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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Happy Thanksgiving!

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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.

This year we have seen God’s hand working in the hearts and lives of those we serve around the world.

We are thankful 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.

On behalf of everyone here at Christian Veterinary Mission, we wish you and your family and friends a blessed Thanksgiving.

Thank you for your partnership in ministry,

-The Team at Christian Veterinary Mission

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Peace of Christ

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By: Dr. Gina Wintermantel

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” –John 14:27

What does it mean to have peace, or to live in times of peace? There are many entries in the dictionary to define peace. Tranquility, quiet, freedom from unrest, lack of war, a state of security, and the list goes on.

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Ministering to Clients through the Grief and Loss of their Pets

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By: Stephen Cowden, E-Learning Coordinator

When we face challenging situations, sometimes having the right resource makes all the difference.

CVM loves to help veterinary professionals live out their faith through their vocation, and we’ve developed some outstanding training for short-term missions, long-term missions, and workplace ministry. You’ll find these on our e-learning site. But did you know that we also have over 30 resources available for you to download and use for free? Our online resource library includes CVM’s entire series of “Raising Health Animals” booklets as well as 8 devotional and Bible study guides.

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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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