Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deploys to Oregon amidst severe flooding

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is in Pendleton, Oregon, following deadly flooding.


A team of Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) chaplains is deploying to Pendleton, Oregon, to offer emotional and spiritual support as severe flooding has caused widespread damage and forced evacuations.

“Our hearts go out to people who have lost so much, and especially the family who is mourning the loss of life,” said Josh Holland, assistant director of the RRT. “Our prayers and thoughts are with the community and we are blessed to be able to provide chaplains to listen and pray and talk to those whose lives have been changed as a result of this flooding.”

The Oregon National Guard reportedly rescued more than 50 people by helicopter and flood waters closed Interstate 84 for more than six miles before waters began to recede.

This is the RRT’s second deployment to Oregon, having been in Roseburg, Oregon, following a 2015 shooting at Umpqua Community College.

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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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