After Joel Osteen Hoax, Miami 'America's Night of Hope' Draws Thousands of Christians
By Nicola Menzie , Christian Post Reporter, Christian Post On April 11, 2013
Joel Osteen delivers a message to tens of thousands of people at the Nationals Park baseball stadium for the Night of Hope event on April, 29, 2012, in Washington, D.C.
Thousands are expected to gather in Miami, Fla., next week at the 5th annual "America's Night of Hope" with Joel and Victoria Osteen of Lakewood Church, one of several events that also will see youths descend on the city in service before culminating in a night of celebration and hope at Marlins Park.
The main event, scheduled for Saturday, April 20, will gather tens of thousands from the Miami-area and beyond at the 37,000-seat MLB stadium for a night of inspiration and worship, much like last year's "American's Night of Hope" event in Washington, D.C., at Nationals Park, which drew tens of thousands of participants and was attended by The Christian Post.
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"Victoria and I love the people of Miami," Pastor Osteen said in a statement shared with CP. "We're excited to come to this beautiful city again and bring our signature event here. I believe people will be uplifted and filled with an expectation that their best days are still out in front of them."
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado welcomed the Osteens and their expected guests.
"We are pleased to welcome Pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen and 'America's Night of Hope' to Miami ..," said Regalado. "We pray not only will attendees find uplifting hope and unity in the message they hear that evening and throughout the week with the Generation Hope Project, but that visitors will enjoy the many cultural tastes and sounds of Miami."
The "America's Night of Hope" signature event is a combination of praise and worship music, a word of encouragement from Victoria Osteen, special testimonies, prayer, and a final word of encouragement and hope from Pastor Osteen. The Osteens' two teen children, Jonathan and Alexandra, also will participate in the night's activities, as will their grandmother, Dodie Osteen.
Also like last year's gathering in Washington, the Joel Osteen Ministries-affiliated Generation Hope Project will have youth and young adults positively impact the residents of Miami through service projects that include planting victory gardens, distributing free meals and developing a culinary training curriculum for inner city youth, among other activities.
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