“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
As part of the Outdoor Ministry, the Mountain Movers program offers children, ages 12-18, with physical challenges, life-threatening illnesses (past and present) and the underserved once in a lifetime hunting and fishing experiences while teaching them the ethical practices behind harvesting and consuming wild game. Children are mentored in the Gospel through small group discussions and the solitude allows them to grow closer to God. Other benefits gained through this program include increased physical health through exercise, lowered anxiety and stress and the ability to restore focus.
Since its inception, Mountain Movers adventures have taken place in Minnesota, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Oklahoma. Children have gone camping and hiking; fished for walleyes and muskies; and hunted waterfowl, pheasants, elk, whitetail and mule deer.
Each spring, the AO1 Foundation hosts a Mountain Movers celebration dinner in North Dakota. At the event, all children who participated in a Mountain Movers adventure are recognized and honored amongst their families and peers. This allows us to share stories, honor the children and speak life into the participants and their families.