Billy Graham Rapid Response Team to hold Sharing Hope in Crisis training at Calvary Chapel in Old Bridge

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 19 2024 – From personal tragedies like disease, death 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 grieving and in despair. 

On Feb. 3, 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 Calvary Chapel Old Bridge, in Old Bridge, New Jersey. The training, entitled Sharing Hope in Crisis, will equip Christians to minister to those suffering.

“When tragedy strikes, whether it’s your family, your friends, or your neighbors, we want people to be ready—to be able to share the compassion and love of Jesus Christ,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “We want to come alongside people, to train and equip them to know how to respond and share God’s hope and comfort with those who are hurting.”

The training will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge, 123 White Oak Lane, Old Bridge, NJ 08857. Seminar topics include: “A Biblical View of Suffering,” “Effects of Trauma,” “Places of Grief,” “Listening Skills,” “A Ministry of Hope,” and “What to Say and What Not to Say.”

The event is free. For more information and to register online, please visit: Sharing Hope in Crisis seminar.

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

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