Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains arrive in Buffalo, New York, after mass shooting

BG-RRT Press Kit

Chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) are on the ground in Buffalo, New York, after a mass shooting at a grocery store. The Buffalo Police Department said the incident happened around 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Tops Market where ten people were killed before the suspect was taken into custody.

“Our hearts are heavy to hear about this tragic mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “We are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to comfort people, listen and cry with them and share God’s love with those who have been impacted by this horrific tragedy.”

BG-RRT chaplains are now serving in four locations. In addition to Buffalo, crisis-trained chaplains are in Brookings, South Dakota, after deadly storms swept through the area. They also continue to serve in Ukraine, working at several Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospitals and in Poland, where they are offering hope and providing comfort and compassion to families who have been forced to flee from Ukraine.


For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit the BG-RRT press kit or BillyGraham.org/RRT. Updates can also be found at Facebook.com/RRTChaplains.

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The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into an international network of chaplains in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 550 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

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