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Friends of NCFI Alumni Work

Giske, Tove

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000617
Department: NCFI Your Global Connection

Tove Giske, PhD, RN, is professor of health studies at VID Specialized University, Bergen, Norway. She serves as president of Nurses Christian Fellowship International.

The author declares no conflict of interest.



Think about the thousands of nurses who have participated in the national, regional, and global ministries of Nurses Christian Fellowship International and who have supported our worldwide development since 1958! We thank God for nurses, past and present, who have had a role in fulfilling the mission God has given NCFI: “to equip and encourage Christian nurses to integrate biblical principles and Christ-centered values within clinical practice, leadership, education and research.”

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As a new means of connecting nurses worldwide, NCFI wants to build on existing work by keeping retired or former NCFI supporters better informed of NCFI's development. The Friends of NCFI Alumni offers global opportunities to encourage, remember, give, pray, and grow with nursing colleagues. The Friends of NCFI Alumni work is being coordinated by the leader of the NCFI Ministry Expansion Committee, Izang Ishaki, the National President of Fellowship of Christian Nurses of Nigeria, assisted by past NCFI administrator, David Parfitt, and Mary Thompson, former NCF National Director, from the United States.

As you read this quarterly JCN column, consider these opportunities:

+ Reflect: Read Psalm 71:17-18, ESV: “Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, until I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.”

Christian nurses of all ages, including retirees and alumni, have a purpose, including influencing the next generation of nurses. Reflect on how you have seen God's power, and answers to prayer, in various nursing roles you've had. Younger nurses can be blessed by our stories of God at work. And our support of current NCFI and country leaders is vital for the mission going forward.

+ Be informed and share what you discover: The websites of NCFI ( and NCF/USA ( are exciting places to discover events and resources to equip students and nurses for Christian mission in nursing. Sign up for NCF/USA's Connections, NCFI Cares, or the NCFI prayer guide at Be sure to share NCF with the next generation of nurses you know.

+ Pray: The websites and the prayer guide contain specific requests. Prayer changes people and the issues that nurses face. Prayer is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference and to be involved in God's global work.

+ Provide financial support: Giving is a concrete way to make a difference in the future of nursing. Information for donating is found on the pages of each NCF member country website. Also, consider including NCFI or NCF/USA in your will and estate planning, as this is a significant way your resources can positively influence the future of nursing.

+ Remember: Recall special memories of times with NCF/NCFI colleagues. Have you participated in Bible studies with friends in nursing, attended educational events that equipped you to follow Jesus Christ in his mission for nursing, or basked in worship with people from around the world at NCFI conferences? If so, you've tasted a bit of heaven. Enjoy what you remember and share these delightful memories to encourage others.

+ Celebrate opportunities: As an NCFI alumni, enjoy being part of what God is doing among nurses and students around the world. Together, we can join in the vision for the future.

One of the many friends of NCFI is Karen Hagesæther from Norway. She writes:

I have been involved in NCF Norway since the early 1980s in different roles and in the European regional work. For the past 35 years, I have had the great joy of attending most regional and international NCFI conferences. As a result, I have learned much that I have used in my teaching. I have many international friends that I try to keep in touch with. NCFI is a blessing my life. I support NCFI through prayer and donations.

If you'd like to engage with global nursing colleagues, become a part of the Friends of NCFI Alumni by contacting David Parfitt (, Izang Ishaki (, or Mary Thompson ( Ask questions or send suggestions. We'd love to hear from you.

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