From Garbage Dumps To Royal Palaces

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Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
-Psalm 139:7, 8

 

A number of years ago, my wife gave me a ring. It wasn’t my wedding ring (although she did give me one of those) and it wasn’t a fancy dress ring.

She gave me the one true ring, my precious. Well, she gave me a copy of it anyway.

I’m talking of course about the revered and much sought after jewel in J.R.R. Tolkien’s poetic crown, The Lord of the Rings. For those of you that haven’t read the books or watched the movies, please bear with me. I hope not to bore you.

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Don’t Let the Cat Out of the Bag

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Guest Post by Dr. Steven Petcher

As I practiced veterinary medicine for over 29 years, I witnessed many things not normally seen by people outside of that setting. The law of Alabama declares that if you put out food for a stray dog or cat, that animal then belongs to you. It is also a law that this dog or this cat must receive a rabies vaccination once a year or more recently an optional, 3 year vaccination. The inherent dilemma following these acts of kindness then becomes, “How do you catch, hold and vaccinate an animal that is truly wild but eats food you put out for it?”

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How You Can See God’s Call in Your Life for Missions

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016By Dr. Monty, CVM Missions Mobilization Coordinator

Called. You probably hear it all the time—and may have even reflected on it a great deal. As you have probably realized, “Called” is CVM’s theme for the year, and this theme has allowed us to focus on God’s call in our lives.

I challenge you to “go deep” with the idea of “called,” reflecting on what that call looks like in our lives, considering the possibility that we should be following God’s call into new areas.

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Short-Term Missions // From Iowa to Nicaragua

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gracieBy: Malia Drennan

A few months ago, Taylor Peterson, a first year vet student from Iowa State, was granted the opportunity to serve on her first CVM Short-term Mission trip to Nicaragua. Taylor and her team (4 vets, 11 students) spent a week working alongside Oscar and Tammy Gaitan, a pastor and his wife, in the rural community of Espavel.

Malia:  Why Nicaragua?
Taylor:  The ISU Christian Veterinary Fellowship group has been traveling to Nicaragua for a few years now to work with the Gaitan’s. The mission team used to just hold clinics in the city of Catarina but last year was the first year the team went out to Espavel, a rural community. Pastor Lucas is the minister in Espavel and Oscar has been helping to expand the church there. There had never been veterinarians in Espavel previous to our visit last year, making this a great area not just for treating animals but to reach out to the people of Espavel and share Christ’s love through service.

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Close Encounters

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steve pelcherGuest Post by Dr. Steven Petcher

As a boy growing up in South Alabama, cutting firewood for our fire place or for my grandmother’s potbellied stove was a natural part of life. One law of the land (my father’s rules) that I could never quite understand was that it was an unpardonable sin to fish on Sunday, but somehow it was permissible to cut “Lightered wood” (fat pine kindling) on Sunday afternoon for my grandmother. This was used to help start the fire. This very combustible wood filled with pine rosin comes from the heart of the Long Leaf Pine Tree. This wood can be splintered into small pieces with an axe. As a typical boy this seemed like it must fit into the category of “Working on Sunday” but since that was the only day we were at my grandmother’s house it must have also nicely fit into my dad’s classification of “The ox is in the ditch.”

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