South Africa

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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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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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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August: Finding Hope Through Hardship

by  •  Tuesday, August 2, 2016 @ 9:44 AM  •  Outtatown, South Africa

A small part of the difficult and tangled history of Strandfontein was revealed to us as we lived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, a Coloured couple living in a well-appointed bungalow, nestled on a busy suburban street. Coloured is an official racial category in South Africa referring to people whose ancestry began […]

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Remembering Rodney

by  •  Monday, February 8, 2016 @ 1:55 PM  •  Outtatown, South Africa

Outtatown is built on relationships. As we travel around the world, it is our partners in the countries we visit that help make it safe for our students to learn and grow. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Rodney Dreyer, one of our long-time partners in South Africa. After […]

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