Measuring the Impact of Veterinary Missions

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“Short-term mission trips will help you understand yourself and your relationship with others in Christ as few other things will.” —Joseph Wright, Sioux Trip (2014)

What do the numbers 504, 124 and 23 mean to you?

On their own, numbers mean very little, but in context they can become powerful, inspiring and even life-changing; and these three numbers are certainly that.

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A Veterinary Student’s Mission Experience: The Eastern Expedition

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By: Jessy Prado, a 3rd year vet student at Kansas State University

Where next God?

That seems to be the constant question in my life. It is my dream to be a long-term veterinary missionary, though in what country I’m not yet certain. Thus far my life has been a series of adventures seeking the place I am called. God has carried me through Central America, Africa, and the Himalayas, but it wasn’t until he took me to Mongolia this past summer that I truly understood what it means to be His missionary.

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4 Ways to Prepare for a Short-term Mission Trip

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By: Dr. Melissa Cheeks, CVM North Central Region Representative

As you get ready for a short-term mission trip, plenty of things are on your packing list: passport, clothes, bug spray, camera, pepto-bismol… but what about the intangible things you need to pack? How do you prepare yourself spiritually? Packing your bible is a great start. We have four other suggestions for ways to prepare for your short-term trip.

1. Pray.
I like to remind all of my outgoing teams that the minute you commit to following God in a remarkable way, the enemy likes to drag you down. The devil wants nothing more than to derail your plans, so you will likely be attacked on many levels. Be fervent in your prayer life to ensure that God continues to lead your heart on the trip when unexpected circumstances arise that are trying to pull you away. God called you and he loves your heart of service. He will be with you wherever you go. “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” (John 17:15-16)

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Draw Near // Directions for Drawing Near

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Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Directions for drawing near.

The great aim of the author of Hebrews is that we draw near to God and have fellowship with him, not settling for a Christian life that is distant from our Lord. We will start out this issue by reminding each other what our drawing near is not about. It is certainly not a physical act like standing at an altar in church, but an invisible act of the heart. It can happen at home in bed, at work, or while quietly sitting in a pew at church. It is about directing our heart into the presence of God who is as distant as the holy of holies in heaven, and yet as near as the door of faith. Drawing near to God is spending time with Him in prayer and listening to His word, worshiping and praising Him at every opportunity, and inviting Him into every aspect of our lives.

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From the US to Ethiopia: A World Apart

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By: Dr. Tabitha Cox, CVM Fieldworker serving in Ethiopia

Tabby and her husband Trent have served in Ethiopia with their children since 2001. They partner with SIM Ethiopia and for the past 14 years they have lived among the Banna in a little village called Alduba. Through veterinary medicine, they have been able to meet a felt need among the numerous semi-nomadic pastoralist tribes in Southwest Ethiopia, and their veterinary skills have provided a platform by which they have been able to enter new communities and minister in both word and deed. After spending five months in the states, they just returned home to Ethiopia and will begin to transition to their new role in the capital city where Trent will serve as the SIM Ethiopia Director.

By the time you read this, we will once again be a world apart. You in the US and we in the remote village of Alduba in Southwest Ethiopia.

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