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Celebrating God's Favor in New York City
By Joel Osteen - Apr 29, 2009

"As I look back over the events of last week, I am overwhelmed by God's favor and faithfulness; both to us and to the people of New York. We received such a warm welcome everywhere we went, and we had so many opportunities throughout the week to share God's love.

Early in the week, I was invited to join members of the New York City Council, community leaders, and clergy in the Bronx for a Luncheon of Hope to kick off the week. There were about 750 people in attendance, all of whom take an active role on a daily basis to care for people in need. They represented organizations that offered shelter, food, care, emotional support, and ministry in times of crisis. It was an inspiring time as we all shared the common goal to be light in the darkness and instill hope in people's hearts.

Among those in attendance were William Rios and his wife, Sherry. William was one of the crew members of the Mearsk Alabama, the ship that was attacked by pirates just a few weeks ago. He and the rest of the crew have become an inspiration and a symbol of Hope for New York City and people everywhere.

Then later in the week, we partnered with Larry Jones and the team at Feed The Children to distribute food and supplies to needy families. We were also joined by long–time Feed The Children partner, STAR Touring and Riding Association who came out to assist with the distribution. A big "thank you" goes to all who made this event possible and volunteered their time so selflessly. 

Overall, the week was a tremendous success and the highlight, as I mentioned Monday, was when over 20,000 people stood in Yankee Stadium to dedicate their lives to Christ and renew their faith in Him! We couldn't have asked for a better night! We're so thankful to Matt and Laurie Crouch and the team at TBN for their love and support and for broadcasting the event all over the world.

Remember, even if you weren't able to attend, as a partner and supporter of this ministry, you take part in every life changed. Every success we have is a success that you have. Together we are taking off the limits and expanding our capacity to make a difference! May God bless every seed you've sown and multiply it back to you in ways you never dreamed!" says GOD, "I'll get you out of any trouble. I'll give you the best of care if you'll only get to know and trust Me. Call Me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times; I'll rescue you, then throw you a party. I'll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!"

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