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Would You Take This Guy In?

March 18, 2009


In 1973 he abducted a 12 year-old boy whom he planned to sexually molest. He killed the boy before authorities could get to him. He pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

He briefly escaped from prison in 1982. While on the run he kidnapped a couple and threatened to kill them. In 1991, he stabbed another inmate. In September he was released.

This is where the story gets interesting.

After Richard Guay was paroled--the "he" mentioned above--no one in the New Hampshire town where he once lived wanted him back and no half-way house would take him. Politicians think they can dump their trash in our small town," said one neighbor, Jon Morales. That's when Reverend David Pinckney stepped in.

Rev. Pinckney is pastor of a non-denominational church in Concord, New Hampshire. After talking with his wife, Pastor Pinckney did the unthinkable. He took Richard Guay into his home, to live with he, his wife, and their four children, ages 13-18, while he looks for a job and a place to live.

While on earth, Jesus made the point that when we help people--the best and the worst--we are really helping Him: "I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me" (Matt. 25:36, GWT). I feel what Jesus is saying here, but does this verse extend to convicted killers?

Here's the question: If your parents told you that they were going to take in a convicted criminal for awhile until he/she got on their feet, what would be your reaction?

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