Ron Carpenter writes…
“Hey guys…first of all let me say that our family is completely overwhelmed by the kindness, Love, grace , and mercy demonstrated by everyone.
I now know what it means to “bear one another’s burdens”.
Please know that we FEEL your love…. I am grateful beyond measure.
I braced for the worst as I new many would try sensationalize the story and turn it into something it’s not. It’s tragic and it’s… sad…however the church community couldn’t have been any kinder.
Both sides of the family actually spoke w Hope on the phone for 45 minutes yesterday.
She has asked me to speak on her behalf and in deep brokenness.. She made me promise to let each of you know that she is sorry for any pain she may have caused and she received great joy in my assuring her of y’all’s great love for her. I love each of you dearly and CAN NOT WAIT to see you…
One day at a time..
Listen to Ron Carpenter radio interview
Charisma News reports…
“Pastor Ron Carpenter told a horror story to his Redemption World Outreach Center congregation on Sunday. It was a story of betrayal and brokenness that led to the Pentecostal leader breaking down sobbing in front of his megachurch.
After more than one long-term affair, Carpenter’s wife, Hope, voluntarily checked in to a one-year rehabilitation program over the weekend. Her psychological state is so fragile that doctors are beginning immediate treatment.
When Hope confessed her first affair in 2010, Carpenter wound up in the hospital. Doctors thought he was having a heart attack. The stress of keeping his wife’s infidelity and emotional instability a secret for nearly a decade took its toll on the megachurch pastor.
“I cannot tell you the horror of having something like plutonium inside of me, a secret in me,” Carpenter told his church. ”And I have to grab a microphone every Sunday and Wednesday and talk to the world, having lost all my confidence, humiliated, shamed and embarrassed.”
“There was no remorse. There was no compassion,” he continued, describing his wife’s behavior. “The erratic behavior, random, random, reckless, careless behavior only escalated, and the situation in 2011, 2012 just deteriorated worse and worse. I don’t know how I have come before you and done what I have done. The state of my mind and the preoccupation … the volatility of my home. I don’t know how I’ve done what I’ve done.”
Carpenter had renewed hope in January when he said something started turning.
“Her motherhood started coming back,” he said. “Her attitude toward me began to change. She began to have a desire again to be restored to ministry. I saw her devotional life pick back up. I saw her time with God begin to be productive and consistent. … I thought, ‘Maybe we have done it. Maybe we’ve beat this thing.’”
Despite renewed hope, Carpenter soon found out his wife had started another affair right after she broke off the first one. His wife was actually having an affair during the entire restoration process, and he never knew it.
Still, Carpenter is walking in the Word.
“Hope is not well,” he told his congregation. “You need to know that. We don’t know what’s wrong. But these are not the actions of anybody that is right. I am bearing the expense of one year of treatment that is extensive, calling together the best Christian counselors and clinical psychiatrists and therapists that money can buy, and I am committed totally and completely to my kids one day having a mother that is whole and that is well.”