Chaplains Offer Compassion, Hope in Central Texas

By   •   May 26, 2024

Numerous tornadoes have touched down in the U.S. this season, including this past week in Texas. A team of crisis-trained chaplains are ministering in Temple—between Austin and Waco.

The city of Temple, Texas, is one of the most recent communities affected by a seemingly never-ending string of tornadoes across the country.

Around 500 homes and businesses were destroyed or severely damaged by an EF2 twister on May 22, according to news reports. A smaller tornado touched down nearby.

The storm overturned cars, downed power lines, and left many homes without a roof or with missing walls.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplains are supporting those who lost homes or their livelihood as they begin the long process of recovery and rebuilding.

Many are staying in an emergency shelter trying to stay cool as Texas faces an early, dangerous heat wave.

“Sometimes all it takes to change someone’s outlook when all seems lost is showing the compassion of Jesus Christ to those who are hurting,” said Josh Holland, international director of BG-RRT.

“Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are providing emotional and spiritual ministry to those who are feeling the effects of this disaster.”

A BG-RRT Mobile Ministry Center is available as a space for locals to talk, pray, and find comfort in this difficult time.

Earlier this year, chaplains deployed to the Texas panhandle following a historic wildfire—and more recently to Houston after catastrophic flooding.

>>Please pray for those who are hurting in this Texas community and for BG-RRT chaplains as they serve them.