Reflections from the Field

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This past May, Meredith Rice, a vet student from Lincoln Memorial University,was given the opportunity to serve on her first mission trip with CVM. Meredith and her team spent a week working alongside Dr. Kim and David Carney where they worked with students at the veterinary school in Santa Cruz doing wet labs, English classes and Bible studies. They also went to the village of Los Negros where they had a rabies vaccine/spay and neuter clinic and the local church was able to share the Gospel with the locals that came.

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

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The Story of our Lives

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By: Dr. Bill Janecke, CVM Fieldstaff serving in Bolivia

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to tell the story. The story of how God’s great Kingdom HAS come on earth. The story about truth and mercy, peace and light, darkness turning to dawn, about the Kingdom of truth and light.

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One Vet’s Journey with CVM

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By: CVM Long-term Associate serving in Asia

I touched down in Asia in February of 2011. It was the brand new start of my integration into a cross-cultural life- language learning, cultural acclimation, culture shock, foreign veterinary medicine, foreign animal diseases, foreign foods, foreign… everything. And I wasn’t great at it. It was a monumental learning process and daily opportunity to lean on God for strength and wisdom (5 years later and I am still not great, and it is still an opportunity to lean on God). But Christian Veterinary Mission was there, supporting and cheering me on, as they have done every day since.

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Where is Home?

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By: Dr. Ann MacCormac, CVM Associate serving in Ghana

Where and what determines what you call “home”? Is it based on a location, perhaps associated with where you grew up, or is it tied to a group of people with whom you have shared experiences or memories? After living in Ghana, spending the summer in the US, and now returning to Accra, we wrestle with this question of belonging.

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Living a Prayerful Life

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By: Dr. Fred Van Gorkom

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” – Oswald Chambers

The Bible enjoins us to pray with persistence and faith, with worship and adoration, petition and thanksgiving.  Jesus often went out alone to commune with the Father—even in Gethsemane while the disciples couldn’t stay awake. When the test came, He passed while the disciples fled.

What might a life of intentional prayer look like for a veterinarian in private practice?

Start each morning with prayer. My wife, Vicki, and I are intentional to pray together every morning before we get up. Years ago I was visiting long-time CVM advocates Stan and Evelyn Agenbroad. Early one morning during my visit I walked out into the front room and witnessed a special moment. They were facing each other, holding each others hands, heads bowed in earnest prayer and silhouetted by the eastern dawn.  It was truly a beautiful and sacred moment.

Take time early in the day for private prayer too—for yourself, your family, church, community, nation, for missions, other nations and people groups, and the persecuted. I choose to wear a wrist band in order to remind myself to pray; each morning when I put it on, and each evening when I take it off, I pray, and put a specific emphasis on praying for those facing persecution.

Heading off to work? Consider praying (with your eyes open!) while you commute. It’s a great way to spend your time traveling. Pray for your clients you will be seeing that day, your coworkers, friends, and for His leading and blessing throughout the day.

Depending on your work environment, it may be appropriate to start the work day by praying with your staff. It’s a beautiful way to lift up each others burdens to the Lord and build a sense of family community among staff.

Another way to intentionally incorporate prayer into your life is to pray silently throughout the day for each client as you enter the exam room. When appropriate, ask them if they would like for you to pray with them. Do the same with phone calls and emails, and be intentional. If they have specific requests and your memory slips then perhaps consider keeping a list. You can then pray through the list and follow up later. What a way to show the love of Jesus, demonstrate you care, and build relationships for a witness (as well as for business)!

In recent years, I’ve started memorizing prayers recorded in Scripture—so much richer than my run-of-the-mill prayer for protection when traveling from point A to point B. For example, in Philippians 1: 9-11 Paul prays that:

  • our love will abound more and more with knowledge and depth of insight,
  • that we’ll discern what’s best,
  • that we’ll be pure and blameless, and
  • that we’ll be filled with the fruit of righteousness.

In this country we are very blessed. Things often go pretty smoothly—the spiritual battle is more hidden here. By contrast in international missions, even if you pray as hard as you can—things often still blow up around you. God keeps you hanging on to Him, and your faith grows.

What a privilege we have to take our burdens to Christ! He cares. While His ways and thoughts are as high above ours as the heavens are above the earth, He answers when it’s best. Watch and pray—it’s so exciting to see the living God at work!

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