By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST Ministries and the ASSIST News Service
CHARLOTTE, NC (ANS — May 27, 2015) – Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are on the ground in San Marcos, Texas, to provide emotional and spiritual care following the devastating and deadly floods that have caused widespread destruction throughout the area.
According to a BGEA news release, from there, the chaplains plan to help bring assistance to nearby Wimberley and other areas affected by the overflow from the Blanco River, which – according to news reports – crested at more than 44 feet, far beyond the river’s flood stage of 13 feet.
Even as the response in San Marcos begins, the ministry is continuing to assess other flooded areas in Texas for additional potential deployments.
“We mourn with the families that lost loved ones, some of whom have not yet been found,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “And we grieve with those who lost every last thing that they own, all of their dreams washed away in a surge of dirty water. The width and depth of this tragedy is extensive and heart-breaking. Please be in pray for all of those – and there are so many – who have been tragically impacted by this storm.”
The organization has responded in coordination with Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian disaster relief organization headed by Franklin Graham, who is also president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team just wrapped up a deployment to Van, Texas, some 255 miles northeast of San Marcos, following a tornado outbreak in the small community earlier this month.
For more information on the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit www.billygraham.org/rrt. Updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/BGRapidResponseTeam .
About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by 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 more than 195 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.
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Photo: Woman being rescued from the Texas floods (CREDIT: San Antonio Express-News). 2) Billy Graham Rapid Response team in prayer. 3) Dan Wooding chatting with Billy Graham in Essen, Germany.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for nearly 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world, and also “His Channel Live,” a TV show beamed to 192 countries. Dan began his journalistic career in 1968 working for Billy Graham’s British newspaper, The Christian, and has worked as a writer for Mr. Graham’s media team in Moscow, Russia; Essen, Germany, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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