The plumber who recently discovered a large stash of cash and checks hidden behind a bathroom wall in televangelist Joel Osteen's megachurch in Houston, Texas, said he is a "little upset" that he hasn't received a response from the pastor.
The man, who has only been identified as "Justin," said he had tuned into Osteen's sermon on Sunday in hopes that the pastor would have mentioned the discovery during repair work at Lakewood Church on Nov. 10, according to Click 2 Houston. He said he was hoping the pastor would have mentioned his good deed.
"I wanted to hear [Joel Osteen] say, 'You know, Justin, what you did was right. We understand what you did and what you could have done,'" Justin said.
Justin added that he's "just a little upset" because he feels as though he should have received a response "at this point."
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The man called into the Morning Show on Dec. 2 with radio host George Lindsey to discuss how there had been a "loose toilet" under repair.
"We removed the tile," the plumber said. "We went to go remove the toilet. ... I moved some insulation away, and about 500 envelopes fell out of the wall, and I was like, 'Oh wow!'"
According to the caller, he immediately contacted his supervisor and turned the money in.
The Houston Police Department said in a tweet that the money discovered is believed to be "connected to a March 9, 2014 theft report of undisclosed amounts of money at the church."
Over $600,000 in the form of cash, checks, and credit card information was stolen from a church safe back in 2014, according to Christianity Today.
Response on investigation at 3700 Southwest Freeway:#hounews pic.twitter.com/9rssUllblJ— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) December 3, 2021
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Several Lakewood churchgoers have expressed their frustrations after the discovery of the stash of cash.
"It's unacceptable because it destroys all of the help the church raised for the community," said churchgoer Benito Rodriguez, according to ABC13.
The Washington Examiner reached out to Lakewood Church for a statement.