Jim Bakker's Prepper Village Is Having the Worst Apocalypse Ever - 2020-05-09
"Where are you going to go when the world's on fire? Where are you going to go? This place is for God's people and this place, we need some farmers to move here," Morningside's founder, the disgraced doomsday televangelist Jim Bakker, said in a May 2018 sermon. "Did you know people from the government, from NASA, research from so many of them, they have said in their research, the safest place to live in troubled times is right here?"
Morningside is the name of Bakker's Christian broadcasting empire, as well as the Missouri residential community from which he broadcasts. But it's mostly made news in recent weeks because of its founder's legal woes: various government agencies have accused Bakker of promoting a fake COVID-19 miracle cure.
So what does the coronavirus pandemic look like in this temple of survival? According to interviews with people who have recently lived, worked, and spent time there, pretty much the same waking nightmare as everywhere else: mixed efforts at social distancing, layoffs, and reported shortages of everyday supplies as COVID-19 ravages the country.