Drone targets 107 new Christians in Gulf of Mexico

CLEARWATER, Fla. (Christian Examiner) – For the first time in the history of baptizing new converts in the Gulf of Mexico, a drone overhead captured footage of Calvary Church’s bi-annual “beach baptism.”

Beaming smiles of 107 dripping people emerging from the water were compiled into avideo showing pig-tailed young girls, men grizzled from years of living near the beach, happy teens, exultant mid-lifers, pregnant women, gray-haired women and men of indeterminate ages.

Pastor Willy Rice said the Sept. 7 Sunday afternoon event took place on what formally is known as Clearwater Beach, but what locals refer to as Sand Key.

Family and friends gathered with those to be baptized and onlookers drawn to “the stirring of the waters” asked questions, though none followed through with believer’s baptism.

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