IWU took donations in every chapel service this week. After Friday’s services, the total came to $6,683.04, according to Dean of the Chapel Dr. Jim Lo.
“This does not include those who sent funds directly to [the] Wesleyan Church,” said Dr. Lo. “We think the total came to be around $10,000 from what I have heard.”
The Wesleyan Church is working in concert with the Church of the Nazarene to bring volunteers, food and supplies to assist individuals affected by the largest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church, asked Dr. Lo to call the IWU community to participate in raising funds for the relief effort.
Wesleyan churches across the country, including many pastored by IWU alumni, are joining in the effort to help.
John Brittain, a 1982 IWU graduate, leads a Wesleyan church in Pasadena, Maryland, is collecting clothing and Wal-Mart gift cards and plans to send a team of volunteers to South Jersey early next month.
“We’re always looking for other partners in ministry,” Brittain said. “It’s really bad up there.”
Alumnus Donavon Shoemaker, pastor of First Wesleyan church in Jersey City, N.J., said that during the days when most of the city was without power, he cleaned out his freezer and served hot food to people in his neighborhood–many of whom had nonfunctioning electric stoves.
“It was a little bit of a challenge to stay warm in the evenings,” said Shoemaker, who graduated from IWU in 1969.
Shoemaker said that Ed Torres, a pastor from Faith Wesleyan Church in Clinton, New Jersey and a student at IWU’s Wesley Seminary, brought a generator to Jersey City, enabling Shoemaker’s church to set up a cell phone charging station in the basement. Faith Wesleyan also brought water, clothes and blankets and cooked hot sandwiches during Sunday service.
“That’s all through the Wesleyan donations they’re getting from different places,” Shoemaker said, mentioning generous congregations in South Carolina, California and Virginia. “Even the generators they brought to us, that came through donations.”
“The stories we hear in the wake of Sandy, stories of generosity in the face of adversity, show us once again that the IWU community will go above and beyond the call of duty in serving those in need,” said Executive Vice President Dr. Keith Newman.
The Wesleyan Church is an Evangelical Protestant denomination with approximately 400,000 people in 4,000 churches and missions, in 90 countries of the world. Founded in 1968 as the result of a merger between the Wesleyan Methodist Church and the Pilgrim Holiness Church, its roots are in the abolitionist and holiness revival movements of the nineteenth century.
Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church. The University, founded in 1920, is committed to liberal arts and professional education.
More than 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the University’s main campus in Marion, Indiana. Nearly 12,500 adult learners attend classes at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and online.