Former PTL site new home to Katrina evacuees

The refurbished grounds of the former PTL site will be a welcomed home to some Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

FORT MILL — It is known world-wide as the former base of the Praise the Lord Ministries. Jim Baker’s brainchild shut down in the late 80’s because of a criminal conviction. But a new ministry took over the old site, tore down the cobwebs and refurbished it and that’s good news for some Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

Soon, the site once owned by PTL and now made over by MorningStar Ministries will be home to Gulf Coast evacuees. It’s 500 room hotel complete with restaurants, a church and a school. It’s a site some might consider made in heaven for displaced Katrina victims.

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“We have one of the best facilities in the world for that,” said MorningStar director Rick Joyner.

Joyner’s group now owns the old PTL site. They’re using it for religious conferences, but after Katrina hit, its purpose expanded.

“In some situations I wouldn’t mind filling the place up with people,” Joyner said. “I’d like to be able to take a hundred families at any given time. I think disaster relief is something we have to be engaged in.

MorningStar’s goodwill goes beyond Fort Mill. They gave 6NEWS video of their crews working to help in the Gulf. From cleaning, to rebuilding to providing food their efforts are massive.

“These are people in the most devastated vulnerable part of their life and if we’re going to be good for anything this is when we need to help them,” said Joyner.

A few evacuee families have already spent time here Fort Mill. But Joyner says it’s going to be at least a few months before they can open their doors to more.

“A lot of the rooms still need refurbishing,” said Joyner.

It’s a renovation that could change the lives of dozens of families.

The school on site actually has high school aged children working for a week at a time right now in the Gulf Coast. That’s because MorningStar Ministries believes that communication is an essential part of a teen’s education.


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Oct. 24, 2005
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