The Columbus Girls Academy is located on the border of Columbus, Georgia and Seale, Alabama. Although the property is officially located in Seale, we are headquartered in Columbus, Georgia.
The beautiful campus is nestled on 177 acres of rolling hills with a 35-acre lake. There are four student dorms, a recreation building, educational building, laundry facility and main lodge on the lake where the kitchen, dining room and offices are contained, as well as a large conference center with hotel rooms. The campus has a beautiful swimming pool, baseball field, volleyball court, tennis court, hiking trails, fishing, and golf course.
The campus has a proud historical heritage. Indian Trail, the main road leading onto the campus, is the the beginning of historic “Trail of Tears.” In 1839, all of the Indian tribes of the Southeastern United States, Cherokee, Creek, Yuchi, and others, were removed from their land and forced to walk from this area to the new Indian Territory in Oklahoma. On that long journey, nearly 20,000 people lost their lives to the bitter elements of that cold winter. Thus, the name, “Trail of Tears.”
While that was a tragedy, some time ago, a small group of Yuchi Indians visited our campus to experience this historical site where their ancestors once lived. Their Pastor, a Yuchi Chief himself, shared with us that when the people began the journey, they proclaimed: “Always moving forward, never looking back.”
We believe this historical site is in the midst of making history once again. For the countless young lives that will be impacted by the ministry of Teen Challenge, for them, this will be the end of their personal “Trail of Tears.”
I don’t look back, I lengthen my stride, and I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:13,14
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