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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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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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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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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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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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