After Deadly Tornadoes, Chaplains Deploy to Texas

By   •   June 17, 2023

Billy Graham chaplains have deployed to Perryton, Texas, to offer God’s comfort in the aftermath of disaster, following an EF-3 tornado that killed three people, plus left many homes and businesses damaged. Here, a chaplain prays with a family after each received a Billy Graham Training Center Bible.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) is ministering in Perryton, Texas, after a severe storm system swept through the South Thursday night, producing deadly and destructive tornadoes.

According to news reports, at least three people were killed, including an 11-year-old boy, after an EF–3 tornado tore through this Texas panhandle city. Dozens were injured.

Nearly 200 homes were damaged or destroyed by the twister, which news reports say touched down for about 11 minutes and traveled more than six miles. In residential areas, high winds slammed pickup trucks against mounds of rubble.

A Perryton resident receives a hug from a Billy Graham chaplain.

“The amount of devastation we are seeing in Perryton, Texas, is heartbreaking,” said said Josh Holland, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and whose homes have been destroyed.

“We are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to pray with, listen, and share God’s love with those who have been impacted by these devastating tornadoes.”

Chaplains are serving alongside Samaritan’s Purse to offer spiritual, emotional, and physical help with their homes.

“We want to make sure residents know they are not alone and not forgotten,” said Holland. “In the midst of the storm, there is hope—and that hope is only found in Jesus Christ.”

Please keep all those impacted by the storm in your prayers.