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The 50th Anniversary Conference for Nurses Christian Fellowship International "Strengthened to Serve: A Christian Response to Global Health Needs" will be held September 14-19, 2008 at Hill Station Hotel, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.


The conference will be followed by a service-learning experience September 19-October 1. "Transcultural Immersion: Christian Nursing in Nigeria" has been approved for 30 (thirty) contact hours of continuing nursing education. See for more information or contact to request details.


Not planning to attend? Consider providing financial support for an international nurse through a donation. See for details.


Ready, Set [horizontal ellipsis] Rest?

We appreciated Carrie Dameron's article, "Ready, Set [horizontal ellipsis]Rest?" in the October-December 2007 issue of JCN. In our experience and study we have found what we believe is an even deeper blessing than was brought out in the article.

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Before sin entered this world, God saw the need for 1/7 of our time to be set aside for fellowship with him. God sanctified the Sabbath and later set it in stone as a seal of his authority (Exodus 20). Jesus referred to the Sabbath as still being in existence after his death (Matthew 24:20). Today, the Sabbath remains a way to worship God and obtain a particularly beneficial rest for both body and soul.


God expects us to participate in a rest day, to meet us so we can tune our heart and mind to his to receive strength and understanding for the challenging encounters of the coming week. Out of respect for God and trust that his commands are for our best interest, it is our willing practice to keep the Sabbath holy by refraining from work. We hope you too will find joy in honoring God's holy day.


Linda Royer RN, MPH, MSN


Darlene Anderson RN, BSN


New Market, VA


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Would you like to meet with Christian nurses in your area? Go to and click on "NCF in Your Area" or "Conferences & Events" to see what NCF activities are occurring near you. Want to start an NCF group? E-mail for information and support.


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Reviewers for this Issue

Connie Herrin Allen, LPN, Contract Nurse, Medical Staffing Network, Savannah GA


Marilyne Gustafson, PhD, RN, retired, former assistant professor, school of nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Fran McHolm, MSN, RN, regional coordinator, Nurses Christian Fellowship USA, North Canton, OH


Sandra Jamison, DNS, RN, director of faculty and graduate student ministries, Nurses Christian Fellowship USA, Dillsburg, PA


Sr. Mary Elizabeth O'Brien, PhD, RN, professor of nursing, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC


Donal P. O'Mathuna, PhD, lecturer in health care ethics, school of nursing, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland


Jane Pfeiffer, MS, MA, RN, assistant professor of nursing, second degree programs, Asuza Pacific University, Asuza, CA; clinical supervisor, St. Joseph Private Duty Home Care, Orange, CA


Grace Tazelaar, MS, RN, missions director, Nurses Christian Fellowship USA, Villa Park, IL