Joel Osteen runs one of the largest mega-churches in America.

He’s a popular – and sometimes controversial – preacher.

And he just found himself in hot water for something that happened during Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey is causing untold damage to Houston and the surrounding areas of Texas.

52 inches of rain has fallen and trillions of gallons of water have flooded the city, destroyed property, and tragically claimed lives.

During the crisis, residents of Houston have been seeking shelter.

Some social media users wondered why Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church – which is housed in a nearly 17,000 seat arena that used to be home to the NBA’s Houston Rockets – didn’t open its doors to refugees from the storm.

But photos on social media circulated showing that the church’s garage and basement levels were flooded.

This was followed by some Houston residents posting photos of the church’s entrance and its surrounding areas that were not flooded.

However, the surrounding area and lower levels of the arena were flooded.

Lakewood Church responded by stating they never closed their doors and that they were coordinating with the city and other charities on how best to respond.

Their statement read:

“We want to let you know that our hearts are with each of you and your families during this difficult time. We are praying for you and we are praying for our city, and for all of those affected by the devastating flooding and rains caused by Hurricane Harvey. We love you and we love this city. And we want to help.

Over the last couple of days, as the enormity of this storm was being realized, we have been working to organize relief efforts for the Houston area with our friend Franklin Graham and the disaster relief organization that he oversees, Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse has been, since it’s inception, organized to respond to situations just like Hurricane Harvey, and we are grateful to be able to partner with them to provide assistance to the Houston area.

We know the need is great. That much is clear. We do not yet know all the ways we can help. However if you would like to register to volunteer with us, please do so by clicking the link below. Or, if you would like to donate to our relief efforts, please do so here in this page. We are working just as fast as we can on this and will update you with more information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, know that our prayers for strength and comfort for each of you will continue, as well as our prayers for God’s help as we navigate the upcoming days and months together.”

But the story had a happy ending.

Lakewood also announced they were accepting refugees from Harvey.