Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team headed to Dallas on Friday to provide spiritual and emotional care following the fatal shootings of five law enforcement officers.
“It’s hard to know what to say in the face of all of the violence we’ve seen in recent days,” Jack Munday, international director of the team, said in announcing the deployment to Dallas. “Please pray for this entire situation, stretching from Minneapolis to Baton Rouge to Dallas. We’re sending chaplains to Dallas to offer a ministry of presence to a community in crisis.”
Team chaplains recently ministered in Orlando after 49 people were massacred in the Pulse nightclub. In the previous nine months, the organization responded to shootings or terror attacks in Roseburg, Ore., San Bernardino, Calif., Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium.
On Twitter, Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, urged prayers for the families of the officers killed in Dallas and for those “ambushed and wounded at the protest. Join me in praying for the loved ones of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling as well as their communities in Louisiana and Minnesota.”
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Franklin Graham and the association developed the rapid response team after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. It’s since grown to a network of chaplains in 48 states who’ve responded to 225 disasters.