Forgiveness in the Most Unlikely Places

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By: Dr. Gerald Mitchum, serving  in Mongolia

Frances and I were closing down for the day and she was getting ready for a nice hot bath. The hot water had been off for a number of days and warm water was a premium. Then the phone rang…it was one of our teachers, Noda, on the other end. “I have locked myself out of the apartment and there is no one with a key around. Do you have a key?” (Several of our women teammates live in a dorm-like apartment and all of the key holders were away at the time.) “Yes, I have a key and I will be happy to let you in,” I said.

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Reflections from the Field

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This past January, Joanna Winters, a vet tech from Connecticut,was given the opportunity to serve on her first short-term mission trip with CVM. Joanna and her team spent 10 days working alongside India Gospel League with their outreach to the rural villages where the team provided animal care.

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Joanna was kind enough to answer a few questions for me.

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Undeserved Forgiveness

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By: Dr. Mark C. Biehl

I had just hung up the phone after the pharmacist had warned me that an enraged client was headed our way upset because I had refused to renew a 3-year-old prescription. I was confident that this was the result of a simple misunderstanding. I would carefully explain that I only wanted to prevent him from unnecessarily refilling a very expensive prescription that he didn’t really need.

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CVM Vet Practice as Ministry in Appalachia

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By: Dr. Lauren Charles, South East Regional Representative

Dr. Kelley Bradford graduated from Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine 35 years ago. For much of that time, he and his wife Debbie led the traditional veterinary life of owning a private practice. For the past five years or so, they’ve been a bit less conventionally doing relief work and practicing out of a mobile trailer in Florida. Last May, they did away with convention completely and moved to the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky.

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Unexpected Grace

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By: Dr. Emiko Van Wie

When I think about what it means to extend grace to someone, I am instantly reminded of times when someone has actually bestowed it upon me.

The life of a veterinarian can be summed up into a few words: fast paced, demanding, and unpredictable. I believe the latter being one of the hardest aspects to balance in relationships outside of the veterinary clinic. Think back on the unpredictable calls or cases through the years of veterinary school and practice. You probably run out of fingers and toes when it comes to the number of times you had to cancel plans of any sort.

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