Opportunities and Limitations

Nurses Christian Fellowship does not officially sponsor any short-term missions programs. The opportunities listed below and in the NCF Missions brochure (in PDF) are partnerships where NCF has made a contribution to the programming and is confident of the program’s ability to provide a high-quality, short-term missions experience.

We encourage nurses and nursing students to participate in many valuable short-term mission opportunities where their nursing expertise is utilized. However, we are unable to keep an updated list of all the opportunities that are available. For help in choosing a short-term missions project, see Frequently Asked Questions #8.

Any liability as a result of participation in short-term missions remains with the sending organization. Liability for NCF student-initiated programs remains with the affiliated academic institution and not InterVarsity/NCF.

NCF Missions Director Grace Tazelaar is happy to consult with you. Please contact her at email Grace.

Education and Networking Opportunities

Medical MissionsMedical Missions.com

NCF partners with Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, which sponsors the MedicalMissions.com website and hosts the Global Missions Health Conference during the second weekend in November. This conference informs, trains and equips healthcare professionals and students to use their skills to further God’s kingdom on both the international and domestic mission field. More than 2,500 healthcare professionals, students and missionaries participate annually in this conference. This website is designed to serve students in the healthcare professions interested in missions throughout the year.

Christian Community Health FellowshipChristian Community Health Fellowship

The mission of CCHF is to encourage educate and equip Christians to live out the gospel through health care among the poor. CCHF hosts numerous events, including the annual CCHF Conference each May, designed to educate, assist and inspire members to provide healthcare to the poor in a way that reflects the character and message of Christ. CCHF also produces an online journal, Health and Development.

Christian Connections for International HealthChristian Connections for International Health

The mission of Christian Connections for International Health is to promote international health and wholeness from a Christian perspective. CCIH provides field-oriented information resources and a forum for discussion, networking, and fellowship to the spectrum of Christian organizations and individuals working in international health.

UrbanaUrbana Student Missions Conference

Every three years InterVarsity Christian Fellowship sponsors a missions conference for students to learn about critical global  issues and to see, hear and respond to God’s global mission. The website has excellent information and resources about missions.

Experience Missions

Jesus provides the model for healthcare missions. “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.” (Matt. 9:35, NIV)
Healthcare missions experiences should provide:

  • excellent healthcare to the people served.
  • an opportunity for the healthcare providers to serve God and grow in their faith and
  • cultural sensitivity when providing healthcare and presenting the gospel message to people with different worldviews.

NCF encourages Best Practices in healthcare missions. For more information go to www.csthmbestpractices.org.

Many long- and short-term missions organizations serve the healthcare needs of people around the world. NCF works with nursing students and nurses to identify God’s call on their lives and assist them in their discernment process regarding missions. NCF does not recruit personnel for mission organizations.

Global ProjectsInterVarsity Global Missions Projects

As a ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, NCF encourages nursing students to participate in the Global Projects designed for healthcare students. Information is available online. The Global Projects to Kenya has a healthcare component.

Global Health OutreachGlobal Health Outreach

Global Health Outreach (GHO) is the short-term missions program of Christian Medical & Dental Associations. GHO complements ongoing mission efforts in the countries where they serve by providing healthcare services. The team leaders are experienced in short-term healthcare missions. Many of the leaders are open to having students in the healthcare professions as part of their teams. NCF has a representative on the GHO advisory committee.

Medical Education InternationalMedical Education International

Medical Education International (MEI) is a short-term missions program of CMDA that provides academic and clinical teaching to healthcare professionals and students in other nations.