s vision is to be a Christ-led mission opportunity offering a diverse cultural experience that equips youth to make a global difference. We bring church youth groups to camp sites around Arkansas where they, in turn, serve people in the surrounding communities. In 1986, OMP began with one camp and thirty-five participants. Since then, OMP hosts 12 camps each summer, serving all four corners of Arkansas, and an annual college-aged mission trip outside the state.
In the spirit of Christ, these youth and adults serve individuals and families, called 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 a devotional with our neighbor, if the neighbor so chooses. OMP does not demand specific requirements, such as race, age, income or religion, in the selection of our neighbors.
Our purpose is:
- 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.
- 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.