In late December, students from North America converged on Indianapolis, Indiana, for Urbana 22, InterVarsity’s tri-annual missions conference. NCF hosted a room--Mission of Care--for students in healthcare. Here, students could experience care, reflect, and explore missions through conversations and group discussions about the unique way they represent God’s caregiver nature in the world and how he might invite them to join him in missions.
One nursing student from Costa Rica saw the self-care proxe (an interactive table Gospel presentation) and shared that her IFES (International Fellowship of International Students) staff had found the proxe on our website, printed it, and used it in their nursing department. She excitedly shared that MANY students gave their life to Jesus that day!
Mark 4:26-33 says this: “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself, the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. He puts the sickle to it as soon as the grain is ripe because the harvest has come.”
This is such a great description of ministry. We sow and harvest; God does the growing. We produce resources like the proxe or have conversations with students in healthcare at Urbana, but we don’t know how, when, or what will grow. God does. We partner with him, trusting that he will grow the work we do. Join me in prayer for the 100+ students who came to the Mission of Care space during Urbana Pray they will continue to discern and answer God’s call in their lives!
Jen Wojtysiak, BS, ThM, is NCF’s Student Ministries Director, whose vision is for students and nurses to know and follow Jesus in nursing. Contact her to become involved with nursing students.
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