Governor Asks Oklahomans To Pray For Rain


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Updated: 7/15/2011 11:55 pm Published: 7/15/2011 10:45 pm


The dry, hot conditions across the state have Governor Mary Fallin calling for Oklahomans to pray for rain to help farmers, families and firefighters to get some relief.
FOX23's Jamie Oberg shows us why farmers say they need all the help they can get and families are doing their part too.
Dry conditions had a hand in more than 140 wildfires in dry fields in Oklahoma already this year.
Firefighters need a break.
Farmers say they could use one too; hay is hard to come by this summer; hay bales are in high demand, beating a record set back in 1919.

"Almost everyone in Oklahoma has the same problems," Hominy farmer & oil man, Brett Northam said.

Brett Northam knows farming isn't easy. "24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he said.

After all that hard, honest work...he just hopes to break even.

"This year's a major struggle,” Brett said. "It’s not gonna be good on the cows this year, and not on our pocketbook."

Baling hay at his ranch in Hominy, he will be lucky to get third of what he should.

Fewer hay bales mean it will cost more money to feed the cattle, without much needed rain, crops will suffer, but these dry, hot conditions don't just affect farmers.

More than 140 grassfires in Oklahoma, flames are fed by the brush and debris, spreading firefighters thin.

"In Osage County this time of year grassfires...that's on the verge of getting really bad,” Brett said.

The weather even has governor Mary Fallin is asking Oklahomans to pray for rain.

"I’m game for anything, anything that makes the sky let loose of some water and rain; I'm all for it,” Brett said of the Governor’s request.

No amount of rain will help what this baler is already picking up.

A farmer's church is often the field, "Sure wouldn't hurt." It takes a lot of faith to farm in the first place...and Brett hopes all the prayers from the pews and these fields will help bring the rain.

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nurse300 - 7/17/2011 10:03 PM
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I can't believe all the people that have a problem with the Governor asking us to pray for rain. As a matter of fact, without hearing her request, my dad asked Heaven Father to bless us with the rain that we so badly need. This is the bible belt, I'm surprised there are so many disbelievers. God Bless You All!!!!

colorgirlnyc - 7/17/2011 9:52 PM
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I don't have a problem with Governor Fallin asking Oklahomans of "all faiths" to pray for rain. However she asked them to pray "this Sunday" for rain, implying when they were gathered to worship. Not all faiths recognize Sunday as the Sabbath.

MyGodIsGod - 7/17/2011 9:39 PM
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@roadhunter- What is your source for that "factual" information? Me, I will add my prayers to God.

Amy Smith - 7/17/2011 9:30 PM
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I find it unfortunate that people do not believe in God or the power of prayer. I, for one, will be praying for rain for our state. I am proud of Governor Mary Fallin for asking for prayer.

karlschneider - 7/17/2011 2:55 PM
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If anyone doubted we have an idiot in the governor's office, this stunt will remove all doubt. Does this crazy woman actually believe in a benevolent deity that has ignored months of constant praying by farmers and ranchers for drought relief will suddenly take pity on them because of her intercession? See, I told you she was nuts. Karl Schneider

roadhunter - 7/16/2011 6:19 PM
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She would have been wise to wait until there was rain in the forecast. Studies show prayer doesn't work. She's just going to reinforce that fact with this idiotic move.
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