Photo above: While serving at a Samaritan Purse Field Hospital in Ukraine, a Billy Graham chaplain stands in an operating room, praying over the patient. Since the conflict began, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has trained over 100 Ukrainians as chaplains.
With more than 3 million Ukrainians residing in Poland after fleeing their homeland, crisis-trained chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) are headed to a refugee camp near Warsaw to help those facing conflict.
“The refugees who are coming over to Poland are traumatised. After being there in Ukraine, I don’t think I’ll ever be the same after seeing how desperate and broken people are,” said BG-RRT’s International Director Josh Holland, who helped with relief efforts in Lviv in early March.
“I came back with a passion that God could use the BG-RRT ministry to reach more refugees. We are sending chaplains to Poland to cry with them, comfort them, pray with them and let them know God loves them and has not forgotten about them.”
Billy Graham chaplains will arrive Sunday to work alongside their sister ministry Samaritan’s Purse at the refugee camp.
Shortly after the conflict began, dozens of BG-RRT chaplains began ministering in three cities in Ukraine, including at a Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital and medical clinics. Chaplains have not just shared the loved of Christ with locals, but also have trained over 100 Ukrainians to become chaplains. In addition, BGEA recently launched a free, online video series called “God’s Hope in Crisis” to help Ukrainians navigate trauma.
As chaplains continue to serve in Ukraine, the BG-RRT is eager to help those who may be outside of danger in Poland but are still processing all they’ve faced—and grieving the loss of loved ones.
Please be in prayer for Ukraine and the Billy Graham chaplains serving in Eastern Europe.