Ministering in the Aftermath of Alabama and Georgia’s Deadly Tornadoes

By   •   January 17, 2023

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) recently deployed to Selma, Ala., and Griffin, Ga. (pictured here), after multiple tornadoes ripped through the South on Jan. 12. Nine people died due to the storm system.
“We can’t even begin to imagine the shock and heartache the people in Selma, Ala., are going through right now,” said Josh Holland (not pictured), international director of the BG-RRT. “We want residents to know we are praying for them and we care. That’s why we are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to pray with, listen, and share God’s love with those who have been impacted by this storm.”
"How are you holding up?" is the question Billy Graham chaplains often ask to start conversation with locals.
The National Weather Service said suspected tornado damage was reported in at least 14 counties in Alabama. Power crews worked hard to restore power in Selma.
Blue-shirted Billy Graham chaplains are expected to be in Selma for around three weeks to comfort and pray with residents of the devastated community.
Even pouring down rain can't stop prayer.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team's Mobile Ministry Center is set up in downtown Selma, Ala., for locals to have a safe space for conversation with chaplains.
The powerful storm ripped off roofs, broke windows, and wiped out treasured keepsakes.
The Mobile Ministry Center provides a warm, dry shelter from the rain, giving a BG-RRT chaplain the opportunity to hear a resident's story.
Chaplains pause to talk and pray with law enforcement officers, who have been on the front lines serving the Griffin community.
Just as these Billy Graham chaplains stopped to pray with this driver, will you say a prayer for the city of Selma, and all communities affected by this natural disaster?