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From their website: When Jan and her sister Christina Mowery began their company in 1995, they had no idea where their journey would lead. They knew everything would work out 1.) because, they were raised to believe they could do anything, and 2.) they didn’t waste time trying to identify the “how” and “when”. Christina has since retired from Mr. Canary, but both Jan and Chrisitna are proud of our products and they are proud of the workers who make them. Embracing an innovative business model in which Mr. Canary subcontracts the sourcing, assembly, packaging, and shipping of its products to a human services organization’s workshop in their hometown of Marion, Indiana, Jan is energized knowing that the Mr. Canary brand supports over 100 workers with disabilities having meaningful work everyday.

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Faculty Spotlight: Meet Umfundisi Jim Lo


Dr. Jim Lo may be IWU’s Dean of the Chapel, but to students, he’s better known as Umf. The nickname is short for an African word, umfundisi. “It means one who is a teacher, but it actually means more. It means one who wants to become part of someone’s life,” he explains.

Umfundisi discovered his love for teaching while in the Army, when he taught a seminar for 200-500 fellow soldiers. Although the Army later granted him a full college scholarship, he turned it down and left the Army to become a pastor. He soon enrolled at IWU because, “I realized my B.A. wasn’t enough … I had much more to learn.” 

As a grad student, he recalls, “I felt that the education I was getting here, I was able to apply into ministry right away. I also had some wonderful mentors at that time.” One of those mentors was Charles Carter, who encouraged Umfundisi and his wife, Roxene, to follow God’s call to overseas ministry.

Once he earned his M.A. in Ministerial Education in 1982, Umfundisi and Roxene moved to Africa, ministering for thirteen years in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Zambia. 

The couple planted churches in Zimbabwe. But soon, “we realized that missionaries didn’t need to be doing the church planting. We needed to be training nationals to be church planters.” Umfundisi began working on leadership development and literature production, creating training materials for African pastors and churches.

Although he loved Africa, he hoped to return to IWU: “When I was here in the master’s program, one of the things I [told] the Lord was that one day I would love to teach here.” However, Umfundisi believed IWU was too racially homogenous to hire a Chinese-American professor. 

He had no idea what God had in store. When he brought his teenaged sons to visit IWU, he also planned to visit his friend Dr. Keith Springer, who was out of office that day. Umfundisi left a note with the administrative assistant and prepared to leave. 

However, she recognized his name and informed him that IWU had sent a letter the week before, inviting him to start an Intercultural Studies program. He had an impromptu interview with the university president and division chair that day. Because Umfundisi and Roxene had already committed to spending a year ministering in Cambodia, IWU held the position open until their return. 

Umfundisi taught Intercultural Studies for 10 years and created World Impact, a program that allows students to go overseas for an extended time. “Too many students were stating that they wanted to be missionaries, but had very little cross cultural experience,” he explains. World Impact gives those students a chance to gain intercultural experience and explore God’s call in their lives.

Being a professor is Umfundisi’s “sweet spot in ministry.” He especially enjoys watching students and professors interact: “Those distinct lines of boundaries [between professors and students], we don’t necessarily have those here … I think that’s part of the beauty of this university.”

Today, Umfundisi remains in contact with students he taught ten or twenty years ago. He loves knowing he has students all over the world who will stay connected as alumni. “[Being an alum] gives you identity,” he says. “It gives you a sense of belonging … You really do feel as if you’re part of a big family.” 

Written by Megan Emily. Megan is a senior English/Writing major and a member of the John Wesley Honors College. She also operates Earthworms , a blog about finding hope and security.

Dr. Charles E. DeVol – IWU Alumni World Changer Honored Posthumously

In addition to the inductee, MustaphaFrancis Mustapha who spoke in chapel the students also learned about another inductee who was recognized posthumously – Dr. Charles E. DeVol.

The following includes information about our inductee and a special message from hist older daughter, Margaret DeVol Mosher.

Dr. Charles DeVol

Dr. Charles E. DeVol

Charles E. DeVol graduated from Marion College in 1926 with a bachelor’s degree in science. Three months later, Charles and his wife Leora began serving as missionaries in China, where Charles was born in 1903 to medical missionary parents.

During their first decade in China as missionaries, the DeVols returned twice to Marion where Charles taught botany and zoology at Marion College.

The DeVols returned to China in 1939, but as war clouds gathered American women and children were advised to return home. Leora DeVol and the couple’s two daughters left China in March of 1941, but Charles stayed behind.

After Pearl Harbor was bombed, Charles was detained in the city of Shanghai where he taught in a school for Jewish refugee children and worked on botany research. He later was imprisoned in a Chinese concentration camp for 10 months, along with 1,000 other men. During his imprisonment, he taught a botany class in the concentration camp.

Charles was released in December 1943 as part of a prisoner exchange and returned to Marion where his wife was serving as dean of women at Marion College.

Charles resumed teaching at Marion College and completed his doctorate at Indiana University before the family returned to China in 1946. Three years later, the Communist takeover of Mainland China forced the DeVols to again return America – where Charles taught for another 11 years at Marion College.

In 1957, the DeVols went to Taiwan to oversee Friends missionary work. Over the next 23 years, Charles was not only active in helping to establish 31 Friends churches, but he also taught botany at the National University of Taipei.

Charles became internationally recognized as an authority on oriental ferns, and one fern specimen he discovered was named in his honor – and was featured on a Taiwanese postal stamp.

Dr. DeVol retired from missionary service in 1980 and returned to his family’s farm in Ohio. But in 1985, he had a final opportunity to return to Mainland China. He used the visit to see old friends and to revisit the familiar sights of his boyhood – including the Chinese hillsides where he first began his collection of plants that would lead to a lifetime of teaching botany.

Dr. DeVol died in 1989.


WC Display_Charles DeVolA Tribute – “My Father, Charles E. DeVol” by Margaret DeVol Mosher

One of my earliest memories is of summer vacations spent at Lu Shan Mountain Resort in China with my parents, Charles and Leora DeVol, and my baby sister, Esther. It was at that location that my father had gone during his childhood and had been fascinated with the beauties of God’s creation. On those hillsides, my father began his collections of plants, which led to a lifetime of teaching botany.

During my father’s lifetime of being a missionary, preacher and teacher, life was not always easy. The wonderful attitude he always had made a deep impression on me. I never heard my father complain or say anything unkind.

One of the most difficult experiences in my father’s life was his seven months spent in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Shanghai during World War II. My mother, my sister and I had come back to the United States before things had gotten so dangerous in China. My mother was employed as dean of women at Marion College, and my sister and I, ages 8 and 12, lived with my mother in Marion College’s girls’ dormitory.

The college celebrated with us when my father returned safely before the war was over. My father told us that on the repatriation ship coming home, he was singing Great is Thy Faithfulness. That hymn has become a favorite of our family.

The procedure followed by my father and our other Friends missionaries in China and later in Taiwan was to train pastors and leaders and put them in charge completely. Because of this, the mission churches in China are still carrying on today with no American missionaries present.

The churches in Taiwan Friends Mission, which my father helped to start, are now completely under Taiwanese leadership. In 2014, the 670 Taiwan Friends Churches celebrated the 60th anniversary of the founding of Friends Churches in Taiwan. The Lord has greatly blessed the seeds that were planted!

Due to illness my father retired at the age of 77 and returned to the United States. He lived for nine more years and was able to preach many times to Chinese congregations near Ohio State University ands Akron University.

In my house are 40 of my father’s sermon notebooks. Most of the outlines were a result of his morning devotional activities. One notebook is titled, “Science and the Bible.” These messages were the favorites of many who heard him preach.

My parents lived with my husband and me during their final years. My younger son, Daniel, assisted us with their care. We all enjoyed the many phone calls and visits from Chinese and Taiwanese friends.

The evening before my father went to be with the Lord, he held up two fingers and then five fingers. I couldn’t tell what he was trying to tell me. Was he thinking of II Corinthians 5, which he had referred to not long before that? That scripture talks about the fact that we exchange our earthly body for a heavenly one. Maybe that was what he was thinking about.

A couple of days after my father’s home going, I discovered that the Easter lily that I had planted in the spring was in bloom. On it were two buds and five lilies, serving as a reminder to us of the Resurrection. What an appropriate send-off for my botanist father who loved God, the Creator, so much and had devoted his life to preparing people to meet the Lord.

Thank you, Indiana Wesleyan University, for the blessing you have been to our family through the years. If I figured correctly, 18 of our family attended Marion College. Only three of us are still residing on Planet Earth.

May the Lord bless you and continue to make you a blessing.


Fort Wayne Regional Alumni Network – Building Your Network!


Building Your Network presented by author and consultant Todd Rhoad 

Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM


Attend – Enter to win a Kobo E-book – Reader complete with all books by Dr. Todd Rhoad  when you attend this event.

You are invited to attend the Fort Wayne Regional Alumni and Friends Event for free. Lite meal will be served.

This event will be held this Tuesday, March 31 beginning at 6:30 PM.

Todd RhoadTodd Rhoad, Managing Director of BT Consulting, presents the “ME in 3″ personal branding process for defining your value as a working professional. It’s a simple process for not only defining who you are but for creating your brand tangibles as well as the messages you will use to communicate your value. Rhoad will provide insight on your Personal Value Management System for maintaining and increasing the value of your brand. It’s sure to be an entertaining hour as Rhoad shares stories from working with professionals from all around the globe.

Todd Rhoad is a graduate of IWU’s MBA program. He is the author of over a dozen books and over 30 peer reviewed journal articles. Todd has created MBA classes on entrepreneurship and personal branding. He has also created MBAWriters, an international publishing group, and INCUB8, an entrepreneurial incubator program designed to help college students create their own companies.

We are offering this regional network Just for you! Bring your business cards to hand out and network.

This event is open to all current students and alumni of IWU. Non-alumni are also welcome to attend as well.

Please RSVP for this free event – a meal will be catered.

Contact to let us know you are attending.

The event will be held at the Fort Wayne Education and Conference Center – 8211 West Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN.  Directions.

Brought to you by the Indiana Wesleyan University Alumni Association

IWU Alumni goes to Victory Field

Join the IWU Alumni Association at Victory Field for a thrilling evening! We welcome EVERYONE! Alumni, bring your friends from home or family members. It will be a great evening for baseball fans or those just wanting to catch up and socialize.

May 29, 2015

7:15 @ Victory Field

The Indianapolis Indians will be playing the Toledo Mud Hens beginning at 7:15pm. We also welcome you to stay after the game to enjoy fireworks.

Group Discount Code: IWUA

Box seat tickets will be available at the group rate of $14.50. The tickets are limited and subject to availability. Contact Rick Carder, with any questions.

Mentor Partnership – EDGE & IWU Alumni

Edge Mentoring and IWU

Students can learn more about an exciting opportunities for IWU Seniors – EDGE Mentoring Information Meeting on Monday, March 30, 5:00 – 6:15 PM, Maxwell Center – Room 125 – RSVP: | Meal provided.

Universities foster community – in classes, residence halls, chapel, and communal dining and recreation areas. Students are linked by common activities and expectations. But what happens when we graduate?

Post-graduation, finding a supportive community requires much more intentional effort. The transition can be jarring. Fortunately, Christian professionals who recognize the need for support are helping create a smoother transition for new alumni.

EDGE Mentoring works to build meaningful relationships by allowing emerging Christian leaders to learn from older believers. “Our vision is equipping the next generation of godly leaders,” says Executive Director Dave Neff.

Dave graduated from Ball State University (’07). He is EDGE’s first full-time Executive Director and a mentee himself. “I can point to my involvement with EDGE in my twenties as the single biggest influence on my development,” he says. The program has helped him blend his personal habits and disciplines and his professional aspirations and faith into one fully integrated approach to life.

To equip godly leaders, EDGE relies on a national network of mentors and mentees spanning over 30 states. Mentees are typically 22-32 years old and recent alumni of traditional undergraduate programs. EDGE places them in groups of 5-7, which are based on gender to ensure propriety. “We try to put a lot of thought and intentionality into who goes into a group together,” Dave explains.

EDGE’s high quality, high caliber mentors are also carefully selected. Mentors usually have upwardly mobile careers, are over the age of 35, and exhibit excellent personal and family leadership skills outside the workplace.

Due to geographic limitations, participants communicate over bimonthly teleconference or videoconference calls, using the EDGE curriculum as a guideline. “We also set the expectation that mentors invest in their mentees in a one-to-one manner – connecting over coffee, e-mail, text, phone, etc.,” adds Dave.

Edge Mentoring

At an EDGE networking event. Photo provided by EDGE.

Mentors and mentees agree to a one-year commitment, but Dave notes, “We have over a 90% retention rate after the first year. I think people stick with it because we all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves.” Dave’s group has been together for five years now.

Dave says EDGE’s goal is not to be the biggest national mentoring program but the most impactful. And he hopes to impact IWU. EDGE representatives will be on IWU’s campus March 30th (Maxwell Center, Room 125) to educate seniors about the program.

Recent or emerging IWU alumni who want to become an EDGE mentee – or previous IWU grads who want to help raise up the next generation of professional Christian leaders – are welcome to attend or go online to apply for EDGE Mentoring.


EDGE Mentoring Information Meeting - Monday, March 30, 5:00 – 6:15 PM, Maxwell Center – Room 125 – RSVP: | Meal provided.


Written by Megan Emily. Megan is a senior English/Writing major and member of the John Wesley Honors College. She operates Earthworms, a blog about finding hope and security.


Alumni World Changers - Francis Mustapha

2015 Alumni World Changer – Francis Mustapha

Francis Mustapha was born in Madina Village, Sierra Leone. Seven of his siblings, including his twin brother, died before age five. Francis was not expected to live, but his father heard of an educated woman who had training as a nurse. He took Francis to the clinic she had established in another village, 20 miles away, and said, “We have heard that you have been educated. Here, prove it.” Today, Francis says, “The only difference between me and my seven siblings is the intervention of this educated lady. For me, education is life.”

Although Madina children did not go to school, Francis attended a Christian elementary school 20 miles away and later a Christian secondary school 40 miles away. He graduated at the top of his class but was denied funding for college. “Because of corruption, it isn’t what you know. It’s who you know,” he explains.

When his biology teacher, Tom Davidson, heard about it, he bought Francis a plane ticket to America. Francis enrolled at IWU because Davidson had taught here. He worked on-campus and in factories to pay for school and lived with IWU professor Margaret Hodson during vacations. “She was a mother to me,” he says.

He graduated in 1972 with a B.S. in biology, a decision he credits to Davidson’s teaching skills and passion for science. However, it wasn’t until graduate school that Francis decided to become a teacher himself. In the late 1970s, Francis and his wife Bobbie (IWU ’76) taught at U.S. schools, but Francis wanted his wife to live in Africa. They moved to Liberia, where Francis taught at a university for three years while Bobbie taught at the international elementary school connected to the college. Later, the couple relocated to Sierra Leone.

(Sierra Leone is the size of South Carolina. Liberia is located to the southeast. Madina Village is 140 miles southeast of Freetown.)

Sierra Leone is the size of South Carolina. Liberia is located to the southeast. Madina Village is 140 miles southeast of Freetown.

As Sierra Leone’s economic and political spheres deteriorated, Francis feared for his family’s safety. “Right after we [returned to America], a ten-year war ensued,” Francis says. The war destroyed over 1,270 elementary schools, at least two major universities, hundreds of high schools, and most of the nation’s hospitals.

Francis and Bobbie continued teaching in America, but Francis’ heart remained in Sierra Leone. “I weep over the country,” he says. “If mission efforts were ever needed for Sierra Leone, it’s now.”


To save Sierra Leone, education is key: “In the current generation, corruption is all they know… They’re not going to hear. So what do you do? You focus on the future. The children.” Francis’s lifelong dream was to return to Madina and build a school. In the 1990s, he planned to turn that dream into reality.

Two attempts to build a school failed due to rebel warfare and a destructive fire. Tired of losing money and materials, Francis deferred his dream until he retired in 2011. Two weeks later, he flew to Sierra Leone with $50,000 of his retirement money to build the school himself.

(Francis talked a local mining company into using its bulldozer to clear the land for the school.)

Francis talked a local mining company into using its bulldozer to clear the land for the school.

With support from Francis’s home church, Good Shepherd, construction began. Project leaders built the school in phases, only progressing when they had the necessary resources. Francis was amazed to see how God provided funds; twice, Good Shepherd helped raise $60,000 in under three months. He compares his own contribution to the little boy whose lunch fed the five thousand: “My motivation was, ‘This is my two fishes and five loaves. Jesus, here it is.’”

In 2013, Bobbie came to Madina to pre-register eligible students and organize the classrooms. “That school is not going to go without her,” Francis says. Bobbie was involved throughout the school’s construction and opening. She is the one who suggested painting its exterior blue, white, and green – the colors of the national flag – and painting the classrooms bright colors, to compensate for the lack of electricity. Bobbie also made Madina Village School a sister school to Arlington Elementary, where she teaches in the U.S. Arlington students sent school supplies to Madina, and students wrote each other letters.

Registration day was difficult for Francis. “We had to turn away over 300 students,” he says. Typical classes in Sierra Leone are crowded with more than eighty students and lack supplies, making learning difficult. Madina Village School’s classes are capped at 30, with two teachers in each room, to more thoroughly educate students. “90% of the children going to that school have never been to school,” Francis explains.

(Students in one of the classrooms at Madina Village School.)

Students in one of the classrooms at Madina Village School. The classrooms have no electricity, but it’s hard to tell from the bright picture!

Madina Village School’s second academic year was postponed by the 2014 Ebola outbreak, which shut down all of Sierra Leone’s schools. According to Francis, the most important element for combating Ebola is education. Madina Village School’s teachers and nurse – the only certified, trained school nurse in the country – held Ebola education seminars for the community. People could opt for voluntary quarantine, and outside visitors underwent mandatory isolation. “To this date, we’ve never had a single case of Ebola in that community,” Francis says.

He is proud of the role the school had in avoiding Ebola: “The school being there for one year gave us credibility … but I didn’t know [its impact] was going to be this soon or this big.” Francis plans to return to Madina for the school’s March 30th reopening.

Future plans for Madina Village School include a new well and a health clinic. Francis says having a sustainable clean water source is the school’s number one priority, because the current well often dries up. Leaders will soon begin raising funds for the clinic as well, because the closest hospital is 30-40 miles away.

(Students in one of the classrooms at Madina Village School.)

Workers digging the school’s current well, which needs to be replaced with a deeper well.

In its first year, Madina Village School educated almost 300 pre-K through third grade students from at least five villages. The school will eventually expand to educate students from pre-K through high school. He hopes IWU will play a role in these expansions by permitting nursing and education students to complete intercultural requirements and practicums in Madina Village.


Francis is grateful for how God is working in Sierra Leone: “God is the one that has the solution, [and] the solution to most of the problems is education. That’s the only hope. I don’t expect to see extreme change in my lifetime. My hope is to plant the seed.” For more information about Madina Village School or to donate, please visit

(One of Madina Village School’s two academic buildings.)

One of Madina Village School’s two academic buildings.

 Written by Megan Emily. Megan is a senior English/Writing major and member of the John Wesley Honors College. She operates a blog ( about finding hope and security.


March 27 & 28, 2015

March 27 & 28, 2015

Currently, Marion’s billboards advertise a performance by Christian rapper, Lecrae. The concert is only one part of Fusion, an annual youth conference hosted by IWU to give high school students a taste of campus life.

IWU Director of Events, Roger Alcock, says Fusion 2015 promises to be one of the biggest. Over 1,000 youth and their sponsors are expected to attend, with 3,800 guests for the concert. Registration numbers have more than tripled from last year. Groups are coming from as far away as California and Ontario.

Roger has been working on Fusion for over twenty years. As an IWU student, the ’92 alum met Tom Sloan, who headed up the event at the time. Post-graduation, Roger returned to IWU and continued his involvement in Fusion.

Over the years, the event has changed. When it began in 1973, it was a generic high school youth conference of 200-400 students, lasting Thursday-Saturday. It was rebranded as Fusion in 2007 and now reaches over 1,000 students. The schedule has also changed: Fusion is now only on Friday night and Saturday. Fusion Poster

After rebranding Fusion, leaders focused on establishing relationships with youth pastors and featuring more big-name performers. Recently, the Brandon Grissom Band, Switchfoot, and David Crowder have performed in IWU’s chapel. Roger says the chapel is another change – previously, Marion High School hosted the concerts because IWU’s facilities were too small.

Despite all the changes, Fusion’s core remains the same. The rallies, worship, and Scripture-based sermons are still the primary components. Fusion’s tradition also includes youth staying overnight with IWU students, an arrangement facilitated by admissions workers such as Evelyn Waymire and student leaders.

“At its heart, Fusion is a student-led, student-focused event,” says Roger. The student leadership team includes three co-directors, twelve executive team members, and over 100 volunteers. Students plan seminars, prayer teams, altar counseling efforts, and more.

Roger, who assists with logistics and marketing, explains, “[I am] more of a support role for the students.” He loves seeing student leaders grow: “It’s a chance for them to put into practice the things they’re learning in the classroom. They put their heart and soul in it. To see all their hard work pay off is great.”

fusion(1) Fusion is a family affair for the Alcocks. Roger’s brother, ‘89 alum Charlie Alcock, is the Director of Student Ministries and works closely with Fusion’s student leaders and performing artists. Before working at IWU, Charlie served as a youth pastor and brought his students to Fusion.

The brothers and the rest of the team enjoy seeing their efforts pay off year after year. Roger says, “IWU has grown so much. A lot has changed … Fusion is an anchor point. It links us from one generation to the next.” He loves seeing high schoolers participate in one of IWU’s traditions: “The reason we’re here is to be focused on Christ … Fusion really reinforces that concept of who we are [for visitors].”

Roger hopes Fusion will remain a point of connection for high school youth, IWU students, and alumni. To see what’s in store for Fusion this year, check out the Fusion Vimeo.

Written by Megan Emily. Megan is a senior English and Writing major and a member of the John Wesley Honors College. She operates Earthworms Blog, which focuses on finding hope.