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Iron Men Outdoor Ministries, Inc.

Written by  Laura Bell
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In obedience to the mandate of Jesus given in Matthew 28:19:

 

Make disciples of all nations,” Iron Men Outdoor Ministries commits to the mission of being living examples of and to act upon the seven virtues of their ministry: love, mercy, justice, honesty, faithfulness, integrity, charity, as well as the irrevocable guiding premise of the ministry that the Bible is the inspired word of God and the sole authority for faith, life, and moral guidance. Also the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only source of salvation given to man by our Father God in heaven for those who believe. With all this in mind, they therefore commit themselves to compassionately reach out and bless those in need, particularly those who are handicapped, children in need, the impoverished, and the abandoned.

 

Becoming a Member

 

Iron Men Outdoor Ministries officially began in April of 2005. The founding members had been involved with activities for the disabled prior to this point in time. The founders saw the benefits and need to organize and become a 501 (c) (3) registered non-profit organization. The “founding father” of Iron Men is Rick Murphy who has positively influenced many over the course of ten years. A person can become a member of IMOM; to be eligible for membership, a written application must be submitted and the applicant must be sponsored by at least two current members. Membership calls for an individual to declare the love of Jesus for children, juveniles, handicapped, orphaned, or anyone in spiritual, physical, or circumstantial need. They must declare the seven virtues of the ministry and believe fully in its mission statement.

 

Great Things Happening

 

Melinda Newell of Iron Men Outdoor Ministries shares, “This ministry is heavily involved with families. We are not just a one time stop.” She continued to share the ways that the Lord has worked within the ministry. “God has brought IMOM fired up volunteers and generous donors. Just this year, IMOM was able to provide a car steering unit for a teenager with Spinal Bifida. Imagine how this opened doors for this teenager! He can now drive to school, social events, and church like his peers.

We held a fishing tournament for those with disabilities and children who needed love and direction. Through that event, we met with over 100 young teens to discuss one on one tools the Bible provides us to handle everyday challenges and circumstances.

In the month of August, we were able to provide a man, who had lost both legs in an accident with a scooter. Mobility for him meant HUGE freedom! ‘

September was a fun month for us, as the Lord helped us host two dove shoots for those who serve our country by providing a track wheel chair to a warrior who was hit by a suicide bomb. Through generous donations, IMOM will be taking 100 under privileged and disabled to the Alabama National Fair including their immediate families!

We are able to join Buckmasters in the month of November in holding a banquet benefitting our nation’s heroes. Auburn University football and baseball star, Gabe Gross, will be our special speaker and ALL the proceeds will go to wounded warriors and their families. There is so much more, but the highlights of this year are all due to the goodness of God and His favor on us as we journey in this mission.”

Iron Men Outdoor Ministries manages the Little River State Park in Atmore, Alabama.  This park is supported by campers and donors.  IMOM began management of the Little River State Park in October of 2010 and is working diligently to make the park accessible for those with disabilities.  Their desire and purpose of taking on this task is to show off God’s great outdoors.  IMOM provides vacation time at no charge to those struggling with physical, mental challenges and those who serve our nation.  They are supported by contributions and park revenue.  All revenue generated by the park exclusively goes back toward operations, activities, and park improvements. 

Every day holds multiple responsibilities for those who are running IMOM. Managing Little River State Park is one of the main responsibilities. Constant care is extremely important in order to keep the park running smoothly for all the events that are thrown. On top of managing the park, IMOM is answering calls from families daily who are needing help. They also call families daily to check in with them and on those who are sick. IMOM is constantly booking new events for their families to participate in (at no charge to the families). IMOM cares about each and every person and family that calls and participates in all events and aspects of their camp.

 

God is “All In” IMOM and You Can Be Too!

 

Iron Men Outdoor Ministries foresees the Lord moving in the ministry in so many ways! Newell shares “There is no limit to our God. He is all in IMOM. This is an amazing ministry where God is opening doors and pathways that many times we had not even explored. You have to do more than hold on when God is leading. Time and time again He has proven that we must be ready to put to use the talents and opportunities He has given us!”

As Iron Men Outdoor Ministries grows and continues, their love for the Lord and His children is constant. If you have any interest in volunteering or donating to this wonderful mission, please visit www.ironmen.info or call them at (334) 284-6523. Their offices are located at 6449 Norman Bridge Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36105. Be a part of their journey!

 

Laura Bell is a freelance writer, born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama.  She enjoys spending time with her husband Cody and finding all reasons to have joy in life!

 

**Photos provided by Iron Men:  September Warrior Dove Hunt, JT with Coach Chizik, Jeremy with Terri Shaw, and Travis and Muscle Guy.

 

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