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Pictured: Pastor Ron Carpenter of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., breaks down in tears on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, as he confesses to the congregation his wife's illness and their broken marriage.
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"As I am speaking to you right now, my wife Hope, has voluntarily checked into a one-year rehabilitation clinic and she is in isolation and she is under psychiatric evaluation at this moment," Carpenter revealed. "I've been on the phone with therapists until deep into the night last night, and the therapist told me that it was the worse case they had ever seen. That is the severity of this moment and this issue."
He shared in a shaky voice with thousands at the service and countless others watching online that he had lost 12 pounds in the last four days and had barely been eating or sleeping, and called that Sunday the worst day of his life in 45 years.
As Carpener spoke, members of the congregation intermittently rose to their feet and applauded him in a show of support, while others could be seen wiping their eyes during his difficult message.
The minister, who had informed church visitors and those watching the livestream of the Sunday service that they could excuse themselves because he was about to get into something heavy, said neither he nor the doctors know what exactly his plaguing his wife. Carpenter, who has been married for 23 years and has four children, told the congregation that his wife, Hope Hilley Carpenter, was sick and did not need anyone's "wrath."
Carpenter shared that for the past decade his wife's behavior had radically changed, putting him through what he cast as a harrowing and agonizing ordeal.
SOURCE: NICOLA MENZIE