Mission to Appalachia

FAU

Over Labor Day weekend, the NCF chapter at Florida Atlantic University went on a medical mission trip to West Virginia Appalachia country.

The students were exposed to Appalachian living, including challenges after flooding from Hurricane Matthew that destroyed a town in 2016, and witnessed the power of communities caring for each other. They helped to build a wheelchair ramp for a disabled mother/family who lost their former home during that time. The students participated in a health screening fair, conducting blood pressure and glucose screenings for over 100 residents in the rural town of Rainelle, WV.

Christina, a junior, shares, “NCF is a place for me to put my love for God into action. It enables me to sit down and stop throughout my hectic day to take a moment to listen to the concerns of others to put forth to prayer, to learn and apply the Word of God to my daily life and encourages me to adapt the “Christian lifestyle” into my future nursing profession.”

Caroline, a sophomore, adds, “NCF has allowed me to grow in my faith and meet people with the same beliefs and aspirations. Not only is my faith strengthened, but I also learn how to incorporate it into my nursing practice. Nursing isn’t just caring for a patient’s physical needs, it’s also caring for their spiritual and emotional needs as well.”

The group also enjoyed a little fun, going white-water rafting and hiking in the indescribable beauty of the WV Mountains.

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