Photos from Ferguson: ‘In the Darkest of Nights There is Hope’

By   •   December 8, 2014

mobile command unit
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team sent crisis-trained chaplains to Ferguson, Missouri on Nov. 26, following rioting and unrest that peaked when a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
praying in mobile command unit
Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains pray with Michael Brown's uncle, Charles Ewing, inside the RRT's mobile command unit, which is parked in the heart of Ferguson.
A dumpster in Ferguson bears evidence of unrest in the St. Louis suburb.
signs of hope
Signs of hope can be found throughout the city, which has been the focus of media attention since August.
Keep Calm and Pray On
The crisis-trained Rapid Response Team chaplains have prayed with hundreds of people in Ferguson, including law enforcement officers, pastors, gang members and relatives of Michael Brown.
boarded up windows
In the area of Ferguson where protests and sometimes riots have taken place, the vast majority of business owners have boarded up their windows. Some covered them up because the glass was shattered; others are taking preventive measures, worried that chaos could erupt again.
Michael Brown memorial
One of several memorials dedicated to 18-year-old Michael Brown
memorial close up
A closer look at one of the memorials for Michael Brown
Rapid Response Team chaplains pray with Pastor Carlton Lee, whose church was gutted by an arson fire. Pastor Lee is the Michael Brown family's pastor, and he developed a special relationship with a Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain when the two sat next to each other on a flight from Charlotte, NC to St. Louis.
Someone placed this wooden cross against a tree near some Ferguson apartments.
United We Stand sign
A sign calls for unity in divided Ferguson.
Jeff Naber praying
Rapid Response Team chaplain Jeff Naber, a veteran North Carolina law enforcement officer, prays with members of the Ferguson community.
street art
Street art like this can be found all over the Ferguson community, promoting peace, unity and true understanding among the people of Ferguson and beyond.
Most of the boarded-up doors and windows of Ferguson have been covered with art.