Billy Graham’s Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) is deployed along with Samaritan’s Purse to Whatcom County, Washington, where more than 550 homes were damaged in a major flood. A father of four was killed after he got out of his vehicle and grabbed a tree when it was swept away by rapid flood water.
“As we see the devastation caused by these historic floods, our hearts are broken for those who have suffered a great loss,” said Josh Holland, BG-RRT’s assistant director.
“Our crisis-trained chaplains will be there in the midst of this tragedy to provide emotional and spiritual care and share the love of Jesus as this area mourns and the recovery process begins.”
At the head of this schedule is coordinator Chaplain Wil Rosado, who lives in a region that has experienced three days of heavy rainfall, causing the Nooksack River to overflow its banks at a height not seen for more than a generation.
Rosado will lead a team of six chaplains, who will offer a listening ear and comfort to the overwhelmed locals who are now facing a completely different holiday season than expected. The team’s mobile ministerial center – a vehicle used as a safe haven for talks – will arrive over the weekend. Meanwhile, Samaritan’s Purse volunteers will begin working with homeowners to begin the cleaning process.
In less than two years, northwestern Washington has suffered two major floods. Please pray for the people of Washington to know the peace of Christ in difficult times — and for BG-RRT chaplains to have the opportunity to share God’s love.