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New Ministry Making Waves Across N.C.

Posted July 18, 2005

— A special group is giving kids a chance to find faith on water skis, water tubes and wake boards.

The kids from Free Will Baptist Children's Home in Middlesex know how rough the water can be.

"Life hasn't been easy, but this is all right. It gets a lot of stuff off my mind," said Randy of Free Will Baptist Children's Home.

"You get them out on a tube. After a few minutes, you're bouncing around and the giggles come out and it's like therapy," said Kristi Overton Johnson, of

In His Wakes Ministries


Overton Johnson, a professional water-skier, launched her ministry three years ago during the tail-end of her world record-setting career.

"I felt very unfulfilled. I knew my whole self-worth was based on Kristi the skier. That was tough because when you can't be Kristi the skier, who are you?" she said.

Overton Johnson said she hopes the kids find faith on the water. Morewood Pond at Camp Stillwater has a holy history. In 1921, there was a group baptism at the pond.

In His Wakes Ministries will make 30 stops across the country this summer. Overton Johnson is bringing her program to Greenville next week.


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