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Pray For Rain As The Drought Crisis Worsens

With many parts of Australia experiencing their worst ever drought, The Canberra Declaration are asking you to bless the bush and pray for rain.

By Justin RouillonTuesday 22 Oct 2019FaithReading Time: 2 minutes

As Australia battles the worst drought on record spare a thought for those on the frontline.

Our farmers and agricultural workers, their families and their communities are locked not just in a battle with the elements, but are also battling the human toll that the drought has brought.

Men in regional areas are twice as likely to die by suicide than their urban counterparts.

Every part of the country has experienced some level of drought over the past few years, with many areas such as northern New South Wales and southern Queensland experiencing their driest conditions on record.

Australian rainfall map

Rainfall deficiencies from March 2018 to August 2019. Image: Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Many towns are on the brink of running out of water.  For other towns who have run out they are reliant on water being trucked in daily.  The Australian Bureau of Meteorology are forecasting a hot and dry summer, with no let up to the drought in sight.

During October Christian leaders and Australian churches have been praying and fasting for Australia.

The Canberra Declaration have been asking people of faith to not only pray for rain, but to ask themselves how they can offer practical assistance to regional Australia and bless the bush.  The partner organisation is Western Air Care Ministries, who provide feed as well as food vouchers to farmers in need.

A farmer rescues a sheep from a dry dam near Orange in NSW.

A farmer pulls a sheep from a dried up dam on his property near Orange in NSW. The sheep was lucky to survive. Image: Jasper Wilde.

It’s not too late to get involved; you can register now to receive daily devotions in your inbox.

You can also join the nightly Zoom Video National Prayer Call at 8pm (AEST).

If you or someone you know needs help contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.