By: Dr. Brad Frye, Program Director and Latin America Director
For the last 15 years I have had the privilege of walking with many people through the process of deciding if they are called to serve in overseas missions. For most it was not an easy journey as it often required taking steps toward a destination that was not clear, along a path that often changed, while dealing with obstacles that seemed overwhelming. But most of all it required them to trust that God would lead and provide for what He called them to do. During this time, I have seen God’s amazing confirmation for some and for others it has been distraction and entanglement. Regardless of what the issues are these distractions or roadblocks often have to be dealt with before a person can move forward with their calling.
This week we begin a three part series on the roadblocks to missions. In part one, I will talk about calling and responding to God’s call to missions and identifying the six roadblocks we believe hold people back from pursuing the call to serve overseas. In part two and three, we will specifically address the roadblocks of the need for more veterinary education, the issue of debt and paying it off, calling and how to discern where God might be calling you, spiritual preparedness, family and raising children on the mission field, and separation from family.
We wanted to take the time to reflect on all that we are thankful for here at Christian Veterinary Mission, where our heart is to express Christ’s love through veterinary medicine. We are grateful for your continued partnership in prayer and financial support, as we serve the Lord together in ministry.
By: Melissa White, CVM Fieldstaff serving in India
These last couple months have been my most challenging since coming to India, and that’s saying a lot considering May I spent recovering from my broken arm during a record breaking heatwave in Delhi and July I spent most of my days trying to clean mold and mildew off of everything in my house! When the monsoon season ended and my arm healed I thought I had been through the worst of it. But then in September PPR Virus (also known as goat plague) hit my newly established goat herd. For two months I have been traveling every day to my farm and spending hours there treating the sick goats, trying every kind of medicine possible to keep them alive, including some strange local treatments, and then losing sleep at night thinking about which ones were going to die next. In the end we lost 18 out of 27 goats, and some are not quite out of the woods yet. It has been a devastating blow to my project. We were just about to distribute many of the goats to villagers when the virus hit. We were also just about to start breeding the goats which would have meant lots of babies for future distributions. All of our bucks died except for one young one, and the goats that are left are in pretty poor shape.
What have I learned from this trial? So many things! But the main thing I have learned is that we can make all the plans we want but in the end it is truly God who directs our steps (Proverbs 16:9).
Adam Chung, a 4th year vet student from the University of Pennsylvania, was given the opportunity to serve on his first short-term mission trip with CVM. Adam and his team spent a week working alongside Dr. Kelly Crowdis where he was able to gain some first hand mission experience and an understanding as to how his skills can intersect with missions.
Adam was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.
By: Dr. Kelly Crowdis, CVM Field Staff serving in Haiti
The only news in Haiti right now is Hurricane Matthew. On October 2 and 3 the radar showed that Matthew was coming, no one said much, another cyclone, no big deal. However, Matthew was a category 4 storm with 175 mile an hour winds. All of the missionary community started to warn people and no one believed us. We have hurricanes all the time and nothing much happens. We haven’t had a category 4 storm hit Haiti since 1963 and people forget.
I think I know how the prophets felt when they were telling the people of God’s judgement coming if they didn’t change their ways. I went around in my truck telling everyone not to sleep in their tin roofed houses and to take shelter in a concrete house. The sun was shining and people looked at me like I was crazy.