June 15, 2017

Charting the Way

A monthly newsletter exclusively for NCF members

FROM THE NCF DIRECTOR

crossesHow Can We Build NCF?

“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilea and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied” (Acts 9:31 ESV).

How did the early church get to this delightful condition? They walked in the fear of the Lord. Am I doing this? Do I love God so much that I choose obedience, instead of instant gratification (like anger, selfishness)? Do I dread displeasing God, believing he is too pure, too holy, too magnificent to sin against him? Sometimes yes, but sadly, not always.

How could NCF, as a “church of nurses" throughout America, get to this remarkable place? God builds up NCF staff in wisdom, virtue, and faith; we enjoy the encouragement of the Holy Spirit. But are we helping you in that way? How can we keep multiplying NCF ministry? My longing is that NCF would be in the same place as the early church, growing, serving, and helping you be built up in Christ.

Pray that God will help NCF walk in the fear of the Lord, comfort of the Holy Spirit, and multiply.

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

FruitRejoicing in What God has Done in 2016-17

This is my first year as NCF Director and I’m thrilled to see growth in student ministry with a 14% increase in the number of students involved (1,862) and 46 students who committed their lives to Jesus this year! See more 2016-17 Ministry Highlights. We need your partnership to reach more students and nurses for Jesus. Please give to NCF so we can meet our year-end expenses by June 30.

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NURSING NEWS

NCFI CANA ConferenceSave-the-Date NOW!

Nurses Christian Fellowship International Caribbean and North America Region is excited to announce our 2018 regional conference, Infusing Hope in Nursing: A Christian Perspective, July 19-22, 2018 at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California. This conference for nurses, students, and educators will be reasonably priced with discounts for NCF/USA members. Watch for upcoming information!

Pray for God to move mightily at the conference, and to lead the planning committee.

Start making plans to attend!

HEP-CUpdated Hep-C Testing Guidelines

Hepatitis C viral infection (HCV) can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, carcinomas, and autoimmune and other conditions—if untreated. New 2017 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that over the last 5 years, new reported HCV infections have nearly tripled, especially among age 20-29 (injection drug use). HCV often has few noticeable symptoms, so the number of new cases is likely much higher than reported. Most of the 3.5 million Americans living with HCV are baby boomers (born 1945-1965), who are at much greater risk for death from HCV.

Explore clinical updates from the American Academy of HIV Medicine and the American College of Physicians, and the free 2017 Guide to Hepatitis C Testing.

CAMPUS UPDATE

On campusHow NCF Impacts Students

At the end of every school year, we hear from NCF students about how they have been impacted by the ministry of their chapter. Allow me to share just a few of their comments—my hope is that you will be encouraged by what God is doing in nursing schools around the country!

  • “Because nursing school is so intensive, our NCF chapter prayed for us and encouraged us to keep our eyes on Jesus.”
  • “NCF presents a non-threatening way for faculty to engage openly with students about Christ.”
  • “We read from the Bible at NCF meetings and then discussed practical application for our lives. For some who come, this is the only time they hear the word of God.”
  • “NCF provided a safe place to share Christ with other nursing students. We developed ways to incorporate God into nursing practice, and we created friendships to last a lifetime.”

Doesn’t that sound amazing? NCF nursing student ministries met regularly on 100 different nursing schools this year, and we cannot wait to see what new campuses God will lead us to next year!

Please pray for NCF Student Ministries as we spend the summer planning and creating resources for next year. Thank you!

--Tim Lin, Student Ministries Director

SPIRITUAL CARE

New ResourcesNew Resources

Look for four new spiritual care articles in the July/Sept JCN addressing these topics: how spiritual/religious beliefs impact medication adherence; help with disease coping; Clinical Nurse Specialist support of spiritual care; and an integrated strategy for teaching spiritual care to nursing students. Find the regular FAQs in Spiritual Care column about caring for the “spiritual but not religious” patient.

Don’t miss out on these helpful spiritual care resources, free to you through your membership.

MEMBER BENEFITS

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Use the Members-only log in to learn how to use your 30% JCN CE discount! Using JCN CE helps support NCF. You’ll need your member ID #.

  Watch for the July/Sept JCN with 11 new feature articles and 14 columns! NCF members have free access to all content at www.journalofchristiannursing.com (back to 1984!). Contact LWW Member Services for online help: 866-489-0443 or memberservice@LWW.com.

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