On July 1, 2018 I completed my first two years as NCF National Director and JCN Editor-in-Chief. I’ve worked vigorously, traveled the U.S, taught, met some of you, and shared about NCF everywhere.
I am thrilled to see what God is doing through NCF!
Nursing students and nurses are finding a deeper relationship with Jesus as they meet in NCF chapters on campus and in local nurse fellowships. For example, we were thrilled to hear from a nurse who started a Bible study in her hospital with NCF resources. When I was invited to speak at a college, I heard how the Journal of Christian Nursing blesses the students and educators.
But I believe God wants to do so much more.
There are roughly 2000 nursing schools in the U.S. and NCF has around 100 student chapters. Our goal is to be on 200 campuses by 2020 (10% of schools) and keep growing. NCF has almost 30 nurse fellowships for the nation’s 3 million nurses. Our profession continues to seek spirituality but not in relationship with God. There is much work to do to make Jesus Christ known in nursing!
Pray for NCF
As we move forward from my two-year anniversary as director, will you please pray for NCF:
- to remain fully committed to lifting high and strong the name of Jesus Christ in nursing.
- for God to clearly lead NCF. I relate to Moses who told God, “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you…If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here” (Exodus 33:12-17).
- for God to provide everything needed to do this work—more staff members, finances, resources, and ideas.
- that NCF will remain faithful to the long-term view of God’s plan, even as we work day by day, semester by semester, and JCN issue by issue. Romans 15:4 says, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” We must find hope in the Bible.
Our prayer for you is this: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Amen!
—Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, PhD, RN
NCF National Director and JCN Editor-in-Chief