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BG-RRT chaplains deploy to Ukraine

Dozens of chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) are on the ground in Lviv, Ukraine, offering hope and providing comfort and compassion to families who have been forced to flee their homes. The team of crisis-trained chaplains are serving alongside medical personnel with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian disaster relief organization that is operating an Emergency Field Hospital and a triage clinic near a busy train station.“In a crisis like this, the greatest need is spiritual. These chaplains are ministering to people who are hurting and have lost everything. Even though chaplains don’t have all the answers to every question a person may ask, they’re able to share the hope that we have in Jesus Christ and remind people that God hasn’t forgotten them and He loves them,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

BG-RRT is partnering with local churches to equip even more chaplains to respond to the disaster and has trained over one hundred Ukrainian men and women to become chaplains.

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Sharing Hope in Jesus’ Name conference in Orlando 

Over 1,200 people attended the Sharing Hope in Jesus’ Name conference in Orlando, Florida, March 10-13. The joint disaster relief seminar for the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team and Samaritan’s Purse North American Ministries Team is designed to encourage and equip people to share the hope of Jesus Christ in these uncertain days, while strengthening their own faith as well.

“Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are about one thing: we’re about the Gospel,” Franklin Graham, president and CEO of both organizations shared.

From fires to floods to tornadoes, the two ministries exist to come alongside communities and people in crisis, in Jesus’ name.  Besides Franklin Graham, featured speakers included Graham’s sons Will and Edward, and former Governor of Arkansas and Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.


Evangelist Will Graham speaks at Raise Bakersfield event

On Saturday, March 19, Will Graham participated in an outreach called Raise Bakersfield. The open-air event, which was sponsored and organized by Christian leaders in the Bakersfield, California community, featured live music by several local artists as well as Grammy-nominated band Leeland. Graham preached three separate messages throughout the day, with more than 100 people making a decision for Christ.

“The Bible says that we are all sinners, and sin separates us from God. How does a sinful man like you and me have a right relationship with God? We’ll go to church, we’ll help people, we’ll be religious, we’ll be smart, we’ll be good—but we still fall short,” said Graham.

“But the Bible says that God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. The only answer is Jesus! He laid down His life. It was God coming to man. Not man coming to God.”

Graham followed up his time in Bakersfield with a multi-day seminar at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina, March 25-27.

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