Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Deploys after Shootings and Floods


During the month of May, chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed to two locations in Louisiana after historic flooding and to San Jose, California, after a gunman killed nine people at a Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail facility.

BG-RRT sent chaplains to Lake Charles on May 21—just a few months after finishing a deployment to the same area after they were hit with two major hurricanes in 2020. Two weeks later, additional chaplains were sent to Plaquemine, Louisiana, after a storm system dumped as much as 25 inches of rain in the area and a flood diversion dam failed, leading to massive flooding.

Chaplains spent a week in San Jose, ministering to VTA employees, first responders and the community at a memorial site set up at city hall in memory of the victims.

The BG-RRT has deployed 21 times since January 2021 with 382 chaplains praying with more than 10,000 people.

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