Charlotte, N.C., July 8, 2016 / Christian News Service / – Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team have been deployed to the Dallas, Texas, area following last night’s shooting deaths of five law enforcement officers. It is reported that seven additional officers were wounded in the sniper-style attacks.
The violence broke out during an otherwise peaceful protest spurred by the recent shooting deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana. Both men were killed by police officers.
“It’s hard to know what to say in the face of all of the violence we’ve seen in recent days. Our hearts are broken,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “Please pray for this entire situation, stretching from Minneapolis to Baton Rouge to Dallas. We’re sending chaplains into Dallas to offer a ministry of presence to a community in crisis.”
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, shared on Twitter: “Pray for the families of the officers killed in Dallas last night and for the recovery of 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.”
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains recently completed their ministry in Orlando following the massacre of 49 people in the Pulse nightclub. Prior to that tragedy, the organization had responded to four other shootings or terror attacks in the previous nine months: Roseburg, Ore. (Umpqua Community College), and San Bernardino, Calif., domestically, and Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium, internationally.
For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit www.billygraham.org/rrt. Updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/RRTChaplains.
About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into a nationwide network of chaplains in 48 states who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 225 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.
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