PHOTOS: Amid Destruction in Florida, Chaplains Share Hope

By   •   September 16, 2017

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains pray with U.S. Navy officers assisting with efforts in Key West, Florida, after Hurricane Irma.
Crisis-trained chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are ministering to residents in Florida and Texas after Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. "Let’s pray for our neighbors who are suffering, that God would put His loving arms around them and bring the comfort that only He can give," Franklin Graham said in a recent Facebook post requesting prayer.
Chaplains are currently deployed to several Florida cities, including Naples, Fort Myers, Tallahassee and Cocoa Beach.
Crisis-trained chaplains gather for prayer with a resident as Samaritan's Purse volunteers work on a home in the background.
Rapid Response Team vehicles like this one often become a place of ministry as well, with room inside for residents and first responders to sit and talk with chaplains.
Here, a Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain prays with people in Key West, Florida.
Sharing the hope and love of Christ is essential in times like this. "Our chaplains providing encouragement, listening as survivors share their stories and emotions that they’ve bottled up inside. They open the door for people to vent and release all of that pain, and then they’re there to hug them, to pray and share God's hope in Jesus’ name," explained Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team.
Rapid Response Team chaplains round up with Samaritan's Purse volunteers for prayer. The two groups continue to work hand in hand to assist those affected by the recent disasters in Florida and Texas.
The Rapid Response Team will continue ministering in Texas and Florida for as long as they're needed. Give to help send crisis-trained chaplains at a moment's notice.
Rapid Response Team chaplain with man holding hand to head
A Naples, Florida, resident shares his storm story with a RRT chaplain.
Chaplains talking to homeowner in front of home with heavily damage roof
Damage to this home is visible as chaplains minister in the coastal city of Naples, Florida, a popular retirement area heavily affected by Hurricane Irma. The storm is tied as the second-strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, according to news reports.
Female chaplain comforting a Naples resident who is crying
Chaplain Lise Martin-Dorn comforts a Naples resident living in a senior community. You can help send crisis-trained chaplains into disaster zones to share God's love.
Chaplains pray with a Naples resident. In the background are heavily damage homes
In Naples, Florida, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains join hands in prayer in a community devastated by Hurricane Irma.
There is still flooding danger for Florida residents as a result of the storm. According to news reports, officials are going door to door in Hernando County, Florida, north of Tampa, warning residents about the rising Withlacoochee River, which has reached major flood stage.
Woman shakes hand of chaplain; another chaplain in background
A resident holds ministry materials given to her by chaplains.
Woman gesturing, standing with chaplains, another woman
Chaplains listen as a woman in Naples gestures to damage in her community. The cost of the storm is expected to be astronomical, according to news reports.
Chaplains getting in Rapid Response Team van
The Rapid Response Team has chaplains throughout the U.S. who volunteer their time to share the hope of Christ with those affected by natural or man-made disasters.
Man holding hand to head, talking to chaplain
An important part of the chaplain's job is the ministry of presence—just listening and being there for those in distress. You can take part by joining us in prayer for those suffering from the effects of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey.

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  1. Linda Gonzalez says:

    Thank you for sending these emails. This is the only way we know the work you faithful servants are doing. The media doesn’t report it. But we know you are faithfully serving Him. We are praying for you and the team and the overwhelming work that is being done in His great Name, and especially for the hurting, that they will see the love of Jesus in all you are doing for them. Praying for your protection from harm and evil too. God bless his work mightily!

  2. Anne Binder says:

    Thank you for being the light of Christ and going to be with His people in their time of need after the storm. May hope and love prevail and bring light.

  3. Ginny. Hanson says:

    God bless these people hurting from hurricanes and earthquakes! Amen

  4. Larry Porter says:

    Thank God for these men to go and help. Amen

  5. James Dunham says:

    Bless this team of brothers and sisters, in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

  6. Rebecca says:

    Greetings friends of communities who desperately needed God’s help. Thanking all helpers, chaplains, coordinators belonging to BGEA. Still keeping you all in my prayers. Love and shalom. Blessings!

  7. Jeri Brehm says:

    Thank you to all the wonderful people who are sharing the love of Jesus to the hurting people suffering from these horrible hurricanes and helping to bring them comfort.

  8. Ethel Landry says:

    Praying for our chaplains and looking forward to serving as a chaplain.

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