Our mission is to reach young people for Christ by teaching them life skills, compassion and self-sufficiency.
We do this by the development of Christian values, outdoor and farming skills, and teamwork.
We are building foundations for youth in 5th through 12th grades that will last a lifetime and equip them with the tools they need to not only survive - but thrive in our community.
An educational, non-denominational, Christian based organization that enables youth to grow physically, mentally and spiritually through self-sufficiency, training, worship and utilizing all their senses through outdoor activities.
OUR STATEMENT OF BELIEF
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe repentance leads to Salvation, resulting in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, enabling us to live a Godly life.
We believe in eternal life of the saved and eternal damnation of the lost.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
OUR FOUNDER & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David Bushner, had an idea - a vision. To teach children (including his own), how to be self-sufficient and enjoy God's creation. He wanted to connect kids with nature, so they would learn to live without technology, become more physically active, and learn the values of Christian living through outdoor activities.
In 2019, God catapulted this vision into reality by introducing David to a couple that had recently moved down to the Gainesville area from Minnesota. This couple, Dave and Sandy Morgan, shared his vision and had been looking for a way, through God's leading, to help the youth in the area after coming to know about the problems families in Ozark County face with drugs, employment and training.
Hours of brainstorming and fellowship lead to the formation of Ozark Outdoor Adventures, Inc.
During the years of sharing his vision with others, David knew that other people in the community also had a passion for reaching young people for Christ. Doris Sayles and Kelly Forrest joined the board and OOA officially launched on January 1, 2020.
Another blessing we received was the donation of a 4-acre property, by the local school, that will be used as a base for showing kids first-hand how to plant a garden, care for animals, and experience nature through the eyes of God.
The property was generously donated by the family of Robert "Bob" Goodwyn. Bob was a good friend of David's and had often shared his vision of using the property for Christian Fellowship and community meals.