Rebecca Chant, a veterinary student from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, was given the opportunity to serve on her first short-term trip with CVM to India to serve with India Gospel League.
Rebecca was kind enough to answer some questions for us!Q: What did you learn about missions during your time of short-term service? What did you learn about your hosts’ ministry in particular?
Rebecca: I learned the importance of showing God’s love to people even if you don’t speak the same language, because they need to experience God’s love or else it just feels like religion.
Q: What was encouraging and/or surprising to you about short-term missions service?
Rebecca: I was encouraged by how close we became as team mates. I learned so much from our leader and was really grateful to make these life long friendships.
Q: What was particularly challenging to you during this time of service?
Rebecca: It was challenging at times when it was very hot, but our hosts were very diligent about keeping us shaded and hydrated. The language barrier was frustrating at times when we really wanted to explain something but couldn’t, and when we could tell they also wanted to but couldn’t.
Q: What did you learn about the particular challenges facing the local community in which you served?
Rebecca: Drought is a huge challenge for providing water to livestock (production goes down) and for growing crops. Also, some husbandry methods may not be ideal for the animal, but mean the difference between getting money to support their family or not. For example taking a cows colostrum to sell for a high price, instead of giving it all to the calf.
Q: How was the local community impacted as a result of CVM’s service in this area?
Rebecca: There were opportunities for pastors to talk with members of the community who came to the camps. They were excited to have us, and often presented us with gifts and flowers. We felt valued by these gestures, but more than likely they also felt valued by our presence, and were showing their gratitude by giving gifts. Animals were vaccinated and protected against deadly diseases.
Q: How was your faith impacted as a result of your short-term missions service?
Rebecca: I’m grateful for the opportunity to be used on a trip like this to help others and love them in the name of Christ. It’s humbling to think that God would choose to use us as his bouquet to spread the fragrance of Christ. It was also humbling to be on a mission trip where we were unable to speak the gospel because of a language barrier. It was a good reminder that it’s God that does the work, not us.
Q: What next steps of faith is God calling you to as a result of this trip? How can CVM support, encourage, and equip you for these next steps?
Rebecca: I want to return to India at some point, whether as a student or as a veterinary leader. I also want to continue to show love to people around me in whatever situation I find myself in: at school, in my workplace, in a family setting. I want to learn more about God as I read my bible and other resources, and I want to learn through a group study.
A special thank you to Rebecca Chant for allowing us to share in a little piece of her journey to India! 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!