Chaplains Serving After ‘Heartbreaking Devastation’ in Vermont

By   •   July 15, 2023

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplains pray with a man in Barre, Vt., where severe flooding devastated the community last week.

In the aftermath of historic flooding in the Northeast, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains deployed to Barre, Vermont, to offer comfort and the hope of Christ to the community.

Last week, two months’ worth of rain fell in the region in less than 48 hours. Rivers and streams swelled, causing water to rush into homes and businesses.

One Barre man drowned in his home, and thousands of others across the state are homeless.

“What heartbreaking devastation we are seeing in Barre, Vermont,” said Josh Holland, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT).

“No one is exempt from the storms of life and none of us wants to go through a storm. But we want to encourage and remind residents that when the storms of life come, Jesus Christ is our anchor and strength.

“It’s through these difficulties that God can bring us closer to Him.”

A team of six chaplains are ministering alongside Samaritan’s Purse to pray with, comfort, listen and share God’s love with those who have been impacted by this storm.

Barre is located seven miles south of Montpelier, the state’s capital. This is the worst flooding Vermont has seen in nearly 100 years.

BG-RRT chaplains also recently deployed to Highland Falls, New York, a community also overwhelmed by the catastrophic flooding.

Will you pray for the residents and business owners in Vermont, New York, and other areas whose lives were upended by this storm?