Pictures provided by: Dr. Forrest Roth

A couple weeks ago we had an amazing opportunity to go to New York to go back stage during one of Joel Osteen’s services at Madison Square Garden. We went to the Saturday night service but started our day at the Weekend Today Show.

I have to admit that I don’t get giddy very often, but I was as excited as a school girl with a new Barbie that morning! Like any girl in tv news, we all grow up dreaming of being on the Today Show. It was surreal to walk on to that set and be in the presence of the best in our business. Anchors Lester Holt and Amy Robach were working that morning, and both did a stellar job and are super nice. I knew Lester from his visit to Houston. He came and sat on our set for a story he was doing about Houston. He told us how much he likes Texas food, and we told him how much we (Owen and I) love Texas food, too!

During the day in New York, we walked around the city and went to the roof of the Hudson Hotel. It was beautiful day with a little wind but lovely. I had never been to a roof top garden in New York, so it was delightful to me.

The Event at Madison Square Garden was by far the most unbelievable part of the trip. We began shooting our story outside of The Garden a couple hours before the event started. I was blown away at people’s reaction to Joel Osteen and his message. You were hard pressed to find a single person outside the venue who didn’t say Pastor Joel had changed their lives. We talked for a while with a group of friends from Washington D.C. They spent 4 hours on a bus to get to the event and see Joel in person. They watch him every Sunday morning and are moved by his positive message.

About half an hour before the event, Joel and Victoria got to The Garden. Victoria and the woman in charge of the women’s ministry, Jackie Garner, arrived. They had been out to eat and were clearly excited to be in New York. Jackie is a dear friend of mine, and she has been truly a delight in my life. Victoria and Jackie are best friends and visibly have a wonderful relationship.

Joel and Victoria walked out of their dressing rooms through the halls of Madison Square Garden, then out on to the stage. They walked hand in hand. The way they look at each other could make any cynic believe! They were very welcoming to our crew, and we got amazing stuff there!

We’ve already aired the story where we went back stage with Joel’s ministry in New York. If you missed it, here it is to watch…Madison Square Garden.

We also brought you a story on Monday featuring Joel Osteen about the “Power of Positive.” It’s what so many people say draws them to him, but it also draws critics.

Join us for the next 2 Mondays for more Joel Osteen stories. The first focuses on “Faith in America” and the final piece is about Lakewood’s trasition into an international ministry.

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