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Header_ImageIt takes a lot of faith to follow Christ’s call to serve, especially overseas.

Here at Christian Veterinary Mission, we witness this every day.  We hear it in conversations, in meetings, conferences, training sessions, school visits and through the many stories we receive from those serving away from home.

Dr. Tom and Diane Schiefer are two of these faithful friends.  Their commitment to reaching communities for Christ has seen them serve in both Mexico and Bolivia, and for the last few years they have been using their field experience to build bridges with the indigenous Mam and Quiche people in Guatemala.

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Vet Student Gains New Perspective Serving Overseas

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10487499_10152224526089372_8890762579902012625_nBy: Malia Drennan
This past June, Joshua Li, a fourth year vet student from the University of Illinios was given the opportunity to serve on his second short-term trip with CVM. Josh and his team (2 vets, 4 students, and 4 family members) spent a week working alongside CVM’s long-term missionary Dr. Kelly Crowdis. They assisted Kelly in providing animal care in four villages in the central area of Haiti.

Josh was kind enough to answer a few questions for me!

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Biblical Worldview // A Coming Glory

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OH_Header_2014_AugustThis month we will complete our biblical worldview review by reflecting on our eternal hope. So far we have developed a trifocal view of redemptive history. We have looked with a triple lens at the three stages that define us and the world we struggle in but ultimately enjoy- creation, the fall, and grace. Bill Edgar aptly describes this comprehensive vision:

First, creation is still good, and its structures continue to function under God’s care. Second, everything is distorted, fallen, so that the direction things should have taken is wrong, being diverted. But third, there is hope. As the seasons of revelation unfold, we find out more about all three, but especially about the nature of our hope, the gospel, the good news that in spite of sin, God has so loved us that sin will not have the last word.

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Preparing For Your Short-Term Mission Trip: A Handy-Dandy Resource!

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Edited63By: Sarah Lewis-Assink

Serving in Short-Term Missions can seem like a daunting task. All the questions and details – from figuring out where you can go to figuring out what to pack! Getting ready physically, spiritually, culturally, and logistically takes time and energy and sometimes, you don’t even know where to start.

So we decided to help! CVM has a Short-Term Veterinary Missions Manual – a tool for veterinary volunteers (and really, anyone!) preparing to serve effectively in short-term missions. This manual can’t answer every question you might have as you get ready to serve, but it’s a great resource and a great place to start. Whether you serve as part of a team or go as an individual, this manual has helpful tools and guidelines for short-term service.

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Short-Term Missions // A Lot Can Happen in A Year!

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As the 2014 CVM fiscal year (July 2013-June 2014) came to a close, we want to take the time to reflect back  on the many lives God transformed through our Short-term mission program.

This past fiscal year (July 2013-June 2014), CVM mobilized 497 volunteers (193 veterinarians, 185 vet students, 85 family members and resource volunteers, 22 veterinary technicians and 12 pre-veterinary students) who treated 83,930 animals and contributed 6,174 days of service. There was a 15% increase in the number of short-term volunteers this fiscal year, and these volunteers participated in 126 trips and served in 29 countries.

A huge thank you to those who invested their time, energy and resources to serve God in places such as Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, India, Thailand, Mongolia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Romania, and the USA.  It truly is such a blessing to walk alongside you as you discern where God is calling you.  And it is a privilege to witness God at work through you and to hear the stories of transformation.

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