Chaplains Deploy to Northern Oklahoma After Latest String of Tornadoes

By   •   May 8, 2024

Just over a week ago, crisis-trained chaplains deployed to various parts of the Midwest following a series of tornadoes. Chaplains are now en route to northern Oklahoma after more destructive twisters.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplains are deploying to the communities of Bartlesville and Barnsdall, Oklahoma, after multiple tornadoes tore through a 37-mile area.

One person died and another is missing, according to news reports. Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed in Osage County, north of Tulsa.

This is the second time in just over a month that a tornado damaged homes in Barnsdall.

“We’ve seen an unbelievable outbreak of tornadoes across the Midwest over the last few weeks—with 58 having been reported in Oklahoma alone,” said Josh Holland, international director of BG-RRT.

“Those who have survived these storms are not alone,” he said. “Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are heading to Osage County to provide emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the destruction … and to share a message of hope with them.”

The BG-RRT’s Mobile Ministry Center is on the way to the devastated community and will provide a quiet space for people to talk and pray with chaplains about their experiences—and an opportunity to hear about the hope of Jesus Christ.

Chaplains are also ministering to the tornado-ravaged communities of Sulphur, Oklahoma; Elkhorn, Nebraska; Minden, Iowa; and Slidell, Louisiana.

Pray for the safety of all those in the path of tornadoes and for chaplains as they share the love of Christ with those impacted by recent storms.