TN Homeowners Comforted by Chaplains, Graham Family

By Earl Davidson and David Morrison   •   March 7, 2020

Will Graham met with Tennessee residents at an apartment complex that was condemned after recent tornadoes. Here, he prays with India Christian, a resident who prayed to receive Christ while with Billy Graham chaplains. Watch a video of her story.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team and Samaritan's Purse have been working hand-in-hand to help those who are facing detrimental loss in three ways: emotionally, physically and spiritually. The storm system, which spawned six tornadoes throughout Central Tennessee, left 25 people dead and dozens injured.
Will Graham huddles with chaplains to pray over ministry happening on the ground.
Chaplains and Samaritan's Purse volunteers have been ministering in Nashville, Mt. Juliet and Cookeville. This is just a glimpse of the damage in Cookeville, which sustained the most deaths from the storm at 18 lives lost.
Will Graham's brother, Edward (right), who serves as assistant to the vice president of Operation Christmas Child for Samaritan’s Purse, was there along with the Grahams' ministry friend and musician Michael W. Smith (left). Here, they meet with a local resident.
Some police officers sustained damage to their own homes but put on their uniforms to serve the public and others in need during this time. Here's part of one officer's story.
During Will Graham's first-ever deployment, he was joined by his daughter, C.J. (standing across from him), who's a freshman at nearby Lipscomb University.
Many Tennessee residents lost everything this past week.
Michael W. Smith has played in Billy Graham's Crusades and Franklin Graham's Festivals. On Friday, the Nashville-based musician spent time talking with homeowners and hearing their stories.
Prayer not only has the ability to bring comfort and clarity, but is our direct line to talk to God in times of need.
Taking in the devastation, the two brothers walked solemnly through the neighborhood. Unprecedented storms have upheaved so many people's lives. Please continue to be in prayer for all affected by these storms. Give to help tornado victims.
Quick to offer a helping hand, Will Graham greeted homeowners warmly before helping them carry their belongings out of the devastated neighborhood.
Pray for those who came home to scenes like this after the storm.
Will Graham also took time with several law enforcement officers. "Lord, I pray You watch over and protect them. Lord, they're in one of the toughest jobs, one of the most underappreciated jobs there is." He invited them to attend a special retreat offered to law enforcement officers at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.
Although Will Graham usually ministers onstage, teaching Bible classes at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove and holding worldwide evangelistic Celebrations, he was able to serve the kingdom of God in a different way on Friday. He ministered alongside his brother, Edward Graham (left), by helping hurting Tennessee homeowners.
Chaplains Gena Small (left) and Gwen Word (right) are just two of 25 Billy Graham chaplains ministering across three Tennessee towns. They bring a presence of calm in the midst of a chaotic time for homeowners.
Will Graham walks past a home reduced to rubble. Thank you for keeping homeowners in prayer.