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May 23, 2007

Moultrie -- As the extreme drought parches farmland, more than 100 people, many of them farmers, gathered at the First Baptist Church.

They're looking to God to save their crops, to help them avoid financial disaster, and to protect the community that would surely be devastated by wiped out farm operations.

Colquitt County is a place that has long been built on agriculture. But the fields that are so essential to this area haven't seen rain in weeks.

Colquitt County has received 0.01 of rain since April 20, 2007, and it's effecting an entire community. So the community came together for prayer at the chapel of the First Baptist Church.

"We're going to see that demand is so high to see some kind of peace about this rain, that people are going to come," Rev. Quillian Mercer of the First Baptist Church of Moultrie.

And they did. One by one they filed into the chapel. People of all ages, professions, and faiths, to ask God for rain.

By noon, the prayer service was more than one hundred strong. Hands were raised, and heads were bowed. Messages to God from a community in need.

It hits home for people like Jean Brown who grew up in a farming family. "I come from Doerun, a farming community. All my friends and relatives are farmers and we're in desperate need for rain."

As the hymns played on, Oak Grove Baptist Pastor Paul Worsham turned to scripture.  "James tells us that we have not because we ask not. Sow we're coming today to ask for God's blessing to give us the rain we need." 

Chip Blalock is praying for the entire south Georgia community.  "Pray for rain for the entire region. For the crops and the wildfires. It's a time for us to come together as a community and lift up our prayers to good Lord above."

The community may be built on agriculture, but faith here, is truly the foundation. And with that, they hope miracles can happen.

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