Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains deploy to ice storm in Tennessee


Charlotte, USA (ANS)  – A team of chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed to Memphis, Tennessee, to provide emotional and spiritual support after a devastating ice storm.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland declared a state of emergency as this fierce winter storm knocked down trees, damaged houses and left thousands without power.

“As we learn of the many lives impacted because of this ice storm in Memphis, our hearts are heavy for those who have had great loss,” said Josh Holland, assistant director of the BG-RRT. “Our crisis-trained chaplains are there in the midst of this tragedy to provide emotional and spiritual care as the area begins the recovery process.”

BG-RRT chaplains are trained in crisis response and will work in conjunction with the disaster relief organization Samaritan’s Purse to help meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those impacted by the storms.

BG-RRT chaplains are now serving in three locations across the country after various natural disasters. Chaplains are also providing emotional and spiritual support in: Boulder County, Colorado, after massive wildfires raged throughout the area; and in Houma, Louisiana, where they have been since Sept. 1 after Hurricane Ida devastated the area.