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Mike & Cindy Helvie

By: Dezaray Barr

Mike & Cindy Helvie

Mike Helvie graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University, then Marion College, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Christian Ministries in 1981. His wife, Cindy, graduated on the same day as Mike with a B.S. in Nursing.

Mike and Cindy met in the dinner line at Baldwin, “so we can say, ‘Our love began in Baldwin!'” Mike shared. “God brought Cindy all the way from Oregon to Indiana where we met, had lots of long walks and talks about life and missions, fell in love and married in the middle of our senior year.  God knew who I needed in a wife, and He brought her to me at IWU!”

Aside from meeting his wife at Marion College, Mike said that his time at the school helped him discover what ministry really looked like for him. “I had good and godly men and women professors that took personal interest in me and help me grow where I was weak,” he said.

Cindy transferred to Marion College from another university to be in the nursing program. “I was grateful to be at IWU; there was attention to each student and their needs. On the first day of orientation, I met my friend and roommate, we have stayed friends all these years. I became an RA and ARD at Shatford and was able to plan many fun activities,” she shared.

Cindy knew IWU trained nurses to work cross culturally in Nepal. At the time, there were not many organizations working in Nepal, but the Wesleyan Church had a nurse serving there. This drew Cindy because of something she’d experience at a young age. “When I was 11 years-old, our sixth grade teacher had invited a man, the world ping-pong champion, from Nepal to speak to our class. As he shared, I was fascinated by what he was saying about his country. He said that 95% of the people were Buddhist and only 1% would ever even hear the name of Jesus. At that point I thought of my Sunday school and church and felt so sad, I then sensed God impressing on me, ‘Cindy, I want you to go there and tell them about me.’ From that point on, I knew I wanted to go to Nepal,” Cindy said.

Mike & Cindy Helvie

Mike discovered IWU while attending Fairmount Camp when he was 13 and received his call to ministry. “Soon after that,” Mike said, “a man by the name of Howard Noggle from Marion College came to our home and visited with our whole family. He told my parents, ‘I think Mike would do well at Marion College.’ God used him to guide me along the right path I needed to take and was so encouraging to me all along the way.”

Mike just finished 20 months of Nepali lessons. He and Cindy will begin as the Dean of Students at a Seminary. They also plan to give Member Care to others serving in Nepal.

From 2009 to 2012, Cindy and Mike lived in Zambia and taught at the Pilgrim Wesleyan Bible College training Pastors. “I told my students ‘Three of my favorite words are Read, Read, Read.’ I told them you are here to learn and you will read many books, but don’t forget to read God’s Word. Let it be your treasure and delight to read, apply it and let it be the foundation of your life,” Mike said, and this is the same advice he would give to IWU students.

Cindy would like to remind IWU students: “Don’t be afraid to live out the dreams and calling that God has placed on your life. It may take time… it has taken me almost 50 years to fulfill my calling in Nepal, but it is so rewarding to be in the place I was called to.”

Mike and Cindy’s children, Eric and Melody, graduated from IWU, along with each of their spouses, Megan and Jared. “We had a chance to be on campus last August,” Mike said. “We went into the prayer chapel. We met a young man who had just arrived on campus. First, he asked us how he could pray for us, and then we asked him how we could pray for him. He shared that this was his first time away from home and that he wasn’t sure he could make it. We had prayer together. It was a deep and meaningful time. As we left the prayer chapel I thought, ‘Only at IWU could we so quickly be sharing at this deep spiritual level.'”




Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the Alumni Office. Dezaray is a junior Strategic Communication, Journalism and Honors Humanities triple major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. Visit Dez’s website at www.dezaraybarr.weebly.com.

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Business as Mission: Jacob Wheeler in Nepal

Jacob Wheeler (12’) has been working with a Business as Mission organization in Nepal called PacMoore for the past 3.5 years. After the earthquakes and traumatic damage done in Nepal, his work there is more valuable than ever. “The company has commissioned me to create ideas and business opportunities for people through PacMoore, and to give [the Nepali] people access to hear the Gospel,” he said.


Jacob Wheeler – 2012 IWU grad

Wheeler was born in Nepal to a Tibet Buddhist family and was adopted in the states when he was four years old. He went straight to Nepal after graduation in 2012 as an International Business Developer, and actually stayed with his biological family for a couple months.

He experienced a really large paradigm shift moving from the U.S. to Nepal. “It’s just so different,” he said. Although he has to walk or bike everywhere, and he is forced to use every drop of water efficiently, Wheeler is energized by the work the Lord is doing in the country.

“I keep going back to Nepal because I still feel that call to create opportunities, jobs and disciples,” he said. It has become his life now that he has been there for 3.5 years. He comes home about twice a year to see family, but the more he stays abroad, the more he calls Nepal home. “I still call home Marion, Indiana because that’s where I can find comfort… But more and more I love being abroad and being with people from around the world,” Wheeler said. “I really needed to get out there and experience more of life.”

Living in Marion was great preparation for Wheeler, so when he first went to Nepal in 2012, he was grounded in the truth of the Lord. He was thankful for his knowledge of Christ because of the dramatic culture difference: “It was really hard adjusting culturally. Only some people spoke English, and lentils weren’t what I was used to eating every day. I felt really alone, so I really had to push to God… I turned to Him and asked Him, ‘God, show up to me and show me who you are and how you work differently here in Nepal than back home.’”

The day after he said this bold prayer, he went to a Nepali church and saw a woman who was demon possessed. All of the elders of the church were praying over her and casting out a demon, trying to hold her down. “I had never seen anything like that before,” Wheeler said. “God really said to me, ‘Jacob this is really how the devil works.’”

In Nepal, there are idols on every corner, and humans and animals are sacrificed. The work of Satan is so prevalent, and Wheeler quickly realized he needed to overcome the shock and heartbreak so he could help them in the Lord’s name.

“God showed a whole new side of himself to me and I’ve been better for it… I will be a helper to the Kingdom,” Wheeler said.

In addition to being spiritually grounded, Wheeler is thankful that he is confident in his knowledge to teach others. Through his classes as a Business Administration major and Economics minor, he learned exactly what he needed to for this calling. Wheeler has seen the knowledge he gained at Indiana Wesleyan University play into everyone he is supporting through PacMoore. “While in school, I was so poured into. Everything at school is about YOU: how much can YOU learn, how much can YOU take away. Then the next position you go into after school, people really want all that you’ve got and all that you’ve learned… God pours into us so we can pour into others,” he said. Wheeler is grateful that he has experience and knowledge because he can now bless and teach to those who need it.



Wheeler has been home for a few weeks to visit family, and is flying back to Nepal this week. He will be arriving to a difficult situation with trade issues and supplies. As Nepal relies heavily on India for their imports, they are not receiving what they need now that all the streets are blocked due to the earthquakes.

To make matters worse, while there were businesses already using generators before the earthquakes, now, after the damage and shortages especially in fuel – so they have no power at all. Businesses are struggling to work efficiently, so PacMoore is there to assist these people in developing their employeers and business partners to offer opportunities for the people.

Wheeler is excited to return because he knows God will provide. He is looking forward to the global work they are doing, hoping for expansion. He encourages students to avoid fear after graduation. Learning is so valuable and people appreciate that once you leave college and connect with others. “Follow what God has put on your heart,” Wheeler said.


Written by Kelly Reed. Kelly is a senior Strategic Communications major with a focus in Public Relations. She is the President of IWU PRSSA and hopes to work as a communications director of a nonprofit organization after graduation. She loves to tell people’s stories through written word, artwork, speech and strategy. Visit Kelly’s personal website and blog at www.kellyreed.weebly.com.



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Jacob Wheeler has been nominated for The Counsel for Christian Colleges and Universities Young Alumni Award Contest, so please follow these instructions if you would like to support him.

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  • The 10 finalists will all be featured in a future issue of Advance, the biannual magazine from the CCCU<http://www.cccu.org/news/advance/Spring_2015>, and on the CCCU website.
  • The winner will be recognized at a ceremony during the CCCU’s 40th Anniversary Gala in Washington, D.C. ‪on Jan. 27, 2016.



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Business as Mission in Nepal

Jacob Wheeler ('12)Jacob Wheeler (’12) is a recent grad with a heart for Missions and Business. He has recently been in Nepal where devastating earthquakes has brought tragedy. Jacob has recently reported that he is safe from harm. His ministry in Nepal is supported through PacMoore where he is employed. His work in Nepal brings hope to many and is an example of a World Changer making a difference globally.  Read more: Business as Mission in Nepal.

We have several alumni serving with Tiny Hands Internationally. Dawna R. Clifton Upadhyay, and husband Khemraj have also reported that they are safe from harm. Dawna Clinton Upadhyay and husband Khemraj Khemraj is principal at the Dream Center school, and Dawna  teaches art there. (She has undergrad degrees in both photography and illustration from IWU.) They and their three children live in Pokhara, near the epicenter.

We pray for the people of Nepal and are grateful for the impact our alumni are having.

Earthquake Report.