Why Vets? Called to Serve

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Header_ImageBy: Dr. Julie Henderson, serving in Mozambique

“You’re a vet, what are you going to do, preach to the animals?”

This was one of the questions I was asked when people learned that my husband, Steve, and I were going to work in Mozambique as long-term field staff (missionaries) with Christian Veterinary Mission. When someone asked me this silly question, I was so stunned, I could only offer a confused smile that meant “I hope you are joking!”

But then people also asked me, “Are you going there to help people or share the Gospel?”

And with that question, I answered, “Yes! I plan to do both. After all, how can you do one without the other?”

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Short-Term Missions // Serving God in a Distant Land

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DSC_0849Every summer for the last ten years, Drs. Sam Galphin and Page Wages have taken a group of veterinary students from the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine out to the Navajo Nation.  Read more about this experience!

This past October, Dr. Page Wages had the privilege of serving God in a distant land, known to all of us as Alaska.  She and Dr. Liz Hoffman from Oregon co-led a team of five (1 vet, 3 vet students, 1 vet tech – all from North Carolina) to Hooper Bay, Alaska (pop. 1,014).  It took them four planes to get there from North Carolina and six to get back.  If I didn’t know any better, I would think they had traveled to another country or another continent even, a much more distant land.  But, nope, this team was serving God in their own country.

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Penny for your Thoughts

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By: Dr. Melissa Cheeks

Good afternoon!

We are so grateful for your thoughts, words, and interactions on this blog. It is a real blessing for us to share not only the same profession, but also this walk of faith throughout our lives. As we struggle to grow closer to God both individually and as the collective “body of Christ”, let me ask you a question.

What is a stumbling block for you- what is the biggest challenge you face in your daily walk of faith?

This blog is for you, and I want to make sure that we are addressing the things you want to hear. Make a comment below, and we’ll continue talking, writing, and sharing the journey.

Dr. Cheeks is raising deputation as the North Central Regional Representative for CVM. She is based out of Madison, Wisconsin but works in 8 states, including 6 vet schools. Find out more here: www.cvmusa.org/cheeks

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Suffering // Why God Allows Suffering

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Guest Post by Dr. Wendell Cantrell

SUFFERING PART 1 OF 3|

A few years back a national survey asked people what question they’d ask if they could only ask God one thing. The Number One response was: “Why is there suffering in the world?”  That “why” question has been with us for ages.  It was asked multiple times in the Old Testament by Job and the writers of the Psalms.  During the 20th century we have witnessed two World Wars, the Holocaust, genocides in the Soviet Union and China, devastating famines in Africa, the killing fields of Cambodia, the emergence of AIDS, the genocide in Rwanda and the ethnic cleansing of Kosovo. And the 21st Century isn’t off to a much better start.  We have had 9/11 and now the Syrian slaughters, and it will likely continue till we are called home.  Why all of this suffering if there’s a loving and powerful God? Why do bad things happen to good people?

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Live a Life Worthy of the Calling

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Amanda Emery, a second year vet student from Purdue University, shares about living a life worthy of the calling she has received.  Check out this post to hear more from Amanda!

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