“Who cuts a channel for the the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no man lives, a desert with no one in it, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?” Job 38:25-28
“Mama, today I taught my church that only God can make it rain. I used 1 Kings chapter 18 to teach them that no one else can give us rain,” wrote Pastor Isaac. Isaac went on to share the story of how Elijah proved that false gods cannot produce rain. “Only our Heavenly Father can do that,” he said. I realized later Sunday afternoon why Isaac had chosen that particular story for his church. As I scrolled through Facebook I came across posts by some of the youth from the area. They gave accounts of sacrifices and rituals by tribal spiritualists, to evoke the animistic spirits to produce rain. The youth testified of their belief in these practices. Pastoring a church in South Sudan has unique challenges which are foreign to our culture. Pray that our pastors will be as bold as Elijah, as they proclaim the power of Jehovah Jireh, our Provider.
How would you answer God’s question to Job, “Does the rain have a father?” I say, “yes, but only One.”
Rainy season typically begins in April and continues through September. All food for the year must be grown during this time. It is critical to plant as soon as the rains begin. South Sudan is currently experiencing Acondit (sparse, spotty rains). The World Food Program predicts this will be the worst year for food shortage that South Sudan has experienced for many years.
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