Testimonials

The beauty of Act Five is that you do have opportunities to travel…but you’re not just left there either with cool pictures on a phone or just a neat memory. I think the neat thing is you have these transformative experiences that become translatable skills for you to carry on in life in a really practical way.

— Darren and Sarah Bosch, Parents

“To put investment into mentors and teachers and housemates that will only love your child and want the best for them, and to invest in a community that is a safe place for them to grow, to fall, and to learn who they are… I ask myself, ‘what’s the rush?’ Act Five is a program that sets you up only for success. It is such an intentional program.”

— Rosanna and Joo-Meng Soh, Parents

“I think it’s pretty evident, just with the house in the downtown area, and these really cool moments being in Zambia or learning from indigenous communities directly, but also the way in which everyone has a turn to go grocery shopping or to clean… it just makes sense that there would be both of these things combined.”

— Elise Arsenault, friend of the program

“I would call Act Five an example of not higher education but deeper education, a way for students to come together in community, to be intentional in the place they live, and to bring holistic learning that includes work and prayer into their education.”

— Ben McCullough, A Rocha Ontario

“There’s a certain pressure to want to get on with our life. The beauty of Act Five from my perspective is that it may seem like you’re hitting the pause button in life, but it’s actually a significant investment in building community, but also in faith formation – seeking opportunities that you may not otherwise have in life.”

— Hank DeJong, Formerly with EduDeo Ministries

“This is above all an opportunity for spiritual formation. I think Act Five gives students experiences that they can look back on in years to come and say, ‘Yes, God is working in and among us.’”

— Nina Drenth

“Our classrooms go from canoes to the escarpment, from our kitchen table to local waterfalls, listening to literal legends tell us their wisdom, and hoping that I can implement that wisdom into my life somehow.”

— Arissa VandeBurgt, Class of ’20

“Along the way I’ve met many dreamers, people who think something up and somehow turn it into a reality. I’ve met professors and authors, poets and environmentalists, pastors and guides, and perhaps the most significant one; I’ve met Jesus and through him God. This year for me has been a journey to Christ, started simply because it seemed like an adventure that I would enjoy – a small rabbit trail in life that I could go down for a bit before being hit with reality again. And I guess from that I discovered that rabbit trails are where life is found. It was a little rabbit trail that I was supposed to hop off at the end of the year and go live the life that was kind of just expected of me. But instead, it opened a doorway to a freer life than I could have imagined.”

— Arissa VandeBurgt, Class of ’20

“Before starting this program, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to study and I was ready to start. God led me here instead, and I’ve realized that without the education and experiences I’ve been learning, I would be missing so much.”

— Autumn Bosch, Class of ’20

“There are now words I can’t seem to un-hear lately and I’m sure that won’t stop for a long time – those being: community, environment, and hummus. I believe with my whole heart that Act Five is for the writer, the creator, the thinker, the do-er, and the dreamer. It’s for the realist, the foodie, the willing, the brave, the broken – the ones in the midst of healing.”

— Jamie Bouwman, Class of ’20

When we first heard of Act Five, it was very exciting. Our child could move out of the house and still live in a family type of environment and be mentored and discipled and grow. The beauty of Act Five is that you do have opportunities to travel but you are not just left there with cool pictures on a phone or just a neat memory…the neat thing is you have these transformative experiences that become translatable skills for you to carry on in life in a really practical way.