(May 22, 2021) The Lodestar Mountain Inn has some exciting news!  This retreat center in Smoke Hole Canyon will become the first West Virginia franchise of OneLife Institute and will serve as home to the OneLife gap-year program.  OneLife is a nine-month Christian gap-year program for students who want to grow in their faith, experience genuine community, serve others, and travel while earning credits for college.

A “gap year” is a time that can be very formative in the life of a young person transitioning from high school to college.  It is literally the gap between being a senior in high school and a freshman in college.  Most students go directly to college; however, not all of them are prepared for what awaits them as they experience freedom for the first time.  During this nine-month program, students receive thirty college credits, and it truly is an amazing opportunity that impacts the trajectory of the lives of those who take advantage of the OneLife gap-year program.

Through this experience, the goal of OneLife is to help students grow in three areas:

GROW IN CHRISTIAN CHARACTER: Because we believe that God cares more about who you are becoming than where you are going.

Clarify your calling: The more we grow in God, and learn about His world, the more we can clarify our purpose in it.

DEVELOP RELATIONAL WISDOM: Without a deep community we cannot grow in character and calling. God designed us to grow in character and calling in deep community.

We are excited to see what the Lord is going to do through this program as well as in the lives of the young men and women who will embark on this journey.  Please begin to pray for this project today.  Plans are underway for the Lodestar Mountain Inn to welcome our first group of students in September 2022.  We need to saturate our grounds with the Lord’s Spirit and power in preparation of their arrival.