By: Dr. Melissa Cheeks
I recently met with a friend over a cup of tea. I talked about the challenge of raising funds for a non-traditional veterinary job in which I’m also a stateside missionary. As you know, both of these things make me “weird” to the world. In the minds of most everyone, veterinarians work in clinics and missionaries work overseas. The world is very black and white, and we have the tendency to put people in boxes. At some point in our conversation, she casually said that we need to give our dreams legs. And I’ve been thinking about it ever since. What will it take for my dream to really have legs? What will it take for me to be fully supported and to have my passion understood in a wider audience?
By: Malia Drennan
Are you a “missions-minded” vet student in your 3rd or 4th year of vet school? Do you have 4 weeks available to serve on the field? Do you want to receive hands-on training/one-on-one mentoring from a CVM Long-Term Field Worker? If so, then CVM’s Mission Apprenticeship program may be for you!
Applications to the Apprenticeship must be received by October 1, 2015 in order to be considered for the 2016-2017 school year.
Heidi Rivadeneyra, a 4th year vet student at Tufts University and a CVM Missions Apprenticeship participant, traveled to Uganda with her husband Cesar, where they worked alongside CVM missionaries for four weeks and explored the call to serve in overseas missions.
Heidi was kind enough to share her thoughts on the experience!
By: Malia Drennan and Dr. Denise Thagard
I have to admit, I’ve only had a smartphone for a little over two years, and before that I was using a flip phone. I was a late convert as I was reluctant to have everything at my fingertips, and now, two years later, I can’t imagine my life without it. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I do know that I don’t get lost nearly as much thanks to GPS and Google maps!
And I also know that I love using my smartphone as a tool to learn and share the Gospel.
Here are five ways you can use your smart device, whether it be your phone, your ipad, your tablet, your kindle fire, etc., to do this:
1. YouVersion Bible App: A free Bible on your phone, tablet, and computer. YouVersion is a simple, ad-free Bible that brings God’s Word into your daily life, with nearly 200 million users worldwide. You can read 1000 different versions, in 780 languages, bookmark pages, share verses, and the features go on and on.
2. Scripture Typer: This one is awesome for personal scripture memory. For free you can memorize and store up to 50 verses on there. It works a bit like a flashcard type memorization system and reminds you to review them on a schedule until and after you memorize them. You can manually change the version to learn in and to review verses you can set it to so that you just have to type in the first letter of each word. There is a desktop version also. There is a paid version ($10 for whole family) that allows you unlimited verses.
By: Dr. Kim Carney
The Carneys have served Long-Term with CVM for over a year in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. They are partnering with VetRed and the Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno where they work with veterinary students, orphans, and street kids. Kim teaches veterinary students technical English and clinical skills and in this role she has the opportunity to challenge, empower, and facilitate both veterinarians and students. This past month her two worlds collided and she had the privilege of collaborating and serving with a team of vet students from Bolivia and the US. Read on to hear more!
As the 2015 CVM fiscal year (July 2014-June 2015) recently came to a close, we wanted to take the time to reflect back on the many lives God transformed through our Short-term mission program.
This past fiscal year (July 2014-June 2015), CVM mobilized 504 volunteers (203 veterinarians, 169 vet students, 100 family members and resource volunteers, 26 veterinary technicians and 6 pre-veterinary students) who treated 49,585 animals and contributed 6,752 days of service. These volunteers participated in 124 trips and served in 23 countries.