Chaplains Minister in Missouri as Residents Clean Up After Deadly Storms

By   •   May 27, 2019

Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) are in Jefferson City, Missouri, after deadly storms struck the area late last Wednesday, May 22, killing three people.
The outbreak of storms led to tornadoes that ripped through homes, flattened trees and tossed around cars.
Residents in Jefferson City had only around a 30-minute warning before one massive tornado hit with peak winds of 160 mph. Though the damage was severe, residents like this man are grateful to be alive.
Prayer is more powerful than any storm.
"How are you holding up?" Chaplains often ask homeowners this phrase to see how they're recovering after the storm.
Before heading out for the day, chaplains meet to assess where the greatest needs are in the community. Here, chaplains huddle for prayer in front of the Mobile Ministry Center that's available for residents to stop by and speak with someone.
When facing mass destruction, it can be easy to get caught up in taking care of what's left of one's damaged home or shredded belongings. Chaplains offer emotional and spiritual care to tattered hearts.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." —John 14:27
The Rapid Response Team is working alongside Samaritan's Purse. Together the two ministries will help address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those affected.
“We want to let people know that even in their darkest times that God loves them,” RRT Assistant Director Josh Holland said. “Pray for God’s comfort and peace during the days ahead, and for resources to be provided as many people have lost everything.”
Wednesday's storms hit almost exactly three years after Franklin Graham visited Jefferson City, Missouri, during his 50-state Decision America Tour. "These storms have caused massive damage, and many people have lost everything. They desperately need your prayers," Graham said in a recent email to supporters.
In times of unexpected crisis like this, many people find themselves in need of a listening ear. RRT chaplains are specially trained to provide emotional and spiritual care.
In addition to Jefferson City, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is continuing to monitor other areas affected by last week's storms in case other opportunities arise to serve communities in crisis. Thank you for your continued prayers.