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Don’t look back in anger

The power of innocent suffering: there is a sense of reverence and awe at the shrine of flowers in St Ann’s Square, Manchester. The Rapid Response Team has completed its deployment, but some moments seem caught in eternity. A man lays a bunch of tulips, wipes tears from his eyes, and crosses himself. A chaplain …

Love always wins: a Manchester teenager smiles again

I don’t hate them,” said Emilia. “I just hate what they did.” Thirteen-year-old Emilia is a beautiful, dark-haired Filipina girl in a blue-and-white dress. She looks deeply traumatised. She has brought a bouquet to lay at the ever-growing flower shrine in St Ann’s Square, Manchester. She stoops to place it and straightens up slowly, looking …

Manchester hears Jesus in the silence

There was no chance of getting anywhere near St Ann’s Square in Manchester, where a minute’s silence was being observed at 11am today. All the streets leading to the square were jam packed with jostling people. Silence fell suddenly and with a strange authority of its own. Nobody whispered. Nobody moved. Men and women noiselessly …

Chaplains bring comfort to a wounded city

Billy Graham Rapid Response Chaplains are in Manchester, ministering to a community traumatised by the recent terrorist attack. All day groups of people carried bouquets towards St Ann’s Square, to be laid at a shrine of flowers in front of the cathedral, where a subdued crowd mourned for the 22 people who died in the …

BGEA staff member prays with parents after Manchester bombing

Lee Searle, the People and Culture Manager of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association UK, has been praying with parents at the Royal Manchester Infirmary following last night’s terrorist attack. Twenty-two people died and 59 were injured when a terrorist detonated a suicide bomb just outside the Manchester Arena. It was just after 10.30pm and crowds …

‘It could so easily have been me.’

Sometimes when you have been through a trauma, it helps just to spend time with someone who can share the calm which comes from faith in Jesus. Jon is a young man who works just a couple of minutes away from Parliament Square and often walks home over Westminster Bridge. Last Wednesday he decided to …

‘The feelings are coming out now.’

Two days after the terror attack in Westminster, people were still coming to Parliament Square with their tributes of flowers. Grief for the four people who died at the hands of Khalid Masood showed no signs of abating. Josh and Jake came on the tube in their blue blazers from the Jewish School in Kinsbury, …

Comfort for those who mourn

London was grieving following the terror attack in Westminster, during which five people died. They included an unarmed policeman, PC Keith Palmer, who had tried to prevent the terrorist from entering Parliament, and the intruder himself, who was shot dead by a plain clothes policeman seconds afterwards. In the shocked aftermath, people on the streets …

Crisis-trained UK Chaplains Responding to London Attack

Paris, Brussels, Nice, Munich, Berlin—and now London. Wednesday’s deadly attack at the Houses of Parliament marks the sixth time in 16 months that the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has sent chaplains to a European city following an act of terrorism. “Please pray for those wounded and for the families of those killed in the …

Training for tragedy

Last month thirty-one people gathered at St James church in central Doncaster for the latest Sharing Hope in Crisis seminar, organised by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritans Purse. The one-day interactive course is the first stage in training to become a Rapid Response Chaplain. It also equips people with the skills and confidence …

Chaplains respond to California dam crisis

Update: As of late Tuesday afternoon, 14 February, officials lifted the mandatory evacuation order but remained cautious as weather threatens the Oroville, California, area. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains will remain in the area working alongside local churches and offering emotional and spiritual care. Please continue to keep all involved in your prayers. Crisis-trained …