CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Billy Graham Ministry’s Rapid Response Team is preparing “ministry of presence in Berlin following the deadly terrorist attack this week.
According to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, “The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into a nationwide network of chaplains in 48 states who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to approximately 245 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.”
Chaplains from the United States and Canada, including those fluent in German, will initially be sent to Berlin.
“In working with area churches, we are deploying chaplains to offer a ministry of presence to pray and share God’s hope in Berlin,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “In the midst of tremendous loss and intense grief, our crisis-trained chaplains will be there to listen and let them know God hasn’t forgotten them in the midst of this horrific attack. We want to bring the comfort and compassion of Jesus to those who are hurting.”
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has been deployed to Europe three times already this year, all following terror attacks. The ministry has also sent chaplains to Brussels, Belgium; Nice, France; and Munich, Germany.
The Rapid Response Team continues to minister in Sevier County, Tenn., which was impacted by a devastating wildfire. The group recently finished their efforts in eastern North Carolina in response to Hurricane Matthew and Oakland, Calif to provide relief following the ghost warehouse fire.