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President’s Message

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President’s Message

Editor Amber Balash ’00 abalash@malone.edu Designer Dave Yakley ’95 dyakley@malone.edu

“Reckless Abandon.” Some may interpret the Oswald Chambers reference to mean impulsively driven with utter disregard for the consequences. To the Christ-follower, it means something far different, for Christ himself reminds us to “count the cost” before surrendering our lives, our resources, and our wills to His way. To have reckless abandon for our own plans and accept His plans for our lives requires faith, trust, and willingness for adventure.

Copy Editor Suzie Thomas sthomas@malone.edu Campus and Alumni News Jennifer Holloway jholloway@malone.edu Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Deb Robinson ’76 drobinson@malone.edu President David A. King, Ed.D. Vice President for Advancement Howard Taylor Printer Duncan Press, Inc. Canton, Ohio Cover Photo Todd Biss Photography toddbiss.com Special thanks to Karen Warner for assisting with copy editing. Malone Magazine is published three times each year for alumni and friends of Malone University, Canton, Ohio, 44709. Opinions expressed are those of contributors and do not necessarily represent those of Malone University. © 2012 Malone University. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. Malone University has established a policy of equal academic and employment opportunity. This policy is applied to all qualified students, employees and applicants for admission or employment, in all University programs and activities, without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, or military or veteran status.

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David A. King President

Was it reckless for Malone senior Jon Detweiler to embark on a months-long canoe trip from the safety of his home to the wide and often rough Mississippi River, in support of an African orphanage?

Was it reckless for alumni Ash and Kathy Bell to join the staff of Reclaim Orphans where they now care for children without parents locally, nationally, and internationally? Was it reckless for alumnus Ignatios Meimaris to leave his home in Greece back in the 1970s to attend a small college in Canton, Ohio? He has recently returned to his homeland to launch the Interbalkan Institute for Educational and Economic Development for “such a time as this.” Reckless? For that matter, was it reckless of me to leave a twenty-plus-year career at Eastern University to accept the invitation to serve as Malone’s 13th president? In each case, we’re talking about recognizing God’s calling on our lives, and exercising the necessary faith to follow that calling. The word “abandon” may also be misleading. It may sound as if we are giving up something, when—in fact—we are joining something, aligning our human wills to His good and perfect will. The only thing we are abandoning may be worldly sensibilities that —truth be told—are what really can be misleading. We invite you to join us as a student or a supporter as we abandon ourselves for Him in our journey as pioneers!

Reckless Abandon Be reckless immediately — totally unrestrained and willing to risk everything—

by casting your all upon Him. You do not know when His voice will come to you, but whenever the realization of God comes, even in the faintest way imaginable, be determined to recklessly abandon yourself, surrendering everything to Him. It is only through abandonment of yourself and your circumstances that you will recognize Him. You will only recognize His voice more clearly through recklessness — being willing to risk your all. ~ Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest Malone Magazine | Spring 2012 {7}

Reckless Abandon  

Malone Magazine, Spring 2012

Reckless Abandon  

Malone Magazine, Spring 2012

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