Malone University students let inmates know “We’re praying for you.”
May 3, 2013 | Release # 6628
Malone University students took some time off from preparing for final examinations to pray for and sign a poster designed for men attending a spiritual retreat at Marion Correctional Institution sponsored by Kairos Prison Ministry International.
Students, faculty, and staff signed their first names to a poster letting the inmates at the retreat know that they were being prayed for by people at Malone. Hundreds of names were gathered over lunch hour one day last week, with many including a favorite scripture reference as well.
The project was a follow up to a recent Worldview Forum event that addressed the issues of capital punishment. At that event, students were challenged to follow the example found in the Gospel of Matthew, which encourages Christ-followers to minister to those in prison.
The poster was then delivered to Gary Weaver, a 1977 alumnus, a committee member for Kairos Prison Ministries at the Marion Correctional Institution.
Deb Robinson, director of parent and alumni relations at Malone remarked, "We are proud of the work Gary is doing with Kairos Prison Ministry International, and were pleased to be able to send messages of support from his alma mater."
According to Weaver, "When I held up the poster that read, 'We are praying for you' with (students') names, you could see and hear the reaction." He continued, "This is the first time I know of that they have had acknowledgement from outsiders in this (college age) range – and it had an impact."
Weaver contacted the University with a message specifically for the students who had participated, "Thank you! Tell all to expect to meet some very grateful men in Heaven who were less free on this earth."
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2013
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