In late May hundreds of people converged in Nashville to seek God about how to impact the future of healthcare at the CCHF Conference (Christian Community Health Fellowship). NCF staff Renee Lick and Skip McDonald interacted with attendees, including dozens of students from different healthcare professions such as dentistry, medicine and nursing. Two of the students are starting a new NCF group in Alabama.
Renee led a session entitled "Justice and Mercy in Healthcare" with Micah 6:8 as a foundation: "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." She asked participants to trace their feet on paper and label one "justice" and the other "mercy" as a visual reminder.
In small groups, they discussed ways to work towards justice and mercy in their schools and healthcare settings. Ideas included:
- Love mercy: pray for eyes to see your patient's perspective and life circumstances; make eye contact with every patient when you enter the room.
- Act justly: raise awareness in your community about conditions that cause poor health; support building parks and fitness centers as places for exercise; partner with local organizations to bring affordable locally-grown produce to your neighborhood.
"We follow a God of justice and mercy who desires us, as His people, to live in a way that furthers justice and extends mercy to our neighbors and communities," said Renee. Lead on, O Lord!