Saturday, June 15, a team of 11 students, 2 parents, and myself returned from a week in Marianna, AR, participating in the Ozark Mission Project. OMP is one of the yearly mission trips our youth have the opportunity to take part in. These students pay or raise support to give up a week of their summer to go work hard, fight mosquitos, and sweat in the Arkansas Delta.
Here’s a breakdown of how the week goes. First, the students arrive and meet the other campers and the camp staff they will be spending the week with. Next, the camp is split into 3 major groups where one college staff member is assigned to each group. Finally, each major group is broken down into 3-4 family groups. A family group is made up of 1 adult driver and 4-5 students. These family groups receive projects at a “neighbors” house each day. These projects range from scraping and painting to building a 40-foot wheelchair ramp! One of the best times of the week though is getting to meet your neighbor. The students get the chance to hangout with their neighbor during breaks in the workday. They also have the opportunity to share lunch and a devotional with their neighbor. Every OMP has a theme that carries you though the week.
This year’s theme was “Awaken”. The students where challenged to “Wake Up” to God’s love, our need for God, and our call as believers to be the hands and feet of Christ. We had nightly worship services and morning devotionals that expanded on our theme. Also, we had times of camp wide “sharing” where we encouraged each other with how we saw God that day.
I am so proud of our team and how God used each of them in amazing ways that really impacted peoples lives. If you would like to find out more about each student’s individual camp experience and projects, just ask them! Below is a list of our students and adults that went.
Reporting for the team,