Chaplains Ministering in the Aftermath of Hurricane Beryl

By   •   July 10, 2024

Chaplains listen as a Texas resident shares about Hurricane Beryl, which left a path of destruction from the Caribbean island of Grenada to the southern U.S.

After Hurricane Beryl left a deadly trail from the Caribbean to Texas, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed to Brazoria County, Texas, and the city of Carriacou, Grenada, to provide emotional and spiritual support.

The storm is responsible for at least 21 deaths across the Caribbean, Texas, and Louisiana.

Powering across the Atlantic, Beryl strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane, becoming the earliest one on record.

“To see a Category 5 hurricane form so early in the year is startling,” said Josh Holland, international director of BG-RRT.

Beryl’s intense wind and rain slammed Carriacou last week—knocking out cell towers, leaving roads impassable, and destroying approximately 95% of homes and businesses.

The storm barreled through the open sea after brushing Jamaica and then pummeled Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula before coming ashore on Texas’ Gulf Coast.

Beryl made landfall in the U.S. early Monday as a Category 1 hurricane. Heavy wind and rain downed trees and power lines and left drivers stranded on flooded highways.

Nearly 2 million people are still without power as temperatures soar into the 90s.

For many in Houston and surrounding areas, the hurricane was disheartening following May storms that killed eight people and left nearly 1 million without power.

“Our hearts go out to those in this area that are facing recovery from the hurricane in the midst of a massive heat wave, after many in the area faced flooding just a few weeks ago,” said Holland.

“The people of Grenada, Texas, and all the other impacted areas are not alone.

“The Rapid Response Team chaplains will be there to pray with and listen to the those experiencing loss in the coming days,” Holland continued, “and let them know that God’s love and the hope found through Jesus Christ is always with them.”

Please pray for suffering families and individuals as they try to pick up the pieces—and for BG-RRT chaplains as they minister in the region.