BGEA Rapid Response team assists those impacted by Colorado flooding

by: Eric Philips Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Locals in Colorado said they are getting rain in biblical proportions. Al New with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response team is seeing it firsthand.

"We have seen a lot of water all over where it should not be and we have seen mudslides. Even as we are speaking today there is a lot more flooding," said New.

New will be managing a team of chaplains going into the hardest hit areas to offer help and hope.

"There is hope through Jesus Christ. They have lost their home, they have lost their personal belongings, and so emotionally they are very distraught and so when a chaplain comes along a lot of the time there is just the ministry of presence," said New.

He said the ministry is not just for struggling residents.

"We will be ministering to the first responders who are very tired," said New.

Right now, New said he is fine tuning logistics and getting a base established so that as other chaplains arrive they can go to work in what will be a taxing environment.

"This is a little bit more dangerous than normal. Lift the chaplains up for their safety," said New.