Rapid Response Team Comforts Thousands in 2009

By   •   December 30, 2009

“In the midst of tremendous suffering and loss following man-made and natural disasters,” says Jack Munday, director of Rapid Response Team, “our chaplains continued to see God’s faithfulness as He brought comfort and hope to the broken-hearted.”

RRT chaplains have witnessed “the triumphs of neighbors joining together in love to confront their worst fears, and we’ve prayed with people who have wept in thanks for the blessings they have when everything else has been taken from them,” Munday adds.

Following are stories from most of the RRT 2009 deployments:

September-November: Flooding in Georgia
Rapid Response Team chaplains spent a couple of months ministering in suburbs west of Atlanta devastated by Fall floods. Walking from home to home, they stopped and listened to hurting homeowners, offering a word of prayer. A first in 2009, the BGEA web team sent a staff writer to spend time with chaplains and bring back first-hand accounts.
After the Flood »
A Day in the Life of a Chaplain »
Learn about the Deployment »

August: Louisville Hit by Floods
Torrential rain pelted Louisville August 5 when a strong thunderstorm – also packing hail and high winds – stalled over the area. Parts of the city received three inches of rain for two straight hours. The downpour was so intense that the airport received an inch of rain in 15 minutes.
Learn about the Deployment »
Stories from the Field »
More Updates »

June: Floods in Daytona Beach and a Tornado in North Carolina
Holly Hill, a suburb of Daytona Beach, received 24 inches of rain in a 24 hour period, causing major flooding. Chaplains deployed the week of June 3 to offer hope and comfort. The RRT also sent a team to the Kings Mountain, N.C. area on June 20 in response to a tornado and subsequent hailstorm.
Read the Article »
Updates from the Field »

May: A “Derecho” in Fredericktown, Missouri
On Friday, May 9, rain and high winds close to hurricane strength, accompanied by small tornadoes, came suddenly into Madison County, MO around noon and lasted nearly an hour. Thousands of trees were uprooted, windows in parked cars were blown out, and many roofs on businesses and homes were damaged by winds or falling trees. About 30 homes were completely destroyed.
Learn More »
Read Testimonies »
A Spiritual Harvest »

April: Tornadoes, Wildfires and the Earthquake in Italy
The RRT send chaplains to Mena, Ark., in response to an April tornado that destroyed 200 homes and damaged another 800. Chaplains also reached out to firefighters in North Texas who were battling a wildfire. The busy month concluded with training in Italy tied to a devastating earthquake.
Five Disasters in One Month »
Learn More »

April: Tragic Shooting in Binghamton, N.Y.
In response to the shooting deaths of 14 people at the American Civic Association (ACA) on April 3, the RRT deployed experienced chaplains to Binghamton, N.Y. to help the grieving residents.
Stories of Comfort »
Franklin Graham’s Statement »

April: Flood-Ravaged North Dakota
Crisis-trained chaplains arrived in Linton, North Dakota, to respond to devastating spring floods that crippled much of the state. This deployment was the third in recent weeks for the crisis-chaplain ministry. Other deployments included Oakland, Calif., where four police officers were killed, and Carthage, N.C., following the murder of seven residents and a nurse at Pinelake Health and Rehab nursing home.
Learn More »

February: The Australian Bushfires
In response to bushfires considered to be the worst natural disaster in Australian history, chaplains provided direct emotional and spiritual care to victims in fire-ravaged areas of Victoria. They also offered Biblically-based grief and trauma training for churches.
Read the Article »
Spiritual Revival in Australia »

January-February: Midwestern Tornado and Ice Storms
In response to a deadly twister that ripped through Lone Grove, Oklahoma, killing 9 and injuring 50, chaplains traveled to the city to offer God’s hope and encouragement in February. Chaplains also deployed to Poplar Bluff, Missouri, on Jan. 29 in response to ice storms. An additional team deployed to Madisonville, Kentucky, where an ice storm came through on Jan. 27.
Learn More »
Read a Testimony »

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