As of this morning, CMU announced they are canceling their academic travel program until further notice.
In a news release, the University says, "With lament, Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) announces its decision to discontinue the operations of the Outtatown Discipleship School indefinitely due to the uncertainties perpetuated by the global COVID-19 pandemic."
This program allowed students to have the experience of traveling while on a missions trip, and yet also take their studies at the same time.
"We acknowledge the impact of this decision for CMU, the church, the many students whose lives have been profoundly shaped by Outtatown, and the cherished partners in Canada and Guatemala—many of whom bear a disproportionate burden of these very challenging times."
Although traveling with this program isn't possible at this time or the foreseeable future, the university's mission remains, which is to inspire and nurture students in their life of discipleship with Jesus Christ in a journey towards knowing God, knowing yourself, knowing the world.
The Ottatown program was successful for the past two decades.
In light of this announcement, CMU will be hosting a celebration later this fall for any alumni that wish to participate.
"Over the years, many church and community leaders and CMU faculty have given witness to the gifts of insight, leadership, and courage in Outtatown alumni."