TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--The pastors of the largest church in the country are in Tallahassee Friday night. They say their goal is to spread a message of hope. 

Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria spoke to thousands at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. It's part of their "A Night of Hope" tour.

More than 6,300 tickets were sold. People from places like Valdosta and Ocala traveled to see them.

"I believe tonight you are going to leave with an even greater faith," said Victoria.

Thousands of people including Anton Evans give a warm welcome to Joel and Victoria. He's from Ocala and wherever he can see Joel he's there.

"Whether you're young or old it's always good to have encouragement," said Davis.

Joel says it's his first time to Tallahassee and he says he brings with him this core message.

"God is good," said Joel. "He is here for us. We can live a great life if we focus on him."

The service lasted two and a half hours with the Joel Osteen Ministries music team and words from Joel's mother who overcame cancer.

"Our ministry is about lifting people up, inspiring them," said Joel.

The event's called "A Night of Hope. Joel says they've had more than 120 of these services. He says money his ministry brings in helps people.

"We're big with medical missions and helping local pastors all over in third world countries," said Joel.

You may have heard about the theft of tens of thousands of dollars from his church in Texas. We asked him about it. He said investigators asked him not to comment.

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