Chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) are headed to Rolling Fork and Amory, Mississippi, after a powerful tornado carved a 170 mile path of destruction, killing at least 25 people and causing widespread damage. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves issued a state of emergency and the mayor of Rolling Fork, one of the hardest hit areas, said, “My city is gone.”
“The amount of destruction and loss of life in Mississippi are truly devastating. We simply cannot even fathom what these residents must be going through right now,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “We want to make sure residents know they are not alone and not forgotten. In the midst of the storm, there is hope – that hope is in Jesus Christ. We are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to pray with, listen and share God’s love with those who have been impacted by these devastating tornadoes.”
The team of crisis-trained chaplains is working in conjunction with disaster relief organization Samaritan’s Purse to help meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those impacted by the severe storms.
BG-RRT chaplains are now providing emotional and spiritual support in three locations. Besides Rolling Fork and Amory, Mississippi, they are offering hope to families who have been forced to flee their homes in 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.
About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:
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 700 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.
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