3 Qualities That Make You a Better You

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“…the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2 NIV)

When CVM long-term field staff member Dr. Jeff Bracht first met Luis at the veterinary school in Nicaragua, he was immediately impressed by his virtues. Jeff invited Luis and other students to join him for “Surgery Saturday”—an informal opportunity that allowed students to practice their surgical skills outside of the classroom. From day one, Luis showed that he was someone who had three very important qualities: faithful, available, and teachable, or “F.A.T”, as Jeff likes to say!

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Tanzania: A Day in the Life

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By: Dr. Fred Van Gorkom, CVM Africa Regional Director

Fred served in Ethiopia for 25 years, and now as CVM’s Africa Regional Director, Fred has the privilege of traveling around Africa and visiting our Fieldstaff on the ground. He and his lovely wife, Vicki, recently ventured to Tanzania to visit Dr. Margaret Thompson. In their latest prayer letter, Fred shares about their time and he gives us a brief glimpse of a day in the life for Margaret.

Vicki and I just visited Dr Margaret Thompson. She was one of Vicki’s classmates and close friends in vet school. For 35 years she prayed to go out on missions; now she is based in Tanzania, “…for as long as the Lord and my health allow,” she states with determination.

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Running the Race and Leaving a Legacy

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By: Dr. Karen Stoufer, CVM Asia Regional Director and Director of Training

Karen and her family served in Nepal for 13 years with village animal health workers, women’s empowerment, literacy, water projects and the local church. In her September prayer letter she pays tribute to the life of Dr. Carl Friedericks, a Presbyterian missionary who served long-term in Nepal for 23 years. What an incredible race he ran for the Lord in his 94 years! And what an incredible legacy!

Imagine it is 1952 and you live in Tansen, a town located in southern Nepal, 40 miles from India. You cannot read or write because for over 100 years, it has been illegal to teach people to read and write. Similarly, it has been forbidden for any outsiders to come into Nepal or for anyone, other than the ruling family, to leave the country (with the possible exception of the elite soldiers serving in the British Army called “Gurkhas”). You, your parents, your grandparents and all their contemporaries have never seen someone from the outside. There are no roads so few people have made the trek to any other city in Nepal, least of all to the capital, Kathmandu, a week’s hiking over high hills and rough terrain. Because of the isolation, the way of life in most of Nepal has not changed since medieval times.

Suddenly, you hear that there are white foreigners in the Tansen bazaar. They have walked into Nepal from India. One claims to be a medical doctor and rumors are that this white doctor is going to cut open a local man to heal his urinary problems! Unbelievable as it sounds, you have always wanted to see a white-skinned person, so along with scores of your neighbors, you hurry along the path, following the crowds.

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10 Tips for Sharing Your Testimony

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By: Dr. Mary McDonald

A testimony is your story of how God’s love drew you into a personal relationship with Christ. Write it and share it often! It is a fabulous tool to have in your spiritual toolbox.

Here are 10 tips for sharing your testimony!

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Draw Near // Definite Benefits of Nearness

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By: Dr. Wendell Cantrell

“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

Certainly our main objective in drawing near to our Lord is not to multiply our earthly blessings. The obvious and greatest benefit is our eternal relationship with the Father that we have spoken of the past three months. The latter phrase of the theme verse clearly addresses that, noting that when we have drawn near, we receive mercy and grace. I shared a definition I have used for these two words in the first issue of this series: mercy- not getting what you deserve, grace- getting what you don’t deserve. Because of His mercy, the Lord spared us punishment, and because of His grace, he forgives us. Since we have discussed these two benefits, we are going to explore a couple of underlying relational benefits not addressed in this particular verse.

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