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.”
– Matthew 17:20
As part of the Outdoor Ministry, the Mountain Movers program provides once in a lifetime hunting and fishing experiences for children, ages 12-18, with life-threatening illnesses or other life-altering medical situations. These children are taught the ethical practices behind harvesting and consuming wild game. As part of each adventure, 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 restored 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.