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Not a pause, but a different way forward.

Fall 2023 – Spring 2024

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Touch the World’s accredited Gap Year Program is a unique alternative school-year for students to explore identity, belonging, and purpose with the opportunity to earn college credit.

Learn how your story fits into God’s mission.

Fall 2023 – Spring 2024
Kunkletown, PA

What will students experience?

Close-knit Community

Spiritual formation

Self-discovery

Intentional discipleship

Service opportunities

Global missions

LEAD is for young adults

Who is the Gap Year for?

High school graduates who:

  • Want to cultivate their relationship with Jesus further
  • Are unsure of their path post-high school or want time before taking the next step
  • Desire intentional discipleship and mentoring as they transition into adulthood

WHERE STUDENTS WILL STAY

Gap Year students will live on the campus of The Mission Center, Touch the World’s training center, nestled in the Pocono Mountains. Students will live in split-gender apartments within the home of Randy and Deb Sheagley, TTW staff and Gap Year mentors. This family-style setting is designed for intentional discipleship as students discover who they are, who God is, and what His calling for their life is.

Both semesters of the program will involve mentoring, spiritual formation, and experiential learning, culminating in a global missions opportunity.

The Mission Center
The Mission Center

WHERE STUDENTS WILL STAY

Gap Year students will live on the campus of The Mission Center, Touch the World’s training center, nestled in the Pocono Mountains. Students will live in split-gender apartments within the home of Randy and Deb Sheagley, TTW staff and Gap Year mentors. This family-style setting is designed for intentional discipleship as students discover who they are, who God is, and what His calling for their life is.

Both semesters of the program will involve mentoring, spiritual formation, and experiential learning, culminating in a global missions opportunity.

How much Does it cost?

$9,000 plus international airfare for global immersion trip

Students will receive guidance and coaching in raising funds to meet their program cost goal. The costs will be allocated towards:

  • food and lodging
  • transportation
  • training and materials
  • all program activities

The option to pursue college course credit is available at an additional cost of $250 per credit. Accreditation through Anchor Christian University.

Early Application Deadline: March 31, 2023

Meet our Mentors

Meet Randy

You may often find yourself asking “Where’s Randy?” Randy officially joined staff in 2018 and is typically busy working on projects around The Mission Center property. Randy is also an experienced counselor with a passion for investing in people, especially youth and young adults. Additionally, Randy is low-key one of the funniest people on staff.

Meet Deb

Deb has been on staff at Touch the World for over 15 years. She’s a counselor by profession and her heart is to disciple young people and prepare them for a life of serving and following Christ.  She grew up in Japan as a missionary kid, where her parents spent decades working with youth. Today, Deb oversees the property of The Mission Center with her husband, Randy.

Questions about the Gap Year Program?

Let us know on the Gap Year Program interest form.
One of our Gap Year mentors will get in touch with you to answer your questions!

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