When You Only Have 15 Minutes

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By: Dr. Lena Wensel, raising deputation to serve in Tanzania

While it is difficult for me, and my husband Patrick, to concentrate on anything other than moving to Africa, most of my current waking hours are still spent working right here in Harford County, Maryland. I’m currently working as a small animal veterinarian. That means I probably see a “rough” average of 100 families weekly in my exam room, mostly in 15-minute appointment slots.

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Reflections from the Field

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This past March, Isaac Jumper, a vet student from Mississippi State,was given the opportunity to serve on his first mission trip with CVM. Isaac and his team spent a week working alongside Dr. Kelly Crowdis where they shared the love of Christ by providing basic veterinary care through mobile clinics.

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

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Out of Control

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By: CVM Fieldstaff serving in Asia

When you live in another country in a different culture, you become very aware that there is very little in life that you can control. A great example of that was our recent visa renewal experience. A visa is the official approval from the government that we need to stay in the country for an additional year. The visa process consists of submitting the required forms, documents, pictures, fees, etc. and then waiting to get the required approvals. It is not a complicated or difficult process, but the results, approval or denial of the visa, is critical.

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Planting Seeds and Laying Eggs

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In a nation stricken with a high percentage of poverty, and a history of dictators and genocide, Dr. Tom and Diane Schiefer are bringing hope through animal husbandry. With more than half of the population of Guatemala living below the poverty line, the projects and workshops implemented have brought healthy animals, profits, and growth for the local church. God is working in the lives of those living in Guatemala!

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Serving our Clients Beyond Pet Care

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By: Daniel Zambrano, Vet tech

My wife and I have operated a mobile practice for the last 16 years. We have the privilege of meeting and serving clients and their pets from all walks of life and situations.

It usually becomes fairly clear early on in our relationship that my wife and I are Christians. We are never forceful or aggressive but we are also not shy about answering those “tough” questions from a biblical perspective.

This incident centers around one household where we have been providing pet care for about ten years. During that time we have helped this delightful couple with arthritic cats, kidney failure cats, and end of life care for their beloved pets. Naturally, discussions of faith and the bible have come up.

In 2014, we received a call from the wife asking us if we could pray for her because she had been diagnosed with cancer. We called her back and committed to keeping them in prayer. In fact, we told them that we would present their situation before our prayer teams at our home church.

A few weeks later the wife called again and asked if it were possible for them to be baptized since her time on this earth might be growing short. We walked them through the foundational questions and significance of baptism and helped them to recognize and submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ as their Savior.

In May of 2014, we had the honor of baptizing them.

About a month ago the wife called again and said that she was undergoing exploratory surgery because imaging studies showed that the tumor had grown.

We heard nothing until last week when we received a voice message, from the wife, informing us that the surgeon could find no evidence of a tumor or any cancer during the exploratory.

God is faithful and uses us in amazing and mysterious ways.

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