News Release: Billy Graham chaplains helping victims of Brussels terror attacks

Four Canadians part of eight-member multinational team

Calgary, Alberta – March 22, 2016 – A team of crisis-trained Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) chaplains is preparing to fly to Belgium to provide emotional and spiritual support to heart-broken Brussels residents after more than 30 people were killed and 250 injured in an attack by ISIS terrorists on Tuesday, March 22.

“Our prayers go out to the people of Brussels and when we arrive, we want to provide any assistance we can to everyone we meet,” said Merle Doherty, manager of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada’s RRT chaplains.

Doherty and three other Canadians, along with two American RRT chaplains and two from the U.K., will work with churches in Brussels as soon as they can get there. Belgium officials shut down all rail and air transportation after two explosions in Brussels Airport and one in a Brussels subway train.

This will be the second Rapid Response Team European deployment in less than six months. After terrorist attacks killed more than 130 people in Paris last November, a Canadian-led team of seven chaplains spent two weeks working with local churches to provide compassionate support to grieving Parisians.

“We are grateful for the partnership of our donors in Canada for the Rapid Response Team chaplain ministry,” said BGEA Canada executive director Fred Weiss.

“That partnership has enabled our chaplains to provide emotional and spiritual aid to hurting people in Canada, the U.S. and overseas in times of crises and tragedy. In each situation, the chaplains offer the compassion and hope of Christ.”

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Frank King, Communications Manager

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada

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