By Will Nations
Whether in the woods or the bank of a lake, Scott Hinnant and Allen Flynt have used the outdoors as a platform to build lasting relationships through sharing their faith.
Tomorrow, Hinnantâ€™s and Flyntâ€™s Passionate Pursuit Ministries â€” an organization which seeks to provide disabled or otherwise hindered children an opportunity to experience the outdoors â€” will host a fishing rodeo, celebrating the recent hunting season with their numerous hunters and volunteers. Hinnant said the outing, the first for the volunteer-based ministry, is meant to get everyone involved from this past deer seasonâ€™s 10 hunts while the weather is still nice.
â€śWe wanted to get everybody together before the summer and wanted to have a good time,â€ť Hinnant said. â€śWe are going to have a big fish fry afterwards, where weâ€™ll hang out and relive hunting stories.â€ť
Passionate Pursuit has provided outdoor opportunities for children and teens with disabilities and health issues during the last five years. The ministry also facilitated hunting events for Sally Kate Winters family services and Palmer Home for Children clients.
In that time, the outreach of the group has grown exponentially as the community has thrown support behind the organizationâ€™s efforts. Hinnant and Flynt said they are humbled and grateful to the amount of donations and activism surrounding their endeavors.
â€ś(The ministry) is exploding,â€ť Flynt said. â€śWhat once was a one-person trip a handful of years ago has grown into 10 hunts this deer season with numerous participants â€“ itâ€™s tremendous. It is growing (each season). The number of people that get on board is humbling.â€ť
According to Flynt, individuals, local organizations and churches have donated their personal time, cooked meals and even granted use of land for Passionate Pursuits to make the impacts in the lives of many struggling with disabilities, terminal illness or lacking the chance to experience the outdoors.
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