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Hormones, Health and God

May 9, 2017

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It’s often cold in Minnesota but “Hormones, Health and God” was a hot topic at an April seminar sponsored by NCF Twin Cities and Hosanna Church Called to Care Nurses.

There were 65 nurses, students and other health care professionals who attended the gathering April 22. The guest speaker was Dr. Elizabeth Haglind, an endocrinologist who talked about health as personal wholeness and the integration of body, mind and spirit to create well-being.

Dr. Haglind presented information on the thyroid gland which has significant influence on physical and emotional health. The seminar focused on how the thyroid functions, how thyroid dysfunction affects body weight, and how to promote wellness personally and professionally.

Dr. Haglind also talked about the importance of spiritual care by looking at the prayers of Jesus in the garden before his death and his suffering on the cross when he cried out in anguish, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” She spoke of the anguish of people in suffering who may be wailing and raging from grief.

As nurses, how do we learn to listen in silence while people pour out their pain and despair? Elizabeth encouraged participants to view them from the foot of the cross, as we also see Jesus pouring out his physical and spiritual agony in the crucifixion.

And when the time is right, we offer ongoing comfort and prayer.

“Elizabeth’s presentation was very significant for me,” said Mary Thompson, former NCF national director. “It was timely and applicable as I thought of a friend who is suffering terribly right now. These insights will help me care for her as a representative of Jesus.”

Participants enjoyed connecting with each other as Christians in nursing. They also had opportunities to join the NCF professional network and purchase books from InterVarsity Press.

The seminar closed with a time of reflection led by Karen Greseth, RN, seminar coordinator. While worship music played the background, Karen read biblical exhortations about caring for “the least” among us, illustrated with pictures in a Power Point.

“Karen prayed us out to care for people in Jesus’ name,” reports Mary Thompson. “It was a fitting conclusion to a special day together.”

The next event for the Twin Cities NCF chapter will be Tuesday, June 6, at Stadium Village Church in Minneapolis.

Join NCF with 25% Discount

May 1, 2017

4memspecialNational Nurses Week starts May 6, but you can celebrate your special role as a Christian nurse all year long! Become an annual member of Nurses Christian Fellowship in May and get a 25% discount on membership fees. As an NCF member, you’ll receive the Journal of Christian Nursing throughout the year, along with other benefits.

When you join NCF, you’ll be part of a large network of Christian nurses who are devoted to serving God in healthcare. Member fees are modest compared to other professional organizations.

Take advantage of the MAY Membership Discount and join NCF with a special 25% discount offer during May 1-31, 2017. At checkout, use discount code nnw2017. Current members are also encouraged to renew at a discounted rate.

Member benefits include the Journal of Christian Nursing which offers a vital blend of clinical excellence with a Christian perspective on healthcare. Members also receive significant discounts on CE credits through JCN and NursingCenter.com.

NCF membership demonstrates a commitment to both your faith and your profession. Find out more about NCF membership and be a part of our mission to engage nursing students and nurses with the healing love of Jesus.

The Challenge of Loving Ourselves

April 27, 2017

4272017relaxNurses have a tough balancing act. In a demanding profession, we struggle to care for ourselves as we care for others.

The American Nurses Association recognizes this challenge with this year’s theme for National Nurses Week, “Nursing, The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.”

For Christian nurses, this theme is deeply imbedded in Scripture. Nurses Christian Fellowship has created a Bible study that addresses the balance of mind, body and spirit from a biblical viewpoint. We encourage you to reflect on this passage in your devotional time this week. Consider inviting your nursing friends and coworkers to a Bible discussion on balance in nursing using the questions provided.

In Luke 10:25-28, we read a story about a man who comes to Jesus with a question about eternal life. Jesus endorsed the man’s biblical understanding that we are to love God, love others, and love ourselves. But Jesus responds with an expanded meaning of what it means to have a healthy life. “Do this, and you will live.”

The man in the story didn’t like Jesus’ answer. We don’t, either. And here is the problem. We know what we should do to be healthy, but it’s not that easy. We all have behaviors, habits and temptations that contribute to an unhealthy life.

Sometimes it’s easier to love God and love others than it is to love ourselves. If we truly loved ourselves in body, mind and spirit, how might this contribute to better health? How can we find a better balance in our lives and take care of ourselves so that we have more to give God and others?

We’d love to hear your thoughts about this challenging topic. Please email NCF with your comments or insights.

ANA has provided a powerful kernel of truth that is amplified by God’s Word to us. NCF nurses, students and educators have an open door to explore what this means for themselves and their nurse friends and coworkers during Nurses Week.

The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit

April 21, 2017

4212017nnw17National Nurses Week is around the corner and this year’s theme, “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit,” provides natural opportunities for Christian nurses to invite others to consider God’s view of holistic health.

Here are some tips and resources for you to take advantage of this special week and encourage nurse friends and colleagues in their faith and nursing practice.

Nurses Week Bible Discussion

We’ve created a special Bible study on this year’s theme to download and use for a group study or personal devotional. Invite your nurse friends and coworkers to explore how Jesus defined health in body, mind and spirit. We offer this Scriptural meditation for your reflection on what it means to love God, love others, and love yourself.

NCF Resources

See all the special resources, prayer guides, and promotional materials for ideas on how to maximize Nurses Week and reach out to others.

Events

Some NCF nurse groups are hosting gatherings in their area. Check out these NCF events and pray that people will be drawn to the living God and healthier lives through these special gatherings.

Your Thoughts on the Theme?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on how you find balance in mind, body and spirit. This is a significant topic that is an ongoing challenge for many of us, and you can email NCF with your comments or insights on this important topic in nursing.

Thank you, ANA, for choosing a theme that is dear to the heart of God!

NCFI World Congress Brings Shalom

July 11, 2016

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In June, 300 nurse leaders from 35 countries gathered in the Philippines for the 2016 World Congress of Nurses Christian Fellowship International. The theme focused on “Healthy Lives in a Broken World: A Christian Nursing Response.”

As Christian nurses, how do we respond to our broken world? What are our personal and professional responsibilities–and our limitations? How do we live the life God created for us– as healthy, holy, and joyful people?

Diverse speakers shared their vision and experiences of living healthy lives in a broken world. Nurses of all generations, as well as students, found opportunities for personal and professional inspiration, sharing, networking, and discussion.

Daily Bible exposition was presented by Rev. Dr. Paul Stevens who raised the question, “What is the good news of the kingdom of God?” He defined the good news as “the life-giving, shalom-bringing, transforming rule of God in people and all of life, including the world.”

Stevens used Luke 9:46-10:42 to present a picture of what it means to be a Christian. “It is traveling with Jesus in a new exodus journey on which we bring kingdom wholeness to people, places and all things,” he said. The participants explored three dimensions of the Kingdom and the implications for our work in the world:

  1. Being Kingdom Ministers: What does it mean to be followers of Jesus today?
  2. Having a Kingdom Heart: How does the ministry of Jesus relate to the nursing profession?
  3. Developing a Kingdom Spirituality: How can we practically thrive—not just survive—in the pressures of caring for people?

What is it like to be a kingdom minister? “It is challenging; it totally demands our all,” Paul Stevens concludes. “It is life-giving to ourselves and others, and it is supremely joyful.”

7toveThe joy overflowed as Tove Giske was introduced as the new president of Nurses Christian Fellowship International. Tove is a professor of nursing in Bergen, Norway. Also acknowledged was the visionary leadership of outgoing NCFI president Barbara White, Dean of Colorado Christian University School of Nursing.

New NCFI board members Carrie Dameron and Amy Rex Smith will join Linda Rieg and Kamalini Kumar from the USA as part of the NCFI board.

Download the presentations from all of the NCFI global speakers. The next NCFI World Congress will be held in Denver, Colorado in 2020.

Urbana15: Miraculous Encounters

January 25, 2016

1222016restroomsUrbana 15 was marked by miraculous, divine encounters where God put us in specific places at precise times so he could act! One such time was the 4th evening during a Communion Service for the 16,000 attendees in the Edwards Jones Dome in St. Louis. It was a sacred, solemn moment as we were led by ushers to stand row-by-row to be served the bread and wine representing Christ’s body and blood sacrificed for us.

As I waited quietly in prayer, my aging bladder started talking, then screaming at me. I tried to ignore the growing sensation but realized I would need to take action soon. Finally our row stood and received the elements, then I quickly exited to find a bathroom.

To my surprise, as I left the bathroom, a young woman said, “I know you. You’re famous!” She clarified that she’d been in a seminar that I had taught a few days earlier with Jane Hall, NCF National Director. I discovered she was a nursing student, and like many of the students at Urbana, seeking God’s calling on her life. Then suddenly, she began to cry. As her voice broke, she asked if I would talk with her for a moment.

We quickly found a quiet place and she poured out her story. The Bible studies at Urbana had brought into sharp focus the reality of God’s judgment for those who reject him. Her voice trailed off as she said, “I don’t know if I can serve a God who will send some to eternal punishment…”

I shed a few tears with her, and I told her it was a good thing to ask God hard questions. That he welcomes our questions. Then I said I wondered if God was breaking her heart for the lost so she would realize the urgency of reaching out to others, of being his messenger. We then went to scriptures like 1 Timothy 2:4 and 2 Peter 3 and talked about how it is God’s will for all to be saved; that he is patiently waiting, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance. We talked about how God is calling us to bring the good news of salvation to the world.

We prayed, cried, hugged, and I promised to stay in contact with her as she continued to seek God’s will for her life. We laughed as we both realized God had spoken to my bladder to create a divine encounter. He had ordained our meeting in the hallway during Communion at Urbana 15.

Finding Life at Urbana 15

January 22, 2016

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“What story will you tell with your life?” This invitation to tell God’s story deeply challenged 16,000 participants at Urbana 15–including hundreds of nursing students–who gathered in St. Louis for InterVarsity’s student missions conference.

“At Urbana 15, we challenged this generation to tell Jesus’ story with their lives, and to learn from stories that are different than theirs,” said Urbana director Tom Lin. “I pray that this generation will give their whole hearts to Jesus and surrender their lives for God’s global mission.”

Catch the excitement of Urbana in these brief summary videos: Find Your Life and What Story Will You Tell?

During December 27-31, thousands of Urbana participants worshiped God together through music and drama, studied the Gospel of Matthew, prayed for persecuted Christians, and engaged with hundreds of mission-focused seminars and mission agencies.

NCF staff connected with more than 200 people at the NCF exhibit about serving God in nursing. Nursing students got excited to start Bible studies for their friends to learn more about Jesus.  They also discovered the Journal of Christian Nursing and other NCF resources that offer a Christian healthcare perspective to influence their nursing practice.

“My first Urbana conference was in 1990 and this was the best yet,” said Bonnie Hann, NCF Campus Liaison. “I loved talking with nurses and nursing students who were passionate about loving God and serving others with their lives. Some even expressed interest in NCF staff positions.”

Overall, students at Urbana made serious commitments to follow Jesus Christ:

  • 681 students made a decision to follow Jesus in faith at #urbana15
  • 5,418 students committed to taking the book of Matthew back to campus and sharing with friends
  • 9,254 students committed to praying for the global church
  • 5,058 students committed to short-term missions
  • $1,000,000+ raised for our global missions partners

See all the Urbana 15 videos at urbana.org. Be inspired by speaker David Platt’s call to prioritize love for Jesus over service to Jesus. Listen to the audios for healthcare seminars, particularly the seminar on Whole Person Care by Jane Hall and Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner.

“We are praising God for the many significant conversations at Urbana, especially with nursing students who are clearly gifted in leadership,” said Jane Hall, NCF Director. “Please join us in praying for students to take active steps to fulfill the commitments made at Urbana 15—it’s only the beginning of following Jesus for a lifetime.”

NCF at Urbana 15

December 27, 2015

12urbanaNCF staff will be at the Urbana missions conference with 16,000 students and missionaries who are seeking God’s will for their lives, eager to participate in his mission in the world. Hundreds of nursing students will be in St. Louis to explore how to serve God in nursing. Pray for fruitful conversations at the NCF exhibit, seminars and gatherings.

Lives will be transformed this week through worship, speakers, seminars, exhibits, Bible studies in Matthew, individual conversations and times in prayer all focused on the theme, What Story Will You Tell?

Find out more and join us on streaming video December 27-31 at urbana.org.

Why They’re Going to Urbana

October 16, 2015

Urbana ScholarshipsUrbana is not just another mission conference; it’s a mobilization of God-centered, visionary college students for a new generation of world missions.

InterVarsity’s Urbana 15 takes place December 27-31, 2015 in St. Louis, MO. But this is only the beginning for the 16,000 participants who return home more inspired and committed to follow God’s leading and make a difference in the world.

Urbana’s impact cannot be underestimated. Rev. Billy Graham said, “Half of North American missionaries can trace their vocational call at least in part to Urbana.”

For nursing students, their “mission field” starts with nursing school as they and their classmates seek answers to big questions about life, suffering, death and how to offer hope to patients.

On campus, Nurses Christian Fellowship helps them navigate these questions and find a foundation for their lives and nursing practice that is centered in the love and truth of Jesus Christ.

The nursing students who applied for NCF scholarships explain why they want to attend Urbana 15:

  • “I’ve heard that Urbana is the opportunity of a lifetime. I know the speakers will challenge us in our Christian faith. I have really struggled the past few years in my walk with God and I know this conference will push us as well as encourage us.” –Jael S.
  • “I have always wanted to go to Urbana which only happens every three years so I do not want to miss this opportunity!  I have a real heart for missions and feel that Urbana will enhance my love for missions.  I think it will help me get connected with like-minded people as well as organizations to affiliate with in the future.” –Marissa P.
  • “In high school I did a local mission trip. In college, I went on a short-term mission trip to Thailand. I loved serving the people there and want to continue serving God’s people. Now that I’ll be working soon in the nursing field, I want to know how I can be missional, whether that is locally or globally.” –Kirsten S.

Our vision is that Urbana 15 will launch a new generation of nurses committed to loving God and serving others around the world. It begins with students who have a vision and passion for God’s healing among the nations – students like Jael, Kirsten and Marissa.

Want to help make a difference? Do it now through the NCF scholarship fund.

How to Prepare for Nurses Week

April 13, 2015

National Nurses Week 2015Providing high-quality care and ethical practice is a primary concern of all nurses. As Christians, we have natural opportunities during National Nurses Week to focus on this theme from a biblical perspective and to celebrate nursing with our peers and coworkers.

I encourage you to connect, pray and engage with other nurses this week in the love of Jesus. Invite nurses to download (in PDF) and share the Bible discussion on Philippians 4:8-9, we have prepared on this year’s theme.

We have also prepared suggestions for planning an event and getting the word out, plus program ideas and sample schedules. Use the Nurses Week prayer guide when you gather together and pray for the nurses in your work setting. Invite your church to pray for the needs of nurses in their congregation with a church bulletin insert you can download and print.

Here is one prayer we can all keep in mind for Nurses Week:

“We pray that nurses and nursing students will experience God’s encouragement as they face opportunities and challenges in caring for others in the name of Jesus Christ.

This special week prompts us to remember nurses who represent Jesus to patients, families, and co-workers.

May God open doors for you to celebrate nursing and glorify God during Nurses Week this year!

–Jane Hall, NCF National Director