Chaplains Minister as Louisiana Residents Pick Up Pieces After Delta

By   •   October 10, 2020

Hurricane Delta made landfall as a Category 2 near Creole, Louisiana, on Friday evening. Though the storm quickly weakened, tens of thousands were left without power, and heavy rain and wind continued through the weekend as the storm headed north. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains in Louisiana are helping those affected, alongside Samaritan's Purse.
Delta brought high winds and heavy rain to an area already recovering from Hurricane Laura in August. In less than 12 hours, the stormed dumped nearly a foot and a half of rain on southwestern Louisiana. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Crisis-trained chaplains are offering emotional and spiritual care in communities as neighbors band together and pick up the pieces.
Part of the chaplains' role right after storms hit often includes helping Samaritan's Purse take work orders. This enables the community to get help with their cleanup needs while offering the care of a chaplain.
Billy Graham chaplains talk with a local who received roof damage amid the catastrophic storm.
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." —Hebrews 10:23
The Rapid Response Team already had three active deployment sites in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura. These sites in Lake Charles, DeQuincy and DeRidder will remain active in response to Delta, as well as another site reopening in the city of Jennings.
It seems like nearly every home and building has sustained some kind of damage in the Lake Charles area (pictured here) between the two storms.
Delta is the 10th named storm to make landfall in the U.S. this year during a hurricane season so busy, forecasters had to start using Greek letters to name storms. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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The two ministries—the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team and Samaritan's Purse—have been working together for six weeks since Hurricane Laura hit these communities. They'll continue to partner with one another in the days ahead.
Since Hurricane Laura, chaplains have lifted up more than 6,100 prayers with residents. Here, they walk past the Mobile Ministry Center, which is often used as a place for prayer or respite for locals.
Sometimes an encouraging word or conversation can mean so much when your world has fallen apart.
Please join in praying for those affected by this storm and chaplains who will minister in this time of need. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbrt)