Dogs and God at WSU

Dogs to the RescueThe very first meeting of year went to the dogs for the Nurses Christian Fellowship chapter at Wichita State University (KS).

The discussion topic was how dogs and other pets often show us the character of God. One of the NCF faculty advisors had been reading the devotional book, Dogs to the Rescue, by M.R. Wells (Harvest House).

She shared one inspirational story about a dog that helped a man with physical problems and PTSD. The lesson was clear: This faithful canine companion reminds us about the character of God who is always with us, never abandons us, sees and knows things we don’t know, protects us, etc. For those who had dogs as pets, the analogy was very real.

About 20 students came to the NCF meeting, including some pre-nursing freshman students. In addition, twelve faculty members attended as part of a growing ministry to faculty.

Building on the theme of God’s faithfulness, the group did a brief Bible study on Paul’s experience in prison and his words to Timothy:

“At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (2 Timothy 4:16-18)

The discussion soon became very meaningful and powerful. “We talked about how we are to be like faithful dogs to our patients, being there for them when they need us, nonjudgmental, comforting, and keeping them safe,” said NCF staff Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner. “I shared the full gospel of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to experience his presence fully and to know he is watching over you faithfully.”

A new first-semester student texted Kathy afterwards:  “Loved the meeting, hearing God speak through you really helped me make it through my last class. It also helped me realize that nursing is what I want to do without a doubt.”

Kathy encouraged students to pray and reach out to their fellow students and bring friends to the next NCF meeting. She challenged them to consider how they can make a difference in another student’s life by demonstrating God’s character so often displayed in beloved dogs.

“I am always amazed at how God shows up and works in our midst. I wasn’t sure about using the dog story but it turned out to be a natural, easy way to talk about the character of God and share the gospel. God is good!”

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One Response to “Dogs and God at WSU”

  1. sjamisonncf Says:

    What a good idea to use a very familiar experience, a dog familiar to many attending the group. God’s faithfulness blessed you as you shared truths about it with others. What an example it must have been for the students to see so many faculty eager to participate in the NCF gathering. Those who have been faithfully praying for the students at Wichita State U. can rejoice in God’s answering their prayers. He IS FAITHFUL!

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