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A COMEBACK FOR HOLY LAND

Salvation works, at least when it comes to the Holy Land Experience, a Biblical theme park in Orlando. Ticket sales are reportedly up 25 percent since June, when the Trinity Broadcasting Network took over the financially troubled park's $8-million mortgage.Trinity, a California-based Christian network with more than 12,500 television and cable affiliates worldwide, described the takeover as a "marriage" of the two nonprofits. Founded in 1973, Trinity Broadcasting may be best known for its flagship production, "Praise the Lord." It also runs Trinity Music City USA in Nashville.

"The Holy Land Experience could well be considered Orlando's most inspiring destination as visitors experience a full day of discovery that takes them 2,000 years back in time to the world of the Bible," the network said.

Billed less as a theme park than a ministry, "The mission of The Holy Land Experience is to bring the Bible to life for everyone who comes through our gates," Holy Land Experience president Tom Powell said recently.

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