The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deployed crisis-trained chaplains to Parkland following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.
“Our hearts break for the parents who sent their children to school, and are now with them in the hospital, or living a parent’s worst nightmare,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “So many lives have been forever changed by this evil act. As we pray for the students, faculty and families, we know God can bring hope and comfort, in Jesus Christ, in the darkest hours.”
Chaplains arrived on-site hours after news broke of the attack.
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 an international network of chaplains in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 280 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.
The effort in Parkland is the fifth deployment of the year for the crisis-trained chaplains. For more information on the ministry, visit www.billygraham.org/rrt.