EL PASO, TX — The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is offering emotional and spiritual care in the aftermath of the deadly El Paso shooting that killed 22 and injured many more. Their Mobile Ministry Center, which is parked at the memorial site is providing a safe haven for the community.
Their manager for emergency response and logistics Al New explains more about the importance of getting alongside those who are mourning and hurting with Christ’s presence.
On a day when President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz visited El Paso, Texas, 22-year-old Elias Gutierrez spent the morning at a memorial site holding a cardboard sign reading “no bitterness, no politics, no blame, just love.”
Gutierrez works for a furniture store just down the street from the Walmart where the shooting occurred, and is choosing to focus “mainly on the power of love, and not on the politics … or fear, either.”
“Operating from a place of fear can paralyze a nation—let alone an individual,” he explained Wednesday, ready to comfort the community where he was born and raised. “And when you operate from a place of love, fear has no power over us.”
In front of him, a dozen blue-shirted Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) chaplains were dispersed to offer emotional and spiritual care to hundreds paying their respects.
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.
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- Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Official Website