Story of the Month

Alumni Profile: Ally Siebert (Guatemala 2011-12)

by  •  Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 11:45 AM  •  Alumni, Guatemala, Outtatown

Ally Siebert says Outtatown helped her lay strong foundations in key human skills, placing her ahead of the curve now that she's training for medicine. What does it take to be a professional healer? Medical student Ally Siebert, a graduate of CMU's Outtatown program, is entering clerkship at University of Waterloo. The Ottawa native says […]

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by  •  Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 10:00 AM  •  Guatemala, Outtatown

One afternoon, I was sitting with a student in a café in Antigua, Guatemala in the midst of a conversation about life after Outtatown. I asked them what they were hoping to walk away from Outtatown with and they respond saying, “I’m not really sure…I have noticed lots of [students] talking about wanting to have […]

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Caving and Christianity

by  •  Thursday, November 28, 2019 @ 11:41 AM  •  Canada, Outtatown, Updates

This past month we had the opportunity to explore some caves near Hope, British Columbia, which was a highlight for many of us. It was a new opportunity and a chance to learn important lessons regarding the faith we share. Before the day arrived there were mixed feelings among many of the participants: excitement sprinkled […]

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Winnipeg Urban Plunge

by  •  Friday, November 8, 2019 @ 3:48 PM  •  Outtatown

This month’s story takes place during the week of our Urban Plunge in the North End of Winnipeg. It was such a great week filled with many learning and eye-opening experiences. We stayed at Winnipeg Centre Vineyard Church where we were welcomed with open arms. Our first day in the city we did a learning […]

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Becoming People of Reconciliation

by  •  Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 2:15 PM  •  Canada, Outtatown, Updates

A few weekends ago, I found myself back in the Outtatown vans with staff and program alumni taking a little road trip in Southern Manitoba. We were on our way to a celebratory BBQ; a time of sharing and laughter as we commemorated over 10 years of partnership and friendship with the Roseau River Anishinabe […]

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Beauty in Brokenness

by  •  Monday, September 2, 2019 @ 2:51 PM  •  Canada, Outtatown

Everybody knows Outtatown’s mission: Knowing God, Knowing Yourself, Knowing the World. I’m going to share a story that exhibits all three of these. At the beginning of November, I broke my foot and these past few months have consisted of many ups and downs as a result. Although it is so, so hard to walk around […]

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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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Gringos Meet Carnaval

by  •  Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 9:30 AM  •  Guatemala, Outtatown

The day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is usually celebrated as Pancake/Fat Tuesday in Canada, but the Guatemalans like to celebrate it a little differently. Site 1 had the chance to take part in a bit of Carnaval festivities. The day started at Spanish school, like any regular day for us in San […]

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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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