The Yoke of Victory

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By: Dr. Heidi Pulito

A few months ago, I hit an all-time career low point.  I had a few cases that, despite my best efforts, did not turn out well. I cried out to God for Him to allow these patients to pull through, but they continued to worsen. I turned from asking for healing, to asking for a new case that would give me and my clinic a victory to rally around. I remember His words clearly as he spoke to my heart after weeks of pleading, “Heidi, was My Victory not enough?”

This was one of those moments where God hits me so hard with His simple yet profound truth that I just wanted to crawl up into a little ball and plant my palm right smack in the middle of my forehead!

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Rejoicing in Imbalance

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By: Dr. Dean A. Hendrickson

I must admit that I am probably not a great example for what the “world” would call balanced. I spend more time with work that I probably should, I don’t pay as much attention to how my work is affecting my family, and I don’t spend enough time checking in with God to see if I am in the right place. It is interesting that when you are asked to write on a topic you start to see all of the ways that you are probably struggling with it.

Wikipedia defines Work/Life Balance as: “a concept including proper prioritizing between ‘work’ (career and ambition) and ‘lifestyle’ (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation).” It is related to the idea of lifestyle choice and it looks different to everyone.

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Do You Ever Have Those Moments?

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By: Stephen Cowden, CVM E-Learning Coordinator

Do you ever have those moments when the darkness of the world seems overwhelming? Do you know that helpless feeling when the loneliness, fear, and hatred in the world seem to negate the work of the peacemakers? Do you know those times when Jesus’ promise that he has conquered the world (John 16:33) seems so far-fetched that you begin to doubt?

As one who serves in the CVM home office, I get to hear many encouraging reports about how the kingdom of God is growing. I also hear a lot about the immense needs and challenges of people around the world. I regularly recognize our helplessness, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. In fact, if we cling to our beliefs that God is sovereign and that God is love, these experiences can deepen our faith.

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Reflections from the Field

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Rachel Henriquez, a veterinary student from the University of Florida was given the opportunity to serve on her first short-term trip with CVM in July to the Navajo.

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Rachel was kind enough to answer some questions for us!

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How Beautiful the Mountains

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By: Dr. Kelly Crowdis, CVM Fieldstaff serving in Haiti

One of my primary purposes in going to Haiti was to train and help prepare vet professionals to go and help people in the countryside.  When I first arrived here in 2006, it was the biggest culture shock of all. I was assaulted by the crowds, the heat, and the smell of burning garbage. It was chaos.

In the second year I was here I had somebody steal stuff out of my house, I was exposed to rabies, and I contracted Dengue fever. I would get around 30 phone calls per day and 10 email messages with vet problems from missionaries around the country, or from a Haitian friend who had a crisis. I was burning both ends of the candle and it was very overwhelming. CVM would call and ask how I was and because of the way I was raised, I would say that things were great. I would ask them to please pray for this ministry or these people, but I never said, “Can you pray for me?”

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CVM Apprenticeship Program

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Are you a “missions-minded” vet student in your 2nd,  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 Missions Apprenticeship Program may be for you!

Applications to the Apprenticeship must be received by October 1st in order to be considered for 2018.

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