FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A man who brought a gun to a North Carolina church has returned to apologize, according to WRAL.
What started as a frightening experience at the Fayetteville church during a New Year’s Eve service ended with what some are calling a “miracle.”
Pastor Larry Wright was talking to his congregation at Heal the Land Outreach Ministries when he said a stranger suddenly appeared. He had a gun in one hand and an ammo magazine in the other.
Wright said he asked the man if he could help him. The unidentified stranger was reportedly calm as Wright took the weapon from him and had four deacons disarm him.
The man started crying as Wright began praying for him, according to reports. Wright said the stranger asked for salvation and “gave his life to Christ.”
WRAL reported that the man recently returned to the church to apologize. He said he had financial stress in his life, was recently released from a hospital and his wife was diagnosed with a disease.
The man will not face charges and asked to not be identified. He said he never meant any harm and was at the church to find a safe place to get rid of the weapon.
“I pray that he comes back and visits us. I’m not scared of him, not now,” church member Lucrecia Hall told WRAL.