In a letter to ministry partners, evangelist Benny Hinn said he is praying God will heal his family.
Hinn’s wife, Suzanne, filed for divorce from the
high-profile minister Feb. 1. The filing says the couple had been separated
since Jan. 26, according to the Associated Press.
Hinn said his wife had been under great stress, but he and his
children “never expected this to happen.”
“Divorce was the last thing on my mind and theirs,” Hinn
wrote in the letter posted on his ministry Web site. He said it was a “total
shock” when his wife’s attorney called Feb. 17 to inform him that she had filed
“Suzanne never gave the family even a hint that this was on
her mind,” Hinn wrote, adding that his wife’s parents did not know she had
filed for divorce until he told them Feb. 17. “Even to this moment, the
children and I don’t know why she did it. … I love my wife, and I am praying
that the Lord Himself will take care of this and bring healing to my precious
Hinn said his wife does not have biblical grounds for divorce because
neither of them engaged in immorality throughout their 30-year marriage.
“We both have kept our covenant with God and stayed pure
before Him, and I am praying with all my heart that our precious Lord Jesus
will heal my family and protect His work for His glory,” Hinn wrote.
Hinn said he does not plan to take a break from preaching
and leading healing crusades worldwide. “I am going to continue preaching the
Gospel and praying for the sick as I have for 36 years,” he wrote. “I will not
allow anything to slow me down or stop me. My commitment to my precious Jesus
is forever, and nothing will ever change that.”