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Outtatown South Africa students offer candid reflections (Site 2, 2011-2012)

Andrew Letkeman and Emily Brubaker-Zehr
Outtatown South Africa, Site 2 students (2011-2012)
Interview Date: April 14, 2012

Take a listen to candid reflections from Outtatown South Africa (Site 2) students during celebrations on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  David Balzer, host of Sunday@CMU radio, waded into the crowd of over 100 students along with their family and friends that had come on Family Day to celebrate the OT experience from four sites – Guatemala, South Africa 1 & 2 and French Africa.

Site 2 South Africa

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Outtatown Guatemala students offer candid reflections (2011-2012)

Aleksei Kingma and Julia Stinson
Outtatown Guatemala students (2011-2012)
Interview Date: April 14, 2012

Take a listen to candid reflections from Outtatown Guatemala students during celebrations on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  David Balzer, host of Sunday@CMU radio, waded into the crowd of over 100 students along with their family and friends that had come on Family Day to celebrate the OT experience from four sites – Guatemala, South Africa 1 & 2 and French Africa.

Site 1 Guatemala

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General News

CMU Announces Appointment of Cam Priebe as Outtatown Director

Priebe to Assume Role July 1, 2011

President Gerald Gerbrandt is pleased to announce the appointment of  Cameron Priebe as Director of the Outtatown Program, effective July 1, 2011.

“Cameron Priebe will take on leadership of this program at an important time, with fall plans for Outtatown programs firmly in place,” says Gerbrandt.  “Cam brings a strong background in pastoral care and leadership of high school and university-age students.  We feel he is particularly well suited to take on leadership of this important CMU discipleship program.”

“It is great to be welcoming Cam Priebe to CMU,” says Paul Kroeker, CMU Dean of International Programs and Outtatown Director (2005– 2011). “We look forward to continued growth in the Outtatown program through the skill sets and perspectives of a new director.  May he experience the Lord’s blessing. ”

Priebe holds a Master of Arts degree in Christian Ministry from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno. His previous experience includes an appointment at Bethany College where he provided pastoral care and leadership for student leaders and residence staff. He also served with the Ministry Quest program, in which he was responsible for developing intentional retreats and ministry experiences for high school students.

Currently on staff with the Mennonite Brethren National Conference, Priebe assists young leaders and churches to be intentional about the development of their relationship with God and their understanding of how they are uniquely gifted to serve and love God.

“We welcome Cameron to CMU and look forward with anticipation to the contribution he will make to the Outtatown program and to the University at large,” says Earl Davey, Vice President (Academic).

Outtatown’s mission is to inspire and nurture students in their life of discipleship with Jesus Christ in a journey towards: knowing God in truth and relationship; knowing yourself in personality, character, abilities and gifts; and knowing the world in its beauty, diversity and pain. Outtatown offers a choice of two-semester programs at site locations in Guatemala and South Africa, for which students may earn up to 18 credit-hours, and new in fall 2011, a one-semester French Africa program.

 

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is a Christian university in the Anabaptist tradition, offering undergraduate degrees in arts and science, and such disciplines as business and organizational administration, communications and media, peace and conflict resolution studies, music and music therapy, theology, and church ministries, as well as graduate degrees in Theological Studies and Christian ministry. CMU is a Member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). Located in Manitoba, CMU has over 1,700 students at its Shaftesbury Campus in Southwest Winnipeg, at Menno Simons College in downtown Winnipeg, and enrolled through Outtatown.

For information contact:
Nadine Kampen, Communications and Marketing Director
nkampen@cmu.ca
Tel. 204.487.3300, Toll free 877.231.4570
Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3P 2N2

 

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Outtatown Celebrates Experiences of Students Returning from International Sites

GuatemalaAfter three months of service and learning in some very challenging and rewarding situations, 64 Outtatown students and eight leaders returned home in April from South Africa and from Guatemala, completing a challenging and rewarding eight-month Outtatown program. They were joined by their families and friends and CMU staff during a weekend of dialogue and celebrations, closing with their Outtatown graduation service on April17 at CMU.South Africa

“Change was evident in each one of our students – change that went deeper than the tans and the smiles on their faces,” says Paul Kroeker, Dean of International Programs and Outtatown Director. “These students had been challenged deeply as they encountered beauty and brokenness in so many different ways along their journey. It was evident in their eyes as they began to share what they had learned and experienced.”

On the days following their arrival back in Manitoba, the teams and leaders took time to debrief and share their experiences.

“Their eyes glistened as stories began to pour out of them, sharing insights which had transformed them on this journey. They had stayed with families who lived in houses smaller than their bedroom back home, but who hosted them in that humble setting with love, joy, and acceptance,” says Kroeker. “This had been very moving to receive and experience. They saw extremes in wealth and poverty, and knowing which group they were in, had to ask some profound questions about international justice and the basic question that was once asked of Jesus, “and who is my neighbour?”

Kroeker notes that, for most of the Outtatown students, Christian community was the most significant part of the journey. It helped to define the transformational learning that had taken place. Within the context of a well mentored experience, each student had been challenged to new levels of self-acceptance, and accountability. “They had learned to deal with the issues of beauty and brokenness within, just as they were dealing with similar issues in the world around them,” says Kroeker. “This combination gave hope that the change was not superficial, nor momentary, but something which they would continue to process in the years to come.”

Graduation on Sunday, April 17 concluded the program’s debriefing process and gave opportunity for a celebration of learning and achievement. In addition to students and leaders, countless ministry partners across Canada, in Guatemala, and in South Africa were part of the journey.

“Through stories, music and in the spirit of the place, God’s grace and goodness was celebrated by parents and friends who came to the graduation,” says Kroeker. “They had been part of a large prayer support network throughout the year, and wanted to be part of the process as one story of transformation came to its conclusion, and the next story of God’s grace would begin.

The Outtatown Discipleship School is a unique and enriching program for students seeking a life-changing experience of adventure, travel, service, and Christian studies.

Outtatown’s mission is to inspire and nurture students in their life of discipleship with Jesus Christ… in a journey towards: Knowing God in truth and relationship; Knowing yourself in personality, character, abilities and gifts; Knowing the world in its beauty, diversity and pain. Outtatown offers two-semester programs at site locations in Guatemala and South Africa, for which students may earn up to 18 credit-hours, and new in Fall 2011, a one-semester program with a French Africa site location.

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is a Christian university in the Anabaptist tradition, offering undergraduate degrees in arts and science, and such disciplines as business and organizational administration, communications and media, peace and conflict resolution studies, music and music therapy, theology, and church ministries, as well as graduate degrees in Theological Studies and Christian ministry. CMU is a Member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). Located in Manitoba, CMU has over 1,700 students at its Shaftesbury Campus in Southwest Winnipeg, at Menno Simons College in downtown Winnipeg, and enrolled through Outtatown.

For information, contact:
Nadine Kampen
Communications & Marketing Director
Tel. 204.487.3300 Ext. 621
nkampen@cmu.ca
Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2

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Audio Outtatown Sunday@CMU Radio

Steve Klassen – Outtatown South Africa Site Leader

Steve Klassen
Outtatown South Africa Site Leader
Interview Date: April 25, 2011

In this interview, Steve shares with David Balzer – host of Sunday@CMU Radio, a moment in South Africa where his mentoring role became very real and personal.

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Jeff Maeck – Outtatown Guatemala Site Leader

Jeff Maeck
Outtatown Guatemala Site Leader 2010-2011
Interview Date: April 25, 2011

In this interview, Jeff tells David Balzer – host of Sunday@CMU radio, about a young man who set out on Outtatown only two weeks after having confessed Christ as Lord.

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Sandy Town – Joyful reflections on Outtatown South Africa

Sandy Town
CMU Outtatown South Africa Site Leader
Interview Date: April 25, 2011

In this interview, Sandy Town speaks with David Balzer – host of Sunday@CMU radio, about the tremendous joy she has encountered in people during her time spent with Outtatown.

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Audio Outtatown Student interviews Sunday@CMU Radio

James Dyck – From the Highlands of Guatemala

James Dyck
Outtatown Guatemala participant (2009-2010)
Interview Date: April 4, 2010

James Dyck was reached via cellphone in the highlands of Guatemala. Enjoy this “live” storytelling of the experiences of our Outtatown students.

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Janna Bryce-Wiebe – Outtatown Teaches Life Lesson

Janna Bryce-Wiebe
CMU Alumnus
Interview Date: September 5, 2010

This two-part interview originally aired on September 5, 2010 on the Sunday@CMU radio program. Janna shares with David Balzer – host of Sunday@CMU radio, the major ways in which the Outtatown program experience helped her learn to root her life entirely in God. She also shares how this has played into her work ministering to youth.

Part 1

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Paul Kroeker – Outtatown Program

Paul Kroeker – Outtatown Program at CMU – A garden in Burkina Faso