Unlike many written histories, this account is not composed of a chronology of events. It is an attempt to see the history of the Biola Department of Nursing through the eyes of those who were there, and experienced events first-hand. God’s faithfulness is shown through the leaders who had vision and drive, the faculty who taught, the students who attended, and the resources provided. God has been faithful to bring the department through several crises, which could have caused its demise. He has been faithful in the many opportunities given through the ministry of nursing to reach beyond the Biola campus, and to impact the world for Christ.
Between the two authors, Anne Gewe and Becky Fleeger, the full 50 years from 1966 to 2016 were experienced. They lived the history and interacted with the individuals whose stories are told. Many interviews have been done, in addition to mining accreditation reports, faculty minutes, articles from the student newspaper, the Chimes, and other Biola documents to substantiate the memories. When all was completed, the authors found the story to be very similar to a quotation by Florence Nightingale, which can be seen on the wall outside of the nursing skills lab in the Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology, and Health.
If I could give you information of my life, it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do in His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all and I nothing.
It is hoped that the reader will be able to see real people, ordinary people, people who have been led by God to accomplish his work. God has been faithful through these 50 years, and he will continue to be faithful to the nursing program in the future. Great is his faithfulness!
Gewe, Anne and Fleeger, Rebekah, "50 Years of God’s Faithfulness: The History of the Biola University Department of Nursing (1966-2016)" (2018). History of the School of Nursing. 1.