|Veterinarians Making a Difference|
|Written by Sherry|
|Wednesday, 24 March 2010 15:32|
Christian Veterinary Mission seeks to help veterinarians serve others and live out their Christian faith through their profession. We seek to change lives and communities by improving the care of livestock and other animals.
Every year, thousands of people around the world struggle to survive because they don't have the right knowledge, skills and resources to care for their animals. CVM veterinarians live and work alongside these people to encourage them and provide them with not only much needed veterinary expertise, but also the hope that is only found in Christ. As friends and encouragers, CVM veterinarians build lasting relationships with individuals and communities, helping them be transformed through Christ's love. Christian veterinarians also serve through the profession here at home, demonstrating Christ's love in word and deed.
This is the kind of "out of the box" thinking with respect to evangelization that is so cool. Obviously, trust is built between the veterinarian and those who do not yet know Christ. The very fact that someone has traveled halfway around the world to help has to raise curiosity about the motives of such an individual, so there are plenty of opportunities to talk about Jesus, his love for the poor, and the way he used agricultural and pastoral images in his teaching.
My family and I attended the Baptist World Alliance in Stockholm, Sweden in July 1975. There were 84 countries represented including some underdeveloped countries. This was my first encounter with people from the Third World. The glaring inequalities between the two worlds were visible to me for the first time in a personal way. During a small group Bible study one day, someone asked a lady from Africa, "how can we of the developed world be of help to you in the underdeveloped countries?" Quickly she responded, "what we need is for you to come and teach us your skills that we might do for ourselves."
Notice that his call developed from a new awareness of a real need in the world - a need that he already had some skills as a veterinarian to address. Furthermore, as he began taking some steps in response to that need, doors began to open, opportunities became available, and alliances made. This is so often the way God works in the world through individuals who aren't afraid to take a first step - or to dream big.