What do today's nurses and Old Testament prophets have in common? We explored that question at the 2010 Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
I was at GMHC with NCF staff Connie Jarlsberg and Grace Tazelaar, and we were blown away by the number of students and nurses who sense God's call on their lives to serve Him in nursing -- wherever that may be. These valuable conversations were highlights for us!
One keynote speaker talked about the Old Testament prophet, Micah, who was an eyewitness to the oppression of his people and deeply burdened by the suffering he saw. Yet God used Micah to remind the people that they were also eyewitnesses to the power and mercy of their God.
As nurses and students, we are eyewitnesses to the pain, loneliness and suffering of those under our care. This is often a burden we carry. Yet we are also eyewitnesses to the majesty, compassion and healing power of our God.
Micah's story tells us that we have more to offer those in pain than simply improved physical health. God invites us to walk with him. We also invite others to journey through life with Jesus -- our Comforter, Healer, and Savior.
As Micah 6:8 reminds us, "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
Please join us in praying that students and nurses would walk closely with God, seeking to bring God's love and healing to nursing and healthcare.
-- by Renee Lick, Director of NCF Student Ministry