Easter church services brings hope in this recession

Jerred Turner
Jerred Turner

By Duane Shimogawa bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Despite the financial corruption that has plagued the country over the past few years, and the impact the sour economy has had on many, some say this is a good year for Easter.

New Hope Fellowship in Honolulu held the state's largest Easter Sunday celebration, where people forgot about their problems - at least for a few hours.

The Blaisdell Center was at near capacity for New Hope's annual Easter Sunday extravaganza. Some people we spoke to say it's a sign of hope to a world gone crazy.

From first glance, it looks more like a rock concert than a church service. But in this recession, some say church services like these provide at least some relief.

"It's a blessing to have a place you can come to on a Sunday or throughout the week with some of the other brothers in the church to revitalize your spirit, so you can deal with things and handle things better," Seattle, Washington resident Jerred Turner said.

Thousands showed up to the Easter Sunday service, trying to bring some hope back into their lives.

"I've got a lot of co-workers, at my own job, they're saying they were going to go ahead and lay people off, we're going to do budget cuts because of the economy, some of you are going to lose your job, that's pretty serious when it comes to your career, your livelihood," Turner said.

For this family and many others, the New Hope Fellowship's celebration gave them a glimpse of good news.

"If you listen to the media, listen to all the things the world is saying, it is gloom and doom," Turner said. "It's actually kind of scary, so it's a blessing to come to a place where you have family, develop relationships and your spirit can be fed, so you can go ahead and re-charge."

Even if it is for just a few hours.

New Hope held two celebrations, one at 8 a.m. and another a few hours later at 11 a.m. It's estimated that around 10,000 people attended those services.