Responding to Colorado Shooting Tragedy

By   •   July 20, 2012

Six Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are on-site in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman opened fire on a theater full of moviegoers in the early hours of the morning.

“Words can’t begin to describe the pain of this situation,” said Jack Munday, director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “We are grieving alongside the families of those killed and wounded in this senseless and horrific tragedy.

“Please pray for all of those who have been affected,” added Munday. “We will be there to offer emotional and spiritual care, and the hope and compassion of Jesus Christ, in the aftermath.”

News reports indicate that at least 12 victims have died as a result of the shooting and more than 50 injured in a packed midnight screening of the new Batman Movie “The Dark Knight Rises.”

“The people are just totally devastated,” Munday said. “The Lord has given us an opportunity to minister to those who have been directly affected.”

Chaplains were already in Colorado responding to wildfires in and around Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. This allowed them to respond immediately to the shooting in Aurora.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to be able to respond so quick,” Munday said. “The needs are immediate after a tragic incidence such as this. We’re assessing those needs every hour.”

Chaplains have been invited to a prayer and worship service tonight at Calvary Chapel Aurora to help minister to those who have been affected and their families.

“The Lord has given us opportunities to share the love and hope of Christ,” Munday said.

Previously, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains have deployed following shootings in Tucson, Az. (2011); Cumbria, U.K. (2010); Maryville, Ill., Carthage, N.C., Oakland, Calif., and Binghamton, N.Y. (2009); Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. (2008); Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., Crandon, Wis., and Arvada, Colo. (2007); and the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minn. (2005).

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  1. sandy says says:

    we are praying for all of you and hope you keep God near you.

  2. Vicki Pierce says:

    It is hard to understand sometimes the tradegy that happens. My heart and prayers are with all these people now . God is there and will always be there. May your heart be healed and your grief be overcome thru Gods healing.

  3. Mary says:

    My prayers for peace and comfort are said for the families, friends and people affected by this incident. My heart breaks that this evil happened. Thank you folks that are there, hands on, and I pray for you, as well.

  4. Brian says:

    What can we do as America to help these people? I know it hard for them.. And I was thinking all day Friday what could I do to make them feel better or help. Some were young some were old.. It hard to watch people tell there stories of what happen?

  5. Jo Ann (a Coloradan) says:

    My heart is heavy. Dear God, grant us mercy and comfort.

  6. Greg says:

    It truly is a travesty how we have allowed idolizing of evil, sin and corruption in our society. Christians lift up your voices in prayer that the Lord may hear your cries of a repentant people.

  7. Kim says:

    Remember God is in control!! We pray for the victims and their families and also for the family of the accused.. We must also pray that each one finds forgiveness in their hearts!!!

  8. Ronisha says says:

    My mother told me whenever there tragedy strikes, all you can do is pray. My prayers goes out to the victims and their families. May God give them comfort and strength at this difficult time.

  9. Ronisha says says:

    My prayers go out to the victims' families. May God bring them comfort at this time.

  10. Coralee says:

    When tragedy and sorrow strike…It is always comforting and a blessing to see Gods people come out and minister to those in need .God is so wonderfull and those who have the opportiunity to know him are truely blessed !