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“Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Matthew 5:48 (b) (THE MESSAGE)

RIVER TALK. Jon Detweiler ’12 and Ben Swartz on their adventures. Read their firsthand account at justiceadventures.wordpress.com. photos courtesy of Jon Detweiler

In a journey dubbed “Sugar2Salt,” Jon and his cousin, Ben, spent August 14–November 3, 2011, canoeing their watercraft from the Sugar Creek to the salty Gulf of Mexico, ending at the southern tip of Louisiana. Inspired by a long line of nature lovers and having grown up on a farm, the city of Canton was, at times, overwhelming for Jon. While writing a theology paper late one night in his residence hall, he was struck with a notion he couldn’t shake. “One of my frontiersman heroes did this journey himself way back in the 1700s; that helped influence why I chose canoeing, and also because I don’t know many people who have done a trip like this,” says Jon. Sugar2Salt may have begun as a fun canoe trip for two twenty-something cousins, but soon grew to become a mission to help raise awareness and funds for IRIS Ministries,

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an orphanage that supports nearly 10,000 children around the world and equips new generations of African pastors through education. This experience—which spanned 2,477 miles, five connecting rivers, and 10 states —allowed Jon and Ben to experience God’s provision and protection in brand new ways. “We [ran] into zero trouble, and God even provided with things like food and encouragement,” Jon says, adding that people along their trip cooked and bought groceries for them. “The most striking, kind of surprising, thing to me is we have not been denied once when we have asked to stay in somebody’s yard to set up a tent,” Jon told the Dyersburg State Gazette, a newspaper that ran a story about them on October 2. “I expected these people would have been photo by Todd Biss Photography

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Reckless Abandon  

Malone Magazine, Spring 2012

Reckless Abandon  

Malone Magazine, Spring 2012

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