Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deploys to Bowie, Texas, after Friday Tornado

Rapid Response Team Chaplains Desi and Carolin Perez talk with Bowie resident Freda Zoch, as she stops to talk after driving by some of the damaged houses where a Friday-night tornado caused severe damage to around 200 homes. The chaplains gave a Bible to Zoch and prayed with her. (Photo/Louis DeLuca for BGEA)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 23, 2020 – The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) has deployed six crisis-trained chaplains to Bowie, Texas, to provide emotional and spiritual support alongside Samaritan’s Purse after an EF-1 tornado Friday evening.

The tornado touched down around 9 p.m. with winds of up to 95 mph, damaging around 200 homes as well as multiple businesses and leaving many people without power.  

“During this extremely active tornado season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is heartbreaking to hear of yet another tornado,” said Josh Holland, assistant director of the RRT. “We are praying for all those impacted. The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has crisis-trained chaplains en route and ready to share the hope and love of Jesus Christ with those in Bowie during this difficult time.”

Saturday marks the second deployment in as many days for the RRT, with the ministry having sent a team of chaplains to Midland County, Michigan, Friday after historic flooding.

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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 450 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

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