Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplains ministered in Indianapolis, Indiana, for several days after a gunman killed eight people and wounded multiple others on April 15.
Right after the incident, police officers arriving to the FedEx warehouse called it “a very chaotic scene, with victims and witnesses running everywhere.” News reports say the 19-year-old shooter took his own life afterward.
On Friday, Franklin Graham posted on Facebook asking for prayer.
Pray for the families of those killed last night in a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. Also lift up the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and first responders in prayer.
The Rapid Response Team’s Mobile Ministry Center parked across from the warehouse to offer a quiet place for employees, police officers and others to talk with chaplains.
“As we learned of another senseless act of violence that took so many lives, our hearts are broken for all of those who lost friends, family members and co-workers,” said Josh Holland, BG-RRT’s assistant director.
Eight crisis-trained chaplains provided a ministry of presence and offered hope to those grieving. They attended prayer vigils, and had the opportunity to minister to family members of those who died in the shooting. The chaplains also offered comfort to several of the police officers who reported to the attack.
In all tragedies, emotional and spiritual care is very needed. Holland emphasized the importance of supporting those who lost loved ones in the Indianapolis shooting, an unimaginably hard loss, and for those whose family members were wounded.
“In the midst of their pain, we want them to know that God still loves them and cares about them.”
Please keep the Indianapolis community, family members and law enforcement officers in your prayers.