Igniting Global Ministry

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By: Dr. Gina Wintermantel, Affiliate Ministry Director

Since Christian Veterinary Mission was founded, we have focused on encouraging veterinary professionals to use their gifts for God. This includes veterinarians in the U.S. and around the world. Our relationships with international vets, who we refer to as “CVM affiliates,” has been such a blessing as we share in our faith and worship of the Lord, as well as exchanging valuable knowledge of veterinary diseases and treatments for the local animal population. Our desire is to expand our opportunities to work together in order to carry out the Great Commission, as we believe that working together is far better than working alone.

Dr. Marty Langhofer is a long-time CVM friend who has committed himself to building relationships and mobilizing veterinarians in Romania. He has made numerous trips over the years to visit and encourage veterinary professionals and students. Dr. Langhofer has also provided opportunities for students from Romania to participate in externships in the U.S.

In 2015, three Romanian veterinary students attended Shortcourse, our annual conference in Kansas City, MO. While there, Dr. Langhofer introduced the students to Dr. Billy Meyers from Georgia, who worked with the student Christian Veterinary Fellowship (CVF) at the University of Georgia. When Dr. Myers told the CVF students at UG about the Romanian students, the UG students gathered together, prayed for the Romanian students, made cards of encouragement, and sent them t-shirts. 

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An Ever Growing Ministry

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By: Dr. Susan Stewart

What little girl who loves animals has not dreamed of becoming a veterinarian some day? I certainly did! And because I had great support I was able to realize that dream. When I was in high school and met Christ, the dream was transformed into a passion to serve Christ through vet medicine.

It was then that I met a dynamic, smart, witty, committed vet from Georgia, who had recently started an organization of Christian veterinarians. God filled Dr.
Leroy Dorminy with vision and passion and then empowered him with the capacities and relationships to move the ministry forward. I met Dr. Dorminy when I was a veterinary student and CVM was a toddler, 35 years ago. I was so relieved! I had a passion to serve through veterinary medicine and here were people who said:
“We also know vets have a role in God’s kingdom work, come join us.”

I have seen a lot of change in CVM as we have learned, grown, and developed to middle age. But the purpose has stayed constant, the melding of the great commission: “go and make disciples of all nations” (Mathew 28:19) and the great commandment: “love your neighbor (the one not like you, the Samaritan) as yourself” (Luke 10:27). CVM has challenged, empowered, and facilitated many to serve who have encouraged others to hear God’s call to follow Him, and to live deeply committed lives of service and love.

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Dr. John Kruckeberg, a Life well Lived

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On October 31st at age 66, Dr. John Kruckeberg departed his earthly home and entered into his heavenly home and the presence of his Savior (Obituary). Almost four years ago John was diagnosed with cancer, yet even amidst the diagnosis he kept on serving, leading CVM short-term trips and pouring into the lives of those around him. Just last year he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association.

Here are just a few of the testimonies of the lives John touched. May you be blessed and encouraged through the reading of these.

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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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The Power of Role Models

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By: Dr. Karen Stoufer

“Watch this”, said Dr. Murray, the experienced large animal vet who had invited me, a pre-vet hopeful city girl, to go on my first-ever farm call with him.  I stood there in the dark shed, while Dr. Murray approached the old cow with the broken horn in a muddy pen. He gave no indication of what he was going to do and then swung up the large keystone dehorner and removed the horn and top of the skull all at once. Blood spurted out, the cow bellowed and Dr. Murray turned to look at me. I realized this was a test.  Was I going to faint or cry or was I a female worth mentoring toward a veterinary career? The test was unfair but at the time, there were fewer than 500 female veterinarians in the entire country and many practitioners were opposed to women in the profession.  Luckily, I neither cried nor fainted, nor told him what I was thinking about such unfair tests (!), and he and his partner became encouragers and mentors for the next few years, leading up to my acceptance into Cornell’s veterinary college.

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Changing Lives Through the Credibility of Veterinary Medicine

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By: Dr. Fred Van Gorkom

Veterinary medicine uniquely provides credibility within different cultures. People can use their skills to serve in areas where traditional ministry work may be more challenging, and it may more easily open doors to discussions that otherwise may hardly occur. Years ago, when I first began serving in Ethiopia, I told everyone, “Just call me Fred”. Not long after, I was called into a high ranking government official’s office for questioning.

This frowning official thought that he was questioning an imposter. He was astounded, “If you really are a veterinarian, why won’t you let anyone call you Doctor Fred?” I quickly prayed and explained that I follow Jesus who told us to not be called by any special names. He examined my credentials and sounded like a judge handing down the verdict: “Well, in this country, you are to be called Doctor Fred,” he ordered.

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