Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, says the harsh criticism of fellow megachurch pastor Joel Osteen was unfair.
“I think pastor Osteen, like every pastor I know, has a big heart and wants to do everything they can do to help,” Jeffress tells Charisma News.
The Lakewood Church pastor came under fire when he didn’t immediately open his campus as an emergency shelter when Harvey hit over the weekend. As of Tuesday, though, volunteers were serving refugees and taking donations at the Inner Loop location.
“I think [Lakewood’s] doing the right thing,” Jeffress says. “It takes a little bit of time—especially when you’re right in the middle of the disaster like Lakewood Church is—to formulate the best way to help people. I thought it was an unfair criticism.”
Jeffress’ own congregation, more than 240 miles away from Osteen’s, has partnered with multiple relief organizations to help with the hurricane and tropical storm damage.
“We have found that the best thing we can do as a church is partner with people who are already proven experts in disaster relief instead of trying to come up with our own plan,” Jeffress says.
The church sent $50,000 to Texas Baptist Men just this morning to aid in disaster recovery in Houston and Corpus Christi.
Jeffress’ Dallas-based campus also serves as a distribution and collection point for Trusted World, a benevolence organization taking supplies to Houston refugees still in the city and those who have evacuated away from the city.
The church also organized volunteer teams to work with Samaritan’s Purse to provide relief after the flood waters subside.
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SOURCE: Charisma News – Jessilyn Justice