The Nebraska Health Ministries Network Conference, featuring motivational comedian Bobby Henline, will be May 30-31 at Peace Lutheran Church, 1710 N. North Rd., in Grand Island.
The conference is designed for individuals involved in health ministries, the faith community, nursing, social services, clergy or mental health. Five contact hours are available for nurses from Iowa Western Community College Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #6.
The Friday, May 31, portion of the conference runs from 7:30 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. It will include presentations on supporting military families, paying tribute to fallen veterans, trauma treatment and support for veterans and their families, dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, helping service personnel readjust to returning home and steps to recovery from a life-threatening injury.
The event starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, with a vendor display, followed by a presentation by Henline from 7-9 p.m. Henline is an American hero — and stand-up comedian — who spreads joy and hope through his love of stand-up comedy and motivational speaking.
A veteran of Desert Storm by age 19, Henline was inspired to re-enlist in the Army after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and was deployed in Iraq three times before being injured by a roadside bomb just north of Baghdad on April 7, 2007. Of the five men in his vehicle, Henline was the lone survivor, suffering burns to nearly 40 percent of his body. He spent the next six months in a hospital fighting for his life, had his left hand amputated and has endured more than 40 surgeries.
The cost is $10 for Thursday night only and $45 for the entire conference. The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 15, and registration forms can be obtained at www.interchurchministries.org or by calling Sharon Kalcik at (402) 476-3391.