FORT MYERS, FL — While in Lee County, Florida, Franklin Graham noticed the streets lined with furniture after people’s homes were flooded in Hurricane Ian.
“It just breaks your heart,” he said. “But the chaplains are encouraging them, loving them, praying with them.”
As homeowners endure the aftermath of the Category 4 storm, crisis-trained chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are offering a listening ear and prayer.
“The most important part of all that we do is spiritual, leading a person to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” Graham said.
We’re in Lee County right now Fort Myers. But the need is incredible. Water came up so fast it was rising several feet every few minutes and to see the furniture out on the streets to be thrown away, it just breaks your heart. But the chaplains are encouraging them, loving on them, praying with them The most important part of all that we do is the spiritual leading the person to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
When you go through storms like people want to know is God mad, is He angry? No because we have the extraordinary storms. We literally had a storm here. But when we go through the storms of life we need an anchor and that anchor is Jesus Christ, and it doesn’t matter what storms we go through. Jesus will see us through all the way to the end and all the way into His presence in heaven if we put our faith and trust in Him. And that’s what we’re doing here in South Florida, sharing that hope we have with as many people as we possibly can.
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.