Responding in Obedience

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By: Dr. Troy Sammons, serving in Kenya, soon to be South Sudan with Africa Inland Mission

I am currently sitting and listening to the health benefits of camel urine, at an ECHO conference, as a treatment for human ailments such as arthritis, malaria and other diseases. The treatments stipulate that the urine must be collected from a healthy camel under the age of four years old. To treat a patient the urine must be given orally first thing in the morning before food and water and the results should be immediate.

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Investing in the Next Generation

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By: Dr. Tom Gillaspie

James Harriot, in his book All Things Bright and Beautiful, begins Chapter 28 with the statement, “I always liked having a student with us.” One of the main reasons he liked having students was so that they could open gates for him in his rural practice. He also liked having someone to run and get things for him, someone to pull on the ropes during calvings, and someone to assist in surgery. But mainly he enjoyed their company and the sense of accomplishment that comes from mentoring someone. Harriot follows with a series of colorful stories involving students and new veterinarians in his Yorkshire practice.

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Pass it On

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By: Dr. Glenn Gaines, South Central Region Representative

“Pass It On.” We have all heard the phrase. We usually think of it as some act of kindness. We have seen it portrayed in movies and read about it in books. If someone in front of you in line at the fast food restaurant pays for your meal, then you are to pay for the meal for the person behind you. Now the sticky part comes when the guy behind you has an order for 12 super-sized meals and you only had a hamburger because you had a water in the car since you are trying to save money.

Looking at life, we all have had things passed on to us. We get knowledge passed on, we get individuals wisdom passed down to us, we get inheritances passed on to us, we get emotions passed onto us, etc. The way we live life is passed on by parents, family, friends, or others. We can choose what we accept in life. Now that we have things passed on to us, we need to be looking at passing things on to others. The greatest thing we get passed down to us is love, which means that it should be the greatest gift we can pass on. 1 Corinthians 13:13 says that love is the greatest out of faith, hope and love.

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Following God’s Call

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By: Dr. Suzanne Laidlaw

As I read the email from Christian Veterinary Mission and thought, “Wouldn’t it be amazing to go there? To see a part of the world that is so entrenched in Biblical history, and also have a chance to serve others at the same time! It would be the opportunity of a lifetime.” But just as quickly as the dreaming began – the reality set in: I was a vet student and I had no money. What would my family say about me going to an unstable part of the world?

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Persistence and Faith

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By: Dr. Diane Marshall

Following your dreams isn’t always easy- just ask Dr. Charlotte Dietz. As a 1969 graduate of Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Dietz went to veterinary school at a time when women were tolerated at best, often harassed, and had very little professional encouragement. In fact, Dr. Dietz did not meet another female veterinarian until after she had graduated.

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