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WATCH: Flood Victims and Volunteers Enter Joel Osteen’s Megachurch

After a barrage of harsh criticism and public backlash, Joel Osteen finally opened the doors of Lakewood Church to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Prior to today, the church claimed the building was “inaccessible due to severe flooding.” This led to national outrage toward The Houston-based megachurch, as many claimed the religious organization was intentionally not allowing displaced Texans to stay there while the area recovers from damages.

View below as flood victims enter the church and volunteers help with donations:

Osteen made the decision change on Twitter this afternoon, saying “Victoria and I care deeply about our fellow Houstonians. Lakewood’s doors are open and we are receiving anyone who needs shelter.” Lakewood Church also announced that the congregation is preparing essential supplies and accepting donations for victims

The megachurch is the former home arena of the Houston Rockets and it boasts a capacity of close to 17,000 people at one time, while the church leads at least six services per week.

[imaga via screengrab / ABC News]

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