Billy Graham Rapid Response Team heads to Munich to offer support

- An international coalition of crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is heading to Germany to offer emotional and spiritual care in the wake of a heinous shooting that erupted in a busy shopping center in Munich on Friday.

According to reports, nine victims were killed and 16 more were injured, including many children.

“As we again see the face of evil in the news, chaplains are in Munich today to meet with churches to offer support and assistance and provide the emotional and spiritual care for the many people who have been traumatized,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Rapid Response Team.

Three crisis-trained chaplains, including one who speaks German, will be in the area meeting with local church leaders. Five additional German-speaking chaplains are on standby.

The deployment to Munich marks the ninth time in the last 10 months that the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has sent chaplains into areas involved in mass shootings or terror attacks. Chaplains are currently ministering in Baton Rouge following the shooting deaths of three law enforcement officers last week, and in Nice in response to the Bastille Day attack where 84 were killed and more than 300 injured.

The group also responded to Nice, France (July 2016), Dallas (July 2016), Orlando, Fla. (June 2016), Brussels, Belgium (March 2016), San Bernardino, Calif. (December 2015), Paris, France (November 2015) and Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. (October 2015).


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