La Cosecha – The Harvest

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HeaderAs CVM field staff member Coalson Lacey arrives to teach at La Universidad Autonoma del Beni in Trinidad, Bolivia, he sees the same scene each day: students chatting with their friends;  smoking; eating empanadas; and a few are playing games with dice and gambling.  Students greet him with “Buen día!”, and, “Hola Doctor!” which reminds him of why he came to Trinidad. Coalson’s heart longs to share the love of God with each of the students within the vet school and to see their lives changed for eternity. “It is such a blessing to finally be living and working here in Trinidad after 5 months of language school and to begin this journey to see the hearts of a generation of college students changed forever.”

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Little by Little, the Bird Builds its Nest

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IMG_1143Guest post by Amanda Emery, a second year vet student at Purdue University, who spent one week this past summer serving in Haiti with Dr. Kelly Crowdis.

With a modest Indiana beef and crop farm origin, I never dreamed that an earthquake in a foreign country would change my world; but that is precisely what happened in January 2010 with the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

I remember vividly a conversation with a Haitian man on the missions trip that following May.  We had helped plant a vegetable garden in a village called Gressier.  The man wanted to know more about my studies in the States, why I was interested in agriculture and veterinary medicine and most specifically, if I was coming back to Haiti.

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Listening with Our Eyes

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By Guest Writer Robert Engel

Have you ever had one of those days when you have a melody stuck in your head but can’t remember the lyrics, or even the title?  Of course, we now have an app called Shazam that will do it for us.  And haven’t you felt moved more by a melody than the lyrics?  Obviously, when we sing hymns we read and hear the lyrics, but meditating on the words of a hymn alone can be rewarding, both spiritually and theologically. 

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Choosing to Obey

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DSCN1251 (800x600)Guest post by Dr. Tom Juergens, who recently spent a month in Mongolia partnering with V.E.T. Net.

The Command: Matthew 28:19,20 “ Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

The opportunity to hear and obey: 1 Corinthians 7:24 “Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.”

The choice to obey: Philippians 1:25,26 “Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again  your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.”

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Safe in the Center of His Will

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P7200716_zps4f702592Guest post by Anna DeBerardinis, a pre-vet student from PA, who recently served in India for two weeks with India Gospel League.

While in India, I can honestly say I felt safe almost the entire time I was there which surprised me a bit, and maybe it was a false sense of security, but I preferred to believe that I was in good hands, God’s hands, the entire time… or maybe it was the dead bolt on my door and the guard that watched over us 24/7 at the Sharon hotel with an AK-47 in hand that made me feel safe.

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