Billy Graham Chaplains Serving in Arkansas After Destructive Storms

By Kali Zakariasen   •   June 29, 2023

A young man removes debris from his Arkansas home after a strong storm swept through the area. (Colin Murphey/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplains are ministering alongside disaster relief teams from Samaritan’s Purse in Marked Tree, Arkansas, after deadly storms swept through the area on Monday night. Two people were killed when a tree fell on a mobile home during the storm.

They are providing emotional and spiritual support in this small city where severe weather left behind battered homes, snapped power lines, and a messy trail of debris.

“We know that there was widespread damage from this storm,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Marked Tree, Arkansas, who have suffered such great loss.”

Some people in Marked Tree are still without power as temperatures are forecasted to soar into the triple digits this weekend.

“Storms in life may come, but we have a hope as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul—Jesus,” Holland continued. “It’s only when we fix our eyes on our Savior that we can withstand the waves of difficulty and endure any trouble. We can hold onto hope and can experience God’s peace.

“We are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to pray with, listen, and share the hope we have in Jesus with those who have been impacted by this devastating storm.”

Please pray for all those impacted by the storm, and for God to strengthen and guide the chaplains as they serve in Jesus’ Name.