Grammy Award winning Gospel artist and worshipper Israel Houghton took to Facebook yesterday (22nd Feb 2016) to announce that he and his wife Meleasa are officially divorced after 20 years of marriage. In a very open and transparent Facebook post, Israel says that several years ago he “failed and sinned” in his marriage and that efforts over 5 years to overcome challenges have proven too difficult.
“It is with a collective heavy heart that we announce that after over 20 years of marriage and a long separation, Meleasa and I are officially divorced. Several years ago I failed and sinned in my marriage. Though this is new to many, it is not new to us as we have been working through this for over 5 years. Although we tried, the challenges in our relationship have proven too much to overcome. We have always handled our family and ministry with grace and generosity toward others, discretion, and privacy. So, for the sake of our amazing kids, we are also handling this privately with pastoral oversight and assistance. We choose to remain friendly and kind to each other going forward. I am in the process of restoration and I have repented for my actions. Although I am sincerely sorry, and forgiven, I soberly realize that I will live with the consequences of my failings for the rest of my life. As this has become a public matter I want to apologize to the many who have supported my ministry through the years. I’m sorry for the many who will be hurt to learn of my personal failure. I regret any pain or disappointment that this news may cause you. We thank you for your prayers and for allowing us to handle this privately with those who are set over us in this process. Prayerfully” Israel Houghton
Once again people are reminded that the call of God on a high profile artist’s or minister’s life does not immune them to the temptations, struggles and human failings that anyone of us can face. Israel Houghton has blessed the world with powerfully anointed songs that are ministered in thousands of churches across the globe. His songs have been used to bring healing and restoration to countless individuals and families in all walks of life. It is no wonder that many would have placed him on such a high pedestal that his fall and divorce announcement is likely to hit a lot of people very hard.
Encouragingly, Israel Houghton’s announcement has been met with an outpouring of love and comments of support.
Let’s keep Israel, Meleasa and his children in prayer.
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