Billy Graham Rapid Response Team to hold “Sharing Hope in Crisis” training at East Texas’ Alert Academy


From personal tragedies like disease, suicide and financial difficulties to catastrophes on a massive scale such as shootings, fires and floods, many Christians may feel unprepared to offer comfort to the weary and hope to those in despair.

On Saturday, Jan. 13, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team – a nationwide network of crisis-trained chaplains ready to deploy whenever disaster strikes – will hold a regional training in Big Sandy, Texas, to prepare Christians to appropriately respond with the love and hope of Jesus Christ in times of crisis.

“You don’t have to go through a hurricane or a fire to have a storm in your life,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “In these days of uncertainty, we see suffering and tragedy all around us. It could be a loved one with cancer, the death of a friend, a job loss or a divorce. As people seek answers to life’s problems, it is imperative that we be able to share God’s hope and comfort with them. The seminar will help prepare you to do just that.”

The training event, titled “Sharing Hope in Crisis,” will be held at Alert Academy, One Academy Boulevard, in Big Sandy. Seminar topics include “A biblical view of suffering,” “Effects of trauma,” “Places of grief,” “Listening skills,” “A ministry of hope,” and “What to say and what not to say.”

The training will take place 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13. There is a registration fee of $45 per person, which includes seminar materials and lunch. For more information and to register online, visit

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into a nationwide network of chaplains in 48 states who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 270 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and areas of civil unrest.

For more information on the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, including videos, photos, news articles and interactive map of former and current deployments, visit Updates can also be found at


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