Are you a “missions-minded” vet student in your 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 Mission Apprenticeship program may be for you!
Applications to the Apprenticeship must be received by October 1, 2016 in order to be considered for the 2017-2018 school year.
And considering we’re just a month away from the deadline, we thought it would be fun to hear from past apprentices on how this experience helped them to see what life was like as a veterinary missionary and and how it helped them to hear God’s call on their life in a more clear way!
Dr. Kimberly Wilson was kind enough to share her thoughts on her experience! She traveled to Uganda in 2013 and she has participated in 2 short-term trips to India with CVM. And she is signed up for another one in January. Would you consider joining her on this trip as there is still one spot left on the team?
And this is what she had to say!
Malia: Where are you now?
Kimberly: I graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2014. For the first two years after graduation I worked in several practices in Rural Arkansas before returning back to family in my home state of California. I started my current job on June 1st 2016 in Bakersfield, California working for the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center as the Shelter Veterinarian. I am really enjoying the challenges and rewards of Shelter medicine along with the proximity to family and a 40 hour work week.
Malia: What did you learn about God, yourself, your worldview through this apprentice experience?
Kimberly: For some time I had felt God calling and speaking to me about missions work. I had participated in a mission trip with a church group prior and I wanted an opportunity to respond to that calling with my passion for veterinary medicine. I wanted to challenge myself with a long trip, beyond the honeymoon period which is short term trips. I wanted to see what it was like for a missionary day to day. When the dust settled in between short term trips. I wanted to know if I could be a missionary long term. And I did. I learned so much about the true heart of missions work. Not the doing, but the relationships. It wasn’t all about what we can do for them physically… treating animals, organizing events, etc. It was building lasting relationships. Truth travels best on the road of relationship. I cannot share the God news of the gospel with others unless there is a strong foundation. A friendship. So that when life happens, you are a source of wisdom and direction. God’s wisdom and direction. I learned that I had the ability and heart for long term service. I was drawn closer to God. I spent 9 weeks in Uganda and that forever changed my life, my worldview. I became friends with so many people who do not have the same resources I do. This compelled me more to share the knowledge and skills of my first world privileged with those not so fortunate. How can I waste what I have.
Malia: And how is God still using your experience?
Kimberly: For a long time my heart has ached for the long-term mission field. But with every passing month and year that desire seemed less and less possible. I have accepted that it may be a while before I am able to serve long term. I am fulfilling my hearts desires with short-term trips. However, I have also been challenged to do more right were I am. I was once told, “When you step off the plane on to another country you don’t suddenly become a missionary.” Instead you must have a mission mind set where you are.
Malia: How did the apprenticeship experience help you to discern your next steps for long-term missions (even if that was discernment that long-term missions wasn’t for you) or for your next steps in life?
Kimberly: The apprenticeship experience showed me that missions was for me. It confirmed a calling in my life. Short-term for now, but long-term eventually.
Mission Apprenticeship Program
If you are interested in participating in the Apprenticeship Program, click here to download the Apprenticeship forms or to read more about the program. Applications are due October 1st!