Story of the Month

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  •  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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January: The Beauty of Trust

by  •  Wednesday, January 3, 2018 @ 10:19 AM  •  Canada, Guatemala, Outtatown

Exploring the Talus Caves was an experience that inspired a plethora of life and spirituality-related metaphors. This particular cave system near Hope, BC took us into the heart of the boulders that surrounded the base of a mountain and carried us into spaces that put our waterslide-related claustrophobic experiences into perspective. The caves were damp […]

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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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November: First Rains

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

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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