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Christ-Focused Service-Learning

Learning to Receive Ministry in Humility

Matthew, Stephanie; Roark, Elizabeth; Hockett, Eloise

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000605
JCN Online Extra: online only: education/mission

ABSTRACT: Service-learning is an experiential process of action and reflection that allows students to expand their knowledge through real-world activities that benefit others. Service-learning opportunities for baccalaureate nursing students in Kenya have provided many ongoing examples of learning from our Kenyan collaborators. Receiving ministry from those we came to serve, allows allows us, in turn, to demonstrate Christ's humility. In this article, we share specific stories of how various community partners ministered in unexpected ways to our teams of students and faculty, as we served in Kenya through healthcare and education.

Stephanie Matthew, MSN, RN, is an assistant professor of nursing at George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon. She teaches pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and has led service-learning trips to Kenya, Nicaragua, and Thailand.

Elizabeth Roark, MSN, RN, is an assistant professor of nursing at George Fox University. She teaches health assessment and specializes in wound care and obstetrics. She is a frequent traveler to Kenya for service-learning trips.

Eloise Hockett, EdD, is a professor of education at George Fox University. She chairs the undergraduate education program and cochairs the School of Education. Eloise travels frequently to Kenya for educational initiatives with partner schools.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 5/7/2018.

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