In the first weekend services following Hurricane Harvey and the ensuing accusations of miserly inaction by not opening the church to victims, Joel Osteen directly addressed the controversy to the church following videos from noted Christian leaders as Max Lucado, TD Jakes, Jentzen Franklin, Joyce Meyers, Steven Furtick, John Gray and others. Dr. Paul Osteen, Joel’s brother who oversees the international and medical missions of Lakewood Church, recounted his conversations with Billy Graham’s son Franklin Graham, who not only pledged immediate support to Lakewood, but entered into an agreement to partner with Lakewood for five years to help Houston recover from the disaster.
Below are various selected segments (full service available at Lakewood.cc Monday).
Joel Osteen’s Remarks on Opening the Church
Video Endorsements and Pledges by Major Christian Leaders
Lakewood Hurricane Relief Efforts Including Interviews With Victims
Video Message from a Local Houston Pastor
As Pastor Steve Riggle pointed out in the previous video, Lakewood has been at the forefront of Houston’s outreach to the poor and needy for over 50 years. Few know the church has continued to rebuild homes from Katrina and even has used it’s own funds to renovate HOUSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS when the city couldn’t budget for it as seen below: