October 14, 2016
Calgary, Alberta – Oct. 17, 2016 – As thousands of residents of Sydney, NS, survey the damage from extensive flooding, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada (BGEAC) has sent Rapid Response Team chaplains to the area to provide emotional and spiritual support to struggling residents and volunteers.
About 200 millimeters, or seven inches, of rain fell in the Sydney region during a 24-hour span Oct. 10, the remnants of Hurricane Matthew. As a result, hundreds of homes have been flood-damaged the Sydney region.
“While responding to physical needs after a disaster is vital, responding to emotional and spiritual needs is just as important,” said Rapid Response Team Manager Merle Doherty. “That’s why our chaplains encourage and pray with people in distress, including affected residents and volunteers who are helping with the clean-up.”
Our chaplains often work alongside our sister organization, Samaritan’s Purse, which is responding to the flood by sending a specially equipped Disaster Relief Unit tractor trailer stationed in New Brunswick. That unit will work with local volunteers to help flood victims.
Working with Samaritan’s Purse, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains have responded to flooding in New Brunswick (2008, 2010, and 2012), in Quebec and in British Columbia, plus devastating flooding in 2013 in southern Alberta, and last summer’s catastrophic wildfire in Fort McMurray, AB.
Chaplains have also served in the name of Jesus Christ after tragedies such as the April 2014 murder of five people in Calgary, and European terrorist attacks in Paris, Nice, and Brussels.
Support the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s chaplain efforts by donating at BillyGraham.ca/rapidresponse (click on "Donate Now") or calling 1-800-293-3717.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada, established in 1953, partners with churches and Christian communities across Canada and worldwide to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed. Through relevant language and methods, we share the saving message of Jesus to spiritually searching people of all ages and cultures. Please visit BillyGraham.ca to learn more.
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