Chaplains Ministering in Iowa After Historic Flooding

By   •   July 2, 2024

A chaplain with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team prays with a resident in Spencer, Iowa.

Residents across northwestern Iowa are dealing with the aftermath of historic flooding that destroyed nearly 2,000 properties.

In the small town of Spencer, high waters killed one person and damaged or destroyed 40% of the city’s homes. Hundreds of residents were evacuated, and more than 380 people had to be rescued.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplains are in Spencer to offer the hope found only in Jesus Christ.

“The devastation caused by these floods in northwest Iowa is truly heartbreaking,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “The impact on lives and homes is profound, and the coming days will undoubtedly be challenging.”

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued disaster proclamations for 32 counties across the state, many of which saw record-high rivers.

BG-RRT is coming alongside disaster relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, which is assisting residents with gutting out damaged homes and making home repairs.

“We want the people of Iowa to know that God’s love and comfort are steadfast,” said Holland. “Our crisis-trained chaplains will be there as long as needed, offering emotional and spiritual support, standing alongside the community as the water levels recede and rebuilding begins.”

Please pray for residents of the region and all those who are responding in the aftermath of the floods.