The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) is ministering Claremont, North Carolina—a small city about an hour from headquarters—in response to an EF-1 tornado that slammed into the area with 110 mph winds.
The storm killed 39-year-old Dustin Ray Weaver who—his family told local media—died trying to protect his pregnant girlfriend as their home was hit with raging winds. Four other people were injured, with at least two reported to be in critical condition. Dozens of homes were left damaged or destroyed.
A team of chaplains is providing emotional and spiritual support to the hurting community, while serving alongside Christian humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Claremont,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “We want to encourage residents that Jesus is the Savior in the midst of storms. He is our source of hope in times of trouble.
“He will give us the strength we need. We are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to pray with, comfort, listen, and share God’s love with those who have been impacted by this storm.”
>>Please pray for those who are grieving much loss and for the chaplains serving there.