By: Dr. Mary Ballenger, serving in Mongolia
One of the last meals I shared with my son George before he left Ulaanbaatar and moved back to the United States was particularly memorable for one reason. As we ate, I asked George what things that he would miss about Mongolia.
He thought for a moment and said two words, “The randomness”.
I wasn’t quite expecting that reply so I asked him what he meant. Looking out the window of the restaurant George pointed and said, “Well, like that.” I turned to see three camels walking down the street with their herder riding the lead camel. This might not be so unusual knowing that we live in Mongolia, but these camels were approaching a very busy intersection right by the Parliament building and square. The camels seemed quite oblivious to the fact that they were in a busy metropolis.Read More
This past June, Leslie Starnes, a vet student from Auburn was granted the opportunity to venture outside of the US for the first time in her life! And venture she did! Leslie and her team (4 Auburn vet students) spent nearly 2 weeks working alongside Drs. Trent and Tabby Cox who are serving long-term with CVM in the distant land of Ethiopia.
Leslie was kind enough to answer a few questions for me!Read More
Last month a team of 15, consisting of vets, vet techs, vet students, pre-vet students, and spouses traveled from the West Coast or the East Coast to Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America. This team of many talents spent 10 days serving alongside Oscar and Tammy Gaitan, a pastor and his wife, as they ventured to different villages treating animals and sharing the gospel.
It was beautiful to hear how God knit this team together. They came from different states, with different backgrounds and varying veterinary skills, yet they were all impacted in a mighty way. And to hear some of their trip testimonies was so powerful! I just had to share them with all of you!Read More
French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal wrote, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.” Knowing the problem is what helps us see the solution.
We in the evangelical community believe that the only hope for this longing within mankind is the redemption that comes through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Exactly how that is defined varies some depending on our denominational flavor, but the bottom line is that we sense our sinfulness and separation from God, our inability in our own power to rectify our situation, and we trust in Christ and His sacrifice to make us right with the Father. We are saved purely as a result of His grace and through no merit of our own. The answer can’t lie anywhere within us.Read More
This past May, Dr. Mack Boyd, a vet from Texas was granted the opportunity to serve on his 6th short-term trip with CVM, this one taking him all the way to the Himalayan Mountains. Mack and his team (5 vets, 2 students, and 1 family member) spent two weeks climbing mountains and working with nomadic herders to improve the health of their flocks.
Mack was kind enough to answer a few questions for me!Read More