When Shortage of Rain Meets Abundance of Faith

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A few years after half the U.S. was plagued by drought, a new survey shows 92 percent of the country is now drought free.

It's the most dramatic turnaround in the nation's drought picture on record.

Even the researchers were astounded by the report. But for those who prayed for rain, it's another example of God's love and power.

Three years ago, cities on both coasts were rationing water because of the crippling effects of drought. However, there was not a shortage of prayer.

A few years ago, at Georgia's Lake Lanier, the lake was so low, you could walk out on the bottom.

"Lord, let it rain," one Georgia minister prayed.

God answered his prayer and the prayers of many others and, today, there's plenty of water for everyone. In fact, government leaders say there is now too much water.

"Well, we've gotten rain, and more rain, and it kept raining, and now we're full," said Tim Rainey, operations manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A similar phenomenon occurred in Texas one year ago when desperate residents prayed for relief from drought.

Once again God answered and the rains poured down in Comal County.

One particular storm last summer appeared to be just the beginning. It was a welcome sight during one of the worst droughts on record in that area.

Hours after the rain stopped, people gathered for a prayer service.

Former astronaut Charlie Duke says his wife, dotty, organized the service. She had been praying for rain for several weeks.

"We got a shower, came in and the Lord's showing what he's going to do," Dotty prayed.

Charlie joined in, "I pray that God would break the drought not only in Comal County but all over south Texas.

Texas Mayor Bruce Boyer said, "I know one thing that we don't have a drought of and that is faith in this community."

It appears God honored the faith of people all over the country.

*Original broadcast February 18, 2010.

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