Happy New Year!

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By: Tracy Rubstello, CVM Short-term Missions Coordinator

As 2016 comes to an end,  we want to stop and celebrate what a rich heritage of short-term missions God has brought about through CVM.  God has called literally thousands of men and women – vet students, vet techs, veterinarians and non -vet resource people to serve through CVM in the last 40 years. Our short-term participants have worked with our national partners and local field staff to teach, train, and treat in the hopes of improving the quality of life for under-resourced communities around the world and across the US.  They have responded to natural disasters, taught in classrooms, trained and mentored vet students, and completed countless surgeries.

And all as volunteers.  The impact of their over 75,000 days of service over the past 40 years has been felt not only in the communities they have served – but in their own lives as well.  These volunteers have come away from their trips with a deeper commitment to the God they serve, a greater appreciation for cultures and people different from themselves, and a greater sensitivity as they have wrestled with issues of economic inequality and social injustice….and they are different people as a result.  I’ve had the privilege of bearing witness to this marvelous transformation in the world and in our volunteers for only the past four years…. but many of you have been a part of this movement of God through CVM short-term from the early days.

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Reflections from the Field

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Katherine Beard, a veterinary technician from Indiana, was given the opportunity to serve on her first mission trip with CVM. Katherine and her team spent a week on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota where they partnered with the Wounded Knee Church of God.

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Katherine was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

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Merry Christmas!

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
-Romans 15:13

With Christmas just a day away, we are taking time this week to reflect on the birth of our Savior. We are grateful for the gift of grace He has given each of us and the blessings that He has bestowed on CVM. This joyous season is a time for each of us to consider how we can draw near to the throne of grace and live in such a way that honors Him.

We are grateful for the support of the CVM family who make it possible for us to be Christ’s hands and feet as we serve through veterinary medicine.

We pray that your time with family and friends this Christmas season will be a special blessing. On behalf of everyone here at Christian Veterinary Mission, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Thank you for your partnership in ministry,

-The Team at Christian Veterinary Mission

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Grasping the Power of the Gospel

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By: Melissa White, CVM Fieldstaff serving in India

They say your first year in a new culture is a steep learning curve. For me, it has been more of a cliff than a curve. Every day seems to be full of new challenges, new cultural insights, and opportunities for growth. The biggest learning curve has been trying to discern the spiritual climate here. In Mongolia it was quite straightforward: most people professed Buddhism, or a mix of Buddhism and Shamanism, and there was a tangible spiritual hunger. Here it is like a giant melting pot of culture and beliefs. There are Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Muslims and Tribal animists all living next to each other in relative harmony. In an attempt to be inclusive, most schools here (including Christian ones) take time off for Buddha’s birthday, all the Hindu festivals, as well as Christmas and Easter. When you add up all of the Hindu, Buddhist and Christian holidays you find that the kids are only in school here for 100 days out of the year!

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Knowing the Christ of Christmas

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By: Dr. Kit Flowers, CVM Executive Director

I am stirred in my heart this Christmas season that we are to be people who purpose to set our minds on Christ.

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.  For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”  Col 3:1-3

These words from the apostle Paul to the church in Colossea, is a great reminder as we celebrate the birth of our Lord.  There is so much to distract us in the world.  We all have deep concerns as we reflect on the state of our world.  Most of us have family and friends walking through deep trials.  Even if we can set aside all of these concerns, the hustle and bustle of the holidays can steal away the hope and joy of the Christmas season.

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