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In early 2008, Jonny Benjamin was 20 years-old and had just been diagnosed with a debilitating mental disorder. He had dropped out of school and there was little chance that he would ever be able to hold down a job or have a family. His response was to climb out on a bridge and end it all. Just as he was about to jump, a stranger pulled him back from the darkness encouraging Benjamin and even inviting him to chat over coffee instead. The chance conversation pulled Benjamin back from the brink and put him on path toward health and safety. The only problem was that he did not know who the stranger was, and Jonny wanted to find him and thank him. He launched and on-line search and after two weeks meet the man who had helped him, Neil Laybourn. When they meet to look back over the past six years, both marveled at how much that day had changed their lives. Benjamin said though Laybourn was a stranger, he turned out to be the kind of friend he needed that morning. He added, “I always thought of that time as being very negative, I thought of that place as being the worst in my life. I feel that I can look at it a very different way now, I’ve overcome that. I’ve come full circle and am able to close that chapter.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

'Full circle': Man finds stranger who saved him from suicide 6 years ago, by Christina Boyle,, Accessed January 31, 2014.

1 Corinthians 10:24 (ESV) (24) Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

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