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Prayers for rain answered

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. – On Thursday night people from multiple denominations gathered at the Burket United Methodist Church to join thousands across the country to pray for rain and on Friday it seemed their prayers were answered after a strong storm swept across Michiana.

At the prayer meeting Pastor Gary Loy had brought an umbrella to show how confident he was their prayers would be answered, he watched the black clouds roll in on Friday from the porch of his home in Leesburg.

“The unstoppable faith is what really was coming in the form of a dark cloud and rain," Loy described.  “I was joyful, it was a wonder they didn't come and lock me up because I was celebrating on my porch."

Along with the rain came extreme winds and lightning, thousands of people lost power due to branches and trees falling on power lines.  Loy lost power at his home as well, but said he didn’t mind and simply spent the day praying nobody would be hurt and helping his neighbors clear up the mess caused by the storm.

"You know, in a time of need, there's kind of a duel thing here that God does, he brings us together as neighbors as well,” he explained.  “So when the winds came, along with the rain that was promised, there was also a need for community to come together."

Loy said he hoped the community would continue to rally together in prayer because the drought that’s plaguing Michiana farmers is far from over.

"Still need to keep praying, that's right, we need more, this is just beginning to break the drought,” Loy explained.  “The drought hasn't been totally broken and it's quite a deficit that we have to overcome."

Another day of prayer for rain has been scheduled for Sunday July 1.

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