Chaplains Deliver Desperately Needed Hope to Southeast Texas

By   •   August 30, 2017

Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team arrived in Texas not long after Hurricane Harvey hit. Chaplains are now ministering in Victoria, Dallas, Houston and Rockport, Texas, with more sites to be added.
Franklin Graham praying with chaplain
Franklin Graham visited some of the hardest-hit areas of Texas on Thursday. He paused to pray with a Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain who has been ministering to residents.
Vice President Mike Pence joined Franklin Graham at a work site in Texas on Thursday. Pence rolled up his sleeves to help locals affected by Hurricane Harvey. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains and Samaritan's Purse volunteers are ministering to residents there in the wake of the deadly disaster.
Woman sitting on porch as two chaplains listen
A chaplain's job is to listen and comfort people with God's love in times of tragedy. As of Aug. 30, there were 27 Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains deployed across three sites. The number of deployment sites is expected to double in the coming days.
While chaplains help residents work through varying emotions and questions, Samaritan's Purse volunteers are there to assist in cleanup and repair.
During his visit to Rockport, Texas, Franklin Graham addressed a crowd outside a damaged church. "We need Christian men and women willing to come to south Texas to help us. There’s so much need down here," he said.
Chaplains with Samaritan's Purse volunteers at a home
Chaplains are delivering emotional and spiritual care alongside Samaritan's Purse volunteers in Victoria, which is located between Corpus Christi and Houston. Help send chaplains into disaster zones to offer hope in crisis.
Franklin Graham spent time with Texas residents and the chaplains who have been ministering to them.
Woman sits on sofa, listening to chaplain
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team shares the hope of Christ during times of crisis. “We see this as an opportunity to demonstrate God’s love and care for people, for them to know that God hasn’t forgotten them,” said Jack Munday, international director of the RRT.
Mike Pence hugging woman
Vice President Mike Pence, along with his wife and second lady Karen Pence, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, visited families impacted by the disaster.
Gov. Abbott also signed a proclamation declaring Sunday (Sept. 3) a day of prayer in Texas. “As we gather today here at this church, it’s important that we remember that the greatest power that exists is the power of God and the way that God can touch and move all of our lives,” he said.
Emergency personnel carry young boys from boat through floodwaters
Flood rescues after Harvey have been intense and ongoing as floodwaters recede.
People being helped out of boat and through floodwaters
An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 homes have been destroyed in the Houston area alone.
Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain David Barlow shares a smile with firefighters in Victoria. Often, first responders are deeply affected by the work they're called to do in times of crisis. Continue to pray for these men and women on duty across Texas.
With Samaritan's Purse volunteers working in the background, chaplains take a moment to pray with a homeowner affected by Harvey in Victoria, Texas.
Military vehicle driving down street with evacuees on the open-air back
A week after Hurricane Harvey crashed into Texas, more than 1 million residents are displaced.
People in boats on flooded streets; rescuers
Police and emergency personnel are working around the clock to rescue flood victims. Large pockets of land are still underwater across the state.
Billy Graham chaplain reading Bible with young boy
A 9-year-old reads from the Bible as a chaplain listens inside a home. Officials say thousands of people are still stranded in their flooded homes and officials are asking residents to be patient as they wait to be rescued.
Chaplains hold hands and pray with family members
Chaplains circle up to pray while visiting the home of residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Family prays with chaplains outside Dallas' convention center
Though they've been displaced twice from hurricanes, this family remained joyful in the hope of Christ. "But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you." —Psalm 5:11, ESV
Chaplain shows man Steps to Peace
Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, has set a record for total rainfall from a single tropical cyclone in the continental United States, according to the National Weather Service. Two weather stations in the Lone Star State have reported total rainfall over 48 inches.
People carrying their belongings from boats to higher ground
On Wednesday, the tropical storm continued to pound the Gulf Coast with torrential rains, flooding and strong winds. The full force of the storm's impact has begun shifting to western Louisiana.
Chaplain Mike Mattingly prays for man; another chaplain in background praying
Rapid Response Team chaplain Mike Mattingly comforts and prays for Felix Cavazos, a victim of Hurricane Harvey.
Chaplain shakes hand of little girl
Hundreds of chaplains are standing by to deploy in multiple sites across Texas. Will you keep the people of Texas in your prayers?

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  1. Diana Hetrick says:

    We are so glad to see people being helped. We will continue to pray for our neighbors that got hit by the hurricane. God will supply their needs. My husband donated to our church to your fellowship. Be blessed. The Hetricks

  2. Barasa Lasto says:

    May the good Lord reward the Graham ministry (chaplains) for their selfless service. And may God comfort the affected people in Jesus’ Name. Amen

  3. SARVIA DUNNE says:

    I thank God for Samaritan’s Purse and we pray for the people in Texas and Florida. We also pray for Rev. Billy Graham and Franklin Graham.

  4. Susan Tischler says:

    My friends and I have a prayer chain going for all those affected by the hurricanes in Houston and Florida. I know God can be glorified in this. We can come together as brothers and sisters in the Name of Jesus Christ. Together we will rebuild our homes and lives again, stronger than before!

  5. patricia brown says:

    Father Franklin, may the Lord Almighty bless you and your team. This is what the Lord requires from us, His children. May you receive your crown in good faith. Thank you for the hard work. Remain blessed.
    Mrs. Brown.

  6. Lois Kompelien says:

    PTL for the Rapid Response Team of people. People’s hearts are reached as well as physical help. In His Grace alone, Lois Kompelien

  7. Dorothy Green says:

    May each word be a blessing to others.

  8. Dan and Debbie says:

    Praise the Lord for the team of the BGEA and the RRT. We had the privilege of praying at the Billy Graham library for the Natl. Day of Prayer in May, and prayed with Mike M. What a godly man of God and an example he is as he lets his light shine. Praying for you, Mike, and the team in Texas. Psalm 91:1

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