Approaching God with Confidence

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By: Dr. Denise Thagard, currently raising deputation to serve in the Central African Republic

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16

One of my favorite movies is Anna and the King. In it the king sits on the throne and his people approach him on their knees, bowing their foreheads to the ground so that they would be accepted by the king. The wrath of the king was to be feared if you approached in the improper manner. It is in the middle of one of these scenes that the king’s youngest child runs up to her dad, the king oblivious to any proper protocol. She climbs up on his lap to tell him her news.

In the same fashion, I picture God, who rules the whole universe, being happy to have us approach him fearlessly like the king’s little daughter.

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Combating Compassion Fatigue

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By: Dr. Melissa Cheeks

 

“Do you have any plans for the weekend?” I asked my client on a Friday afternoon. She rolled her eyes while grumpily replying, “Ugh, yeah- I have to work tomorrow.”

I chirped back, “Oh, me too.”

Her response was one I’ll never forget:

“Yeah, but your job is SO fun. You just get to work with animals- I have to deal with people.”

I was accustomed to putting on my veterinary poker face, so I smirked internally as I gently reminded her that each of my patients comes with a person attached to the leash. Despite my honest reply, she was not convinced that my job could be anything other than puppies and rainbows.

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Are We Sharing His Love?

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By: Dr. Kit Flowers

“Christ’s love expressed through veterinary medicine.”

If we have one sentence to share with people about the mission of CVM, this is it. We are in the business to share this charge with the veterinary profession, believing that the gift of the profession is to be a tool for service to our communities and a channel for His love. Those who serve in short and long-term mission work with CVM serve as vessels of His love poured out to those in both physical and spiritual need. I remember so vividly hearing from Dr. Enkee from Mongolia share that she was, “loved to Christ” by Dr. Gerald and Frances Mitchum.

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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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What am I Doing Here?

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By: Melissa White, CVT, CVM Fieldstaff serving in India

At some point along the way, every missionary has had a “What in the world am I doing here?” moment. Mine happened on my 30th birthday in the middle of a remote desert village that I’m fairly certain had a higher population of camels than people.

I had been on the field for three years and although there had been challenges, I had never really questioned my calling or struggled with being single before. However, months of eating nothing but fatty sheep meat, having constant GI problems, little contact with the outside world, no privacy, no showers, and no one to confide in will quickly bring you to a “What in the world am I doing here?” moment. The reality had finally set in: my life was not “normal” and I was entering my 30’s with little hope of that fact changing. 

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My Duty is Joy

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By: Dr. Troy Sammons, CVM Fieldstaff serving in Kenya/South Sudan

Do you remember the door prize goldfish in a bag, or the goldfish you could win as a prize in the carnival at the local fair whose goal in life was to swim aimlessly and bored, around a blurry constantly changing outside world?

I think in the past six months I can affectionately say I have felt a tiny bit like those goldfish, packed up into a nice clean baggie of water, putting on my best googly eyes and entering into a brand new fish tank with lots of excitement as the treasured carnival prize, only to be caught up again and transferred to the next fish tank with the same great excitement when the last excitement wore off. All the time wishing, I was just left alone to grow fat and happy and be one of those six-pound goldfish who barely swims and just floats along, totally ignored by the kid who won him ten years earlier. Oh what joy!

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