Rapid Response Team – 2018 Canadian Responses

Stories, photos, and testimonials from Rapid Response Team deployments in Canada this year.

“When tragedy strikes, no one is fully prepared to deal effectively with all the responsibilities, emotional trauma, and grief that begin to impact people. Our Rapid Response Team exists so that people can find the care and comfort of Jesus Christ in the midst of tragedy.”
– Billy Graham

While many relief agencies respond to necessary physical needs after a disaster, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada Rapid Response Team (RRT) chaplains come along side to minister to the emotional and spiritual needs of hurting people. They encourage and pray with people in distress, including victims and first-responders. BGEAC chaplains are specially trained volunteers who can respond to community-wide disasters or personal crises-serving as the hands and feet of Jesus to those who wonder where God is in the midst of their troubles.

So far in 2018, the RRT has responded to two tragic incidents and two natural disasters in Canada, as well as to to the protests at the G7 summit in Québec. In April, the RRT responded to the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan and to the van attack in Toronto. When flooding devastated New Brunswick and southern B.C. in May and June, the RRT was deployed to bring spiritual support to flood victims.

Read stories of how God has been at work through these chaplains to bring light into the darkness:


Hope and salvation for New Brunswick flood victims

God works through chaplains offering spiritual, emotional support to weary residents


BLOG: God teaches love lessons through B.C. flood

"Jesus taught me to make His priority—loving people in the midst of crisis—MY priority."


Chaplains pray over protests at G7 summit

BGEAC chaplains spend four days in Québec City offering Christ's love and salvation to protesters


God uses chaplain to bring locksmith to faith in Christ

Holy Spirit creating evangelistic opportunities as we minister to flood victims and clean-up volunteers in New Brunswick


Salvation for New Brunswick flood victim

BGEA chaplains and flood relief volunteers join in celebrations for newest member of the Lord’s Heaven-bound family


BGEA chaplains responding to New Brunswick flood

Rapid Response Team chaplains offering spiritual support to New Brunswick flood victims.


Torontonians find peace in Christ following fatal attack

Crisis-trained BGEA chaplains brought a ministry of prayer and presence to a devastated community.


Rapid Response Team chaplains in Toronto after van driver kills ten

Crisis-trained BGEA chaplains are comforting the grieving.


Praying for Humboldt

Chaplains bring prayer and support to grieving Saskatchewan residents after devastating bus crash.


Ministry stories from Billy Graham chaplains in Humboldt

Offering presence and prayer to a grieving community


Billy Graham chaplains helping grieving community after Saskatchewan bus crash

BGEA chaplains are in Humboldt, Sask. to provide emotional and spiritual support