I always feel that this column is a personal letter from
me to those who are truly interested in and pray for the ministry
of Pinecrest. I would like to share my burden concerning Pinecrest
and its need with you at this time.
In 1968, I was pastoring a small church. I received an approximate
support of $25.00 per week and had no other money or resources,
except this weekly amount.
During this period of time, Pat Robertson, the president
of CBN, who owned Pinecrest, gave me a one year lease to begin
a ministry at Pinecrest. The property had been abandoned for
six years, and was stripped of anything of value, so it was
necessary to begin with empty building and no equipment.
We were without water or electricity for the first 5 weeks,
until we were able to get the electric turned on. Then, beds
and equipment became available and that fall, classes began
with 40 young people enrolled. A short time later, the deed
to Pinecrest was given to us by CBN.
Over the years, the cost of obtaining the necessary equipment
and supplies to operate has been greater than our income,
and money was borrowed to cover these costs.
The burden of repaying this borrowed money had increased
until I could no longer carry the pressure of this debt. Recently,
a letter was mailed to all who receive the Banner asking for
help in clearing this accumulated debt of $250,000.
Many are responding to this request. This has enabled us
to pay all overdue bills and reduce the indebtedness substantially.
I am trusting the Lord that enough will yet come in to pay
all that is due on these loans and debts.
I want to personally thank each one of you for your part
in making this possible. “Thank you, and may our Lord
richly bless you for giving towards this need.” I am
very thankful to the Lord for His moving the hearts of His
people to come to the help of this worthy cause.
Would you prayerfully consider sending something to be applied
to this balance that remains, if you have not already done
Pinecrest trains young people for Christian life and service.
The cost of operation is greater than any income that could
possibly be received from those who attend. Every effort is
made to keep the operational costs low. Also, the cost of
printing and mailing the Banner has increased substantially.
There is an urgent need for an increasing number of those
who receive the Banner to send a gift to Pinecrest on a regular
basis, that this difference might be made up. Would you consider
being one of these?
Thank you for taking time to read this and prayerfully considering
In His Eternal Love,
Wade E Taylor