Photos: Rapid Response Team Chaplains Instill Hope After N.C. Floods

By Ron Nickel   •   October 15, 2016

RRT chaplains circled up, holding hands with flood victims, praying
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team prays with flood victims in Pinetops, North Carolina, Friday after torrential rain from Hurricane Matthew flooded a large part of central and eastern sections of the Tar Heel state.
Speed limit sign with orange mark showing water line
The orange mark on this sign shows how high the water reached in Pinetops, N.C., after the Tar River crested. The Coast Guard rescued eight people from rooftops in this hard-hit town.
Household items, furniture, clothing on grass outside flooded house
Much of what's inside a flooded home, including precious photos, ends up on the outside to either dry out or throw away.
Billy Graham RRT Chaplain praying with woman (flood victim); men cleaning out underneath mobile home
Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplain María Colón-Rivera prays with flood victim Elsa Oviedo, who prayed to receive Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Crisis-trained chaplains are working alongside sister ministry Samaritan’s Purse to help meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people who are suffering.
Two National Guard members stand beside Humvee
The North Carolina National Guard protects neighborhoods after looting reportedly occurred in flood victims' homes.
Billy Graham Chaplains, woman with hands covering her face
Billy Graham RRT chaplains offer a listening ear to anyone who wants to talk.
Chaplain, woman, man outside RRT's Mobile Ministry Command Center truck. Chaplain shaking man's hand
Chaplain Rick Carter visits with Pinetops residents. Chaplain coordinator Strib Boynton says the chaplains "look [suffering people] in the eye. We try to be the eyes and ears of Christ."
Chaplain hands stuffed animal (dog) to flood victim for her daughter
Chaplain Daniel Almarode ministers to the entire family by offering Elsa Oviedo a stuffed animal to comfort her young daughter.
An "X" spray-painted on the door of a home to let first responders know everybody is out safe.
Flood waters often claim a homeowner's basic necessities, too. Chaplains present a box of basic toiletry supplies to a homeowner.

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  1. Holly Nicholson says:

    I’m so thrilled that so many people are helping the flood victims! All I can do is pray, because I’m a low-income person myself. Take Care everyone. Blessings,Holly

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