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A Day of Silence

by  •  Friday, November 30, 2018 @ 2:50 PM  •  Canada, Outtatown, Updates

This past month we had Steve Klassen, Director of the MARK Centre, come and spend four days teaching us about listening to God. We learned about many different ways we can hear God speak and how God is working in our everyday lives. We were taught that one of the most important things to do […]

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Impact of the Inner City

by  •  Thursday, November 1, 2018 @ 11:57 AM  •  Canada, Outtatown, Updates

When I think of one story that stands out from the varying experiences our community has already had, the conversations with individuals experiencing homelessness at UGM (Union Gospel Mission) stands out. The whole Urban Plunge in Downtown Winnipeg was a very impactful and meaningful week for me. When my group arrived at UGM that morning, […]

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Connecting While Canoeing

by  •  Monday, October 1, 2018 @ 2:56 PM  •  Canada, Guatemala, Outtatown

The second day of the Guatemala site’s canoe trip began with a delicious meal of granola and powdered milk in a plastic cup. We were fuelling up for canoeing a total of 25 kilometres. Despite our arms still feeling sore from the day before, we set out on the lake. Thankfully, I got to sit […]

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Sunrise on Acatenango: Lessons and Memories from the Challenge

by  •  Friday, August 17, 2018 @ 3:25 PM  •  Guatemala, Outtatown

After months of hearing about the ultimate challenge of hiking Volcan Acatenango, an optional overnight hike in Guatemala, the true test began on the morning of March 9. Many of us had been preparing for weeks with morning workout sessions, strengthening our quads and calves for the infamous inclines of this dormant volcano. I had […]

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A New Season

by  •  Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 5:02 PM  •  Outtatown

We recently said farewell to Deanna Braun, Guatemala Program Manager. This month, Deanna shares some parting comments with us as she reflects on the past six-plus years she spent with Outtatown. We pray God's blessing for her in her next season of life. Every season comes to an end. It is important to enjoy the […]

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June: Meeting Lou, Address Unknown

by  •  Friday, June 1, 2018 @ 11:58 AM  •  Canada, Guatemala, Outtatown

Heading into the Vancouver Urban Plunge, I was quite nervous. Being from a small town of 700 people, wandering the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside scared me a lot and I was anxious about the week. My leader, Rachel, prayed for me and encouraged me to go in with an open mind, knowing that God […]

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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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March: Building Relationships

by  •  Friday, March 2, 2018 @ 2:18 PM  •  Guatemala, Outtatown

I was drawn to Outtatown with the knowledge that service projects make up a fairly significant portion of the program. I wanted to learn about the world around me in a raw and real way, while also aspiring to learn more about how I could make a difference. We were invited to serve through Porch […]

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February: Where Home is Found

by  •  Friday, February 2, 2018 @ 8:49 AM  •  Guatemala, Outtatown

In the early morning hours, overtired Outtatown students ran to embrace one another, and shouted “welcome back!” across the Winnipeg airport. There was an amazing, indescribable feeling of returning not only to our adventure filled, God-centered family, but in a sense, to our home. Over the course of the last five months, unbreakable bonds have […]

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