Argentina endures its worst drought of the century.
Thus far in 2008, Argentina has received fewer than 200 millimeters (7.9 inches) of rain, which is less than a third of the nation’s normal precipitation at this point in the year. Along with 15% of the region’s cattle having perished, the drought is also affecting farming sectors. Mr. Sixto Periche of the National Institute of Farming Technology stated, “We are almost at the limit of the last date that we can plant sunflowers. If it doesn’t rain this week, they won’t plant sunflowers.”
We pray for God’s grace and the blessing of rain to ease the plight of the Argentinean people. May these conditions serve as a reminder of our need to walk swiftly toward practices that help heal our Mother Earth.