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Melissa, CVT
"To the Ends of the Earth"

October 2018

When I am in India people are constantly asking me, “So when are you going back home to the U.S?” And when I am home in Oregon I get the same question, “So when are you going back to your home in India?” It’s strange at times living in two worlds and not having permanent roots in either world. When I am in India I miss my family and wish I could be there to spend more time with my niece and nephew who are growing up way too fast. I also miss some of the comforts of home, the food, and Western culture. When I am at home in Oregon I miss my farm in India and the people there that I have come to call family. How come I can never truly be 100% content where I am? 

I was reading the passage in Matthew 8 the other day about a young scribe that approaches Jesus and asks him to become one of his disciples. He boldly says, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” But to this Jesus replies, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Reading this, I never really thought about the fact that Jesus was functionally homeless during his years of ministry and in between two worlds as well. He must have struggled with the same feelings that I am, yet to an even greater degree because he left heaven itself to come down to earth! Yet you never see him complaining. Instead he invests 100% where God has him and shows incredible contentment in the midst of so many trials and disappointment. It has been comforting to me during these times of back and forth between my two “homes” to know that Christ is truly able to empathize with my struggles because he has walked in my shoes (Hebrews 4:15).
As I look forward to a busy fall here in India, I ask for your prayers that I would be able to be 100% present with the people that God puts in my path on a daily basis. When I face daily challenges in India and start longing for the conveniences and pleasures of my other home, pray that I would find contentment in Christ and stay focused on the tasks he has for me here. Here are some things you can join me in praying about these next couple months:

Pray as we lead an animal health training for church leaders in a new area. Pray the men that we train will be able to use the training right away to serve their communities and share the Gospel more effectively.

Pray as I attend a conference in the South for Indian Christian veterinarians. Pray it will be a good time of networking and sharing of experiences.

Pray as we travel to south India to visit a “Business as Mission” goat farm there and explore possible partnership opportunities for the future.

Pray as we continue our project in Broken Stone Village and discern how to move our goat breeding project forward and what our next steps with the committees should be.

Pray as we organize spay and neuter camps for dogs and cats in many of the villages I am working in. This will be the first time doing this type of program in this area.

Pray as we head to the state of Assam to do follow up training with some of the Pastors we trained there. They have asked us to help them do a vaccination program and to do some animal health training workshops in remote villages. 

Pray for the health of the goats on our farm, as many are due this month and will be giving birth.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support. I am so grateful to those of you who are joining with me on this journey,


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