If evidence-based outcomes about prayer on nursing school campuses were being measured, observers would have to agree that prayer reaps results. Two examples recently emerged from Rowan College’s Burlington, New Jersey, campus.
Last November the new NCF student small group on campus was invited by the Dean of Health Sciences to a campus panel discussion, Caring for Patients Spiritually. Two pastors, two chaplains, and a rabbi addressed the topic which InterVarsity campus minister Tre Foster said was a success.
“The room was packed with 40 nursing students,” Tre reported. “One of the nursing faculty led the discussion, where panelists gave great answers to nursing students’ questions. The faculty member gave an invitation to join the NCF small group and 15-20 signed up as interested.”
Tre said another nursing faculty member wants every nursing student to know about the small group and also wants to share about NCF at the orientation for incoming students. This faculty member plans to connect with nursing staff for prayer and resources one to two times a month.
A Need to Know God
Another outcome of prayer, according to Tre, is Rachel’s new life in Christ. A nursing student at Rowan College, Rachel approached Tre and Dave, a new nursing student leader, as they were strategizing and praying that God would begin a second student small group.
“Rachel joined us and opened up to us that she knew she needed God and wanted to have a relationship with him. Praise God for new life!”
Pray for Rachel to grow strong in her relationship with Christ and that the testimony of her changed life will impact other students. Pray too that the Rowan College small groups will have dynamic and effective outreach and testimony to their fellow students and nursing faculty.