Being on Mission

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By: Dr. Emiko Van Wie

Are you on a mission?

Maybe you are on a mission to finish the work week alive! Maybe your mission is to solve the case that’s been mystifying you for days, to cure that pet of a disease that’s been plaguing it for months, or to impress a boss who never seems to appreciate you. Maybe your mission is to get your first raise, to own your practice, or to get board certified.

My mission in vet school was to be in the top 10% of my class. After the first year, I accomplished my mission and I was miserable. I studied all the time and slept four hours a night. I was passionate about my church too, serving each Sunday and attending a weekly community group. But all I talked about was my exam or how I didn’t do as well as I thought! So many tears shed over school. I was so consumed by being on top that I was not consumed by Jesus.

What does the word mission mean to you?

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Social Media and Short-term Missions

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By: Tracy Rubstello, CVM Short-term Missions Coordinator

In earlier days of missions, waving goodbye at the dock and sailing to the other side of the world meant you might never see your loved ones again. Thanks to technological advances, however, isolation from home is no longer a given when serving in missions. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Skype allow you to communicate on your way to the mission field, and in some places, you can upload pictures and detailed content to the World Wide Web even before you’ve unpacked your suitcase. While these technological advancements help connect us as a global community, we should avoid using them in ways that will harm the people we go to serve.

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Let Us Then

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By: CVM Missions Mobilization Coordinator

“Let us then approach the 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 NIV

So how does one confidently approach God’s Throne of Grace? It is a good question. One that can be easily overlooked though. Human nature is to focus on the benefits, like receiving mercy and grace, instead of considering what it takes to get there. Bt if I really think about approaching God’s throne, the immensity of the proposition starts to sink in. It could actually be considered terrifying. Consider Moses, a man who is called God’s friend, who talked with God “face to face”, yet adamantly warned the people to have fear and trembling before the LORD. So how do I draw near? I believe part of the answer lies in three little words, “Let us then.”

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Veterinary Training Materials and Resources

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By: Dr. Karen Stoufer, CVM Director of Training and Asia Regional Director

“The righteous care for the needs of their animals.”   Proverbs 12:10 (NIV)

In addition to the sending of veterinarians and veterinary technicians to share the gospel around the world by building bridges of relationship through veterinary medicine, we also provide training materials and resources to partners who use them to train livestock owners to care for their animals.

In the last few years, we have worked hard to get our book, “Where There is No Animal Doctor”, translated into languages where we have local partners on the ground, asking for a resource text.  Providing the book in the local language may mean that there will now be sufficient milk for children in Sri Lanka, healthier buffalo in South India, better income for nomads in Africa, more piglets to sell so children in rural Thailand can attend school, and pastors in Myanmar can support themselves by raising animals so that they can continue to serve rural churches.  We have six translations completed, five in process and plans for more.

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Motivations

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By: Dr. Daniel Graham

Motivation is the reason why we choose to act or behave in a particular way; motivation is the reason why we do what we do.

I remember my first year practicing out of vet school.  As I learned, as I formed habits, as I spoke or acted in certain ways; I was reacting to my motivations.  I was motivated by my desire to not look incompetent in front of my boss.  I was motivated by my hope that I wouldn’t disappoint my clients.  I was motivated by my constant fear that I didn’t actually know what I was doing.  I was motivated by my yearning to impress our clinic staff with my bright ideas and fancy skills. 

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