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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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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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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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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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