Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains deploy to St. Louis County, Missouri, after historic rainfall

BG-RRT Press Kit

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) has deployed to St. Louis County, Missouri, following record rainfall on July 26. The weather service said this was the most significant rainfall in the St. Louis area since records began in 1874. A state of emergency has been declared after homes and roads were destroyed. This is the same weather system that caused deadly, catastrophic flooding in eastern Kentucky.

“As we see the many lives impacted because of this historic rainfall in St. Louis County, Missouri, our hearts are heavy for those who have suffered great loss,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “Our crisis-trained chaplains will be there to listen, comfort and pray with people as the area begins the recovery process.”

The team of crisis-trained chaplains are working in conjunction with disaster relief organization Samaritan’s Purse to help meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those impacted by the flooding.
 
BG-RRT chaplains are now serving in five locations. Besides St. Louis County, chaplains are in two areas of eastern Kentucky dealing with catastrophic flooding, and Buchanan County, Virginia, after storms swept through the area. They also continue to serve in Ukraine, offering hope and providing comfort and compassion to families who have been forced to flee their homes.

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.

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:

Media Opportunities
  • Interviews with:
      ·       Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT
    • ·       Chaplain coordinators in St. Louis County, Missouri
      ·       B-Roll and photos (please use with credit to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)
      ·       Interview request form

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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Christine Batchelder
cbatchelder@bgea.org

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