Rapid Response Team chaplains prepare to offer Christ’s love and compassion to Ontario, Quebec flood victims

By Frank King | May 17, 2017

February 2017: Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team offered emotional and spiritual care alongside sister ministry Samaritan's Purse in the New Orleans area in the wake of devastating tornadoes.

As eastern Ontario and western Quebec deal with extensive flooding, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada is using gifts from Canadian like you to send Rapid Response Team chaplains to the region to provide emotional and spiritual support to struggling residents and volunteers.

Heavy rainfall and melting snow caused the Ottawa River and its tributaries to flood in late April and early May. As a result, more than 170 communities, including Rockland, ON, and Rigaud, QC, have been affected by floods and nearly 2,000 people have been forced to abandon their homes.

“While responding to physical needs after a disaster is vital, responding to emotional and spiritual needs is equally important,” said Rapid Response Team Manager Merle Doherty. “That’s why our chaplains encourage and pray with people in distress, including affected volunteers and residents who are helping with the clean-up.”

Our chaplains will be working alongside our sister organization, Samaritan’s Purse Canada, which is responding to the flood by deploying two specially equipped Disaster Relief Unit tractor trailers to the region. Those units will work with local churches and volunteers to help flood victims.

MMC Fort Mac

The Mobile Ministry Center served as a beacon of hope for residents and first responders while the Rapid Response Team chaplains were in Fort McMurray, offering emotional and spiritual support to those affected by the wildfire in 2016. The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team vehicle will be deployed to Ontario.

The Billy Graham Mobile Ministry Center will also be deployed as part of this response in Ontario. This Rapid Response Team vehicle offers comfort to those hurting, a place of refreshment to first responders. 

Please pray for the flood victims in Ontario and Quebec. And please join us, through your donations, to offer Christ’s love, compassion and eternal salvation to as many heartbroken people as possible, through our crisis-trained chaplains.