Rapid Response Team Ministry in Australia
From the ashes of 9/11, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team ministry was developed to share Christ in the midst of crisis and disasters. Since then, the Rapid Response Team has grown into an international network of hundreds of trained volunteers, men and women who have deployed to the sites of major disasters.
BGEA currently has chaplains in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. These volunteer chaplains are carefully selected and trained to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ and appropriately share God’s hope through the One who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).
Since 2002 Billy Graham Rapid Response Teams have deployed to major disasters in countries around the world including Hurrican Katrina, the Haiti earthquake and the Japan Tsunami. Over 4,700 individuals have deployed bringing emotional and spiritual support to more than 500,000 people and praying one-on-one with over 175,000 survivors of disaster.
In 2009 a small team from the United States came to Australia during the Victoria bush fires and saw the need for pastoral care for victims of the disaster. Plans were implemented to expand the Rapid Response Team ministry and in July 2011, RRT was established in Australia and New Zealand.
To recruit, train, deploy and manage teams of specially trained crisis response chaplains in response to man-made or natural disasters, to offer God’s hope and comfort through Jesus Christ. To support the ministry of churches in equipping their members to appropriately share God’s hope in times of personal tragedy.
We work with the local church and existing State and Territory chaplaincy agencies, structures and guidelines in order to provide a Kingdom-focused approach.