Reflections from the Field

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Rachel Cokeley, a vet student from Mississippi State,was given the opportunity to serve on her first mission trip with CVM. Rachel and her team spent a week working alongside Dr. Kelly Crowdis where they set up rural veterinary clinics and traveled to a different community each day. They addressed the veterinary needs of the community including (but not limited to) vaccinations, wound care, and spays/neuters. In Rachel’s words, they were the hands and feet for Dr. Kelly in her mission to maintain relationships with people.

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

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CVM’s Mission Apprentice Program Leaves a Lasting Impact

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Are you a “missions-minded” vet student in your 3rd or 4th year of vet school? Do you have 4 weeks available to serve on the field? Do you want to receive hands-on training/one-on-one mentoring from a CVM Long-Term Field Worker? If so, then CVM’s Mission Apprenticeship program may be for you!

Applications to the Apprenticeship must be received by October 1, 2016 in order to be considered for the 2017-2018 school year.

And considering we’re just a week away from the deadline, we thought it would be fun to hear from past apprentices on how this experience helped them to see what life was like as a veterinary missionary and and how it helped them to hear God’s call on their life in a more clear way!

Dr. Dianne Johnson was kind enough to share her thoughts on her experience! She traveled to Cameroon in 2012. This is what she had to say!

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Locked in the Dark

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By: Dr. Rebecca Quam, CVM Fieldstaff serving in South Africa

We were stuck; locked in the women’s restroom at a petrol (gas) station on the road back to Mafikeng. The trip had been going relatively smoothly for an entire 24 hours, but that came to a screeching halt in this dark, unpleasant restroom. The last member of the short-term mission team entering the restroom had shut the outside door and didn’t realize that the latch was broken and wouldn’t work from the inside.

After everyone had tried turning the latch and shaking the door repeatedly with no change in the doors locked status, one of the ladies climbed up on a toilet in one of the stalls, opened the window, and leaned out to summon help.  The door opened easily from the outside and our relieved group filed out into the sunshine.

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My Journey with CVM – From Vet School to the Mission Field

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By: Dr. Cherie Igielski, CVM Long-term Associate

Landing at Bole International airport in Addis Ababa at the beginning of July, my body and mind sensed relief at being “home”. I know I’ve moved back to the U.S. for the tangible future, but part of my heart will always be in Ethiopia. Even after landing, I knew how to hit the ground running and start accomplishing the goals of our trip. This is a very different story from when I landed 3 years ago and especially since the very first time I arrived in Ethiopia almost 6 years prior. This trip was rather a whirlwind, but we were able to complete the work needed to officially close down the Gumuz Education project.

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Intentionally Sharing the Love of Christ

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By: Dr. Glenn Gaines

Did I make a difference? That question probably crosses everyone’s mind at some time or another. I don’t remember thinking much about that as a kid, but the older I get, the more it comes to mind. The thought of living a life without impact is not one that any of us want to leave behind. Most of us want to have family, friends, clients and others to be positive about the footprint that we leave on their lives.

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