God has plans for you and for CVMCanada! We are seeking His will: that it may be done and that we are available to do His bidding. With this in mind, our AGM was held in Bulington recently. All of the Directors attended from across Canada, and we believe the Lord blessed our time together.
Some highlights included celebration of the Lord’s blessings in putting the Canadian office in the position that the board has been working toward for a year now. We are now in a solid debit position and are planning new work. Some of these include extending funds from our Canadian Ministry funds to be budgeted to encourage students to plan short term missions. This would include grants toward their STM costs. We can also use this budget to investigate a mission to answer a call from Armstrong in Northern Ontario.
We celebrated with our friends heading to Rwanda in July and prayed with them for their vision and efforts. Please do pray for them as well— for safety and work in the Udder Project as they are in Rwanda now at time of writing this article. May the Lord protect them and guide them and use their labours to bring others to Him.
Much more transpired as we even made new friends at the barbecue and were challenged by Dr. Louis Kwantes and Dr. Tom Mulder. There are great challenges to step out for the Lord here in Canada and all over the world. He has plans for you! Be at the AGM next year, you will be blessed.
As we write this we are at CVMA in Halifax. We have met some interesting and special people, please pray that they will join our cause and use their special gift of veterinary medicine to tell others of our Lord. We have been given much and have a special platform from which to tell of Jesus, may we use it well. To whom much is given, much is required.
- Dr. Len Carr
CVMCanada had the privilege of attending the 2011 AAHA/OVMA conference in Toronto with our American counterpart/sister organization, CVM (Christian Veterinary Mission). The event took place over the weekend of March 24-27, and proved to be fruitful in advancing our ministries and building fellowship amongst Christian, Canadian vets. CVMCanada board member, Becky Holvik, wrote an update on her experience at the conference:
"As many of you know the OVMA conference was a combined event with the AAHA conference and it all occurred in Toronto. There were good things (quality of conference) and bad things (crowding) about a large event like this. But, for us at CVM/CVMC it was a good thing. We had a unique chance to meet and share our message with veterinarians from all over North America right in Toronto and we made some new contacts. We had a seminar on the Friday night led by Dr. Wendell Cantrell from CVM USA (I did not get to attend this due to my work schedule, but I am sure it was excellent). We also had a very well attended fellowship breakfast on Saturday morning with a devotional from Dr. Cantrell followed by a time of sharing and prayer. I left wishing I could have spent more time with our American brothers and sisters and it increased my desire to make a trip to their "Short Course" or other events."
Were you at the AAHA/OVMA conference this year? What did you think?
We're gearing up for the CVMA convention in Halifax in July. See you then!
Here we are - March 2011 and CVMCanada is at a very important time in its history. After a couple of lean years financially, CVMC had to make some key changes. Thanks to faithful donors and leaders, it is well and we are ready to move on to even greater things in God’s work, but CVMC still needs you!
I am an old timer and have enjoyed so much the veterinary profession. Some of the very special blessings of the profession are the great clients, staff, and fellow veterinarians. We have met many great Christian people in the veterinary profession, people who have crossed our paths, touched our lives in a meaningful way – and sadly moved on. Ever sit and wonder where they are? What triggered these thoughts was a visit to our home on the event of the annual meeting of CVMC - a meeting attended by one such individual. You see when I was a young student, starting to make my way in the veterinary world, there was a professor who invited us into his home – he and his lovely wife cooked us a great meal, ministered encouragement to us in a low key way and sent us on our way. Dr. Barnum ministered in his professional way for so many years to so many students and it was a thrill to see him again on that evening!
There are so many more special individuals – people who love Jesus Christ and are involved in the veterinary world. Has it ever occurred to you how great a body of people we could be working together for His kingdom if we stayed attached as a body and pooled our unique abilities for Christ?
I believe that this is the current mission of CVMC - how can we draw back together many of you to minister together – to minister here in Canada – to minister around the world – to help our veterinary college students as they launch their careers – to help one another in business – to offer help to one another’s staff members – we have such unique gifts given to us by our God!
How can we help one another? Any ideas? Leave us a comment and lets hear those thoughts and move forward helping one another to use our gifts for His kingdom. We can start by continuing in prayer for one another.
- Dr. Len Carr (Interim Executive Director)
We've been hard at work at the CVMCanada office in Burlington, Ontario, to launch this new site. I hope you have had a chance to look at all the different features that we have added so far. In order to best promote CVMCanada and its different projects, it was time to update our website and make it more user-friendly for our present and future supporters. With our recent office transition from Dundas to Burlington, Ontario, it feels as if we are turning over a new leaf at CVMCanada. Our new website is just one step of many in a fresh beginning.
This blog will be a source of news from our office in Canada, as well as missions updates from our Long and Short term missions trips all around the world. You can look here for prayer requests and maybe some pictures too.
We are excited to hear what you think about the new look of our website! Feel free to suggest any features you think we should add, or give us helpful suggestions on how we can make this site even better. Leave us a comment below, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
-Rachel, Office Administrator