Cross the Wilderness brings faith and outdoor fun to children

By Shelby Harrell | Feb 19, 2014
Photo by: donated photo Elijah Shelton poses for a picture with a deer during his first hunting trip with the Dreams AField Project.

There's a new ministry in the town of Canton and it's bringing together people who are passionate about Christ and the outdoors.

Cross the Wilderness was founded to bring people together who have a common love for the wilderness while teaching them about Christ.

The ministry is a nonprofit group that helps spread the word of God and gets people involved in the outdoors, with a special focus on children. It aims to make a difference in individual’s lives by teaching, empowering and spreading Gods word.

Founder Sean Patrick Simpkins developed the program in 2013 with a goal in mind to provide children the opportunity to experience the outdoors while surrounded by godly influences.

"I'm a big outdoorsman myself," Simkins said. "I have a passion for the outdoors and am passionate about God — I wanted to do something to bring the two together."

In addition to offering a youth bible camp on April 5, Cross the Wilderness provides hunting experiences to children through the Dreams AField Project. Through the project, children who have a love for the outdoors will be invited to join the ministry as they go turkey hunting as early as March.

The ministry will hold a gathering each year, which will includes special guest speakers, christian bands, and room for over 100 hunting/fishing/camping vendors.

Simpkins said he was currently in the planning stage to hold the first gathering, which will last 2-3 days. The gatherings are intended to help empower people and spread Gods word in a positive atmosphere.

Simpkins said the ministry was always accepting donations, which directly benefit the children's hunting trips.

The ministry is currently accepting donations to sponsor children who are chosen for the hunt. Donations made will be used to cover cost of hunter safety course, license, supplies, food, and lodging for the child. Children may be accompanied by an adult but only the children will participate in the actual hunt. The length of stay for hunt is dependent upon location.

"Our main goal is to raise enough money to take kids on hunts," Simpkins said. "A lot of kids don’t get to go hunting because their parents aren’t interested in the outdoors. We’re trying to get everyone involved in the outdoors."

Simpkins encourages anyone who knows a child that would like to go hunting with the Dreams AField Project to visit www.crossthwilderness.org and send their information using the "contact us" tab.

Anyone wishing to sponsor an event can email Simpkins at sean@acrossthewilderness.com. Donations can also be made at www.crossthewilderness.org.

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