Lufkin pastor urging prayer to end the drought

Kevin Roy is a pastor at Denman Avenue Baptist Church.
Kevin Roy is a pastor at Denman Avenue Baptist Church.
Jason Kartye is the Angelina County Parks Director.
Jason Kartye is the Angelina County Parks Director.

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Stumps sticking out of the water and a widening shoreline are both signs the drought has set in.

"The Bible says pray without ceasing and you know God's going to do it in God's timing," said Kevin Roy, a pastor at Denman Avenue Baptist Church.

Lake Sam Rayburn is losing about two inches a week.

Some say rainfall is more than just science and weather patterns.

"We're praying for rain and you know we recognize and we understand that God controls all those things and in the midst of this season, the dangers of the drought are really evident," Roy said.

Many churches across East Texas have added rain to their prayer lists, hoping for a divine intervention.

"I think you get into your view, what you really think about prayer and we believe God's concerned about everything," Roy said.

Churches said they'll keep praying even though weather experts predict the drought to continue through next year.

"It's definitely crazy to look at," Angelina County Parks Director Jason Kartye said. "It kind of makes you realize when you're out running on that lake, even when the water comes up a little bit what exactly you're running over."

Many of the boat ramps across Lake Sam Rayburn have been closed down because the lake levels are so low.

As the lake sits nearly 13 feet below the conservation pool, local ministers say they'll keep praying.

"We believe God can do whatever God chooses to do and if God chooses to allow us to go through the drought through 2012 that's God's business and He's going to carry us through that," Roy said.

"We'll take whatever help we can get," Kartye said. "It'll rain eventually. It always has."

Weather experts say Texas is prone to long-term drought in the next decade based on weather pattens.

However, a state climatologist says there's only a 25-percent chance Texas' drought will persist another five years.

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