Thousands of people packed AT&T Park in San Francisco Saturday night for Joel and Victoria Osteen’s America’s Night of Hope, an inspirational praise and worship event.
It was the seventh annual America’s Night of Hope event, but the first for San Francisco, where Osteen spoke about hope to the listeners who filled the home of the San Francisco Giants, the city’s Major League Baseball franchise.
The event was broadcast live to millions online through SiriusXM radio.
“We like to go outside the Bible belt because that’s where the message resonates with people,” ABC7News quoted Osteen as saying. About his message, the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, said: “Some people say you’re getting people’s hopes up, but you can’t have faith if you don’t have hope.”
Soon after the event, pictures and comments started poring in in social media, including on Twitter and Facebook, mostly to thank the Osteens for their message of peace and hope.
Osteen admitted that the message that he and his wife bring is mainly inspirational and motivational. “If I can help someone forgive or let go of the past, or to see this day as a gift even though something’s not perfect, I believe that’s what I hope to do,” he said.
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