Photo Gallery: Chaplains deliver desperately needed hope to Southeast Texas

Crisis-trained chaplains are ministering in Victoria, Dallas and Rockport, Texas, after torrential rain from Hurricane Harvey flooded portions of the state as well as parts of Louisiana.

Franklin Graham praying

Franklin Graham visited some of the hardest-hit areas of Texas on Thursday. He paused to pray with a Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain who has been ministering to residents.

Franklin Graham and Vice President Mike Pence

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence joined Franklin Graham at a work site in Texas on Thursday. Pence rolled up his sleeves to help locals affected by Hurricane Harvey. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains and Samaritan’s Purse volunteers are ministering to residents there in the wake of the deadly disaster.

Chaplains in Texas

Chaplains are delivering emotional and spiritual care alongside Samaritan’s Purse volunteers in Victoria, which is located between Corpus Christi and Houston. Help send chaplains into disaster zones to offer hope in crisis.

Chaplains praying

With Samaritan’s Purse volunteers working in the background, chaplains take a moment to pray with a homeowner affected by Harvey in Victoria, Texas. Canadian chaplains, and our specially designed Mobile Ministry Center truck are on standby mode, waiting to be deployed.

Hurricane Harvey damage

An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 homes have been destroyed in the Houston area alone.

Hundreds of Hurricane Harvey evacuees have traveled to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to find shelter. Many have gathered at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, which can hold 5,000 evacuees. In Dallas, chaplains Sue and Paul Dowdy pray with a family from Houston—one of many who have suddenly found themselves homeless. The family weathered Hurricane Katrina before moving to Houston but told chaplains they’re not angry, only grateful that God has protected and provided for them.

Chaplains praying in Texas

Though they’ve been displaced twice from hurricanes, this family remained joyful in the hope of Christ. “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.” —Psalm 5:11, ESV

Chaplains praying

Rapid Response Team chaplain Mike Mattingly comforts and prays for Felix Cavazos, a victim of Hurricane Harvey.

Chaplains in Texas

Hundreds of chaplains are standing by to deploy in multiple sites across Texas. Will you keep the people of Texas in your prayers?