Billy Graham Rapid Response Team to hold “Sharing Hope in Crisis” training in Shelton, Connecticut

Event will prepare participants to aid those who are dealing with pain and loss

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 31, 2023 – From personal tragedies like disease, suicide and financial difficulties to catastrophes on a massive scale such as shootings, fires and floods, many Christians may feel unprepared to offer comfort and hope to those who are grieving and in despair. 

On August 5, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) – a nationwide network of crisis-trained chaplains ready to deploy whenever disaster strikes – will hold an instructional session at Hilton Garden Inn Shelton, titled “Sharing Hope in Crisis.” This one-day seminar will equip Christians to help those who are suffering.

“We want people to be ready to share the compassion and love of Jesus Christ,” said Kevin Williams, manager of emergency response and logistics with the BG-RRT. “Suffering and tragedy are all around us. It could be a loved one with cancer, the death of a friend, a job loss or a divorce. As people desperately seek answers to life’s problems, it is critical that we be able to know how to respond and share God’s hope and comfort with them. It’s important people know God loves them.”

The training will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, at Hilton Garden Inn Shelton, 25 Old Stratford Road, Shelton, CT 06084. Seminar topics include:

  • “A Biblical view of suffering”
  • “Effects of trauma”
  • “Places of grief”
  • “Listening skills”
  • “A ministry of hope”
  • “What to say and what not to say”

The event is free. For more information and to register online, please visit

Media Opportunities:

  • Interview with Kevin Williams, manager of emergency response and logistics with the BG-RRT
  • For B-Roll, photos and media inquiries, please contact Christine Batchelder at, (704) 724-6851.

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 730 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

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Media Contact:
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