Life at the House
In addition to a hospitality house, Vista House operates as a home for an intentional Christian community comprised of Furman University students, graduates, or Greenville community members each academic school year. This intentional Christian community seeks to provide a glimpse into life beyond the boundaries of our own mortality, a place where God's grace can become a tangible reality. However, living in such a community is no easy task! The community members learn to navigate through the inevitable conflicts that occur when living in close quarters with others, as well as to create a hospitable environment for people much different than themselves.
The responsibilities of the community include helping to cook and clean up after the $4 Dinners each Sunday, maintaining the Vista House grounds, and planning and executing the various annual events that occur throughout the semesters, as well as the more spontaneous gatherings of students and friends hosted at the house. To prepare their hearts and minds for such an exciting yet exhausting list of activities, the community gathers each morning for a communal prayer. This time of reflection and renewal through the physical manifestation of joining together ensures that the community can focus on being Christian servants in all the work that is done.
At the end of the day, this community becomes a space where people from diverse backgrounds can come together and support one another along the spiritual journey of becoming a Christian. Grounded in reconciliation and the reality of the resurrection, this community does not ignore the suffering present in our world, but holds onto one another through the pain of transgressions, allowing Christ to seep through the cracks of brokenness and offer healing for all of God's children.
The Community seeks to always have a room available for students in need of retreats from campus and traveling guests, which are open and available to all by arrangement with the Vista House Community.
We seek to make hospitality available to all, at any time. In fact, guests in need have arrived in the latest hours of night and the earliest hours of the morning. Visitors may contact Leslie Lang for room availability and arrangements.
Vista House is set among eight acres of land in Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina. It is adjacent to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, and is best accessed from the crossing near the BP station. It is just over a mile from Furman University—an easy bike ride or walk from campus. The grounds are open for all to enjoy. Relax in a rocking chair on the front porch, take a nap in the hammock, or read a book on the lawn!
Community members and friends of Vista House work together each year to plant, nurture, and harvest an organic garden. Affectionately known as the “Kierke-Gaarden,” the produce from this garden is used in the food served at Vista House events. Vegetables, berries, and herbs are abundant all summer long. Please contact Rimes McElveen if you are interested in helping develop this project.