Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on November 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are ministering in Sutherland Springs, Texas, after a gunman opened fire during Sunday services at the town’s First Baptist Church. At least 26 people lost their lives and many others were injured.
Six crisis-trained chaplains are providing emotional and spiritual care in the small community, with more chaplains arriving on Monday. They’ll offer a ministry of presence by listening and praying with hurting people.
Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team said everyone who heard the news is shocked.
“Our hearts go out to this little community,” he said. “When people are affected by a traumatic incident like this in a smaller community, it just affects everyone in the whole town because we’re just certain everyone knows one another.”
Sutherland Springs is a rural community, with many farmers and ranchers, oil and gas workers. The town sits about 45 minutes southeast of San Antonio, Texas.
To read more about their efforts, click here.