Kristina Oliver of Hemet has provided camels, donkeys and sheep for the Christmas play for about 14 years, as did her mother for a number of years before that.
Since January, Oliver said she's been trying to collect $57,000 in back pay. "They weren't telling me what was going on," she said.
Finally, Oliver said, she received an e-mail several days ago from church officials saying that they would try to pay her sometime in the future when they reach financial stability. But vendors are not optimistic.
The Crystal Cathedral is in financial trouble? Maybe it happened when they stopped being a church and became an entertainment business. Because worship should not be about performance art.