Lessons Learned as a Missionary Nurse

by Grace Tazelaar, RN

Grace Tazelaar, RN

Grace Tazelaar, RN

Nurses Christian Fellowship

Date: June 24, 2016

  • Speaker: Grace Tazelaar, RN
  • Source: GMMA/KAMHC 2016
  • Language: English
  • Length: 45 Minutes 21 Seconds


The Lord uses the healthcare missions experience to help us become the people he created us to be.  This presentation will reflect on Selling Out for God, Growing Spiritually, Growing Relationally, and Giving God our Best – thoughts on my 30 years as a missionary nurse in Uganda, Mississippi and as NCF/USA Missions Director.


Grace Tazelaar MS, RN continues in a volunteer capacity as the Missions Director for Nurses Christian Fellowship following her retirement in 2015 from NCF/InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  For the past 10 years, she coordinated the healthcare programming for InterVarsity’s Urbana Student Missions Conferences. Grace taught nursing at West Suburban College of Nursing prior to leaving for Uganda as a missionary nurse with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee.  In Uganda, she worked in community health development programs and was involved in the initial national efforts to combat HIV/AIDS.  Upon returning home, she was the Domestic Missions Coordinator for the Luke Society which provided start up funding and consultation for programs that promoted health and the gospel of Jesus Christ in the U.S.  She left that position to become the NCF Missions Director. Grace has published mission related articles in the Journal of Christian Nursing.  In 2003, NCF Press published her book Caring Across Cultures.  She contributed a chapter to the book, Health, Healing and Shalom, edited by Myers, Dufault-Hunter, and Voss, published by the William Carey Library published in 2015. Grace currently serves on the board of the Center for the Study of Health in Mission and the Board of Trustees for Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL.

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