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Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Dispatches Chaplains to Oregon Following Mass Shooting at Umpqua Community College   

Written by Staff on October 2, 2015 – 10:49 am -

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 2, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — In coordination with area churches and government authorities, crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team have been dispatched to Roseburg, Ore., in response to the shooting at Umpqua Community College. Several news reports indicate that ten people were killed including the shooter, and many more wounded, in the Thursday morning attack.

“It breaks your heart,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, after learning of the shooting. “You just don’t expect something like this to happen, and the sudden, violent and evil nature of it just compounds the suffering. Please join us in praying for the devastated families that lost loved ones, and for all of those who witnessed and survived this horrific attack.”

Umpqua Community College is located near Roseburg, Ore., a community of just over 21,000 some 70 miles south of Eugene, Ore. Approximately 3,000 full-time students and 16,000 part-time students attend classes on the 100-acre campus.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has provided emotional and spiritual care following more than 15 shootings since its inception, including the tragedies at Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University, and Newtown, Conn.

American_flag-2Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are also currently assisting homeowners in California who have been affected by the Butte and Valley wildfires, which have jointly burned more than 145,000 acres and destroyed hundreds of homes.

For more information on the ministry, 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/RRTChaplains.

About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:
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 more than 200 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

 

SGN Scoops extends its prayers and condolences to all affected by the Oregon shooting.


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Shooting in Aurora: Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains Offering Hope Amidst Tragedy

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 20, 2012 – 1:58 pm -

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 20, 2012  — Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are on-site in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman opened fire on a theater full of moviegoers in the early hours of the morning. News reports indicate that at least 12 victims have died as a result of the shooting and dozens more are injured.

“Words can’t begin to describe the pain of this situation,” said Jack Munday, director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “We are grieving alongside the families of those killed and wounded in this senseless and horrific tragedy. Please pray for all of those who have been affected. We will be there to offer emotional and spiritual care, and the hope and compassion of Jesus Christ, in the aftermath.”

Chaplains were already in Colorado responding to wildfires in and around Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. This allowed them to respond immediately to the shooting in Aurora.

Previously, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains have deployed following shootings in Tucson, Az. (2011); Cumbria, U.K. (2010); Maryville, Ill., Carthage, N.C., Oakland, Calif., and Binghamton, N.Y. (2009); Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. (2008); Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., Crandon, Wis., and Arvada, Colo. (2007); and the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minn. (2005).

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is a nationwide network of chaplains across 47 states that are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. Since the ministry was launched in 2002, it has responded to more than 135 natural and man-made disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and shootings.

For more information on the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, visit www.billygraham.org/rrt. For videos, photos and news articles from recent Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deployments, visit www.billygraham.org/response. Ministry updates and photo galleries are posted at www.facebook.com/BGRapidResponseTeam.


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Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains Respond to Colorado and New Mexico as Wildfires Rage

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 27, 2012 – 12:27 pm -

CHARLOTTE, N.C.,  The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is in Colorado and New Mexico as wildfires continue to torch large swaths of the nation’s west. Chaplains are currently offering emotional and spiritual care in the Ruidoso/Capitan area of New Mexico, and in the Fort Collins area of Colorado. Chaplains deployed to both locations on June 14, shortly after the fires began.

News agencies are reporting that the “Little Bear Fire” in New Mexico is 90 percent contained. The “High Park Fire” north of Denver, however, was reported yesterday to be only 55 percent contained, and estimated at more than 87,000 acres. The fire has destroyed more than 250 homes. Due to these circumstances, chaplains have begun reaching out to homeowners in New Mexico, but have had limited opportunities to minister in Colorado as the fire rages and survivors remain evacuated from their homes.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deployed in coordination with Samaritan’s Purse, the international Christian relief organization headed by Franklin Graham, who is also president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

“Many of those who have been evacuated and unable to return home have told us that the worst part is not knowing,” said Jack Munday, director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “They don’t know if their homes are still standing, don’t know if their pets are alive, and don’t know if they’ve lost all they own in this world. Our chaplains are there to encourage the ministry of local churches, and offer a listening ear, practical assistance and support to those affected. We want to bring the compassion and hope of Jesus Christ into this horrible situation.”

Previously, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains have deployed following wildfires in California (2003, 2007 and 2008), Texas (2009 and 2011), and Melbourne, Australia (2009).

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is a nationwide network of chaplains across 44 states that are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. Since the ministry was launched in 2002, it has responded to more than 125 natural and man-made disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and shootings.

For more information on the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, visit www.billygraham.org/rrt. For videos, photos and news articles from recent Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deployments, visit www.billygraham.org/crisisresponse. Ministry updates and photo galleries are posted at www.facebook.com/BGRapidResponseTeam.


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