As team Ug Gospel Life, this comes with a lot of sadness to inform those of you who did not know that Israel Houghton and wife have divorced. Israel Houghton who visited and ministered in Uganda during Watoto Church’s Big Party added a Grammy to his collection of multiple awards recently for his project Covered: Alive In Asia which won Best Gospel album. Israel announced the divorce on social media and posted;
“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.
Upon reading this, one of the most popular responses from PJ Morgan read, “You have only sinned against God. You owe us nothing. We will continue to pray and support you, both of you. I am in NO position to judge anyone. I believe in the restoring power of God. I love you..”
Ugandan worship leader who is famous for songs like Wegukubira, Nnungamya was among those who offered exhortation to Israel Houghton. He commented,
“Even in the midst of a dark, formless and empty world God still spoke let their be light, I believe God’s grace greater than our mistakes. You are close to his heart beat, if he died for us while we where still sinners this means that nothing can beat his love, his love is head of any failure, I pray that he who was not ashamed to die for you, will hold back the family together. The sun wont set until you have had the victory. It won’t go down before you see his unfailing love, you are in his hands”
When God is in it, it’s not over.