During October, we’ve been encouraging Vision listeners to pray for rain, repentance and renewal throughout Australia.
As we approach the end of our month of prayer and fasting, Matt Prater caught up again with Warwick Marsh of the Canberra Declaration, and Dave Jackson of Western Air Care Ministries, to talk about what’s been happening on the ground in some of the country’s driest places.
Warwick Marsh said though they wish they could report more, there has been some rain this month for the areas that need it most. But when the ground is this dry, he says that an inch or two of rain disappears very quickly.
Literally, we are desperate for follow up rain.
Marsh has also seen an incredible groundswell of support from all across Australia, with more than $60,000 in donations to buy hay and even groceries for our cash-strapped farmers. “Every day, more people are ringing up and saying they want to help, and I think that’s very very good.”
Dave Jackson’s ministry, Western Air Care, is bringing the hay to the people who need it most. He’s been working to bring hope to some of our most isolated people for more than 40 years. “Over the period of time, our main emphasis has been ministering in the bush to those who don’t have the opportunity to get to a church.”
Dave’s parents were dry land farmers, and he hoped to follow in their footsteps, but God had other ideas. I really had no intentions of going into any ministry, but at the very tender age of 16, I was driving my bulldozer one day and God started to speak to me about a town I’d finished up preaching in.”
“I thought I was having a nightmare. I thought I was all out of shape. I thought I’d been in the sun too long. But as time went on, I began to understand that God was calling me in a different direction to what I’d planned.”