More than Medicine // Christ-centered Relationships

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Header_ImageBy: Dr. Jeff and Bethany Bracht, serving in Nicaragua

There are 32 CVM veterinary professionals in 12 countries. What is measurable are the number of vaccinations administered, surgeries performed, and the number of people trained.  Yet, what is unmeasurable is the valuable friendships found and offered by these veterinarian missionaries.

We have lived in Nicaragua for a little over three years. We periodically reach a point in which we ask ourselves, “Why are we here? What are we really doing?” These questions plague us and create a certain amount of doubt because, honestly, sometimes counting the number of vaccines given or students taught does not feel like enough to count the cost of living in another culture. Yet, God continues to teach us that the true value lies in the ‘being’ rather than the ‘doing.’

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Flooding in Bolivia // Please pray

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1623787_10153813539345581_942457197_n[1]By: Dr. Coalson Lacey, serving in Bolivia

As you may have seen on the news, Bolivia is experiencing some of the worst flooding in many decades. The last major flood to hit Bolivia was in 2007, and many Bolivians are saying this year’s floods are topping the levels reached during 2007. I live in the lowest region of Bolivia, where the majority of the rivers of Bolivia merge on their journey to the Amazon causing water to inundate entire towns and villages. Some of the pictures circulating around the internet can bring tears to your eyes with the amount of destruction and grief that the Bolivians are experiencing. The Department of the Beni and several other areas of Bolivia have been declared a state of natural disaster and are seeking help from around the globe.

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Suffering // Types of Suffering

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Guest Post by Dr. Wendell Cantrell

SUFFERING PART 2 OF 3|

A common assumption that you’ll hear is that suffering is evil in itself. This belief is actually at the root of Buddhism. The Biblical view clearly holds that suffering is not evil in itself, but a symptom of a deeper evil. Suffering is a consequence of sin (as we discussed last month.) Its origin is clearly stated by the Apostle Paul,

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).

With Adam and Eve’s disobedience, the relationship between the Creator and the created was ruptured. The first sin brought a fundamental change which affects all with the evils which are common to man, with death becoming universal. The Bible teaches that men are left to their own ways and the working of natural law. But those of us seeking to serve our Lord are given special insights as we consider the kinds of suffering that we and friends endure. We are learning to see tragedy in a new light. Let’s consider a few scriptural insights into modern day suffering for His saints.

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Words from the Wise // Two Months on the Field

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972332_520568674678745_843166171_n[1]By: Malia Drennan

Emily Arndt, a vet tech from Wisconsin, ventured to Uganda in December to serve long-term with Community Livestock-Integrated Development (CLIDE) Consultancy as a Research Assistant.  The CLIDE team keeps her busy with ethno-veterinary research and development, livestock health and husbandry trainings, livestock breeding programs, spiritual retreats, spiritual partnerships, mentoring short-term team participants, and much, much more.

February 1st marked two months on the field for Emily! I contacted her to see if she would be willing to share some things she has learned over the past two months. And she not only shared some words from her wise self, but she also put together a video tour of her new home in Moroto, which you don’t want to miss! Video can be found at the end of her comments.

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“Spiritual Blind Side”

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By: Dr. Melissa Cheeks

During part of his sermon on Sunday, my pastor was talking about small groups within our church. My particular church strongly encourages small groups, and as such, the congregation is overwhelmingly involved, to the tune of around 80 percent. Connecting to people is at the forefront of my pastor’s mind. It is one of the reasons that I was drawn to this church in the first place. My husband and I got involved in a small group about a year ago, and it has changed the way that we see ourselves in relation to the church body.

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