Restoring Broken Lives In A Battered City

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Header_ImageBy: Dr. Troy Sammons serving in Kenya

Sometimes in life, God calls us to do something that we really stink at.  For me, it was learning Swahili. Learning a new language can be difficult at the best of times (especially for me), but learning Swahili was a whole new ball game.

I’ll admit, I’ve taken the long scenic route when it comes to learning this quite beautiful language but amidst the daily practice, I feel I’ve made big strides forward in my proficiency. So much so that as I communicate with locals, I’ve had several ‘ah-ha’ moments, where the language just clicked.

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The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

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Lokaleng8By: Rebecca Quam, raising deputation to serve in South Africa

Our team, of four vet students from Purdue and myself, arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa  eager to spend the week interacting with and ministering to Animal Health Technician students on rotation at the clinic at North-West University.  We picked up our rental car (our Tetris expert successful in fitting in all our luggage) and drove four hours to the rural town of Mafikeng, arriving after only one unplanned detour through the town center taxi depot. 

We met up with Dr. Emery, our host, at a local AWANA program and, after playing with the kids during game time and listening to them recite their verses, we sat down to discuss our schedule for the week.  You can imagine our surprise when we found out the university had recently decided to change this term’s dates so all the students were going to be home for their reading week (a study week between the end of classes and the exams) rather than being on rotation in the clinic. 

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Biblical Worldview // The Fall

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OH_Header_2014_JuneBy: Dr. Wendell Cantrell

What has gone wrong with the world and why is there such pain and suffering?

Let’s look at the biblical implications of what theologians call “The Fall” and the dreadful consequences in the Garden that introduces us to the “original sin”. Finally, we’ll  see why misunderstanding this doctrine can be so dangerous.

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Pursuing Patience

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margaretBy: Jonathan Steck, CVM Fundraising and Communications Director

Just as her peers are slowing down, dipping into retirement funds and preparing to spend more time with the grandchildren, Margaret Thompson is packing for Tanzania, to be a missionary and serve Christ through veterinary medicine.

“It’s a calling.” Margaret says. “It’s something that God has put on my heart. Like for Jeremiah who wrote that there was a burning in his bones if he didn’t speak for God. When I am in a developing country serving in veterinary medical missions I feel God smile; like that is what God made me for.”

If you’re fortunate enough to spend any time with Margaret, you get the overwhelming impression that nothing is going to slow her down. Determined and driven with a rich and adventurous spirit, Margaret has selflessly spent the last 37 years of her life serving her two loves: veterinary medicine and the Lord Jesus.

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7 Ways To Get Your Church Excited About Missions

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By: Sarah Lewis-Assink

Whether you’re a DVM, a vet tech, vet student, or someone simply interested in the work of CVM, it can be a challenge to get your church connected to your short-term mission trip. The challenges don’t change if your church is large or small, or whether this is your first trip or 67th. Asking your church to walk alongside you in what God has called you to do can feel overwhelming and daunting. But it’s also necessary. The local church is the conduit through which God’s kingdom work is carried out. The work you engage in with CVM is also an expression of what God is doing in the world. And your church should be a part of that!

It can be difficult to know how to approach your congregation when asking them to partner with you – both spiritually and financially. Though not all of these will work for you and your church family, here are some ways you might jump start the conversation about the connection of your church family to God’s calling in your life.

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