2005 was a difficult year for Nurses Christian Fellowship International.  As you are probably aware, a difficult financial situation had led the International Board to take the hard decision to close down the International Office and make the Director, Harry Louden, redundant at the end of 2004.  This was a sad time for all of us.

However, God is good and gracious.  After some time of uncertainty, the International Board met in Kilcreggan Scotland in early July.  Out of this discussion, several key decisions were made. 

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Conference Report:
Ethics & Spirituality, 7th European Conference of NCFI, Ede, Netherlands 2006

Just outside of the small university town of Ede, near Arnhem in the Netherlands, eighty nurses and midwives from twelve European nations gathered for four days of fellowship, prayer and study last August. Hosted by theChristian University of Ede and the Christian School of Nursing in Zwolle, this was an amazing opportunity for Christian nurses from all over Europe to spend some time with God and one another. During this time we explored what a Christian ethic of nursing looks like in practice and at how Biblical spirituality shapes who we are and how we practice.

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The new International board was convened and set out its action plan for the next four years. One of the key issues that the board discussed was the need to have a robust financial plan in order to sustain the work of NCFI.

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Dear European member colleagues,
 
The International Board has just concluded a very positive four-day meeting at Kilcreggan in Scotland.  Following a very difficult period within NCFI, when many felt that NCFI was at serious risk of closing, we have now identified a new and exciting vision and clear strategy for the way forward.

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Marion Deelen is acting as the committees ‘own correspondent’ and I know she has already been getting in touch with you.  A full copy of her letter is attached, in particular she reminds everyone that the committee are praying for you, she says  'we trust that God is richly blessing you. We pray for you regularly and love to hear from you’.

Marion goes on to say ‘I was so blessed at the (Korean) conference that I want to share some of the blessing with you. …The presence of Jesus was real in the whole atmosphere of the conference.  Each day started with a prayer meeting …then we had a Bible exposition on the topic for the day. …..There were 33 nations represented in the conference. It was a blessing to meet nurses from so many different backgrounds.’