Billy Graham Chaplains Ministering in Texas After Fatal Flooding

By   •   September 21, 2019

Fred Stewart, left, is helped to high ground by Splendora Police officer Mike Jones after he was rescued from his flooded neighborhood as rains from Tropical Depression Imelda inundated the area in Splendora, Texas. (Associated Press/Brett Coomer)

At least five deaths have been linked to Tropical Depression Imelda, which poured 40-some inches of rain in parts of the Lone Star State.

Now that floodwaters are receding, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) chaplains are deploying to Vidor and Winnie, Texas, alongside Samaritan’s Purse to offer emotional and spiritual care to the communities. Chaplains will be on hand to listen, talk and pray with community members as they begin the healing and recovery process. The RRT’s Mobile Ministry Centers arrived to both locations on Sunday.

“The damage caused by this amount of rainfall in such a short period of time is devastating,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Rapid Response Team. “As we pray for the many families who have lost their homes, possessions and dreams, they are suffering more than we can imagine. Our RRT chaplains will work alongside Samaritan’s Purse and local churches to offer God’s hope, help and support in this very difficult time.”

Imelda has been ranked as one of the top 10 wettest cyclones in U.S. history, but it wasn’t predicted to be that intense at first. Weather officials weren’t convinced the depression would strengthen into a tropical storm even two days before it made landfall. The storm’s high-paced intensity didn’t surprise just the meteorologists. Hundreds of Texans stranded their vehicles on the freeways and the George Bush Intercontinental Airport was briefly closed during the onslaught.

Various areas, including parts of Vidor and Winnie, were more impacted by Imelda than Hurricane Harvey—a Category 4 storm that swamped Texas and killed dozens in 2017. Billy Graham chaplains deployed at the time of the hurricane and remain in Rockport and Pearland as Samaritan’s Purse continues to rebuild homes after the storm.

Please join us in praying for the people of Vidor and Winnie, and the surrounding area as they start the rebuilding process.

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