Emotional and Spiritual Stress High in Haiti

Chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) Provide Crisis Counseling to Haitians

While basic physical needs of food, water and shelter are primary needs for Haitian earthquake victims, the need for emotional and spiritual support is also very real. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is working alongside international relief organization Samaritan's Purse to provide crisis counseling to Haitians as they deal with the emotional trauma of the disaster.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association immediately responded to the crisis in Haiti by sending chaplains to help victims deal with their emotional and spiritual stress.  The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Rapid Response Team has volunteer chaplains trained in crisis counseling working to provide comfort and prayer to those that have lost friends and loved ones or been injured by the earthquake.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is a nationwide network of chaplains across 40 states who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations.  Since the ministry was launched in 2002, it has deployed chaplains to more than 90 natural and man-made disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and shootings. 

From its headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association runs a wide range of domestic and international ministries, including: large-scale festivals led by Franklin Graham and his son Will Graham; Dare to Be a Daniel, a youth evangelism training project; My Hope World Evangelism Through Television; the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team of crisis-trained chaplains; and many others through print, television, telephone, radio and the internet.

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