Chaplains Complete 10-Day Mission to Minister to Hurting Munich Residents

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team ministered in Munich, Germany, after the deadly mall shooting there. One non-German speaking chaplain said she stood with an elderly German lady, who didn’t speak any English, at the memorial and just listened as she wept. “She spoke to me in German for probably 15 minutes,” the chaplain said. “I understood not a word of what she said. But she just needed to tell me her story. The Holy Spirit is here.”

After 10 days of offering Christ’s love and compassion to residents of Munich, Germany, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains finished their work in the violence-scarred city on August 2.

Residents were reeling after a gunman murdered nine people and injured 36 more in and near a McDonald’s restaurant on July 22. The incident ended when the man killed himself in front of two police officers.

Six chaplains, including two Canadians, were deployed to the city. They prayed with almost 120 people, showing them “the love of God [that] was manifested toward us” (1 John 4:9, NKJV).

“The Canadian chaplains who responded had been missionaries in Germany for 25 years,” said Canadian Rapid Response Team Manager Merle Doherty. “They were honored to be able to return and offer emotional care to a community that had been traumatized.”

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