Billy Graham Rapid Response Team events altered due to coronavirus pandemic

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 16, 2020 – Following the recommendation by President Trump to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) has made changes to events that were scheduled in the coming weeks. Events affected at this time include:

•           March 23: Sharing Hope in Charlotte—Shiloh Baptist Church, Monroe, N.C. (Postponed)

•           March 26: Sharing Hope in Charlotte—Berea Baptist Church, Gastonia, N.C. (Postponed)

•           March 29-31: National Law Enforcement Retreat—Horseshoe Bay, Texas (Cancelled)

“Everyone’s health and safety is of the utmost importance to us and at this time the best thing for us to do is cancel these events.” said International Director of the RRT Jack Munday. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding and ask that people continue to pray for all of those impacted by this virus. Despite these cancellations, we remain committed to sharing God’s love and training others to do the same and look forward to scheduling additional events once the coronavirus threat is over.”

Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said, “As our nation prepares for the worst, our prayers are with those who are suffering as a result of the coronavirus. There are those who are sick, those who have lost family members, and those who are put into economic difficulties due to this virus. Let us join together in praying that God will give the medical community a vaccine and effective treatments that will save lives.”

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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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