Chaplains Ministering at Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital

By   •   January 8, 2021

Crisis-trained Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplains are offering care at a Samaritan's Purse field hospital that opened January 7 in Lenoir, North Carolina. The COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed the region's medical infrastructure, and hospitals are over capacity.
BG-RRT chaplains praying with Samaritan's Purse medical staff
This 30-bed Emergency Field Hospital is a needed help as health care systems continue the fight against coronavirus.
Men moving hospital bed
The Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital, specialized as a respiratory care unit, is helping relieve the burden from five local health care systems.
BG-RRT chaplains praying and holding edge of bed footboard
BG-RRT chaplains are working alongside Samaritan's Purse to share the hope of Jesus Christ. Here, chaplains pray over the beds that will hold patients in need. With a total of 47 deployments in 2020, this is the first new deployment in 2021 for the BG-RRT.
Will Graham and others inside Emergency Field Hospital
On January 6, Will Graham and Edward Graham visited the Emergency Field Hospital to encourage the team serving. Will Graham asked supporters to join him in praying "as the two ministries meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patients."
Medical staff adjusting face shield
"Our medical team is going to help provide professional, compassionate, and quality care to every patient who is sent to us," said Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse.
People holding up signs of support for medical staff
There's been an outpouring of support for Samaritan's Purse and BG-RRT chaplains as they do important work in vital times. "As the virus is spiking at the beginning of 2021, we consider it a privilege to offer the same support in our ministries’ home state of North Carolina,” said Josh Holland, assistant director of the BG-RRT. “We pray that the Lord will use our chaplains to share the love of the Lord Jesus Christ in this area where the virus is impacting so many families.”
Edward Graham talking to BG-RRT chaplain
Edward Graham talks with BG-RRT chaplains during a visit to the Emergency Field Hospital.
Wideshot of Emergency Field Hospital
Aside from this deployment, chaplains continue to serve in Lake Charles and DeQuincy, Louisiana, as well as Foley, Alabama, where they have been deployed since the rough hurricane season last fall.
Aerial view of Emergency Field Hospital
Please join in praying for all who will be helped at this Emergency Field Hospital. Also pray for safety and protection over the medical staff as they treat patients and BG-RRT chaplains as they minister to those in need.