Chaplains Serving in Tornado-Ravaged Texas and Flooded Michigan

By   •   May 27, 2020

Over the last two weeks, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) has deployed to two natural disasters—historic flooding in Midland County, Michigan, and an EF-1 tornado that ripped through Bowie, Texas. Here, chaplains stand atop the shattered remains of a Michigan highway while ministering in Sanford, a small metro area located 20 miles inland from Lake Huron.
Crisis-trained chaplain Rebecca Bell prays with a Sanford local. Rebecca is part of a team of six chaplains who are offering emotional and spiritual care, meaning they're available to pray, talk and listen.
A look at some of the destruction in Bowie, Texas, where a tornado caused severe damage to around 200 homes. The twister reportedly reached speeds of 95 mph.
The flooding in Michigan overtook two dams, submerged homes and washed out roads in the center of the state, displacing thousands. The Tittabawassee River crested at 35 feet, over 10 feet above flood level, according to local reports.
A chaplain passes an overturned vehicle outside of a Texas church in Bowie, a town of roughly 5,000 people that sits just 25 miles south of the Oklahoma border and about an hour northwest of Fort Worth, Texas.
Staying in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, chaplain Donna Lamb shares a Steps to Peace With God booklet with a local. The booklet shows how you can start a relationship with God through believing in His Son, Jesus Christ. The area behind Lamb used to be a popular public park. >> Are you able to trust Jesus in all circumstances? Know Him today.
As Michigan residents clean out their damp belongings, chaplains help locals go through the emotional process. “We’re here to bring the hope that’s within us to the community as we speak to those who are available to us,” said chaplain coordinator Rand Bowman, a native Michigander from Kalamazoo. Please keep both Michigan and Texas residents in your prayers.