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SCOTT ROSS: Looking back, what was your greatest personal accomplishment or achievement?
DEDE ROBERTSON: Raising four children.
SCOTT ROSS: That's it? That is your No. 1?
DEDE ROBERTSON: No. 1.
SCOTT ROSS: Are you proud of your children?
DEDE ROBERTSON: I am very proud of all of my children. It is wonderful to know that my children are serving the Lord and doing what He wants them to do.
SCOTT ROSS: Pat is a pioneer in many ways, and you have to be a pioneers wife. And you are that, aren't you?
DEDE ROBERTSON: Maybe a little bit, yes.
SCOTT ROSS: Where was Christian television? Where was Regent University? Where was an Operation Blessing? There is a long list. You had to pioneer all of that stuff.
DEDE ROBERTSON: Well, I wanted to get it done, because I knew that the Lord wanted to get it done.
SCOTT ROSS: What was your most rewarding experience?
DEDE ROBERTSON: I think the most rewarding experience was when the CBN Headquarters building was built and we had the grand opening.
SCOTT ROSS: The one here [in Virginia Beach]?
DEDE ROBERTSON: The one here. Billy Graham was there. I remember vividlyit just came over methat I had allowed the Lord to help me and to use me to decorate that building. My undergraduate degree was in Sociology, and my graduate degree was in Nursing. I don't know anything about interior design, but He does.
SCOTT ROSS: He meaning the Lord?
DEDE ROBERTSON: That's right. And He used me to get it done.
SCOTT ROSS: These buildings are gorgeous. They are rooted in the Colonial period. Was that your idea?
DEDE ROBERTSON: I think Pat and I worked on that. He brought one design home and I looked at it and I said, 'Pat, do we have to build another ugly building?'
SCOTT ROSS: How much did he love that? [laughter]
DEDE ROBERTSON: [laughter]
SCOTT ROSS: There is an old saying that behind every successful man there is a good woman. Do you think Pat Robertson would have been as successfulif I can use that wordas he has been without you?
DEDE ROBERTSON: I don't know, because he is not dependent on me; he is dependent on the Lord.
SCOTT ROSS: Throughout the years as husband and wife, he has had to make some important decisions. Does he use you as a check and balance? Are you the first line of correction?
DEDE ROBERTSON: Sometimes he does, and sometimes he wished that he had! [laughter]
SCOTT ROSS: Now it is all coming out! [laughter] Can you tell us of some of the times that he blew it because he didn't check with you?
DEDE ROBERTSON: I don't think we need to go into that. On really big decisions he likes to get me involved.
SCOTT ROSS: He trusts your judgement.
DEDE ROBERTSON: He does. As he puts it, 'What does this little girl from the Midwest think about this?'
SCOTT ROSS: Presently, what excites you about CBN?
DEDE ROBERTSON: WorldReach.(CBN's International Efforts)
SCOTT ROSS: Really?
DEDE ROBERTSON: Yes, I am really excited about it. I have visited most of these countries and I have seen the ministry and seen them start from almost nothing. I am watching it grow. I have always had a real soft spot in my heart for China, and I am looking forward to the day that we have a big ministry in China.
SCOTT ROSS: It is under the direction of, of course, Pat but also under the direction of your youngest son, Gordon. When you see Gordon functioning this way, it has to do something good for your heart.
DEDE ROBERTSON: It does. Gordon will tell you that he is my favorite.
SCOTT ROSS: Yeah, he will tell you! [laughter] What do you want your legacy to be, Dede?
DEDE ROBERTSON: My biggest legacy is my four children and the hand that I have had in some of these buildings.
SCOTT ROSS: Your fingerprints are on it. There is a lake around here called Lake Dede.
DEDE ROBERTSON: That's a drainage ditch! [laughter]
SCOTT ROSS: [laughter] A very pretty one, however, with the ducks floating on it. I never quite thought of Lake Dede as a drainage ditch. I don't know what that says about your legacy. Are you surprised at what God has accomplished here to the degree that this work and ministry has grown, proliferated, been successful, affected nations? Looking around, are you in awe at times?
DEDE ROBERTSON: I am in awe, but then I remember the promise that God made that if we are faithful in small things, He will entrust us with larger things.
SCOTT ROSS: And He has given you a lot.
DEDE ROBERTSON: He has given us so much that I can't even really think about all of it. It is overwhelming.
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