Air date: December 19, 2013
This is a Christmas story with a good ending but a bad beginning, an attempted murder during a break in. Kevin: he had a knife, we began to fight and um over the course of that fight um I ended up being stabbed 37 times. Kevin Ramsby, a Detroit pastor, was left alone to die in his home. Kevin: I was praying my last prayers for my wife, praying for my daughter and praying for my son. I heard four words “they still need you.” I was able to stand up um I had to pick up my insides that were on my outside and was able to get to a neighbors porch. Five months later he left the hospital, with a profound decision regarding his attacker. Kevin: When he said he wasn’t guilty…I still had to forgive him then when he pled guilty I had to forgive him Wesley McLemore, who wound up stealing 3 dollar and an old laptop, was sent to prison for up to 40 years. Kevin writes him regularly. Kevin: From his words to me um everyone in his life has left him and I am the only one that writes him and is in contact with him today. Meanwhile, Ramsby has returned to the Highland Park neighborhood where he nearly died. He pastors Revival Tabernacle and has opened Hope Village and The Store House, facilities designed to help the community with resources, a food banks, youth and women’s programs and more. Kevin: I want to try to reach men in our community before they become like my attacker. Ramsby is guided by the words “they syill need you” from that terrible night. And despite being stabbed 37 times, he is grateful. Kevin: I am a better husband, I’m a better father, I’m a better friend, I’m a better neighbor, a better pastor. A bad beginning, a good ending. Kevin Rambsy demonstrates the power of forgiveness, at Christmas and all year round, here in the heart of Detroit.