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(editor’s note) We are taking a little time for you to meet each of the board members of II360 more personally. We put two questions to each board member: “How did you first connect with CEM?” and “Why are you still so committed to CEM’s mission?” First up is Jeff Petherick – Board President:
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I'm getting ready to go to India in less than two weeks. I gotta get my stuff together:
Shaving Kit... Check.
Protein Bars... Check.
Several Breathable Shirts... Check.
Thirty Pounds of Camera Equipment... What?

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I'm getting ready to go to India in less than two weeks. I gotta get my stuff together:
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More often than not, there is a strong human tendency to promise more than one can deliver.  As humans, we have generally learned to take this for granted and adjust our expectations accordingly.   The fact that CEM is such a dramatic departure from this general principle is my favorite part about the ministry.  For everyone who has had the opportunity to visit the Christ Evangelical Mission (CEM) campus, the unanimous chorus is, “Wow, this is more than I expected!”

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Ultimate joy comes not from what you have, but what you can give to others. Midlife often allows the opportunity to transition from success to significance, and typically, the materialistic aspects of life become less important and universal spiritual values take on a greater focus. There is a kind of "magic" when pursuing timeless values like excellence in giving nothing less than your best. If most of us are honest, we, at one point in our journey, have or will ask the terrifying question, “Is this all there is?" This is not to say that all or even most of us live a life of "quiet desperation," yet many of us, at one point or another in our journey of excellence, have felt this gnawing discontent questioning the very core of what we believe. In this apparent crisis lies the tremendous opportunity for personal transformation.
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C.E.M Hospital in Dowlaiswaram, India 

We always seem to arrive at the same intersection of life. Faith vs. reason. The spiritual vs. the practical. The affliction we have as man is this: from our perspective, the odds always look insurmountable. If we could have asked Joseph when he sat in the darkness of prison or Moses when he stood on the shore of the Red Sea, what the future looked like, they surely would have said “not so good.” But they had faith, and trusted in the promised God had made. They stepped into the uncertainty and amazing things happened.

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C.E.M Hospital in Dowlaiswaram, India 

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I’m in the fog I always find myself in after a trip to India. I’m awake when everyone is sleeping and sleeping when everyone is awake. That gives me a lot of quiet and alone time, which is good I suppose since India always stirs things up in my mind which I need to process. India has a way of assaulting my perspective-still after 14 trips. I struggle on the return home. It takes a while to adjust to life here, even after just a week in India.
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I’m in the fog I always find myself in after a trip to India.
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