May Perspectives with Kit Flowers

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Christian Veterinary Mission’s purpose is to challenge, empower, and facilitate veterinary professionals to serve others by living out their Christian faith.  I have the opportunity to serve His work through CVM.  In that service, I have the privilege of walking alongside brothers and sisters in Christ who are seeing the needs of our world and who are responding in obedience to serve others living out their Christian faith.

Obedience to this call requires steps of faith.  It also requires that we reflect on His hand in our journey. We are encouraged to see Him open doors that no person can close as well as close doors that can no longer be opened.

I am blessed to serve His kingdom work through Christian Veterinary Mission.  As I hear the testimonies of others responding to His call and remembering His work in their lives, I grow in Him.  Your journey is a part of His story of working through CVM.

Thank you for following Him with us!

Dr. Kit Flowers – CVM President

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Reflections on the Field

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katy worley nepal

Katy Worley, a vet tech, from Georgia was given the opportunity to serve on her first short-term trip with CVM in October to Nepal.

Katy was kind enough to answer some questions for us!

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Seeing our Past in Perspective

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By: Dr. Barry Schwenk

What a wonderful time of the year!  Christmas is filled with so many memories.  Colette and I have been reflecting back to the many places we have been during Christmas.  It is really easy to get nostalgic at this time of year.  You remember the “good ol’ days” and try to recreate those magic moments.  Unfortunately, it usually turns out like those cringe worthy photos of adults recreating childhood photos.  Why do we torture ourselves like that?  What is it about the past that draws us in?  I think its two little words, “selective memory.”

We are really good at this and I’m finding that as I get older I have become a master.  We hold onto the things that bring us great joy.  We hold onto memories because we know the beginning, the middle and the end.  When we face today, we see troubles and worries and we don’t know what the future holds.  It is far easier for us to slip into the past than it is for us to face our present.  The past is complete.  There is no guessing.  There are no decisions to be made.

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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 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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Light in the Darkness

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By: Dr. Fred VanGorkom, CVM Africa Regional Director

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  God saw that the light was good and He separated the light from the darkness.  (Genesis 1:3,4)

I stumbled a bit in the darkness, but never saw what caused me to trip.  It was dark—no moon, not even distant city lights.  Looking up I marveled at countless, fascinating stars.  I once read an astrophysicist’s statement that this universe is so finely tuned—if it was expanding at only 1 x 10-61 more rapidly, we’d all explode; if it expanded at 1 x 10-61 less rapidly, we’d all contract and implode.  Not very pretty to imagine—but so perfectly fine-tuned!

Still, even as dark as it was I could faintly see the narrow footpath leading back to our mission house in the Ethiopian bush—until it led though our guava grove.  Now faint starlight dimmed to impenetrable darkness, and it was all too easy to imagine venomous reptiles under foot.

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Do Not be Afraid

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By: Dr. Ann MacCormac

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. But the angel said to them “Be not afraid …”     Luke 2:10

I read somewhere that the phrase “Do not be afraid” occurs around over 100 times in the Bible. I suppose that means I should sit up and take notice, but I am a worrier and there seems to be a lot of fearfulness going around, both individually and collectively.

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