Crisis-Trained Chaplains Ministering in UK After London Bridge Attack

By   •   June 4, 2017

A police officer lays flowers at a makeshift memorial near London Bridge Aftermath of London Bridge terror attack. Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are in London offering emotional and spiritual care.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is ministering in London after seven people died and dozens more were injured in two terrorist incidents at London Bridge and the capital’s popular Borough Market.

Crisis-trained chaplains from the United Kingdom arrived in London on Sunday at the invitation of a local church and have been offering a ministry of presence to the community since then. Chaplains continued listening and talking with people from this hurting community during a Monday night vigil, which was held less than a mile away from where the weekend attack unfolded.

“Attacks like this stir up all kinds of emotions. Sadness, grief, fear—even anger,” said John Galvin, assistant director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team and Specialized Ministries. “People can pray for all those injured in the attack, the loved ones of those killed and the first responders who have to deal with the aftermath.”

Posting to millions of followers on Facebook and Twitter, Franklin Graham also urged everyone to pray for those affected by the attacks.

Three suspects, who were fatally shot by police, sped across London Bridge in a white van, hitting numerous pedestrians, followed by a stabbing spree in the crowded Borough Market.

Saturday’s assault—which came days before national elections—is the third to hit the country this year, following the Westminster and Manchester attacks.

RRT chaplains also responded to both of those incidents.

“A great part of what we do is just listen to people, let them tell their stories,” Galvin explained. “[We] remind them that God loves them and provides a reason for hope even in the darkest times.”

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is an international ministry of crisis-trained chaplains ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to natural and man-made disasters. Since its start after 9/11, hundreds of chaplains have shared hope in the midst of crisis, all in the name of Jesus. Support the ministry of the RRT.