An Appalachian Trail Christian Hostel – Some Preliminary Thoughts

Although I still have two years remaining of seminary, I’ve been thinking and praying a lot about what I might do after this program.

One idea I may pursue is an Appalachian Trail Christian Hostel.

Some of the elements of the hostel would be based on some of my favorite places:

1. Sangre de Cristo Seminary, CO
2. Woods Hole Hostel, VA
3. L’Abri Christian Study Center, Switzerland

What I’m looking at doing is forming a non-profit ministry. It’s primary function would be to give a place of shelter and respite to hikers on the Appalachian Trail and to mission to them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the non-hiking season it could be used as a place for restoration for burned-out pastors and missionaries.

I’m targeting the North Carolina and Virginia area of the Appalachian Trail. These southern states have a longer hiking season and a greater number of north-bound thru-hikers who haven’t given up.

If you have any ideas about how to make this project successful, I’d be glad to here them. I’m going to start writing a business plan and proposal soon.


About douglasdouma

I am a graduate of the University of Michigan (BSME), Wake Forest University (MBA), and Sangre de Cristo Seminary (Mdiv). I've learned far more from books than in school. I'm particularly in debt to Martin Luther, Ludwig von Mises, and Gordon H. Clark for any thoughts I have.
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One Response to An Appalachian Trail Christian Hostel – Some Preliminary Thoughts

  1. Kieve says:

    This is a great idea. It seems like it would be a good fit for you. It’s good that you followed your dream of going to seminary. It’s sounds like it was needed, to know what the next steps in life are. Maybe God has other directions than going into the pastorship or maybe your being a pastor is tied to your travels on the AT. I’m glad you are being open to the next chapter. It sounds like He is interweaving your experiences, your love of the outdoors and adventures, your heart’s desires, and the unknown all together.

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