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rv-pro.com July 2019 • RV PRO • 105 in New York City following that tragic attack on our country and saw the thousands of people who were traumatized – many in shock, wandering the streets, in many cases holding pictures of loved ones, asking people if they had seen them," Munday recalls. He says Graham realized that there weren't enough coun- selors, clergy members, and chaplains available on the scene to talk with the people who were asking questions such as why a loving God would allow such a disaster. The Graham organization opened a prayer center in the city and launched the Rapid Response Team, which created a one-day training program for churches to teach people "how to share God's hope with people who are going through, in most cases, the most difficult time of their life." Since those early days in 2001, the Rapid Response Team has developed a corps of volunteer chaplains – 2,700 at last count – and responded to more than 260 crises around the world and prayed with more than 242,000 people, according to the Rapid Response Team website. At those sites, the chaplains typically serve for a week at a time and are housed in churches, barracks-style, according to Munday. At each scene, the Rapid Response Team also has chaplain site coordinators – many of them husband-and-wife teams – who stay two weeks or longer. They typically work from 5 a.m. to about 11 p.m. and need a quiet place to work and sleep. So, the Rapid Response Team provides the site coordinators with campers. Munday says the organization doesn't rely on hotels and motels because the infrastructure at a disaster area usually already is fragile. Volunteer chaplains (left to right) Ken Dunlap, Katrina Maloney and Chad Stillman are pictured standing and praying in front of a travel trailer that has been equipped for use by the Rapid Response Team, which is part of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Volunteer chaplains use the trailers as living quarters when they deploy to areas hit by storms, fires, floods, major accidents, mass shootings and other disasters.

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