CVM Apprenticeship Program

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Are you a “missions-minded” vet student in your 2nd,  3rd or 4th year of vet school? Do you have 4 weeks available to serve on the field? Do you want to receive hands-on training/one-on-one mentoring from a CVM Long-Term Field Worker? If so, then CVM’s Missions Apprenticeship Program may be for you!

Applications to the Apprenticeship must be received by October 1st in order to be considered for 2018.

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Wild Sheep

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By: Dr. Scott Houser, a veterinarian from Arizona who served on his first short-term trip to the Navajo with Dr. Bill Rishel this past July

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off ? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.” Matthew 18 : 12-14

It was our first stop of the day and we needed to do preventative health care on a flock of sheep for an older Navajo gentleman and his family. It was mission work on the Navajo Indian Reservation and I had a crew of veterinary students and my wife Janet, who is a small animal veterinarian, helping me. Since this was my first time doing work with Christian Veterinary Missions, I was relying heavily on a couple students who had served before, namely Kailey Ann and Logan. Besides the sheep, we also had several dogs to vaccinate, a couple cats and two horses. As we organized the sheep crew to catch, vaccinate, inject vitamins, deworm and treat the ears for ticks, we noticed three very wild sheep had separated from the flock and escaped being caught. The old Navajo man and his sister were trying to round up the sheep, so we tried to step in and help. Unfortunately those sheep were very wily and figured out how to avoid us and the traps we set for them.

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Serving in Mongolia

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By: Dr. Mary Ballenger, CVM Fieldstaff serving in Mongolia

“Tell me more about God. You are telling me things I have never heard.” This was spoken by a Mongolian teenager who lives in the depths of the countryside in western Mongolia. And was spoken to one of our short-term workers who traveled 2 ½ days to this teenager’s remote home. A 4th year veterinary student from Michigan committed her finances and her time this summer to help reach the unreached. She was so thrilled in  the interest that the young people had in knowing about God, Jesus and the Christian lifestyle. As she said, “Sadly, the interest in knowing God among young people in the USA is not as strong as it is in Mongolia. The Mongolian young people are so open to hear about the Creator of Heaven and Earth.” Unfortunately so many Mongolians worship the creation and not the Creator, so what a special time this was for this veterinary student to receive so many questions about the Creator and be able to sow into the lives of the Mongolian young people.

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Lessons Learned in the Midst of Unexpected Challenges

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By: Melissa, CVM Fieldstaff serving in Asia

Twice a year my sending organization sends out evaluations for me to assess how things are going and report on goals I made. One of the questions I just filled out read something like this, “What unexpected things happened this year and what lessons did you learn?” I laughed when I read this question. What happened during my first term in Asia that WASN’T unexpected? Did I expect to break my arm or go through two months watching goats die from plague, or spend three months standing in ATM and bank lines because the whole country decided to de-monetize and get rid of 80% of the currency overnight? Or how about expecting to be told that a visa that should be able to be renewed five times can only be renewed once? Or the latest: expecting that a one day little political rally would turn into an indefinite strike closing down all transportation, shops, banks, schools and business in the area where I live. One thing about living overseas: expect the unexpected! As I have been home these past two months, applying for a new visa and waiting for the political situation to resolve, I have had a lot of time to reflect on the second half of the question: “What lessons did you learn?” The truth is that my whole time in Asia has been spent dealing with unexpected challenges, and I haven’t really had a whole lot of time to stop and think what God is teaching me through it all. So here it goes—lessons learned in the midst of unexpected challenges:

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Seeing God’s People as He sees them

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By: Dr. Paul Evans, CVM Fieldstaff serving in Zambia

I knew the man well who walked up to do the intercessory prayer that Sunday.  The prayer is part of the service every Sunday and it is a prayer asking God to intercede on behalf of the people.  The man is a church member that has a knack for coming to see me for social calls that only coincide with times when he wants to ask me for something.  I thought it was ironic that this man would be asking God for things now and my next thought was that I knew how God felt always being asked for things from us.  My next thought was that I had no idea how God feels because He is so much more loving and patient than I am.  My next thought was that I had a God-complex myself thinking that I had so much in common with the Creator of the universe.  All that happened in about 10 seconds I guess.

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