UKRAINE — A team of Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains is seeing a growing openness to the Gospel as they minister to thousands of people throughout Ukraine impacted by the war. Over the past five months they’ve trained 200 Ukrainian chaplains, prayed with over 3,000 people and have led over 350 people to Christ.
Since the war in Ukraine began a team of Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains have been working alongside Christian relief charity Samaritan’s Purse primarily at their mobile hospitals providing spiritual support to those impacted by this conflict.
Over the past five months they’ve trained 200 Ukrainian chaplains, they’ve prayed with over 3,000 people and over 350 people have come to faith in Christ.
Josh Holland is their International Director.
The sense of the unknown weighs heavy on people’s hearts with no foreseeable end in sight. We’ve ministered to people who’ve had siblings, children and spouses die. We’ve ministered to people who’ve been separated – wives and children got to a safe place while husbands have had to stay back. So there’s crisis, trauma, pain, grief on every level.
Holland says they will continue to help the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes.
We may be there for months or years as long as the need is there. And so our long term plans include training more chaplains. There’s all kinds of opportunities to talk to people, listen, pray with people and when God gives us opportunity ultimately to present the hope that we all have through a relationship with God’s son Christ.
About the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) proclaims the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world by every effective means available. From its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., the BGEA directs a wide range of domestic and international ministries, including: large-scale festivals led by evangelists Franklin Graham and Will Graham; The Billy Graham Library; The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, located outside of Asheville, N.C.; SearchforJesus.net, an Internet evangelism project reaching thousands of people for Christ online; and many others through print, television, telephone, radio and the Internet.
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 an international network of chaplains in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 300 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.
- Global News Alliance, Chaplains Pray With Thousands Impacted by War in Ukraine
- Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Official Website