A Houma businessman and a ministry that focuses on the outdoors partnered earlier this month to make a special young man’s dreams come true, by setting the stage for him to take an 11-point buck and a doe during a custom-crafted deer hunt.
Outdoor Ministries is a faith-based 501-c-3 organization that offers opportunities to disabled people and veterans.
Most of the staff are disabled people and veterans as well, who work to sponsor hunting and fishing trips and camps for people not able to afford such adventures, and not in the physical condition usually needed for such outings.
Arlen “Benny” Cenac, owner of Cenac Marine Services and Golden Ranch Farms in Gheens, pooled his resources with 4:13 Outdoor Ministries for the benefit of 12-year-old Cameron Pounders, who has muscular atrophy.
The condition creates a decrease in muscle mass, and can occur when someone is restricted in movement or confined to bed for long periods.
With the help of 4:!3 helper and the staff at Golden Ranch, Cameron went on the hunt of a lifetime.
The farm sits on 50,000 acres and houses several species of wildlife. All costs associated with the ranch were donated by Cenac.
The president of 4:13, Warren J. Coupel Jr., said the trip was a dream come true.
“Without people like Mr. Benny Cenac and the Golden Ranch team, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” Coupel said. “Cameron is going to remember this for the rest of his life and for that we are thankful. Cameron and his family were treated like royalty by Josh Kaplan and the rest of the staff at Golden Ranch. We will all hold a special place in our hearts for this place.”
Cenac said he and his staff were happy to be part of a faith-driven, compassionate cause, noting how 4:13 focuses on raising money for disabled people and vets but also at-risk youth.
The organization also shares money with the American Cancer Society; Bayou Autism Chapter; Community Worship Center; Dreams Come True Foundation; and The Church International. They have also done disaster assistance in Assumption parish for tornado relief where almost 8,000 meals were served in a week. Aide was also offered in the Great Flood of 2016 by providing food to areas and neighborhoods that were impacted.
For more information on 4:13 Outdoor Ministries, please visit, www.413outdoors.org