CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 2, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Just days after finishing their ministry efforts in Houston following massive and widespread flooding in April, crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team have returned to the Houston area.
Historic levels of precipitation across Texas have produced another round of widespread flooding, leading to swollen rivers, closed roads, evacuated families, and devastated homes. According to news reports, six people have died statewide in the floods.
“Many families are still dealing with the immense impact of the April flood on their lives and on their homes. The latest round of rain and flooding will have an exponentially larger effect on those who were already tired and broken,” said Jack Munday, the international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “Please join us in praying for all of those who are facing difficult days ahead as a result of the storms.”
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is deploying in coordination with Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian disaster relief organization also headed by Franklin Graham. Together the two ministries will address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who have been affected.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team concluded its efforts related to the April flooding in Houston on May 21, 2016, roughly a week before the most recent storms devastated the area. They also recently wrapped up ministry in West Monroe, La., where they spent 11 weeks helping the surrounding communities to recover from flooding in early March.
“Because we’ve had multiple disasters that have taken place so closely (chronologically and geographically), we were able to use existing connections and materials to proceed quickly and get up to speed almost immediately, reaching out to homeowners within hours,” said Munday.
For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of deployments, visit www.billygraham.org/rrt. Updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/RRTChaplains.
About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has grown into a nationwide network of chaplains in 48 states who are trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 215 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.
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