Dr. Leslie Mosher, founder of a nonprofit organization called Surprised by Hope, received the Professional and Graduate Studies Program Alumnus of the Year Award in February '12 during the Winter Homecoming Gala.
The organization she founded provides biblically-based business training and education, organizational development and spiritual ministry to East Africans and the ministries that serve them. She spends half the year in Uganda and half the year in Grand Rapids.
This accomplishment was made possible by her late husband, she said. After almost 20 years of marriage, Mosher's husband died unexpectedly, which forced her to re-imagine her future and passionately pursue God's plan for her new life. The result was a series of short-term mission trips that led to a full-time commitment to missions.
"The truth is that without him, or without his death, I would not be doing what I'm doing today," she said. "Even in death he continues to leave this legacy in my life, which is bittersweet."
Mosher earned an associates degree, a bachelors degree and a masters degree from Cornerstone University.
For more about her ministry, visit her website