Adom Praiz 2014: Israel Houghton, the worship leader who was almost aborted

One person who understands the meaning and essence of Adom Praiz is international gospel superstar Israel Houghton. ‘Adom’ in his language means ‘Grace’ and Praiz in his language means well praise.

And when your first struggle in life started as a struggle for life right from your mother’s womb then, chances are, you have a deep sense of gratitude to God for making it out alive.

And a much deeper gratitude for making it big in life singing the praises of Him who made you live – God.

Facts: Israel Houghton was nearly aborted. But don’t take this from me. Listen to him

‘My mother is white. My biological father is black. When my mother was 17, she got pregnant. They lived in Waterloo, Iowa, which at the time in 1971 was a very segregated society. She came home and told her parents, ‘I’m pregnant and the father is black.’ They had a really difficult time with it.’

And you know who recommended abortion? Her mother’s dad. He told her she had made a mistake to get pregnant, she needed to abort and move on with her talent as a pianist. And when she resisted, she found herself 17,000 miles from home alone. 

It wasn’t the worse: 8 months into the pregnancy, his black father split up with her mum leaving her desperate, despairing – maybe her parents were right. She had made a mistake.

But the worse was still yet to come.
Her heavily pregnant mum turned to drugs, pushing dangerous substances into this baby who knew nothing of the storm raging outside the womb, the neglect and hopelessness her mum suffered.

It got so bad that the state of California was getting ready to take the baby away from her because she was considered an unfit mother.

Until light shone
Hear Houghton
‘This lady came up to her out of the blue and said, ‘I don’t know you, and I don’t want to give you a hard time, but I was driving by and I really felt that I needed to come tell you Jesus loves you. You’re not forgotten. You did the right thing. It’s going to be all right.’

‘Those words of life were so powerful to her and so revolutionary to her that she got on her knees on the street corner on Carlsbad Avenue, out of San Diego, and gave her life to the Lord. I’m here today because of that woman’s faithfulness to God to share the gospel with my mother’.

And with that determination, an international worship leader was born on May 19, 1971.

Houghton is a worship leader at the renowned pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. He has gone on to get 4 Grammy awards, 2 Dove awards and two Stellar awards.

So Israel understands the importance of God’s Grace and Adom Praiz. That is why come 2 nd August he would be headlining Adom Praiz 2014.

And if your idea or your dream appears aborted today, you qualify for God’s grace and Adom Praiz 2014.

If you have felt let down by those you love, you qualify for God’s grace and Adom Praiz

And if you search deep inside yourself, your life, you can see that unmistakable finger of God in your life, intervening in times of crisis, pointing out in times of confusion or staying close as you go through life.

You qualify for God’s Grace and Adom Praiz 2014. Story by Ghana||Edwin Appiah|[email protected]

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