On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an innocent black man, was murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis. In response, protests have broken out across the nation. In this time of grief and uncertainty, Kristy Graham brings God’s Word to the forefront of the conversation.
The episode begins with an audio clip from Rapid Response Team chaplains serving in Minneapolis and Charlotte, N.C. The sister organization of Samaritan’s Purse has sent teams to bring hope to the hurting. They describe the frustration and hopelessness seen on the faces in the crowd.
Kristy is joined over the phone by Kevin Williams, a chaplain on the Rapid Response Team. The conversation begins with the responsibilities of being a chaplain, including training and deployment to both natural and man-made disasters. Kristy dives deeper with Kevin into how chaplains emotionally prepare for various sensitive responses.
“Whether you’re a trained chaplain or not, as believers in Jesus Christ, we’re all called to speak His Name, to encourage the oppressed, seek justice, and lift up the marginalized.” – Kristy Graham
When racial protests first started, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association set up in Minneapolis then Charlotte, N.C., to show that God’s love is for all people. Kristy asks about the emotions in the crowd, and Kevin explains that every person agrees that an injustice has occurred. Yet, he gives insight into the range of feelings on the streets—protestors and law enforcement alike.
“My life has been a life of pain. I have personally experienced police brutality. I have personally experienced being unjustly incarcerated. I have personally experienced being put in prison without having due process of even going through a court system. That could’ve really made me a very angry person… but God softened my heart and he had a plan to use of that. Then, He put me in a uniform to identify with law enforcement to understand what their hurdles were daily. He decided to use all of that to build this in me to do His will with joy to encourage someone else in the midst of their crisis.” – Kevin Williams
Kevin shares his personal experience that helped shaped his desire to be a chaplain. Throughout their conversation, he gives a message of hope and encourages with scripture. While he prays for those on the ground in Charlotte, he is confident that the Holy Spirit is moving amidst the protests.
Kevin closes with insight to listen to others and learn about compassion. Kristy echoes with a statement Franklin Graham released to the staff of Samaritan’s Purse. Continue to pray for peace and reconciliation in America, as well as the chaplains from the Rapid Response Team.
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