Crisis-trained chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team flew to Barcelona on Thursday night following the terror attack there.
They are offering emotional and spiritual support to those caught up in the event, and assessing how the Rapid Response Team can support the local church as it ministers to the community
Thirteen people died and at least 100 were injured when a terrorist drove a white van into pedestrians on one of Spain’s most popular Boulevards in the Las Rambas district.
Police have arrested a number of suspects. Officers shot dead a man who drove at them at a checkpoint.
In a second incident on Friday morning, police shot dead five terrorists in the seaside town of Cambrils, 62 miles southwest of Barcelona. The terrorists had likewise driven a van into pedestrians, killing one woman and injuring six civilians and a police officer.
“The events in Barcelona remind us of how quickly tragedy can grip a city and indeed a continent,” said Nigel Fawcett-Jones, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Coordinator.
“Please join us in prayer for for those who have lost loved ones, the injured and all the healthcare teams providing care. Pray too for the police and security teams as they deal with this ongoing incident.”