Fires are still a threat in Texoma, and people are praying for heavy rain to end this severe drought. Despite short notice, and a damp and chilly day, Southside Church of Christ Minister Dennis Hoff gathered people today just outside Electra City Hall to pray for rain. Hoff thought no one would show up today because of the short notice, but they actually had a group of seven come to sing and pray together. Electra Resident Carlos Byars says, "We desperately need rain, and if the minister's prayers and our prayers can help. That's fine. I'm in favor of doing anything".
Hoff says the Stage Four Drought we're in, being one level shy from the highest level of drought, motivated him to come and hold these prayer meetings. He says, "Several in the community, teachers and others in the community have wanted to come and start praying". Today was just the first day, but the meetings will continue every Wednesday until a substantial amount of rain falls. Hoff says sometimes we just try various motivational skills. And we forget about God. He shared a scripture he appreciates from the Bible. It states "You do not have because you do not ask". Hoff says, "That really motivates me along with God is abundant, can do above all that we ask or think, according to Ephesians 3, 20. And I believe that sincerely".
Electra Communication Coordinator Katherine Cumpton says Hoff organized the meetings himself and the city thought it was a great idea. She also mentioned how the drought is hurting their farmers. Cumpton says, "Ever since 2007, Electra has been connected to the Wichita Falls water line. And so our water situation is not as dire as it once was, but a large portion of our population is so reliant on the agriculture and farming". She says the farmers are really hurting from the lack of rain considering it is wheat season. Everyone, from farmers to teachers to residents, is praying for rain to pour soon.
Hoff says he held prayer meetings in the year 2000 as well because of the same situation. Minister Hoff says they prayed for 11 months until in rained, and it poured seven to eight inches in the month of November that year. The prayer meetings will be held every Wednesday starting at 11:45 a.m. in front of city hall. They'll last about 15 minutes.