Frontier Outreach in the Himalayas Open
May 1 - May 16
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on of May and October, happening 2 times
CVM partners with a cheese factory in the Himalayas that is working to improve the health of cattle and water buffalo that provide their milk. CVM sends veterinarians to treat animals and provide training.
This outreach focuses on building relationships with Gujjar farmers, an unreached people group. While many Gujjars are nomadic, this community is established. Many farmers live on the edge of poverty, but they can be quite hospitable. Predominantly Muslim, the culture reflects the honor and modesty found in their religious beliefs. There is also a clear distinction between male and female roles and cultural traditions that must be respected by visitors. Either men or women may serve.
|Cost||$700 Airfare is not included in the cost.|
|Local Partner||CVM partners with a cheese factory in the Himalayas that is working to improve the health of cattle and water buffalo that provide their milk. CVM sends veterinarians to treat animals and provide training for local herders.|
|Vet Work||The greatest impediment to the income of these dairy farmers is low milk production. With very little money, and little margin to invest unless an economic gain is guaranteed, the Gujjar farmers require training in de-worming, nutrition, livestock housing and vaccination. The Gujjar need the encouragement and education from veterinary teams as local veterinary services are limited.|
|Ministry Work||On this trip, short-term participants are immersed in a traditional Muslim community; this requires visitors to adjust their cultural expectations and be sensitive ambassadors for Christ. Although overt evangelism is prohibited, Christians can live out their call to missions through respect, kindness, and acts of love. There are many opportunities to build relationships and reflect God’s love and grace as participants serve the farming community.|
|Number Needed||Two vets or one vet accompanied by a vet technician/student or non-vet family member welcome. Vets must have dairy experience and be able to hike in the mountains.|
|Additional Information||This outreach is offered through a secular, for-profit business among folk Muslims. Short-term participants must behave in a circumspect and respectful manner.|