Lakewood Church in Houston finally opened its doors on Tuesday, accepting victims of Hurricane Harvey who need a place to shelter following criticisms on social media.
The megachurch tweeted this morning after it received backlash overnight for not offering its services to residents.
The Senior Pastor of the church, Joel Osteen, tweeted, “Victoria and I care deeply about our fellow Houstonians. Lakewood’s doors are open and we are receiving anyone who needs shelter.
“God gives us grace for every challenge. Stay strong and know that God has you in the palm of His hand!”
The church posted a tweet that it is “also receiving supplies such as baby food, baby formula and other shelter needs.”
It wrote: “Lakewood is receiving people who need shelter. We are also coordinating with the city as a collection site for distribution.
“Lakewood is also collecting diapers, baby formula, baby food and other supplies. Please bring these items to Lakewood at Circle Drive.
“Lakewood is receiving people who need shelter. We are also receiving supplies such as baby food, baby formula and other shelter needs.
“Lakewood’s doors are open to anyone needing shelter. We are also looking for volunteers and collecting shelter supplies.”
The church can hold more than 16,000 people.