A Maldon pastor is urging residents to turn back to God in order to help end the nation’s flooding crisis.

Rob Sefton, pastor at Maldon Elim Pentecostal Church, based in the town’s Wantz Road, held a prayer meeting last Saturday, appealing to God for the storms to cease.

Despite a plea for churchgoers outside his own congregation and members of the public to turn up, only 11 people attended.

He said: “Unfortunately we didn’t get many people at all, I was very disappointed.

“There was basically only two people outside of our church that came even though we put the word out.

“The thing is we do believe that God answers to prayer and we really feel for the people whose homes have been under water since Christmas last year.”

Mr Sefton, who has been pastor at the church for more than three years, said the storms and flooding had arrived as a “punishment” from God, due to the nation turning its back on Christianity.

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