THE heavens may have opened in parts of the region this week but Gympie's church leaders will today call on the man upstairs to end the drought that threatens to consume hundreds of Gympie farms.
With a 40% chance of rain forecast, their chances of success are divine, but even if the heavens do open, neither hell nor high water will stop three public prayer meetings from going ahead in Memorial Park - one early this morning, one at 12.30pm and another at 5.15pm.
Gympie Community Church Pastor Dean Comerford helped organise the meetings, but said he and his fellow church leaders would be careful to temper their requests for rain this year after a little "too much" fell following similar prayer meetings early last year.
"We are deeply concerned for the ways this lack of seasonal rain is affecting many people, especially our farmers, and want to do all we can to stand with them, both practically and spiritually," Pastor Comerford said.
"Mayor Ron Dyne also asked in January, if we were able to seek out God for some relief in this matter and at our first 2014 meeting of the Gympie Minister's Network on Wednesday, we felt calling several public prayer meetings was a step we should take," he said.
"It needs to be noted (especially in light of the flooding events that Gympie suffered last year) that we have been and are seeking God for land-nourishing, tank and dam-filling seasonal rains that won't produce floods, strip the land of soil, or destroy infrastructure."
Mayor Dyne encouraged everyone to attend today, or "just take a few moments out of your day to think of the farmers who are struggling".
"I also remind primary producers to make their own applications to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for drought declaration so that assistance can be made available."
The sessions have been scheduled to coincide with people driving to and from work, or taking lunch.
Prayer meetings in the Memorial Park today:
- 7.30-8am led by Andrew Cooper.
- 12.30-1pm led by Rick Roberts.
- 5.15-5.45pm led by Dave Thomas.