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By: Dr. Kelly Crowdis, CVM Fieldstaff serving in Haiti

It is so cool how God opens and closes door of what He wants us to do, all we have to do is be open and listen. I have a really hard time doing that most of the time and often wonder what amazing things that He had planned for me that I missed. I do believe that He will honor and make the best of the choices we make but maybe we missed something that we were supposed to do. So hard to know. People often ask me how do you know God wants you to do ________. There is no easy answer, I think God speaks to everyone in a different way. For me it’s having a peace in my heart way deep down. I may still be nervous, scared or anxious but deep, deep down there is peace. I have been blessed beyond measure and have gotten to experience so many amazing things in this world. Sometimes people say I say “yes” too often, have too many irons in the fire, or don’t think through what I am getting ready to do. Partially true, and I am better about saying “no” to things that aren’t good for my well being. But I never say yes if I don’t have that peace deep, deep down. Usually its something I know right away so I don’t hesitate, impulsiveness or a certainty from God – I guess I’ll have to wait until I see Him to find out.

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Meet CVM’s newest Fieldstaff member!

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As a staff, we are blessed to serve in ministry alongside some incredible individuals and families who are committed to serve the Lord through their profession in veterinary medicine. And today, we’d like to introduce you to an incredible family, The Evans Family, who just happen to be the newest fieldstaff members joining the ranks of an already incredible team of people!

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Drawing Near in Every Ministry

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By: Dr. Denise Thagard

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Each July Christian Veterinary Mission has a new theme. This year as a staff we chose “Draw Near” based on Hebrews 4:16. Last December as we decided this, we had each prayed about various options and we quickly and unanimously chose our new theme. I love how as a ministry of serving we recognize that the most important thing is drawing near to God through Christ. I hope that permeates my life and yours and all that CVM does across the world. Isn’t it amazing that we can confidently come to God in prayer and that He will help us?!

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The Lord is My Protector

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By: Dr. Coalson Lacey

During my vision/scouting trip to Bolivia in 2011, I had a dream. I dreamt that I had fallen asleep in a recliner in a simply furnished room and that the door to the house had been left open. In the dream, I woke up feeling that something was in the room with me and I had the uncomfortable feeling that I was being watched. As I wiped the sleep from my eyes, I saw a large, black wolf circling the recliner. I attempted to scream for help but no sound left my mouth. The wolf continued to circle the recliner, yet never attacked or harmed me – he simply circled the chair. It appeared as if he was unable to get any closer. Suddenly, I woke up.

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4 Steps to Debriefing Your Short-Term Mission trip

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One of the most important things you can do to help ensure that your next mission trip will be a life-giving experience is something that you may not have even considered. It doesn’t have anything to do with fundraising or learning the local language or even organizing a prayer team, (though all of those are great things to do). One of the most important things you can do is really very simple but it is often forgotten…

Make a plan to debrief well both on your trip and when you return.

Good debriefing is one of the most effective ways you can ensure that what you learned and experienced on your short-term mission trip gets assimilated into your life and faith back home.

But effective debriefing requires a good debriefing plan.

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