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Joel Osteen Trending for not Offering Mega Church to Evacuees

Houston Shelters are all beyond their capacity!

August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey is about to make landfall for a second time today in Texas. The hurricane originally made landfall as a category 4 on Saturday, but went back out to sea to strengthen before battering the Lone Star state again! 

Most of Houston, the 4th largest city in the US, is flooding from the torrential rainfall that's been pounding the area! If you've watched the news, you've seen the stories of people being rescued as their homes filled with flood waters. Thousands of people have been rescued and it's predicted there are still tens of thousands still stuck in flooded neighborhoods waiting for help. The situation is dire and just over night, the shelters have seen a huge increase in evacuees.

More than 17,000 people are in Texas shelters and with 15 more inches of rain predicted for the area, homes will be flooded for weeks. You may have seen Joel Osteen being mentioned on social media and the news. He's a Houston area televangelist who's Lakewood Church holds 17,000 people. Many people are criticizing Olsteen for not offering up his mega church as an evacuation shelter. 

As the Hurricane hit Texas, he tweeted:

But people felt that tweet wasn't enough. Why wasn't he donating money or helping people by offering the large church as a shelter? People are lashing out at Osteen on social media. 

Osteen shared a statement last night. "We have never closed our doors ... We will continue to be a distribution center to those in need. We are prepared to house people once shelters reach capacity." Well Joel, it's time to step up and open your church because all of the Houston shelters are well over capacity. Yesteday Osteen defended his decision and said that the church was inaccessable because of sever flooding, but one Facebook user proved him wrong. 

Clearly, the church isn't flooded as it's an elevated structure! Olsteen has since started a relief fund through his church.

If you want to help with the relief efforts in Houston and other areas, you can TEXT Harvey to 90999 and you'll make a $10 donation via your cellular phone provider!