Teams of Chaplains Deployed to 5 States Pummeled by Storms

By Brett Coomer, Thomas Petrino, Matthew Ray and Billy Weeks   •   April 18, 2020

Residents across South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas are recovering from devastating storms that swept through the South over the last few weeks. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) chaplains have been offering emotional and spiritual care in each of those states, where a total of more than 40 people were killed.
Seneca, South Carolina: Tornadoes, hail, high winds and flash floods left hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed.
Laurel, Mississippi: Billy Graham chaplains maintain a safe distance from homeowners in line with CDC guidelines. But their ministry of presence reminds residents that they’re not alone.
Monroe, Louisiana: In the midst of destruction, many homeowners are placing their hope in Jesus Christ. Here, a chaplain and Samaritan's Purse volunteer hand a Bible to a local.
Onalaska, Texas: At least three people died and more than 20 were injured when a tornado ripped through this city's neighborhoods, located about 75 miles north of Houston. Here, a man sifts through the rubble searching for his wallet after a twister destroyed his home.
Laurel, Mississippi: Since the chaplains can't safely give residents hugs, chaplain Sandra York crosses her arms over her chest to show her love to one resident.
Monroe, Louisiana: Stay-at-home orders for COVID-19 take on new meaning for those who no longer have a livable place to stay.
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Each day, Billy Graham chaplains and Samaritan’s Purse volunteers dedicate their efforts to the Lord—knowing He is the One who works in the hearts of those they serve.
Monroe, Louisiana: Downed trees are a large part of the storms' destruction.
Here, chaplains Palmer Pisle and Gordon Price talk to a Tennessee man needing a tarp to cover his roof. Just having someone to talk to can give devastated residents a little hope.
The RRT’s Mobile Ministry Centers are stationed in Louisiana and Tennessee.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” —John 14:27
This could be your neighborhood. As you shelter in the comfort of your own home, please pray for those who no longer have that luxury.