South Africa

The Best is Yet to Come

by  •  Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 10:33 AM  •  Outtatown, South Africa

"The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride." If I would choose a verse to describe my Outtatown journey, I would choose Ecclesiastes 7:8. I realized this on the second day of our scorching trek through the Karoo Desert, and then again the week we were working […]

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No Place I’d Rather Be

by  •  Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 10:21 AM  •  Outtatown, South Africa

Recently our entire group spent three days in the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa. We hiked, marvelled at God’s amazing creation, and spent the evenings camping out in a cave, playing games, and bonding more as a community. I think those three days really took us all back to our canoe trip at the […]

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A Leap of Faith

by  •  Wednesday, May 1, 2019 @ 4:18 PM  •  Outtatown, South Africa

I don’t consider myself an adrenaline junkie or a daredevil, but I can testify that, after jumping off a bungee bridge and plunging 216m down, I crave more experiences that take courage and boldness to feel alive and face my fears. As I watched my friends jump off this bridge one-by-one, I felt a wave […]

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May: The Excitement of New Friendship

by  •  Monday, May 7, 2018 @ 4:27 PM  •  Outtatown, South Africa

At the start of the second semester, a blessing for me was getting to know two of the cooks at Rocky Valley Retreat Centre in South Africa. We spent an evening together discussing the Bible, sharing pictures of our families, and teaching each other greeting phrases in Zulu, French, and Samoan. After several hours of bonding—which was […]

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April: Faith Like a Mustard Seed

by  •  Monday, April 2, 2018 @ 12:00 PM  •  Outtatown, South Africa

Recently my faith was tested. The South Africa team started our ‘SEED’ project— a six day self-guided service project—in Kayamandi, a suburb of Stellenbosch, characterized by high poverty rates and metal shacks lining the streets. The goal was to go out into the town and find a project we could start that would be sustainable. […]

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December: I will hold your hand

by  •  Friday, December 1, 2017 @ 3:00 PM  •  Canada, South Africa

A few weeks ago, I heard from God. It happened during our week learning about listening to God and finding Him in the still, small whispers of life. The focal point of the week was an almost 10-hour silent day, something that proved to be quite the challenge for our chatty, social group. I hate […]

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October: New Beginnings

by  •  Monday, October 2, 2017 @ 4:21 PM  •  Outtatown, South Africa

With the start of something new, feelings of excitement, anxiety, uncertainty, doubt, expectancy, hope, and dread often accompany it. The way in which each person manages these conflicting emotions will often look radically different. Some people thrive in this environment, exuding confidence and self-assuredness, while others withdraw. On the first day of our program, when […]

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September: Understanding Privilege

by  •  Wednesday, September 6, 2017 @ 4:00 PM  •  Outtatown, South Africa

Travelling to South Africa allowed me to gain a whole new perspective on how much privilege I have been granted simply by being born a white Canadian. Upon landing in Johannesburg, one of the first cultural differences I noticed was the number of people in public buildings walking around barefoot. This surprised me because I’ve […]

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August: Knowing God.

by  •  Tuesday, August 1, 2017 @ 3:46 PM  •  Outtatown, South Africa

Knowing God was one of the biggest reasons why I joined the Outtatown program. But I didn't expect to see or know Him by falling from 9000ft. Going up in the plane, I saw the beauty of our Creator. The sand dunes beneath me, the ocean to my left, the trees, and the plains of […]

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July: Balance is the Blessing

by  •  Wednesday, July 5, 2017 @ 12:22 PM  •  Outtatown, South Africa

We are all different, and so we inevitably clash on different things. From privacy, to food, to theological issues, we can and do disagree. I have learned that it is a "choose your battles" sort of thing. Should I stand up for myself, or is this something that I need to simply step aside from […]

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