"Young people, it is our job to get the gospel to the lost; it is Jesus' job to change the heart." These words are from Katie, an 88-year-old retired missionary who shared her life story with nursing students in the NCF chapter at California State University Long Beach.
Katie was a lifelong missionary in South Africa who still spends many months a year praying with the AIDS patients in the hospital there. "As God's children, we hold out hope to those who need it," Katie told the captivated students.
“Katie's journey as a missionary was such an inspiration to us that night,” said Wendy Dugan, a lecturer in the Nursing Department who invited Katie to the NCF meeting. “The way she loves the lost was a challenge to all of us.”
Minha, a nursing student, commented, "Katie is an incredibly selfless, humble servant of the Lord, a woman truly seeking the Father’s heart. I was so blessed through her testimonies and I was challenged to give glory to God in all that I do. The wisdom that God gave her is something I truly aspire for in my future. It was an honor to listen and learn from her stories and testimonies!"
"Hearing about Katie’s life story was moving and heartwarming, a perfect example of how the Lord is faithful and with us always,” said Stephanie, a member of the NCF professional organization. “Her gentleness and obedience strengthened my faith and revealed to me that the Lord always has a plan, even when the road seems dark and fearful. I know he is there, forever and always."
Because of Katie’s visit and story-telling, several students sensed that God was calling them into missions.
“This is what NCF is all about…nursing students who are hearing and responding to God’s desire for us to share his love around the world,” said Timothy Lin, NCF Student Ministries Director.