Posts Tagged ‘Cattle’

So our next place didn’t go so well. These cows were a little more aggressive. As Julie and I went in to administer medicine to a bull (el toro), it got pissed. All the cattle ended up breaking through the fence and taking off. The natives had to go and round them all up and get them back. El toro didn’t forget and ended up chasing us all out of the pen. So we decided to leave this place for another day. Tom, Monika and Julie then held a workshop for the villagers on how to care for their animals as Hugo Jr translated. This trip really has opened my eyes to how important the animals are to these poor countries. I am grateful to be a part of this.

A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

Proverbs 12:10

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We walked down to a house that had some cattle that needed some medicine. Monika and Julie went right to work on some of them. I was impressed how smooth they were at doing this. Tom encouraged all of us to take turns giving an inoculation and some medicine orally. I was happy to get my hands dirty and trying to be a veterinarian for the day. The cows were a bit jumpy, but I was glad to have an opportunity.

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Even though I slept good, I woke up with a heavy heart. I was grieving for my family. I hate the brokenness in this world and what it has done to my family. God led me to some passages of scripture that provided me with some comfort.

 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.  

Galatians 6:6-10

When you’re weary in life’s struggles, find strength in the Lord.

We had breakfast in the hotel restaurant. I was happy that it contained a lot of fruit – plantains, mango, cantaloupe.. yum! Dr. Hugo thanked us for coming a shared a passage that God led him to this morning. It was Matthew 19:16-30 and it talks about leaving our loved ones behind to go do God’s work. He mentioned to us how we left our families behind to come on this mission trip and that God would bless us for it. I love his heart for the Lord and the encouraging words he gives.

Guatemalan breakfast

They were splitting us up this morning. Some were headed back to Monte Carlo to finish up the cattle and the rest of us were headed to Tercera Calle to do some chickens.

Loading up the truck

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After lunch, we got our first taste of what we would be doing for the week. In the village of Monte Cristo was a ranch full of hundreds of cattle that needed to be inoculated. One by one they needed to be given vaccine and an oral medicine that will help them live longer and not spread diseases. The first batch was done today. Some of the cows were really feisty and I was able to practice getting some great shots with Jim and Lyn. It was amazing watching the cowboys gather them and one by one rope them up to be injected. It took two days to get through them all.

Hundreds of Cattle

Authentic Cowboy

I lost my man card when I saw this guy

Julie is a rock star

Dewormer medicine

Up close action shot!

The one that got away

This one just wants his mama

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”  

Matthew 20:1-16

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