Osteen To Open Megachurch To Hurricane Refugees After Social Media Shaming

Osteen To Open Megachurch To Hurricane Refugees After Social Media Shaming

Osteen To Open Megachurch To Hurricane Refugees After Social Media Shaming

In a tweet posted on 26th August, Osteen said, "Victoria & I are praying for everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey".

Also, Lakewood Church wrote, "Lakewood is receiving people who need shelter".

In a statement to ABC News, the 54-year-old said that his 16,000-person church will be able to accommodate those displaced "once shelters reach capacity".

Later, the church released a statement saying it's "prepared to house people once shelters reach capacity".

"We have never closed our doors", Osteen said. We will continue to be a distribution center to those in need.

Donald IIoff said that it did not make sense to open the church doors when the city was already treating thousands of flood victims at the nearby George R. Brown Convention Centre.

That's the question that a large number of people on social media have been asking as the Lakewood Church mega-pastor was conspicuously silent in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

But some responded sceptically to the Facebook post, questioning why one of the largest churches in the U.S. - including a 16,000-seat arena - was not able to take in victims of Harvey.

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McIntosh later spoke to ABC News , and said he is very grateful for the people involved in the rescue. When the McIntoshs' heard that the patients were safe, Timothy shared the good news on Twitter.

Lakewood Church was closed this weekend as Harvey dumped up to 24 inches of rain on the Houston area.

"Shame on Joel Osteen", tweeted @RuneK_15.

Reads a statement posted Monday night on the Lakewood Church website: "We want to let you know that our hearts are with each of you and your families during this hard time".

The rep also sent us photos of "initial flooding" within the church, and says this is "why we couldn't open initially".

The church also circulated photos showing that parts of the site, including the hallways and parking lot, were badly flooded. At the time of this writing, it is unknown why Lakewood did not open their doors for residents to seek a safe harbor at the beginning of the storm?

For the past two days, Osteen received criticism for not allowing people to use the church as a shelter.

As the displaced population hit 30,000 and city officials searched for facilities to house the homeless, Osteen told detractors his Lakewood Church was unreachable due to floods. At least nine people have died to date as a result of the storm.

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