CLEVELAND, Tenn., Oct. 3, 2019 – From personal tragedies like disease, suicide and financial difficulties, to catastrophes on a massive scale such as shootings, fires and hurricanes, many Christians may feel unprepared to offer comfort to the weary and hope to those in despair.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) – an international network of crisis-trained chaplains ready to deploy whenever disaster strikes – will hold a regional “Sharing Hope in Crisis” training at Mt. Olive Church of God in Cleveland to prepare Christians to appropriately respond with the love and hope of Jesus Christ in times of crisis.
“You don’t have to go through a hurricane or a fire to have a storm in your life,” said International Director of the RRT Jack Munday. “In these days of uncertainty, we see suffering and tragedy all around us. It could be a loved one with cancer, the death of a friend, a job loss or divorce. As people seek answers to life’s problems, it is imperative that we be able to share God’s hope and comfort with them. The seminar will help prepare you to do just that.”
RRT Assistant Director Josh Holland will lead the seminar, which will run from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. He will speak on topics such as: “a Biblical view of suffering,” “effects of trauma,” “listening skills,” and “what to say and what not to say,” among others. The cost to attend the seminar is $45 and includes materials and lunch. Online registration is available at www.billygraham.org/rrtseminar.
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 400 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.
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