Several years ago I received an invitation to be a part of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Teams. These approved and specially trained volunteer chaplains are carefully selected and prepared to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ, and appropriately share God’s hope through the One who “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”, Psalm 147:3. At the time, I thought it would be wonderful to be involved, however it simply was not the right timing.
What is the mission of the Rapid Response Team?
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team exists to recruit, train and deploy Chaplains to disaster areas to offer God’s compassion and hope through Jesus Christ to those affected by a man-made or natural disaster. At the end of last year, the Lord began to stir in my heart a desire to continue training as #missionarymomma and be available to serve through this ministry. It is not a full time ministry, but rather a deployment when there is a Crisis or Disaster and I would pray about each individual involvement. I have already received my first deployment call when the flooding hit Houston last week. Everyone needs to finish the training; however, they did include me in the deployment as we live close and I am bilingual. I went through a rigorous application process and have been certified in the first part of the training.
Now I need to finish an intensive course that can only be done at the Cove. This course is not within our budget and I need a miracle to get there. I have only about $100 committed to this and need $700 for the week’s stay and training as well as the return airfare. (about $500)
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) conducts their annual training conference at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina. This 4-day conference will continue to equip me to minister to others in crisis situations. I will have the opportunity to engage worship, be encouraged from scripture and complete all of the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) courses that I need to continue.
I am amazed that I am finally a Chaplain the RRT program. Here is more information on the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team.Billy Graham Association Rapid Response Team
Chaplain Training Conference
This four-day conference offers a choice of several training tracks that will appeal to attendees with different levels of experience. This event will help you prepare for a crisis in your church, community, or family, while you explore opportunities for national deployments in the aftermath of major disasters. The conference also enables you to complete an International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) course.
June 13–16, 2016