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November: First Rains

by  •  Wednesday, November 1, 2017 @ 3:13 PM  •  Canada, South Africa

The fire grabbed hold of the strips of birch bark on the pile of wood. Slowly, the small flame wrapped itself around the logs, and around the 15 stones that we had lain inside. The stones, referred to as the grandfathers, turned red-hot. I stepped around the sweat lodge and crawled in on my hands […]

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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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June: Learning about Diversity

by  •  Friday, June 2, 2017 @ 8:54 AM  •  Canada, Outtatown, South Africa

This past year on Outtatown I learned that there can be so much diversity within one country, let alone the world. It would be easy for me to talk about the diversity and racial struggles in South Africa, but I’m going to talk about my own country instead. Travelling across western Canada, I saw how […]

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May: Press On

by  •  Monday, May 1, 2017 @ 9:12 AM  •  Burkina Faso, Outtatown

Our last five days were spent at a youth retreat centre in Ecouen, a town just north of Paris, France, where we celebrated together and debriefed our entire experience on Outtatown. Throughout our days there, many moments were spent reminiscing about the profound and hilarious adventures. It was during that time that I realized how […]

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April: “Look at What You Have”

by  •  Friday, April 7, 2017 @ 11:17 AM  •  Guatemala, Outtatown

2 Kings 4:5  Elisha and the Oil  "Look at what you have, take it and bring it to Jesus, then he will multiply it."  "Stop focusing on what you don't have. Instead look at what you do have, and do something with that."  We spent a week at Community Cloud Forest Conservation helping build projects, […]

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March: My Outtatown Experience

by  •  Friday, March 3, 2017 @ 4:01 PM  •  Outtatown, South Africa

It was on my recent one-week taste of Outtatown Discipleship School in South Africa that I learned about giving yourself to a culture, learning from people whose life experience is massively different than your own. Kids in their desire to simply play with adults and have fun taught me to relax. Walking around Soweto and […]

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February: A Day of Silence

by  •  Friday, February 3, 2017 @ 3:56 PM  •  Outtatown, South Africa

The simple act of laying everything at Jesus’ feet comes with a rich reward. During the first semester, we spent one day in silence at a Bible camp surrounded by the rolling hills of Alberta farmland with the majestic Rockies in the distance. I came into this week with so many doubts plaguing my mind […]

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