Between August and November 2017, crisis-trained chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) deployed to multiple tragedies. They offered emotional and spiritual care in Texas after Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in late August.
Just two weeks after Hurricane Harvey, another storm—Hurricane Irma—hit Florida and more chaplains were deployed. Irma tied as the second-strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, according to news reports.
Then on Sunday, 1 October, a gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel rained down rapid gunfire on nearby concertgoers, leaving 59 people dead and over 500 injured. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. RRT chaplains offered comfort to locals, first responders, witnesses and victims’ families.
Crisis-trained chaplains listened, talked and prayed with people in New York City after a deadly truck attack shocked the area on 31 October, killing eight people.
Crisis-trained chaplains including two Australian chaplains, ministered in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in the aftermath of a deadly church shooting in early November.
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