“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” —Hebrews 4:16
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) is offering the love of Christ in Charlotte, North Carolina, after several days of protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Sunday afternoon, more than 50 church groups came together in First Ward Park uptown to pray for the Queen City. The calm gathering was a stark contrast to the previous night when demonstrators threw items at law enforcement officers, and officers used tear gas to disperse the crowd. Property was damaged and businesses looted Saturday, just hours after Charlotte officials declared a state of emergency.
At least a few people were injured over the weekend in protests, including police officers. Some demonstrators were arrested on varying charges from assault to illegally possessing a gun. Others gathered have insisted the protests remain nonviolent.
A dozen Billy Graham chaplains will be wherever needed most on Charlotte streets to offer prayer and help share the light of Christ during a dark time for the nation. While the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the ministry first called Minneapolis home for over 50 years. Since Thursday, another team of chaplains has been have been ministering there in Minnesota—where Floyd died while in police custody.
“Our nation is in trouble and we need to turn to Christ,” Franklin Graham shared in a Facebook post.
The Rapid Response Team has deployed to numerous communities with racial tension, including Ferguson, Missouri; Madison, Wisconsin; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland, during civil unrest.