“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: