Coworkers and friends began to study God’s Word and discovered that they are not alone!
by Dolly Mink, member of SBCV Women’s Ministry Leadership Team, and Women’s Ministry Leadership Team at River Oak Church, Chesapeake —
Life as a pediatric nurse can be tough. Grueling schedules, challenging situations, and heartbreaking cases can add up, causing burnout, discouragement, and even depression. But for one nurse at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD), in Norfolk, VA, the battle was met with the sword of the Spirit. Stephanie Redfern decided to take her Bible to work. At the beginning of each shift, she placed her Bible in her cubby. The cubby housed the tools she used when working with her patients. “I just liked having [the Bible] there with me,” she says. “It made me feel better knowing I had the Word of God with me where I needed it so badly.” Redfern would read her Bible at lunch or dinner, then tuck it back into her cubby, right beside her medical tools.
Other nurses and medical personnel began to notice, and it was through those conversations that Stephanie felt led to seek God’s will about engaging nurses in a Bible study. Redfern knew that there were caregivers out there who needed to read and study God’s Word, and she loved the thought of everyone working together on the same study. She wanted those nurses and caregivers to know they were not alone.
The first challenge was communicating with women who worked a variety of shifts, many of whom never saw each other. A private Facebook group was created and, even before the study started, the group began to grow.
Redfern, a member of Alexander Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA and a member of its Women’s Ministry Team, knew she wanted to use the Bible study, Seamless, by Angie Smith. She had completed it before and knew it was just right for beginners and seasoned Bible students. The next challenge was to allow class members to view the video for the study while respecting copyright laws. Kelly King, Women’s Ministry specialist with LifeWay Christian Resources, was a tremendous help, providing Stephanie with the ability to post the videos to her private Facebook group.
There are currently 71 members completing the study online. Many are from CHKD, but some are from as far as California—women who heard about the study from a friend, want to study the Word, and want to know they’re not alone.
This all started with a Jesus-loving nurse taking her Bible to work. How might God be calling you to be a light in your workplace?
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