The Night of Hope was a New Wave revival meeting that was held is a largely filled National's Park in Washington DC. Due to inclement weather, the event was rained out on Saturday night and held on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. That shift of dates might explain the number of empty seats behind home plate as many VIPs may not have been able to move mountains to delay their return flights.
|National's Park set up for Olsteen's Night of Hope from the upper deck.|
Osteen lifts spirits by combining elements of an evangelical tent revival with a squeeky clean rendition of a rock concert. Even the Osteen's entrance to the stage was televised and generated excitement among the gathered crowd.
|Joel, Victoria and daughter Alexandra Osteen's entrance to the Night of Hope|
Much like a rock concert or a major league sporting event, the Night of Hope offered sensory overload with preaching, music, video, scrolling billboards...
|Helicopter with live action Scoreboard for Night of Hope|
|Fireworks for the Night of Hope as seen from the Upper Deck.|
|Victoria and Joel Osteen testifying with son Jonathan playing guitar|
|Danny Gokey singing "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me".|
|Danny Gokey shares his life experience which illustrate "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me".|
The Night of Hope was truly a family affair. Aside from Joel and Victoria in the lead, their son Jonathan and daughter Alexandria were prominently involved in the music ministry.
The Matriarch of the family, Dodie Osteen poignantly preached about how the power of prayer saved her from a dire cancer diagnosis over thirty years ago.
|Delores "Dodie" Osteen testified about the power of prayer and how 20 key healing scriptural passages allowed her to survive cancer for over 30 years.|
|Joel Osteen and his mother Dodie hugging backstage during the Night of Hope|
The Night of Hope incorporated some of the local evangelical non-denominational church partners through a string of declaratory "prayers".
|Joel Osteen keynotes the Capital Region pastors Declarations|
|Joel Osteen preaching|
|[L-R] Joel, Alexandra, Jonathan and Victoria Osteen|