Charlotte, N.C., June 4, 2017 — Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are responding to London, England, following last night’s terror attack at multiple sites around the city just days after the bombing attack in Manchester jarred the country.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team immediately began to monitor and plan for a response following news of attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market. Crisis-trained chaplains from the United Kingdom arrived Sunday to assess how best to offer emotional and spiritual care to those affected. Additional chaplains from Canada and the United States are on standby for additional support.
“Our chaplains are arriving on the scene now to come alongside the community as it deals with this tragedy,” said John Galvin, assistant director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team and Specialized Ministries. “Attacks like this stir up all kinds of emotions. Sadness, grief, fear—even anger. People can pray for all those injured in the attack, the loved ones of those killed and the first responders who have to deal with the aftermath.”
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, used his Facebook page to ask for prayer following the attack. “Stabbings, shootings, and death by vehicle—tragic and unnecessary loss of life. Be in prayer for the victims and the family members of those killed. Also pray for emergency responders and the law-enforcement involved.”
This marks the eighth terror-related deployment to Europe in recent years. The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team previously dispatched chaplains to Paris, France (2015); Brussels, Belgium; Nice, France; Munich and Berlin, Germany (2016); and London and Manchester, England (2017).
For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visitwww.billygraham.org/rrt. Updates can also be found atwww.facebook.com/RRTChaplains.
About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into a nationwide network of chaplains in 48 states who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to approximately 250 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.