As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to dump historic ranges of rain throughout Houston, hundreds of residents have been displaced from their houses, prompting some to hunt assist from superstar figures akin to Joel Osteen.
A number of shelters have been set as much as accommodate flooding victims. And by Sunday, individuals on social media started asking certainly one of Houston’s largest megachurches, Lakewood Church, and its chief, Joel Osteen, to supply shelter from these displaced by the storm.
The church, which was as soon as Houston’s Compac Middle, can home greater than sixteen,000 individuals at a single time.
It’s at present unclear if the church was broken or flooded through the storm. Chron.com has reached out to the church by way of a number of channels to get updates on the standing of the church.
On Sunday night, Lakewood Church, Joel and Victoria Osteen all tweeted to boost cash towards Samaritan’s Purse, which is a corporation that raises funds to assist communities in pure disasters like Harvey, however no phrase on whether or not they would open the previous Compac Middle’s doorways.
On the Lakewood Church web site, a publish was shared to advertise the fundraising efforts for Samaritan’s Purse saying partially:
“During the last couple of days, because the enormity of this storm was being realized, we have now been working to arrange aid efforts for the Houston space with our pal Franklin Graham and the catastrophe aid group that he oversees, Samaritan’s Purse.
Samaritan’s Purse has been, since its inception, organized to answer conditions identical to Hurricane Harvey, and we’re grateful to have the ability to companion with them to offer help to the Houston space.”
A number of individuals took to Twitter, nevertheless, to precise their opinions on Osteen’s church not mentioning if it was going to open its doorways for these displaced.
One individual tweeted “Undoubtedly dissatisfied it takes a tragedy of this magnitude for individuals to name out a con man of Joel Osteen’s stature.”
One other stated “By no means cared of Joel Osteen and his whistling speeches. However closing the church throughout a pure catastrophe? That is simply mistaken.”