July 20, 2024

Joel Osteen prays for 7-year-old shot at Lakewood Church in 1st Sunday service since shootingOff-duty officers kill female shooter at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in  Houston; 2 victims injured - ABC News

On Feb. 11, a shooting rang out at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston.

Joel Osteen preached for “restoration and healing” in the first Sunday service following the shooting that erupted at his Lakewood Church in Houston last week.

“Lord, we think of your faithfulness, especially this week, Lord, what you brought us through,” Osteen said during the service.

Osteen noted how the shooting, which took place last Sunday in between services, could have been far more deadly. “We don’t take it for granted. Your angels were watching over each one of us,” he said.

On Feb 11., a female shooter — later identified by police as 36-year-old Genesse Ivonne Moreno — was shot and killed by off-duty officers who were working security at the church.

“This troubled woman came in and tried to strike fear,” Osteen said. “This is the time to shine brighter.”

Two people, including Moreno’s 7-year-old son, Samuel, and a 57-year-old man, were shot and wounded in the cross fire.

Samuel was shot in the head and transported to Houston’s Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

In a Facebook post three days after the shooting, Samuel’s grandmother, Walli Carranza, said he lost “a portion of his frontal lobe” due to the gunshot.

“Half of his right skull had to be surgically removed during two surgeries done in less than 24 hours,” Carranza wrote. “He was in cardiac arrest multiple times and no one can determine whether he has significant brain activity,” she said.

During the Sunday service, Osteen got emotional while preaching for Samuel’s recovery, asking for God to “show him your mercy.”

“I just ask you, Lord, to heal the hurts in that family,” Osteen said.

Osteen also prayed for the health of the second victim, a 57-year-old man who was shot in the leg and was later released from the hospital after treatment.

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