Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, appears at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York City, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.New York, NY — Texas megachurch pastor Joel Osteen is headed back to the Big Apple for a night of praise.  Most recently he a stop at the Yankee Stadium in New York City to take in a game and give a brief preview of what attendees can expect when he returns in June for “America’s Night of Hope.”

Pastor Osteen, dressed in the Yankees’ home colors and standing not far from home plate, talked about his plans for the gathering in New York City’s Bronx borough on Saturday, June 7.

“We’re gonna try and inspire them, let them know that God’s for them, bring music, ministry and inspiration,” said Osteen. “My wife, Victoria, will be here, my mom (Dodie Osteen) shares how she overcame cancer. You know, just a great night to hopefully draw people closer to the Lord and let them have a new beginning, just to be refreshed and inspired in their faith.”

Osteen, who will be joined by Lakewood Church’s worship team, said he was not yet sure what the content of his main message would be.

“But I know my core message will be God’s good, that He’s on our side, that no matter the mistakes we’ve made in the past that we can let them go and receive a new beginning,” he explained. “It’s gonna be a lot about moving forward, believing for big things, believing for a great 2014.”

Osteen last brought “America’s Night of Hope” to New York City at Yankee Stadium in 2009 and attracted a near-capacity crowd to the 50,000-plus-seat venue.

“It was a great time before, and at the end the people didn’t want to leave,” the pastor and bestselling author said of his last visit. “There’s just something about when 50,000 people get together in the name of faith, so I’m looking forward to it. There’s something special here.”

In addition to bringing a message of hope, Lakewood Church plans to deploy youth volunteers from its Generation Hope Project from June 4-8 to serve the city’s “communities in need,” as was the case last year in Miami and in 2012 in Washington, D.C.

It’s going to be a blessed night!

Joel Osteen Brings “America’s Night of Hope” Back to NYC’s Yankee Stadium  was originally published on praiserichmond.com

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