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Rescued by Christ

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British falconer George O'Neill shares the story of how he was rescued by Christ.

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    [MUSIC PLAYING] This is Arthur. Arthur was a wild bird four years ago when I got him. He was very badly injured. He had his wing hanging off. He's still got one wing, which you can see. We had to actually amputate it because it was so badly damaged. People wanted to put him down, and I wouldn't. Because when I was a bit of an idiot, nobody put me down.

    I'm George Patrick O'Neill and I'm 64 years old. A couple of years ago, I joined a falconry club because I have to do something with my life, and I love it. As a child, I grew up in a very troubled family, and I got in trouble with the police a lot when I was a child.

    And so I was 22, 23 when I met at a Church of England vicar called John, and the police came to arrest me at his home. And I told them to go away in the language that I used at the time.

    Later that night, we were still talking, and John said, look George, just think that there's a man who died for you. He was nailed on the cross and gave his life for you. So think about that, pal. And I did.

    If I went to the police and admitted my guilt, I would automatically go to prison for six months. So, when John introduced me to Christ, he rescued me. It put a closure on my past by me walking into the police station the next day with John and saying, yes it was me. I'm here, sort it out.

    And I spent the next six months in a prison in Liverpool studying the Bible. Christ then became my personal body. He became my best friend, and he still is today. I've let him down many a time, but he's never let me down. And I know for a fact that he never will, and he's there for anyone who wants him.

    They don't trust me one little bit when I pick them up in the wild. But if we work with them, we nurture them, we caress them-- I cuddle them birds. I put my arm around them and look after them.

    I will forever be grateful because I've got support within the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wherever I am. I can get through all that I need, fortunately, because I do need it. There are people out there who need help, and you don't give up on them just because they've injured themselves. We've got to keep working on them to get them better. It's what Christ asked us to do.

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