CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 10, 2021 – Due to catastrophic flooding in Breathitt County, Kentucky, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) is deploying crisis-trained chaplains alongside Samaritan’s Purse to provide emotional and spiritual care to those who were affected.
More than 200 homes were damaged or destroyed as a result of the flood, and debris broke water lines that left hundreds of homes and businesses without water. Portions of Kentucky got 4 to 7 inches of rain, which led to rivers rising as much as 8.5 feet above flood stage.
“As a result of the recent rainfall in Kentucky, Samaritan’s Purse did an assessment and concluded that many homes were flooded and the need is great for both Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains to offer help and support,” said Jack Munday, international director of the BG-RRT. “Both ministries, along with equipment, will be there beginning Thursday to offer hope and comfort to many families who have been impacted by the floods.”
BG-RRT chaplains are wrapping up deployments after ice storms in Salem, Oregon, as well as Austin and Houston, Texas.
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 540 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.
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