Water Park Becomes Holy Water Park

Prestonwood to use Hawaiian Falls for baptisms

By Bruce Felps
|  Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010  |  Updated 2:30 PM CDT
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John the Baptist had the River Jordan. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, has the Hawaiian Falls Waterpark.

In the summer, Wednesday nights at the water park typically mean Prestonwood Family Night at the Hawaiian Falls location in The Colony. More than 8,000 people affiliated with the church make pilgrimages to the park, and church elders have used the occasion to conduct annual baptisms there.

Wednesday night’s the night for baptisms this year, and this time David Busch, president of the amusement company, and his son, Brian, will be among the newly christened Christians.

Truet Mize, 7, also takes the plunge tonight after timing and intent didn’t mesh before.

"We had been looking for the right time for Truet to be baptized and we just haven't been able to do it,” his mother, Carmen Mize, said in a news release. “When I told him Pastor Graham would be baptizing at Hawaiian Falls, he snatched it up. He thought it'd be great to have Pastor Graham baptizing him in Lazy River."

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He was about 7 years old, too, when he was baptized. It didn’t take.

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