Dr. David Wolfgang, a veterinarian from Pennsylvania, was given the opportunity to serve on his first short-term mission trip with CVM. David and his team spent a week working alongside Dr. Kelly Crowdis where he assisted in the training of Haitian para vets and provided a little bit of animal care. David has participated in several other more typical short term mission trips where he helped give veterinary care or fix up homes, and he stated that this Haiti trip was by far the most impactful. He wrote, “Hearing and watching Kelly, it is obvious that she has had a dramatic outreach to many in that country. No matter where we went folks seemed to know her and seem genuinely delighted to see and talk to her. She is building relationships and empowering people to improve their lives. She is extremely generous and the love and witness of Christ shines through. ”
David was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about his trip!
Q: What were the most encouraging/challenging aspects of your trip?
David: Hearing Kelly’s story and learning about her witness is humbling and inspiring. So much need that it is hard to appreciate if you made any difference. Understanding that the Holy Spirit does all the work is a challenge for personality types like me.
Q: Please share a story of an experience from your trip of something that impacted you or that you learned.
David: Kelly shared about her work during earthquake. No doubt she was put there “for such as time as this”. At very poor neighborhood one of the para vets shared just before we left that he actually was able to use skill learned just a day or two to help save a goat. He was extremely enthused about his new found knowledge and greatly encouraged. Each morning kitchen staff would be singing, did not know words. Now and then a familiar melody of a hymn would be detected. Then I realized each morning they were signing hymns along with local radio.
Q: Do you think you will go on another short-term mission trip?
David: Yes, I feel lead to use my skills and knowledge in service of the Lord’s Kingdom.
Q: Would you recommend going on this trip to a colleague?
David: Yes, I have already talked to several. I believe as a group veterinarians are caring individuals and those with faith sense the need to share their talents. I think it is important to show the love of Christ and veterinarians have skills that can help rural poor in many countries improve their lives. I plan to use this opportunity to build relationships and then share why my faith is important to me and why Jesus is important to them.
A special thank you to Dr. Wolfgang for allowing us to share in a little piece of his journey to Haiti! May the Lord continue to use this experience to touch the lives of others.
Not able to participate in a short-term trip but have a heart for what God is doing through them? Support CVM’s short-term missions by giving to our short-term missions program!