July 12, 2012
Shifting Focus From the Ashes
So far, 259 homes have been destroyed in Colorado's High Park Fire. That's 259 families. Countless lost memories. But the Rapid Response Chaplains are sharing the something — the love of Christ — when nothing material remains. "One lady said, My whole life is here in this ash heap."
July 10, 2012
Colorado Fires 'Like Armageddon'
Unlike hurricanes and tornadoes, there is no finality to a wildfire. Billy Graham Rapid Response chaplains have been ministering in this highly unpredictable disaster aftermath, where the Lord is using the wildfires and chaplains to bring people back to Him.
July 3, 2012
Finding Hope Amid Colorado Ashes
Minutes before Caroline of Ann Arbor, Mich., found a photo of her late father amongst the ashes of her mother's home, which was ravaged by a Colorado wildfire, Rapid Response chaplains led her to rededicate her life to Christ.
June 28, 2012
Chaplains Comfort as Uncertainty Burns
Billy Graham Rapid Response chaplains have found Colorado wildfire evacuees — not knowing what the status of their home might be — in a state of disbelief: "I never thought this would happen to us."
June 25, 2012
Chaplains Comfort Wildfire Victims
For the Rapid Response Team, this deployment has been much different than a tornado, flood or hurricane. In many ways, the chaplains are watching the disaster unfold before the resident’s eyes.
June 23, 2012
Taking the Name of Jesus Out of Public Prayer
When Rapid Response Team chaplain Terry Sartain found out that he could no longer pray in Jesus' name, he declined to officiate a ceremony for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. "The only thing I have to offer is Jesus," he said.
May 21, 2012
The Cove Offers Rapid Response Training
The one-day Sharing Hope in Crisis seminar on June 11 kicks off Rapid Response Chaplain Training Conference for those who desire chaplaincy or just want help dealing with "tragedies that happen in everyday life."
April 17, 2012
NASCAR Drivers: 'Hands and Feet of Jesus'
On an early Saturday morning in Texas, five Christian NASCAR drivers — Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Josh Wise, Mike McDowell and Blake Koch — helped Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team minister to an 83-year-old man, both physically and eternally.
April 16, 2012
Remembering Virginia Tech Tragedy
Five years after the April 16, 2007 shooting that killed 32 and injured 17, an emergency responder, a Virginia Tech administrator and a local pastor recall how the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team exhibited the compassion of Christ on the devastated campus.
April 10, 2012
New Life Rises in Dallas on Easter
During the holiest time of the year for Christians, faith was tested in the greater Dallas area as tornado funnels unleashed their fury April 3. But with no deaths and few injuries, faith was also strengthened and new life was birthed.
April 3, 2012
Rapid Response Team Heads to Dallas
Billy Graham chaplains are headed to the Dallas Metroplex area to help comfort survivors after nearly a dozen tornadoes damaged an estimated 650 homes, leaving many homeless.
March 17, 2012
Were Angels Watching Over Tornado Survivors?
As they huddled in an interior closet, a Henryville, Ind., family of five were lifted 50 feet off the ground and thrown 400 yards before their house exploded. Read other Rapid Response Team updates from Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois.
March 9, 2012
'Ministry on the Way:' Chaplains Go with Flow
In the tornado-ravaged communities of Henryville, Ind., and Harrisburg, Ill., Rapid Response Chaplains are being reminded that when it comes to ministering to survivors, flexibility to the Holy Spirit is critical.
March 6, 2012
'God's Providence' Fuels Rapid Response Team
Deploying to five cities in four states, Rapid Response chaplains are reminded how the Lord is working in the ravaged communities, the latest example coming at a BBQ restaurant in Harrisburg, Ill.: "There's no doubt God set all that up."
March 3, 2012
BGEA Chaplains Deploying to Tornado-Ravaged Communities
Another round of fierce tornadoes roared through the Midwest and the South late Friday and early Saturday, killing dozens and affecting thousands more. Rapid Response Team chaplains are heading into the affected areas to offer the hope and love of Christ.
February 1, 2012
'In About 7 Seconds it Was Over'
Tony Stallings nearly lost everything in a recent Alabama storm, but is grateful to God for sparing him and to the Billy Graham Rapid Response chaplains who listened and prayed for him. "It's truly a blessing," the homeowner said.
January 27, 2012
Twister Stirs Up Haunting Déjà Vu in Birmingham
The second deadly tornado in the Birmingham, Ala., region within the last nine months has many people shaken up.
January 16, 2012
Picking Up the Pieces
See how God is using the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team to minister to residents of Burke County, N.C., following an unusual January tornado.
December 14, 2011
Rapid Response Team: 2011 in Review
The Lord has given us many opportunities to serve and minister in 2011.
December 14, 2011
A Miracle Moose & Other Memories of Haiti
One Rapid Response Team chaplain who served in Haiti during 2011 shares a powerful story of God's healing hand in the lives of a family touched by tragedy.