CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 14, 2020 – Recently, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) extended its reach to Israel, teaching a Sharing Hope in Crisis course to 95 Christians in the region, including many who face regular rocket strikes and family tension because of their beliefs.
Sharing Hope in Crisis courses are intended to prepare people to provide appropriate emotional support and spiritual care for people struggling with grief following a personal crisis. The course covers topics such as the effects of trauma, listening skills, what to say and what not to say to someone in times of crisis and a Biblical view of suffering.
“There’s just crisis—by losing relationships, by living in that part of the world. We’re really blessed as the RRT to have been able to invest in God’s chosen people—to be there and encourage people, and give them understanding biblically of how God can use crisis, trauma and grief for His glory,” said Josh Holland, assistant director of the RRT.
The RRT has hosted similar Sharing Hope in Crisis courses in many other countries, such as Korea, Hungary and Costa Rica. On Feb. 1, nearly 600 people attended the course in Puerto Rico—where residents are recovering from recent earthquakes.
For more information on the RRT ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit 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 crisis-trained 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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