Pigs for Pastors

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“Khohn”* is a pastor who shepherds a small group of believers in his village near Chiang Rai, Thailand. The Christians in his community are too poor to support him with their tithes, so he earns a living by planting rice and raising pigs. If he needs cash for school fees, for medical bills, for food, or for clothes, he usually sells a pig. He works extremely hard but barely gets by financially. Recently, he was an unexpected attendee at a series of animal health trainings led by CVM fieldworkers.

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Learning to Lean on Christ in Uganda

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Since moving to Uganda last month, Dr. Daniel and Rachel Graham are experiencing a new culture and are seeing how God is at work. They are working alongside CLIDE Consultancy (Community Livestock-Integrated Development Consultancy) in North East Uganda. CLIDE was birthed from the results of work done by CVM fieldworker, Dr. Val Shean, and focuses on ways to equip and empower nationals while building relationships that open the door towards Christ. Daniel is serving as the Livestock Coordinator where he is organizing and expanding the livestock revolving loans, breeding programs and health and husbandry training programs. Rachel is serving as the IT and finance advisor on CLIDE’s administrative team. The Grahams are excited about the journey God has led them on, and are eager to do His will in spite of the challenges adapting to a new culture brings.

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Transformation in the Navajo Nation

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Experiencing a short-term mission trip as a team is a great opportunity to build relationships with fellow veterinary professionals and students while using one’s passion and skills in veterinary medicine for God’s glory. This July, several groups of veterinary professionals, vet students, and pre-vets traveled to the Navajo Nation on CVM short-term mission trips and experienced the power of God’s love, built relationships and practiced veterinary medicine. Although the team was there to reach the Navajo Nation, God was also at work within the hearts of those serving.

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From Milking Yaks to Sharing Christ

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“Welcome to Nariinteel town, population 1,000. Will you stay for two years and teach our children?” These were the first words out of the school director’s mouth the day I stepped foot in the small mountain community. When I left Ulaanbaatar the beginning of June my first thought was, “Can I really survive two months out in the middle of nowhere?” But then my doubts turned into a prayer, “God, use this summer to teach me how to be a servant and how to best minister in this culture to these people.”

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“Runaway Horse” Discipleship

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A Mongolian herder went to a distant place to trade for a new horse. He proudly placed a lead rope on his purchase and started back on his long journey. However, there was a problem. There were no fences to hold his horse. Almost all of Mongolia is open range and there was nothing to keep this horse at the new home – no friends, no familiar surroundings, no memories. He had been taken away from the world he knew and placed in another world, quite alien to him. He craved his old friends and the pastures he knew so well. He longed to go back to all that he left behind.

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