Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Ministering in Four US States After Deadly Tornadoes Kill at Least 34 People

RRT’s Assistant Director Josh Holland during a Facebook Live standup. Behind him, a Mobile Ministry Center is geared up to head south.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) is serving in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and South Carolina alongside Samaritan’s Purse after a massive storm system swept across the Southeast United States Easter weekend. According to the BGEA the violent storms spawned dozens of tornadoes that killed at least 34 people and left many more injured.

“As many communities are asked to stay at home, my heart breaks for families that now have nowhere to go—losing loved ones in a matter of minutes,” said Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. “Please join me in praying for God’s peace and comfort to cover them.”

More than 1.2 million people lost power from the intense storms, and hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed due to the system’s side effects—twisters, large hail, high winds and flash flooding.

On Monday afternoon, the Rapid Response Team sent out two of its Mobile Ministry Centers—nicknamed “prayer trucks on wheels”—from the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, to help setup deployments in Monroe, Louisiana, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. They now have teams of 6 to 8 chaplains offering emotional and spiritual care in those regions, as well as the devastated communities of Laurel, Mississippi, and Seneca, South Carolina.

“We’re going right into the heart of this disaster,” said Josh Holland, the RRT’s assistant director who commissioned the two vehicles with prayer on Facebook Live. “We pray that even people who have lost so much will realize there’s a God who loves them. That’s the hope that we have.”

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SOURCE: Assist News, Peter Wooding