WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A near-death experience has inspired a couple to create a ministry to help give back to the community.
In November 1991, Vernon Gore was stabbed three times in the head with an ice pick by a stranger. His wife, Loretta, was told that he wouldn't live for more than another hour.
"It was like tragedy had just come knocking on my door," Loretta said. "When they told me my husband had been stabbed three times with an ice pick, it just turned my whole life around. I said, 'Lord, I don't know what I'm going to do.'"
But Vernon survived the injuries, and in the late 2000s, the Gores decided to start a ministry.
"I was just thinking about how the community was so good to us during our time of tragedy and troubles," Loretta said. "The people of the community stepped up to help us. That's why we want to give back to the community."
The Gores' ministry now serves 15 communities in Pender and Duplin counties. Their central office is located in Burgaw.
"We tell them what God can do and what he did for me," Vernon said.
The Gores also will release a book called Love Never Fails on May 18.