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Harrison native brings adventure games to Ozarks, changes lives in Africa


There’s a new outdoor adventure in Branson, Missouri, that takes players on real-world quests to solve clues and riddles in order to reach a final destination. Cryptic Quests, found online at www.CrypticQuests.com, utilizes mobile phone and GPS technology to guide players through the adventures.

“It’s a little bit geocaching, escape room, and Goonies all rolled in to one,” said Jason Collmorgen, co-owner in the new venture along with his wife, Susan, and brother, Carl.

“The quests are played at your own pace,” added Susan. “You can play alone or with a friend. We’ve had great feedback from families who love that it gets them outdoors and teaches the kids how to cooperate as a team.”

When Jason and Susan (a Harrison native), aren’t planning out quests for their new business venture, they can be found on a real-life quest, making a difference in lives in Africa through Hope of a Nation, the nonprofit Christian ministry they founded in 2019.

In May, they will be utilizing the Cryptic Quests platform to hold a special charity fundraiser in Taney County, Missouri, called The Quest for Hope. The proceeds from The Quest for Hope will go directly to the work of Hope of a Nation. Eligible registered players will be able to compete for a $500 cash prize, and the first clue for the quest will unlock on Saturday, May 22.

“Hope of a Nation demonstrates Christ’s love in action to people in need in the third-world nation of Mozambique,” explained Susan. “Our team educates communities on disease prevention and provides basic medical care and evaluation to those without access. We assist orphans by helping to meet their basic needs and ensure they can attend school. We also provide ministry and mentorship to children, help young adults attend higher education institutions and provide resources to aid churches in their own discipleship and outreach.”

“We actually just had some of our team from Mozambique here with us last year with the intent of raising awareness about the organization and fundraising, but unfortunately everything went on lockdown less than two weeks after they arrived,” said Jason.

“They had a much longer stay than the three months they originally anticipated,” added Susan. “It took a massive effort to get them back home, and God did some pretty amazing things to help us get them there. It’s quite a story!”

Participants in The Quest for Hope must register by Saturday, May 22, at www.CrypticQuests.com/quests.

To learn more about Hope of a Nation visit: www.HopeofaNation.org

About Cryptic Quests

Cryptic Quests was started by people who love spending time outdoors with family and friends. Played through a mobile phone, their quests take players on an outdoor journey within a designated region to solve clues and riddles to reach a final destination. Similar to geocaching, the quests use geo-location technology to unlock the next clue for the player, progressing them through the game. For more information visit: www.crypticquests.com

About Hope of a Nation

Hope of a Nation is a non-denominational Christian nonprofit ministry dedicated to discipling and empowering godly leaders and individuals through education, skills training, and other social or economic initiatives to instill hope in their communities and transform their culture. For more information visit: www.hopeofanation.org.


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