The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deployed crisis-trained members to Texas amid devastation from Hurricane Harvey over the weekend.
There are 250 staffers on standby waiting to head to the Gulf Coast. Jack Munday says workers connected to the Billy Graham Evangelic Association (BGEA) are already on the ground in flood-ravaged parts of Texas.
Staffers in the Queen City are keeping tabs on the hardest hit areas in Texas before sending any more workers in to assist those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
"Right now we are dealing with people that are in shock that can't believe that it happened as it did. We always think it's gonna someone else who suffers at times like this," Munday said. "Our focus is emotional and spiritual care."
The storm that changed Lonnie Davis' life was Hurricane Katrina.
"My family was very lucky. We were some of the people able to to get out of the city before the storm completely moved in. We managed to escape before all the flooding happened, and so we watched it unfold," Davis said.
Charlotte opened shelters to assist Katrina survivors. More than a decade later, Davis and her family are calling Charlotte home, and the arts community benefits from her presence. She and her husband Ocie started the local Jazz Arts Initiative housed at Spirit Square.
But what's happening in the Lone Star State keeps Davis grounded to this personal crisis like the one that caused she and her family to leave Louisiana.
"For the people dealing with Hurricane Harvey right now, all I say is just take it one day at a time," Davis said.
One day at a time is how members of the BGEA are handling the situation.
"We're moving very cautiously and prayerfully to be there for the long haul," Munday said.
Staffers with BGEA said that they had people on the ground for 33 months after Hurricane Katrina hit the southern United States.
"Though we all anticipated the impact of Harvey, there's no way to overstate the ferocity of a storm like this," said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. "We're praying for those who have been devastated by the hurricane, and we'll be there to offer the hope and comfort of Christ to those who are hurting."