We're celebrating a good week of connecting with nurses and allowing Jesus to comfort His people. NCF sponsored a four-hour prayer time in our hospital chapel just for nurses and employees and 26 people stopped by for prayer. Many were grieving a long-term much-loved fellow employee who had died suddenly a few days earlier. She was a believer so we reminded people that she was with Jesus and enjoying eternity.
Outside the chapel we hung the beautiful NCF spiritual care banners which caught people's attention and challenged them to identify missing needs for patients and for themselves. They placed yellow ribbons where they had experienced joy, hope and peace because of their relationship with Jesus. A 4x6 card with questions asked if they thought Jesus could meet these needs, if they help their patients meet these needs, etc. Many filled out the card and placed the ribbon on the banner where they had needs met. Some also placed a yellow ribbon on their clothing to signify that they came to the chapel and would tell others what we were offering.
On the main day of the hospital's conference, we had an NCF table along with other vendors who all supplied a gift basket to be raffled off. Our NCF basket included a gift certificate for a one hour massage, two JCNs, a Bible study on grief, The Nurse with the Alabaster Jar, lip balm and a JCN bag. Again the banners were part of our interactive display and led to meaningful conversations about how Jesus meets us in our deepest place of need.
--Barb Terrien, NCF staff volunteer in Western Michigan