Josh Morgan, of Bruce, has always shared a passion for ministry and the outdoors. Now he is combining the two with the new North Mississippi Chapter of Hope Outdoors.
Hope Outdoors is a non-denominational Christian outdoor ministry that focuses on providing outdoor opportunities for children and adults with critical illnesses and disabilities.
“This program really hit home with me from the first time I heard about it,” said Morgan, an occupational therapist.
Morgan has teamed up with National Director Steve “Opie” Thomas to establish the North Mississippi chapter of the organization that will be based out of Calhoun County.
The first official event for the local chapter is set for March 7-8 when they will host a youth turkey hunt for ages 8-15.
Morgan said they will begin with a fellowship meal on Friday, Mar. 7 and then go hunting early Saturday morning and conclude with a lunch Mar. 8.
“Right now we’re taking applications for prospective hunters and seeking guides to pair up with the kids.”
Morgan said their goal is to have 5-6 kids participating this time and then to grow the event as they become more established.
They are already planning a fishing rodeo for this summer and a deer hunt next fall.
Morgan recently attended Hope Outdoors events in Central and South Mississippi with a wide range of participants suffering from asthma, cancer, spinal cord injuries and paraplegics.
This first hunt will be based out of Parker Baptist Church but isn’t limited to Calhoun County hunters.
“We already have an applicant from Pontotoc County and another from South Mississippi to participate on this hunt,” Morgan said.
Applications can be filled out at HopeOutdoors.com. You may also call Josh at 414-6183 for more information.
He said he currently needs more volunteers to help with setting up blinds, golf carts for transporting some of the young hunters to the blinds safely, and hunting equipment.
“There’s a lot that goes into it, but once you experience an event like this and see the impact it has on these kids you’re hooked,” Morgan said.
Call Josh Morgan at 414-6183 for more info or visit hopeoutdoors.org