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Joel Osteen Encourages Underserved Children, Homeless Single Mothers (PHOTOS)

Joel Osteen Encourages Underserved Children, Homeless Single Mothers (PHOTOS)

WASHINGTON – Joel Osteen, author of New York Times bestseller Become a Better You and pastor of the 40,000-member Lakewood Church in Houston, mixed and mingled with the powerful this week when he led the prayer in both the U.S. House and Senate.

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But perhaps what is less reported and seen are photos of him in the nation's capital on Thursday greeting and encouraging children at an underserved school where the property had not been renovated for decades, visiting a small Christian pregnancy center, or doing the honors of cutting the ribbon for a shelter housing homeless single mothers with disabled children.

The following are some photos of the Osteen family and their activities in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

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Victoria Osteen reads to children at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School's library as some 75 Generation Hope Project volunteers lay sod, plant flowers, and repaint a rusty fence around the playground of the underserved school on Thursday, April 26, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Generation Hope Project is an outreach of the Joel Osteen Ministries. |
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Victoria Osteen introduces her two children Alexandra and Jonathan Osteen (directly to the left of her) and her two nieces to the children at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School on Thursday, April 26, 2012, in Washington, D.C. |
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Joel Osteen tells the students at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School that they will do great things, be the next leaders and that he is praying for them on Thursday, April 26, 2012 in Washington, D.C. |
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Some 75 Generation Hope Project volunteers lay sod and plant flowers for the underserved Amidon-Bowen Elementary School on Thursday, April 26, 2012. Generation Hope Project is an outreach of Joel Osteen Ministries. Some 400 Generation Hope Project volunteers, from across the country, are in D.C. to serve the community, leading up to the massive America's Night of Hope event on Saturday, April 28. |
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Joel and Victoria Osteen enter the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center where Generation Hope Project volunteers are helping to renovate the counseling rooms on Thursday, April 26, 2012 in Washington, D.C. |
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Victoria Osteen touches one of the toys in the Sensory Room at the "New Day" Women's Transitional Home for homeless women with children in Southeast Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 26, 2012. The Sensory room is part of the Champions Club, created by Lakewood Church, as a center designed for special needs children that has toys and equipments meant to stimulate the children's senses. |
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Victoria and Joel Osteen are in the Sensory Room at the "New Day" Women's Transitional Home for homeless women with children in Southeast Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 26, 2012. The Sensory room is part of the Champions Club, created by Lakewood Church, as a center designed for special needs children that has toys and equipments meant to stimulate the children's senses. |
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Victoria is in the Sensory Room at the "New Day" Women's Transitional Home for homeless women with children in Southeast Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 26, 2012. The Sensory room is part of the Champions Club, created by Lakewood Church, as a center designed for special needs children that has toys and equipments meant to stimulate the children's senses. |
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Joel and Victoria Osteen join in a circle of prayer outside of the "New Day" Women's Transitional Home, which shelters homeless women with children, for the facility's work on Thursday, April 26, 2012, in Southeast Washington, D.C. |

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