2000 Heritage Updates

January: Jim Bakker sent a letter to his partners saying he felt that he was being led to go back on television. Quoting from one of his newsletters, “On January 2, 1987, I ministered on my last regular TV program. That was almost 13 years ago. I feel very strongly that God is calling me back to television…”

Larry King Live’s 15th Anniversary Show aired a special program with Jim and Tammy, their new spouses, and their two children Tammy Sue and Jamie Charles. This was the first time that the whole family was together publicly since the divorce. Jamie, now called Jay, pastored a small ministry in the inner-city of Five Points, Georgia. He also wrote a book titled, Son of a Preacher Man. The book detailed how God’s grace helped him through the hard times after the fall of PTL.

February: After renting the basement of the Total Learning Center behind the Barn Auditorium at Heritage USA during the mid 90’s, we heard that Mahesh & Bonnie Chavda, founders and pastors of All Nations Church, purchased Fort Hope from the Malaysians. Fort Hope stood on 26 private acres of PTL. All Nations Church described itself as “a gathering of God’s family devoted to an apostolic and prophetic vision. We are a revival, prayer, and healing center, commissioned for world harvest. All Nations Church is dedicated to worship and equipping the people of God to move in signs and wonders with love!”

In the spring, there was very little support coming into Jim Bakker’s New Covenant Ministry at the Yeager Estates.

During the summer, a dramatic documentary film about Tammy Faye’s life was released named, The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Critically acclaimed, it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival.

September: Because of the lack of support, Jim and Lori moved to Vernon, Florida. Renting a large parcel of land with a few buildings on it from a friend near Lake Paradise, they created the Camp of Hope to help hurting and disadvantaged people.

That year also brought more prospective buyers to Heritage USA. No one bought it.