July 11, 2017

Charting the Way

A monthly newsletter exclusively for NCF members



Advancing Toward Community

“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together . . . but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25, ESV).

When we work in isolation, it’s harder to stand. Standing is “being strong in the Lord and the strength of his might” (Ephesians 6), rather than give in to despair, bad thinking, or unkind responses. When we are isolated, Satan’s attacks are harder to fight off. When we advance toward Christian community, we are stronger.

Seek Christian community with nurses who follow Jesus. Keep your NCF membership current; read NCF communications and JCN. Look for believers at your workplace. If you’re a student and NCF is available at your school, attend. In the community, look for an NCF Nurse Group (see Find an NCF Group to discover student and nurse groups). If no group is near you, pray about starting one. We have NCF staff and resources to help you!

On July 19-22, 2018, we have an incredible opportunity at Infusing Hope in Nursing: A Christian Perspective, the NCFI CANA quadrennial conference. Nurses, students, and educators will gather in Azusa, California, to learn from top thinkers in nursing. We will build up, inspire, and learn from each other; we will worship the living God and hear from his Word. Don’t miss this chance to be a part of one of the most amazing communities in the world—Christian nurses.

Discover NCF groups near you. No groups? Ask God if he wants you to start an NCF group. Plan to attend the July 2018 NCFI conference.

~Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, NCF National Director and JCN Editor-in-Chief


SBNRCaring for SBNR Patients

In the July/Sept 2017 JCN, spiritual care expert Amy Rex Smith wrote the FAQs in Spiritual Care column about caring for the “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR) patient. The Barna Group has done extensive research on those who love Jesus but not the church, as well as the SBNR in America.

The first group is disenchanted with the church; the second with religion. The former hold to Christian beliefs but do not find value in the church as a component of that belief. The latter have primarily rejected religion and prefer to define their own boundaries for spirituality—often mixing beliefs and practices from a variety of religions and traditions. However, both groups represent people outside of the church who have an internal leaning toward the spiritual side of life.

Check out the free, easy to read Barna research reports on Faith & Christianity to help you learn more about spirituality in America and gain insights for patient spiritual care.


StudentsInnovative Resources for the Campus

During the summer, most NCF student chapters take a break. This gives our NCF student ministries staff an opportunity to create new ministry resources. I’m excited about two significant resources we are in the process of developing!

NCF faculty advisors and student leaders are the backbone of NCF student ministry. Without their vision and dedication, student chapters would not exist. Yet, many of these volunteers receive no training in chapter leadership and voice a desire to learn and lead more effectively. In response, we are developing an online course for student leaders. Using a variety of formats from short videos to interactive quizzes, the course will equip students with the basics of NCF leadership. We hope to have the online course launched by December.

Another resource in development will train NCF students to share the good news of Jesus with others on campus in a winsome and appropriate manner. In the coming year, we hope to pilot several “plug-and-play” outreach events centered around various discussion topics. These events will include a pre-recorded lecture, discussion questions, and a leader’s guide. Our hope is that the guide will enable leaders to facilitate a conversation that highlights pertinent spiritual insights and questions!

Please pray for guidance, wisdom, and diligence as we develop resources this summer and prepare for the fall semester!

~Tim Lin, Student Ministries Director


No juiceNo Fruit Juice?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a new recommendation: no fruit juice for children under 1 year because it offers no nutritional benefit. For older children, fresh fruit is preferable over juice because it provides dietary fiber and less sugar than juice.

Kids love fruit juice because it’s sweet and tastes good. But juice can cause health problems. Juice can have a lot of calories that are easy to consume very quickly, and children can gain too much weight if they drink more than one serving a day. Frequent juice drinking also can contribute to tooth decay. The AAP recommends:

  • No juice before age 1
  • For toddlers ages 1-3, up to half a cup per day (4 oz)
  • For children ages 4-6, up to three-quarters cup per day (6 oz)
  • For children and teens ages 7-18, up to 1 cup per day (8 oz)
  • Do not put juice in a sippy cup or bottle that the child carries around
  • Offer children whole fruit which has both the vitamins and fiber that children need.

 Educate parents and families about health tips for children. Learn more at the AAP website.

MoneyDirty Money

The $20 bills you carry could be involved in the global antibiotic-resistance crisis. In a study reported in Frontiers in Microbiology, scientists found paper money is home to deadly strains of bacteria, with more contaminants than on your hands. Cash is thought to act as a medium that absorbs bacteria from elsewhere. Although conducted on money from Hong Kong and India, the results are generalizable to paper money worldwide.

 Wash hands thoroughly after handling money, especially before eating or preparing food. Teach patients to use good handwashing, especially mothers with young children and those who are immunocompromised. 


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