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Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting: Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains Ministering to Hurting Community
Crisis-response deployment to Pittsburgh coincides with ongoing ministry throughout the Southeast following Hurricanes Florence and Michael

Contact: Lisa Moseley, 704-401-2116, lmoseley@bgea.org
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 29, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are on the ground in Pittsburgh following Saturday's mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. According to news reports, the attack claimed the lives of 11 people. Several more were injured, including police officers who engaged the shooter in their attempt to apprehend him.
"We're there to offer prayers, condolences and support to those impacted by the tragic shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh," said Josh Holland, assistant director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. "We are fervently praying for those who are grieving from this senseless act of violence."
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was formed in the days following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Since that time, the crisis-chaplaincy ministry has come alongside and supported survivors following dozens of shooting-related tragedies and terror attacks in the United States and abroad.
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, appealed for prayer on his Facebook page, saying, "We need to pray for the victims of this hate crime and for the loved ones of those who were killed."
In addition to the response in Pittsburgh, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team currently has chaplains in multiple areas across the southeastern United States following the incredible devastation of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, including New Bern, Jacksonville and Wilmington, N.C.; Horry County, S.C.; Albany, Ga.; and Wewahitchka, Fla.
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 an international network of chaplains in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 300 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.