12 Week Devotional Series for Professionals & Students
WEEK 1: EXPERIENCING THE EXTENT
Dr. Karen Stoufer
Karen Stoufer, DVM, has served with CVM for over 30 years. Most recently she was the Director of Training and the Asia Regional Director based in Seattle. Prior to this, she and her family served as CVM missionaries in Nepal where they focused on animal health, women's empowerment, and community development. Dr. Stoufer practiced veterinary medicine in New York and California before joining CVM. Karen received her DVM from Cornell University and has a master's degree in Christian Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. She and her husband Ron have five daughters, two American-born daughters raised in Asia, and three Nepali/Bhutanese refugee foster daughters born in Asia and raised in America.
WEEK 2: ROOTED IN COMMUNITY
With a background in International Community Development, communications, and fundraising, Lauren Scofield now has the pleasure of working with CVM Short-Term Mission volunteers, helping to equip and empower them for holistic, responsible, and effective service overseas and domestically. She and her husband enjoy living in and exploring the beautiful PNW and are looking forward to adding a baby boy to their tribe in July 2020.
WEEK 3: ROOTED BY A STREAM
Dr. Lauren Charles
Dr. Lauren Charles is a graduate of Auburn, CVM, class of 2005. She grew up in Louisville, KY and lives there again now. After a number of short-term mission trips to Latin American countries she lived and served in Bolivia from 2009-2012, working primarily with veterinary students. Lauren adopted her daughter Angie, and her dog Ruby in Bolivia, and then married her husband Jon. They now also have two sons, Isaiah and Paul, and a new daughter, Aphia. She serves as CVM's U.S. Ministry Director and Southeast Region Rep.
WEEK 4: I CAN
Krista manages the CVM Marketing & Fundraising Initiatives, as well as the CVM, hosted events which include Real Life Real Impact and the upcoming faith-based CVM Veterinary Conference in 2020. She also serves a local church in Seattle with her husband Derek, who serves as a senior pastor. She has 4 children and 1 grandbaby.
WEEK 5: WHERE IS YOUR IDENTITY ROOTED
Dr. Elizabeth Mendoza, DVM
Dr. Elizabeth Mendoza is a 2005 graduate of the Univ. of Tennessee CVM. She practiced small animal emergency and general medicine in southern CA until 2014 when she and her husband, Jaime moved back to TN to raise their family and try their hand at farming. She serves as the North Central region rep for CVM.
WEEK 6: ROOTED MEANS US
Curtiss Gibbs joined CVM full-time after 12 years of pastoral ministry in the local church, mostly focused on youth, college students, and missions. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and is his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Curtiss loves connecting people to their calling and working to see individuals and groups thrive as they serve God. He and his wife, Shannon, have been married since 2003, and love to spend time outdoors and in the company of family and friends.
WEEK 7: ROOTED IN PRAYER
Dr. Kit Flowers
Kit is a 1978 graduate of Colorado State University. He served as a veterinarian in the US Air Force and in private practice in Panama City, FL before going with his wife Jan and daughters, Molly and Missy, to serve with CVM in Kenya from 1985-1990. Kit then returned to Seattle to serve in the CVM home office and has served as the Executive Director since 1993. He and Jan are the proud grandparents to seven grandchildren and are blessed to walk their calling out in the CVM family.
WEEK 8: ROOTED IN TRANSFORMING LOVE
Dr. Brad Frye
After getting saved in college God led Brad to New Zealand where he met his wonderful wife Angela. They returned to Colorado where Brad completed his DVM and Angela her RN. Brad has served with CVM as a Student Leader, Faculty Rep, Long-Term Staff, and now a Director of CVM International Programs. Brad and Angela have 8 children and are actively involved in pre-marriage counseling and youth ministry.
WEEK 9: WHERE ARE YOU ROOTED
Dr. Fred Van Gorkom, DVM
One month after vet school graduation (WSU,1983), Fred Van Gorkom went to Ethiopia with Christian Veterinary Mission. While working in veterinary projects, famine relief, refugee, and discipleship ministries he met Vicki, also a veterinarian (OSU, 1982). They married in 1986, returning immediately to remote southwestern Ethiopia where they raised their four children while doing community development and church planting. In 2008, they moved to CVM Seattle where they both serve to help mobilize others for the privilege of international missions.
WEEK 10: GROWING TO LOVE LIKE JESUS
Dr. Debbie Hoffele, DVM
Dr. Debbie Hoffele is an OVC 1988 graduate and she has been involved in small animal practice since graduation in Ontario and Nova Scotia. She is married to Dr. Stephen Cheung (Environment Ergonomist at Brock University) and mom to 2 teenage boys. She is involved in missions through the local church and has been on previous CVM trips to India, Mexico, and Honduras. Debbie has served with CVM as STM trip participant, STM trip leader, CVM Canada advisory board and now CVM Canada Executive
WEEK 11: NOT WEAK AND BROKEN
Dr. Monty Mathis
Drs. Monty & Shelley Mathis are WSU veterinary graduates (’86 & ’88 respectively). They both came to Christ one year after graduating. WSU’s CVF group played an important role in their coming to Jesus. After having their own practice for 10 years Monty & Shelley plus their daughter & son moved to the Himalayas with CVM. 15 years later they returned to the US where Monty serves with CVM in Member Care and Mission Mobilization and Shelley has returned to clinical medicine.
WEEK 12: WAITING WELL
Evelyn Te holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. After completing an equine internship and working a handful of years in small animal clinics, the bulk of her career has been spent in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry overseeing animal health and welfare in pre-clinical operations. She is currently blessed to serve as CVM’s Short-Term Administrative Assistant and is waiting to serve as a fieldworker.