Televangelist Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria gave the building a Church Lakewood Church in Houston, where they serve a Jewish synagogue «Beth Yeshurun», which was held there the ceremony on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah.
Televangelist (Televangelism ), as explained by the website «Wikipedia» is a new term that means the use of television to spread Christianity. It had been proposed by Time magazine as combining the words «television» and «the gospel. Televangelist – Christian preacher, a significant part of the preaching which is distributed via TV broadcast.
Recall that much Houston was affected by hurricane «Harvey», and all three synagogues in this city were closed on the eve of the Jewish New year – for security reasons.
On the official website of Lakewood Church was published in this regard, the following statement:
«In connection with the flood manual «Beit Yeshurun turned to us, and pastors Joel and Victoria offered to help. We are honored to open their doors, so they could celebrate their High Holy days in our Church.»
Note that the «synagogue»Beit Yeshurun» is visited by some 2,000 families, and a Church Lakewood Church is designed for 16.800 parishioners.
Earlier, us media published a preliminary assessment of damage from hurricane «Harvey», which affected the States of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi: $ 150 billion. If this estimate is confirmed, the hurricane «Harvey» will be named the most destructive in modern U.S. history, as it caused damage in the amount of 5 times greater than hurricane Katrina (August 2005), and 7 times greater than hurricane IKE (September 2008).
At the same time, the number of victims remains the most severe hurricane «Katrina», which killed more than 1,800 people. Victims of hurricane IKE were more than 100 people. According to preliminary data, the number of victims of the hurricane «Harvey» – 60 people.
The US President Donald trump has asked Congress to 7.85 billion dollars in initial funding in connection with the necessity of work to overcome the consequences of the hurricane «Harvey».