BGEA Rapid Response Team Deploys to Texas and Oklahoma

By   •   May 16, 2013

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Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team have deployed to communities in Texas and Oklahoma, following a series of tornadoes that damaged hundreds of homes and resulted in numerous injuries and deaths.

Chaplains will be offering emotional and spiritual support in and around Granbury, Texas and the communities of Chandler and Moore in Oklahoma.

“It’s always so difficult for survivors to comprehend the tragedy of a tornado, because everything happens so fast,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “You wake up in the morning with all of your plans before you, and by the time you go to bed at night your entire world has changed and everything you once knew has been destroyed. Please pray for those who lost everything in this series of tornadoes, and especially for the loved ones of the victims.”

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is deploying in coordination with Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, who is also president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Together the two ministries will seek to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those impacted by the storms.

These are the third and fourth tornado responses undertaken by the team in 2013, following efforts in Petal, Miss., and Shuqualak, Miss. The team also deployed to West, Texas, following the fertilizer plant explosion in April.

About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team: The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is a nationwide network of Christian chaplains across 48 states that are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. Since the ministry was launched in 2002, it has responded to more than 155 natural and man-made disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and shootings. For more information on the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, visit For videos, photos and news articles from recent Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deployments, visit Ministry updates and photo galleries are posted at

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  1. Adegbenga. says:

    He giveth more grace when the burden is so greater,he sendeth more strength when the labour seems big,to every affliction he added His a multiplied trial,his multiplied peace.He is our peace in the midst of all life's situations.

  2. Susie says:

    I gave my life to Jesus in New Orleans in the 50's at a Billy Graham Crusade and He still controls it. I believe that God is trying to get our attention with all the disasters that we are havin around the world. We should wake up, folks and listen

  3. Sandra says:

    God is the present help in time of trouble! Thank you for being used of Him to fulfill His word. Be most blessed.

  4. Julie says:

    I pray that those who suffer from this big storm may godd heal their wounds thru his precious words.weeping remains for the nite but joy cometh in the morning..

  5. verl says:

    Jesus told us that in this world we woul have trouble. But, He said that He has overcome the world, and we can also. Bless you.

  6. Rick says:

    We thank God for the ministry of the Rapid Response Team and their work in bringing the gospel of hope and peace to hurting people who have experienced disaster's in the their. We will continue to pray for the chaplains, the people in need and BGEA.

  7. Frankie says:

    GOD bless you and your ministry.

  8. TOMMIE says:

    Remember that God's love for us was settled years ago on that cross at Calvary. He has not left us nor will he ever but He can use any and all circumstances to help us reach out to a lost and dying world. The time is short.

  9. Stephen says:

    BGEA Rapid Response Team Deploys to Texas Tornado SiteBGEA Rapid Response Team Deploys to Texas Tornado Site*Thank you for the help you give to the people in need. May Jesus fill you with the compassion of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

  10. Sydney says:

    God gave us this beautiful earth and WE are the ones Digging it up to build on and testing Bombs underneath it causing it to shift and change the weather -we move huge bodies of water to where WE decide we want it -cut down all the trees etc -we