42 Years Empowering Veterinarians

CVM, a Christian Non-Profit Organization Success Story!

2018 is a significant milestone for Christian Veterinary Mission.  We are celebrating more than four decades as an active Christian nonprofit organization.  42 years propelled by the calling to challenge, empower, and facilitate veterinarians to serve others though their profession, living out their Christian faith across the world.

The roots of CVM began in 1976 when Dr. Leroy Dorminy, a veterinarian from Georgia answered a call to reach the nations through veterinary medicine.  During a small group Bible study one day, someone asked a woman from Africa, “How can we of the developed world be of help to those in underdeveloped countries?” Quickly she responded, “What we need is for you to come and teach us your skills that we might do for ourselves.” Dr. Dorminy obtained a charter and Christian Veterinary Medicine (CVM) was born.

CVM joined World Concern, a ministry of CRISTA Ministries based in Seattle in 1978.  As both organizations grew, CVM stepped out in 2002 as an independent organization and is now one of seven ministries at CRISTA.  Now, with 33 long term workers, almost 600 short term volunteers in 12 countries around the world, Christian Veterinary Mission continues to grow and remain faithful to God’s original call: to motivate, mentor, disciple, empower veterinary professionals, students and affiliates here in the U.S. and around the world. Kit Flowers president of CVM tells us:

“It’s so exciting to see how God is at work after 42 years of veterinarian professionals following their calling to serve others through veterinarian medicine.  We now have a full schedule of ministries.  We recently completed a successful Short Course training, we have student groups across the country, and many long term and short term workers serving around the world.  We are excited about how God at work and celebrate Dr. Dorminy’s gift to us and look forward to celebrating a new year.”

CVM provides education and encouragement to veterinary professionals and to those who are involved or pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.  Through spiritual encouragement, personal contact and opportunities to share their skills around the world, CVM’s heartbeat is serving Veterinarians, Vet Techs, and all veterinary professionals who desire to share their faith through their profession.

As CVM celebrates another year of ministry, we welcome you to partner with us through prayer, financial support or even by carrying your talents across the world.  Give today and find out more at  https://cvmusa.org/

 

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“I sure hope…”

By Dr. Corinne Eliason

How many times have I said those words, and for what things have I hoped for in my life this far? I’ve been thinking about this phrase a lot lately, since I have had the extraordinary privilege of getting to know Viola. But first some context.

Growing up on a grain, beef and dairy farm, I learned very early the sequencing and prioritizing of farm work depending on the season we were in. Spring meant calving our beef cows, seeding our crops and milking our dairy cows. Summer brought haying, yard and garden work, checking cows on pasture, and milking our dairy cows. Fall brought on harvesting our cereal crops and garden, and milking cows. Winter rested the ground, but we still needed to feed the cows, and of course milk those dairy cows. If we lingered just a little too long over breakfast, my mother would always say “We’d better get out there, those cows will be busting”

Interspersed amongst the farm seasons, and the spring and summer seasons of my life, I said many “I sure hopes….”as I was growing up.
‘I sure hope’ the big boys will quit teasing me on the school bus… I get to be in the same classroom as my friends….David will think I’m cute and ask me to skate with him at school…
“I sure hope” my pre vet marks are high enough to be considered for vet school…that I do well at my entrance interview, that I get accepted, that I am smart enough to get through vet school…
“I sure hope” that I do well as a new vet, that I don’t kill too many animals because of my inexperience or lack of smarts…that clients will like me…
“I sure hope” I meet a good man to marry, that I will be a good mom to our children, that we can pay off our huge farm land payments, that I can physically and mentally thrive as a large animal vet.

Then I transitioned to a full time job teaching livestock related courses at our local college. “I sure hope” I can be a good teacher, that the students and staff will like me, that I can stay current in the fast paced explosion of vet information, that I don’t burn out….that I am pleasing God.

Back to a theme of seasons and hope: Those paragraphs above sum up the spring and summer seasons of my life. I retired from teaching and veterinary practice and now I work full time on our beef ranch with my husband. I consider myself to be in the autumn of my life now as a Christian. God is teaching me that He has new jobs for me. I think of myself first as His child, not as a veterinarian. Among some of my new roles (example grand parenting precious little people) God has shown me how many lonely seniors there are who appreciate some regular caring visits.

Thus I have had the privilege of spending time with beautiful Viola. 98 year old Viola, who has selflessly served God all of her life, taught kindergarten children, served her ailing parents, married later in life, too late to have children, but raised many foster children, lovingly stitched articles for others, and loved her God unfailingly. Viola in palliative care with a grapefruit sized tumor on one clavicle, a peach sized one on her larynx, an apricot sized one on her other clavicle, a watermelon one protruding from her tiny little abdomen, constant headaches, and deformities from painful rheumatoid arthritis. Viola who had a radiant smile and a sincere thank you for everyone who came to her bed for any reason. The staff loved her. I saw nurses bend down and kiss her cheek and tell her they loved her and would see her the next day.

As her pain increased despite medications and ever increasing doses of morphine, this little woman never complained, just smiled and continued to love people. I talked to her about seasons of our lives and said that because God was keeping her in her winter season on this earth, that her work must not be finished. I told her how the staff loved her and that she was such a tremendous witness to them. In her weakness and her pain, she said thank you three times to me with a most beautiful smile.

One morning my Bible verse of the day was James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” God seemed to tell me I needed to spend time with Viola that day. I sensed that her time on earth was very short when I was with her. I talked about heaven as her end time was nearing, and she smiled again between pain spasms. Her hope was so firmly in God and His promises to her. As we held hands, she repeated something to me in German. I could only guess, was she saying “I hurt” over and over? At that very moment, God provided a wonderful gift to me, a nurse, who spoke German, came in to her room. As she stroked Violas’s other hand, I learned she was saying “I love you”.

Many times I had noticed her hand stitched wall hanging that said “I AM”, but that day it spoke loudly to me personally. I was praying so hard for God to take her as I sat with her, because how much more pain could she take? But almost audibly God said to me:
I AM
I AM in control
I AM the potter, you are the clay
I AM coming for her when the time is right.

Viola died alone a few hours later. Jesus came for her when the time was right. I didn’t know this until I went to her room the next day after church. As I opened her closed door and saw the empty bed, I immediately smiled with joy and knew “she is not here, she is risen”

Thank you Jesus!
You ARE in control
You ARE.
Violas’s hope was sure. Just a slight change from “I sure hope” into such a wonderful phrase!
I can also declare “My hope is sure”

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Hope, a firm and secure anchor .

By Dr. Joe Wright

As Christian Veterinary Mission moves forward into a new fiscal year, we have been challenged to focus on the theme of hope.  A hope that is characterized in Hebrews 6:19 as a firm and secure anchor for our soul.

And yet, as we are confronted with unending assaults on the family, morality, safety and common sense, it is not surprising that some face a crisis of faith.  The age old question arises; “How could a good and loving God allow the pain and suffering of this world?”

As Christians we confess to believe in the sovereignty, power and provision of our Lord and Savior.  But do you ever sense that your anchor has shifted in the tumultuous sands of this age?  Have you ever felt your faith grow wobbly?  The father of a sick child, recorded in the ninth chapter of Mark, expressed those feelings when he cried out; “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

In that father’s anguished words there is a kernel of hope.  I believe hope is God’s concession to our sometimes weak and wavering faith – a bridge between our limited human capacity to believe and the faith which is a gift of God.

We all understand the principle of a precursor.  When sunlight irradiates, cholesterol compounds in our skin create a chain reaction which results in the production of essential D vitamins. In Jeremiah 29:11, the Lord makes a solemn promise of a plan for our lives that includes hope and a future.  I believe hope is God’s precursor of our faith.

When hope is irradiated by the Son through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, when it is incubated in the crucible of His Word, bathed in prayer and passed through the filters of discipleship and fellowship, hope is transformed.

We can be confident in that transformation.  We can trust the anchor because of the definition we find in Hebrews 11:1.  “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

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