Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deploys to California as wildfires rage

BG-RRT Press Kit

CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 13, 2021 – A team of chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) has deployed to Colfax, California, to provide emotional and spiritual support alongside Samaritan’s Purse after the area was impacted by the River Fire.

The River Fire destroyed more than 2,600 acres and affected more than 140 structures, many of which were single-family homes.

“The destruction left behind by these wildfires is heartbreaking and has left many people hurting. Our crisis-trained chaplains will be available to share God’s love and the peace that is found through Jesus Christ,” said Josh Holland, assistant director of the BG-RRT. “As the fires continue, our chaplains are praying for all of those who are impacted, including the firefighters who are risking their lives to help contain these fires.”

BG-RRT chaplains have deployed 28 times since the beginning of 2021 and continue to serve in the recently-flooded communities around Detroit, Michigan.

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 Updates can also be found at

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

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