Chaplains Comfort Hawaiian Community After Ruinous Volcanic Eruptions

By   •   May 18, 2018

The Kilauea Volcano, which began showing activity in early May, is still releasing lava and plumes of ash. Officials have said some vents formed by the volcano are releasing dangerously high levels of sulfur dioxide that pose a risk for anyone nearby. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP on May 16)
Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are ministering to people displaced by the recent volcanic eruptions in Pahoa, Hawaii. Chaplain Dianne Krylo stands and prays with a local woman as lava covers her land.
Samaritan's Purse has supplied more than 2,000 respirators to people now living in shelters, while chaplains offer emotional and spiritual care to evacuees.
Chaplain Pam Rhodes prays with a woman staying at a shelter after hearing her story.
"The impact of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano is huge," Franklin Graham tweeted Thursday. "This eruption could last a long time. Please remember the people who live on (Hawaii's) Big Island. We're grateful to God that no lives have been lost."
Chaplain Kevin Krylo encourages and prays with a new Christian outside a shelter during the recent volcanic eruptions.
Chaplains Phil and Pam Rhodes share the message of God's love with locals on Hawaii's Big Island.
The Bible, in Romans 12:15, instructs us to "weep with those who weep." Chaplain Dianne Krylo listens intently as one displaced woman shares her story.
Encouraging the local church is also at the heart of the Rapid Response Team's ministry. Chaplains Dianne and Kevin Krylo pray with a local pastor whose congregation had set up a feeding and prayer station outside the community shelter in Pahoa.
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up" (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

Would you please keep this community and our Rapid Response Team in your prayers?