The Rev. Harold McMillin didn’t want to stop at prayer. He thought he could take action, too.

The pastor of a small Iowa church, McMillin knew that farmers in his congregation had plenty of hay from a near-perfect alfalfa growing season. He also knew that farmers and ranchers in Texas were desperate for bales because of a withering drought.

Out of McMillin’s mouth, the generosity of his congregants and the financial help of Lutheran Disaster Response came an old-fashioned, 1,000-mile hay lift from the northeastern Iowa town of Luana to the North Texas city of Alvarado.

It’s not grand in scale nor, truthfully, will it put much of a dent in the staggering agricultural catastrophe occurring across rain-starved Texas