Displays and Depth. Dr. Hillary and Michael Mincher

 In Mongolia, NewYear’s is celebrated from the end of December through the first of January. Christmas and New Year’s celebrations were brought into the country by Russia during the era of Soviet control. Mongolians do not really capture the exact meaning behind the Christmas celebration and consider the holiday to be part of their New Year’s festivities. Businesses and homes are extravagantly decorated with Christmas lights and trees. There are no nativity scenes of course, and people refer to the decor as New Year’s trees and decorations. The Children’sPark even sets up a beautiful winter wonder­land light display that can be see every evening on the way home from work. As you are walking down the streets, the sound of Christmas music can be heard from most businesses. With illuminated ice sculptures, parks full of ice forts, slides, and skating, the airsparkles with celebration, but how sad that with such an amazing Christmas pageantry, there is no reflection of its true meaning.

Many of Christian Veterinary Mission fieldworkers in Mongolia will be spending the Christmas season alongside their neighbors, celebrating and reflecting a depth of hope that many have not experienced yet…Hope in the Christ child, Savior of the world and the hope they have in a personal relationship with the God of the universe. This month and next, veterinarian professionals will have other fellow veterinarians, vet students, coworkers, and friends for meals and celebrations, talking openly and sharing the story of Jesus, making memories and bringing a greater depth to this yearly celebration.

We read about Christmas in Mongolia and it rings true to our own culture. Our own neighborhoods are sparkling, as we spend money on gifts, have parties, decorate our lawns with giant ornaments, many reflecting a similar lack of depth.  But there is a big difference…we have access to the rest of the story. Everyone around us hears the carols, can freely attend a church, watch the Christmas story on television or hear about the Christ child every day. We can freely talk about our faith without repercussions.  For many in Mongolia, they will never hear the good news.

But how can they call on Him if they have not put their trust in Him? And how can they put their trust in Him if they have not heard of Him? And how can they hear of Him unless someone tells them? (Romans 10:14)

Hope is at the heart of CVM and the veterinary professionals that work all around the globe. V.E.T.Net Mongolia is a national NGO that began from the work of Christian VeterinaryMission. Veterinarians play a major role in outreach to herder families as no other profession has access to the herders like their veterinarian. And it would be almost impossible to reach out to the herders in mass without the assistance of remote veterinarians.  Veterinarian professionals strain and work alongside these student and professionals who are reaching their own country with hope  Find out how you can pray, help send another professional, or stretch your own cultural boundaries.  Here.

Thank you to Dr. Hillary and Michael Mincher for sharing their story. To find out more or partner with their work go to the CVM website.

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