By: Dr. Kit Flowers, CVM President

“How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”  Isaiah 52:7

Each July we start a new fiscal year here at Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM).   It is something like the start of the new calendar year.  It is a time to review the past twelve months as well as a time to consider the new fiscal year.   Time is spent in review of each of the program areas seeking to understand afresh how God is working and how we can continue to stay on track with Him.   We also start a new budget year and so we spend time considering how we have served those who have been faithful to give, encourage, and pray with us.

It is also the time when we start a new theme verse.   We have found great encouragement over the years having a focus on a particular theme and verse during the fiscal year.   We seek to integrate the truth of God’s work into our own personal lives as well as into the programs and ministry models within CVM.  Our theme this year is “Peace” based on the verse quote above.

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Choosing Joy

By: Dr. Denise Thagard, long-term candidate currently raising support to serve in the Central African Republic

 “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!”

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t always responded well to commands, especially when I was little. I loved doing things for my mom—I remember cleaning our bathroom for her one Saturday. I was proud of myself, and my mom was grateful, but then she followed it up with, “now you can do it more often.” Suddenly, I went from doing it of my own free will to having to do it as a chore. I don’t know about you, but when I read Paul’s command that we must “Rejoice” I sometimes have that same negative response especially if I am not feeling happy at that point.

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The Glorification of Being Busy

By: Dr. Melissa Cheeks, CVM North Central Region Representative

We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.” (2 Thessalonians 3:11)

Sometimes the Bible speaks so directly! That verse in 2 Thessalonians hit me today.

The most common question I get in the summer is, “So is this a busy time for you?”

In American culture, we are so eager to talk about how busy we are. I often fall into the trap. Speaking from this perspective, my answer would be- I live at a slower pace during the summer. I stay home in Madison and enjoy the city in my free time, while work includes preparing conference speakers, and planning visits to the eight universities I serve. Then I say something like, “But in the fall, I’m quite busy, traveling constantly.”

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