If the megachurch does indeed open its doors to Harvey evacuees, they could provide shelter for up to 16,000 or more people given the size of Lakewood Church.
But many social media users, among them Houstonians, have been sharply critical of Osteen for not offering flood-hit, stranded residents shelter at his sprawling Lakewood Church.
"We are prepared to shelter people once the cities and county shelters reach capacity". Donald Iloff, the ministry spokesperson and Osteen's father-in-law, said that although the church appears to be free from flooding, the property itself can not be accessed due to flooding of the surrounding areas. He has also authored numerous books and his broadcasts from the Lakewood Church in Houston each Sunday reaching more than 100 million homes in the United States and millions more in 100 countries around the world. It also made contact with the city administration and said that it will welcome flood victims after other shelters get full. It was not clear if the church was damaged in the storm.
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Under normal circumstances, the tweets issued by the Lakewood Church and Osteen himself would be unremarkable, given that religious institutions are traditionally known for being charitable during times of hardship.
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.
The church will be open Tuesday at noon to collect baby food, baby formula, baby diapers, and adult diapers on behalf of the city. And at least several hundred people can be housed on the second floor of the church, he told CNN Tuesday. "Please join us as we pray for the safety of our Texas friends and family".