LAREDO, TX – The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) is offering respite for immigrant families alongside Samaritan’s Purse at centers in Del Rio and Laredo, Texas.
“They have nothing,” Billy Graham chaplain Barbra Grabowski said, explaining these immigrant families travel anywhere from 10 days to a month to get to this point. Many come covered in sweat and dirt, having not showered in over 30 days, and desperate for rest.
At the centers, thousands of exhausted immigrants receive food, showers, necessities and/or shelter. Although most are from different countries, crisis-trained chaplain Barb shares they have something in common: “They’ve all had struggles in their journey.”
Barbra Grabowski – Billy Graham RRT Chaplain
We are helping these little ones and their parents and these families. We want to show the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.
We’re at the respite centre and it’s a coalition that is here that started this in April helping here. The border patrol brings them here. They are coming here legally. A lot of them are getting away from a lot of violence, a lot of problems. Some of the schools have shut down because it’s not safe. Some have come from Honduras and Guatemala and Argentina and Brazil and Mexico and the Congo, Africa.
You know I don’t know what’s harder, seeing them come or seeing them go. But it’s much better to see them all fed and cleaned and have some hope when they leave. This is what Jesus would do for his people and he did it in the Bible. He fed them and taught the Gospel. We share that hope that we have in Jesus and they have their eyes fixed on Him.
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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