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Rev. Franklin Graham Joins Tony Perkins on the Radio to Discuss the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Yesterday, Rev. Franklin Graham appeared on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, a national radio show which airs on more than 240 stations across the country. On the show, Graham discussed the persecution of Christians around the world and the need to stand for religious liberty both at home and overseas.

Rev. Graham has worked to respond to the genocide against Christians around the world by putting a spotlight on this issue, “It’s because of what is happening at an alarming rate around the world, where thousands of Christians have been killed, it’s around a 100,000 a year are being killed just for their faith. We’re seeing entire areas of the Middle East that are being eradicated.” Graham went on, “This is happening not just at the hands of Islam but, we see around the world where Christians, where they’re the minority, where they’re being persecuted. I want our politicians to see what’s happening and I want the voices of these people who have been persecuted, I want their voices to be heard. I want to give them a stage for them to be able to tell their stories and do it right there in Washington where hopefully we can see some policy changes.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, the host of Washington Watch, added, “I’m not sure people realize just how significant this problem is, Christians throughout the world were killed for no other reason than that they follow Jesus Christ. And that has been growing over the last few years.”

“I think in large part it’s driven by the indifference toward religious freedom here at home. It’s sending a message to the terrorists and tyrants abroad that they’re free to do as they please when it comes to Christians.” concluded Perkins.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains Enter Fort McMurray, Prepare for Return of Residents into Fire-Devastated Community

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 27, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team have deployed to fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, and are ministering to first responders and utility workers as they endeavor to restore critical functions in the city.

The chaplains will maintain a presence in Fort McMurray as residents begin returning to the area on June 1. Many will be seeing what is left of their homes for the first time since hastily evacuating in the face of the enormous wildfire in early May.

It is reported that the fire has now burned more than 566,000 hectares (more than 1.4 million acres) across the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Jack Munday, the international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, said, “The devastation caused by the Fort McMurray fire has resulted in more suffering than we can imagine. As the residents return, we need to pray for God’s hope and comfort as they face intense grief in their loss.”

Munday continued, “Our chaplains have been in the area for several days. We will continue to be there to offer emotional and spiritual care to those who have been working long, brutal days to get the city back up and running, and for those who are returning home to find that their whole world has changed.”

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains from Canada and the United States are partnering in the effort. The group has deployed in coordination with Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian disaster relief organization also headed by Franklin Graham. Together the two ministries will address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who have been affected.

In addition to the work in Fort McMurray, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team currently has chaplains in Ecuador (earthquake) and West Monroe, La. (flooding). They recently completed ministry efforts in the Houston, Texas, area (flooding).

For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit www.billygraham.org/rrt. Updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/RRTChaplains.

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 a nationwide network of chaplains in 48 states who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 215 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes. 

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Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains in Texas Following Historic Floods

Chaplains Deploying to Provide Emotional and Spiritual Care After Deadly Blanco River Flooding

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 27, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are on the ground in San Marcos, Texas, to provide emotional and spiritual care following the devastating and deadly floods that have caused widespread destruction throughout the area. From there, the chaplains will help bring assistance to nearby Wimberley and other areas affected by the overflow from the Blanco River, which – according to news reports – crested at more than 44 feet, far beyond the river’s flood stage of 13 feet.

Even as the response in San Marcos begins, the ministry is continuing to assess other flooded areas in Texas for additional potential deployments.

“We mourn with the families that lost loved ones, some of whom have not yet been found,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “And we grieve with those who lost every last thing that they own, all of their dreams washed away in a surge of dirty water. The width and depth of this tragedy is extensive and heart-breaking. Please be in prayer for all of those – and there are so many – who have been tragically impacted by this storm.”

The organization has responded in coordination with Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian disaster relief organization headed by Franklin Graham, who is also president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team just wrapped up a deployment to Van, Texas, some 255 miles northeast of San Marcos, following a tornado outbreak in the small community earlier this month.

For more information on the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit www.billygraham.org/rrt. Updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/BGRapidResponseTeam.

About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:
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 195 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

Nancy Writebol Returning to U.S. Tuesday for Further Treatment; American Missionary with Ebola Remains in Stable Condition

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 4, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Nancy Writebol, the American missionary who contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia, is expected to return to the U.S. for further treatment on Tuesday, according to SIM (www.simusa.org), the Christian mission organization with which she serves. She remains in serious, but stable, condition.
Photo: Nancy Writebol
Writebol was serving on a joint team with Dr. Kent Brantly of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, when they both contracted the virus.
The same medical evacuation plane that brought Brantly back to the U.S. for treatment on Aug. 2 is on its way to Liberia to pick up Writebol. The plane, which is equipped with a unique containment unit, will fly into Dobbins Air Force Base near Atlanta. Writebol will then be transported to Emory University Hospital and placed in a special isolation unit set up in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP).
“We are so grateful and encouraged to hear that Nancy’s condition remains stable and that she will be with us soon,” said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA. “Her husband, David, told me Sunday her appetite has improved and she requested one of her favorite dishes – Liberian potato soup – and coffee.”
David Writebol will travel back to the U.S. separately in a few days. He will be reunited with his wife, where they can visit through a window in the isolation unit.
SIM missionaries evacuated from Liberia returned to the U.S. on Sunday. The group of two adults and six children will be housed temporarily at SIM’s campus in Charlotte.
SIM is following strict personal and public health safety protocols established by the CDCP and the World Health Organization regarding its personnel. All departing SIM personnel were cleared in Liberia by infectious disease medical experts to fly on commercial flights. All received medical checkups upon their return. No returning SIM staff members are ill or showing symptoms of infection. SIM medical staff, in cooperation with area healthcare professionals, will continue to monitor their health and support their well-being.
“Quite frankly, those returning to the U.S. need a temporary sanctuary where they can rest, relax and be loved on by other members of the SIM family,” said Johnson. “Media interest has been high, and we ask that their privacy be protected.”
Although nonessential personnel have left the country, SIM is sending another American SIM missionary doctor to help with the treatment of Ebola patients at a separate Ebola Treatment Center on its 130-acre SIM/ELWA campus in Monrovia, Liberia.
“Our ELWA Hospital is led by capable Liberian doctors, administrators and staff,” said Johnson. SIM currently has two expatriate doctors on site that have been caring for Writebol, Brantly and others, alongside their Liberian colleagues. Other SIM ministries, including its radio station and HIV-AIDS public health education group, continue to operate with Liberian staff.
The latest updates on Writebol’s condition and SIM’s role in the Ebola epidemic in Liberia are available at www.simusa.org.
SIM is an international Christian mission with a staff of nearly 3,000 workers serving in more than 65 countries. In addition to medicine, SIM serves on every continent in areas of education, community development, public health and Christian witness. While SIM stood for Sudan Interior Mission when it was founded 120 years ago, it is now a global mission known as SIM. Two of SIM’s three founders died of disease within the first year of the organization’s founding. Yet SIM continued on to become one of the largest Christian medical missions in the world.

Nancy Writebol Returning to U.S. in Few Days for Further Treatment; American Missionary with Ebola Remains in Stable Condition

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 2, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Nancy Writebol, the American missionary who contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia, will return to the U.S. for further treatment in a few days, according to SIM (www.simusa.org), the Christian mission organization with which she serves. She remains in serious, but stable condition.
Photo: David and Nancy Writebol
Writebol was serving on a joint team with Dr. Kent Brantly of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, when they both contracted the virus.
The same medical evacuation plane that brought Brantly back to the U.S. for treatment will return to Liberia and pick up Writebol. The plane, which is equipped with a unique containment unit, will fly into Dobbins Air Force Base in Atlanta. Writebol will then be transported to Emory University Hospital and placed in a special isolation unit set up in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control.
“We remain encouraged by Nancy’s condition, and we can’t wait to have her back home,” said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA. “We are grateful for the help and support of the U.S. State Department, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization and Emory Hospital. We are also extremely grateful for the prayers of people around the world.”
Writebol’s husband, David, will travel back to the U.S. separately in a few days. He will stay in the Atlanta area to be near his wife.
SIM nonessential personnel also will return to the U.S. in the next several days. Travel plans are incomplete at this time.
SIM is following strict personal and public health safety protocols established by the CDC and World Health Organization in these efforts. To date, no other SIM staff members are ill or showing symptoms of infection. Their health is being monitored continually.
Although nonessential SIM personnel are leaving the country, SIM is sending another American doctor to help with the treatment of Ebola patients at its ELWA treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia. SIM currently has two doctors on site that have been caring for Writebol, Brantly and others. Other SIM ministries, including its radio station, school and HIV-AIDS public health education group, continue to operate with Liberian staff.
The latest updates on Writebol’s condition and SIM’s role in the Ebola epidemic in Liberia are available at www.simusa.org.
SIM is an international Christian mission with a staff of nearly 3,000 workers serving in more than 65 countries. In addition to medicine, SIM serves on every continent in areas of education, community development, public health and Christian witness. While SIM stood for Sudan Interior Mission when it was founded 120 years ago, it is now a global mission known as SIM. Two of SIM’s three founders died of malaria within the first year of the organization’s founding. Yet SIM continued on to become one of the largest Christian medical missions in the world.

Condition Worsens for American Missionary with Ebola

Nancy Writebol Receiving Experimental Drug

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 31, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The condition of Nancy Writebol, a missionary who recently contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia, has worsened, according to SIM (www.simusa.org), the Christian missions organization with which she serves.  She continues her battle against the deadly virus.

Photo: Healthcare workers attend to an Ebola patient at the isolation unit of SIM’s ELWA hospital in Monrovia.

Writebol was serving alongside Dr. Kent Brantly on a joint team of people with Samaritan’s Purse and SIM when they contracted Ebola.

Writebol is in stable, but serious condition and is receiving an experimental drug that doctors hope will better address her condition. Her husband, David, is close by. With her condition, he can only visit his wife through a window or dressed in a haz-mat suit.

“We continue to pray for Nancy’s full and complete recovery,” said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA. “Even though her condition has worsened, we know she is receiving the best possible medical care, and we are thankful that she has access to this experimental drug. We believe in the power of prayer and ask people around the world not only to pray for Nancy and Kent, but also for everyone affected by this terrible virus.”

To date, no other SIM personnel have tested positive for Ebola.

SIM remains committed to the safety of all personnel in affected areas and is in the process of removing all non-essential employees from Liberia.  SIM is not releasing a timeline for the evacuations or destinations because of a respect for the privacy of its personnel. The missions organization is taking safeguards that exceed the standards recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

Despite these perilous conditions, SIM remains committed to Liberia. The organization currently has two SIM doctors caring for Writebol and Brantly, and SIM’s Liberian staff is still engaged in the region. SIM ministries, including its radio station, school and HIV-AIDS public health education group, continue to operate.

The latest updates on Writebol’s condition and its role in the Ebola epidemic in Liberia are available at SIM’s website, www.simusa.org.

SIM is an international Christian mission with a staff of nearly 3,000 workers serving in more than 65 countries.  In addition to medicine, SIM serves on every continent in areas of education, community development, public health and Christian witness. While SIM stood for Sudan Interior Mission when it was founded 120 years ago, it is now a global mission known as SIM. Two of SIM’s three founders died of malaria within the first year of the organization’s founding. Yet SIM continued on to become one of the largest Christian medical missions in the world.

Faith-Based Organizations Host Disaster Recovery Volunteers

ANCHORAGE, AK (FEMA) – Faith-based organizations in Anchorage and Fairbanks are welcoming hundreds of volunteers with open arms, providing them food, transportation and shelter as they prepare for the final leg of a journey to help rebuild communities hit by last year’s flooding and ice jams along the Yukon River. Armed with a wide range of construction skills, men and women from across the country began arriving in Fairbanks on the first of June and more arrived in Anchorage starting the first of July.

The host groups are partnering with the State of Alaska and Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure the volunteers have a local base where they receive training and orientation before heading out to the affected communities. Many are returning to continue the repair efforts they supported last summer.

“I feel really good about the volunteers coming in,” said FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaison Susie Calvert. “The churches are prepared to host them in ways that will be a pleasant transition. I feel we have the staff to support them and spent the whole winter preparing for their arrival.”

Where volunteers stay prior to their departure depends on which community they will assist. About 55 volunteers from Disciples of Christ and Mennonite Disaster Service stationed in Emmonak or Alakanuk are scheduled to connect in Anchorage throughout the summer.

The majority of volunteers, around 210 from the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, Samaritan’s Purse and Mennonite Disaster Service aiding Galena or Circle will arrive in Alaska via Fairbanks.

“This year, eight different churches in Fairbanks have stepped up to the plate to share the hosting responsibility,” said Disaster Response Coordinator Debbie Ervin for the Alaska Methodist Conference. “We’re all taking turns and helping one another to make sure that this goes as smoothly as possible to help Galena and the other communities return to where they were before the flood happened.”

Churches and other faith-based organizations hosting volunteers in Fairbanks include the Fairbanks Native Chapel, Fairhill Community Church of God, Friends Community Church, First United Methodist Church, University Community Presbyterian Church, Monroe Catholic School, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Bible Baptist Church, True Victory Baptist Church and the Salvation Army.

Participating organizations in Anchorage include the First Presbyterian Church, Prince of Peace Mennonite Church, Trinity Christian Reform Church, Anchorage Lutheran Church, the Presbytery of Yukon, St. Patrick Catholic Church Parish and First Christian Church Disciples of Christ.

“I think there’s been a good collaboration between state and federal government and the voluntary agencies,” said Anchorage pastor John David Thacker with the Mennonite Disaster Service and chairperson of the Alaska Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster. “We all have a common goal in mission: serving Alaskans who have been affected by the disaster, and if we all work together, great things can happen.”

Shattered Magazine Releases Its Third Issue

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Nov. 16, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Shattered Magazine is a new Christian magazine that focuses on sharing personal stories that glorify God. Started through a successful Kickstarter campaign, Shattered has just released its third issue and has experienced a 130% growth rate in subscribers defying all industry odds and expectations.

Currently available for purchase at www.shatteredmagazine.net, this issue is filled with stories of hope, new beginnings and real life during the holidays. It includes stories like Timur’s of how receiving a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child changed his life, how one family found incredible blessings through losing everything in the April 2011 AL tornado outbreak, how Vivien deals with the heartache of losing her son over the holidays, and how our very own Army Wife is making it through the separation of her deployed husband and father of four during this season. Plus it includes a list of gifts that “give back,” tips on decorating for the holidays, delicious holiday recipes from family kitchens and much more.

Started by Rachael Jackson, a former Army Apache helicopter pilot turned publisher, she says, “I want this issue of Shattered to be a source of strength, hope, and encouragement to people struggling this holiday season. These times can be joyous yet difficult for so many, and my wish for them this season would be the healing that comes through a close relationship with Christ as demonstrated in our stories.”

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Deploys to Four States After Deadly Tornado Outbreak

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 6, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has deployed to five locations in four states after recent tornadoes claimed dozens of lives and caused millions of dollars of damage to homes and businesses from the Midwest to the South. Teams of disaster-trained chaplains will minister to the needs of storm survivors in and around the communities of Harrisburg, Ill.; Madison, Ind.; Henryville, Ind.; West Liberty, Ky.; and Charlotte, N.C.

“It’s impossible to overstate the pain and despair caused by tornadoes,” said Jack Munday, director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “There are times when you can see a disaster coming and have an opportunity to get out of the way. Tornadoes are so sudden. One minute your life is normal, and the next your whole world has been turned inside-out. Please pray for these dear people as they grieve and mourn, and as they begin to try to put the pieces back together again. We will be there to respond with compassion and the hope of Jesus Christ.”

In each of the five cities, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is deploying alongside disaster response ministry Samaritan’s Purse to work together to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the survivors.

The recent tornado outbreaks are reminiscent of the 2011 tornado season, which saw massive twisters destroying entire cities across multiple states. In the first half of last year, chaplains deployed to eight different disaster areas across four states, including extended deployments in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Ala., and Joplin, Mo.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is a nationwide network of chaplains across 44 states that are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. Since the ministry was launched in 2002, it has responded to more than 125 natural and man-made disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and shootings.

For more information on the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, visit www.billygraham.org/rrt. For videos, photos and news articles from recent Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deployments, visit www.billygraham.org/response. Ministry updates and photo galleries are posted at www.facebook.com/BGRapidResponseTeam.

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