Chaplains Responding to Deadly School Shooting in Santa Fe, Texas

By   •   May 18, 2018

A Santa Fe High School student is comforted by her mother following Friday morning's school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. A team of crisis-trained Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains is offering emotional and spiritual care to the community.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has sent crisis-trained chaplains to the small town of Santa Fe, Texas, in response to a Friday morning school shooting that has devastated the community. Authorities reported 10 deaths as of Friday afternoon and several more injured.

“I think of just intense grief and suffering,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Rapid Response Team. “Our heart goes out to those who have been affected—the families, the students, law enforcement, the entire community. This could be one of the most difficult times in their life. We’re praying for those who are injured and certainly for the families that have lost loved ones.”

A team of eight chaplains has deployed to Santa Fe after being invited by several local churches. Four of the chaplains live in Texas, including a couple that was only about a half hour from Santa Fe when the shooting happened.

This is the third fatal school shooting the Rapid Response Team has deployed to this year. In February, chaplains offered emotional and spiritual care to the community of Parkland, Florida, after 17 people were shot and killed. Chaplains also went to Benton, Kentucky, in January after two students were gunned down at school.

As these tragedies have almost become commonplace in America, the chaplains continue to offer hope and compassion in times of gut-wrenching sorrow.

“The only hope, we have found, is in Christ,” Munday said. “He can touch that broken heart and bring the healing that is so desperately needed.”

Please keep the community of Santa Fe, Texas, in your prayers.

Are you looking for hope and peace in the midst of an uncertain world? Turn to Jesus Christ, who loves you.

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10 Comments

  1. Ken Yoder says:

    Thinking of vengeance? Our LORD tells us that vengeance is mine! Poison unleashed in just thinking of vengeance is directly from the devil himself. Yes, it will hurt you more than it would ever hurt the object of hate. Think on good things – love joy peace – and let the LORD our God take care of vengeance. What goes around one day comes around.

  2. William Holstein says:

    I’d like to thank the chaplains for being there.

  3. Namatovu Aisha says:

    May the good Lord heal the hearts of those who lost their beloved ones.

  4. Amanda Fleming says:

    God bless the people who are hurting in Santa Fe. God also bless the Rapid Response Team. May we all stand and pray for each other.

  5. Angie Cosma says:

    Prayers and hugs.

  6. Joel Hudson says:

    I had already been praying for Santa Fe when I saw on the news. And now reading about it here. And the chaplains are also in my prayers every day. Thank You for them Jesus.

  7. donna patterson says:

    So sad…and all involved are in my thoughts and prayers (even the family of the shooter).

  8. Beverly Lussi says:

    Praying for the families, loved ones, and community of Santa Fe as well as fellow RRT chaplains that are there. Such a tragedy. May God bring a spiritual awakening to our country and comfort and peace to those grieving this tragedy.

  9. Rindy Carroll Denmark says:

    Praying for healing, peace and for strength for the students, faculty, families and community of Santa Fe. Such a tragic loss, that the actions of one person can immobilize a town with grief and heart-breaking sorrow! They are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Ruth Mbithe says:

    May our heavenly almighty God comfort the children and the families and the entire community. We pray for the ones causing pain to others that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanse them of their evil thoughts and deeds. Let the Holy Spirit reign in the heart of each individual in Texas. Amen.