The young Muslim man moved to Brussels, Belgium, to flee violence and war in his native Syria. But violence followed him when ISIS suicide bombers in Brussels killed 32 people and injured more than 300 on 22 March this year.
As people grieved over the deadliest terrorist attack in Belgium’s history, we quickly deployed several crisis-trained Billy Graham chaplains from the UK to Brussels, where they were joined by Rapid Response Team colleagues from the US and Canada. The team provided emotional and spiritual care to people affected by the tragedy, comforting the grieving, praying with all who desired it, and sharing the Gospel message of eternal salvation.
The young Muslim from Syria came to a memorial site with other mourners, and there he met and talked with one of the chaplains. He had many questions about why bad things happen, about God, and about faith—so many that he returned the next day to talk more.
He wanted to learn about Jesus. Chaplains shared their personal stories of redemption, and one of them explained the Gospel. “It was amazing to see the man react and accept Christ as his Saviour,” said a chaplain named Jeff. They gave him a Bible and made themselves available to continue meeting while they were in Brussels. They also worked to put him in touch with a local church.
“I have been privileged to be a part of this little team and to see what the Lord can do,” a UK chaplain named Douglas said after the deployment. “I’ll continue to pray for Brussels, for the multitude we were not able to reach, and for the handful—whom the Lord will use—who gave their lives
to Him in repentance and faith. I am praying also for the churches there who continue to serve after we leave.”
Will you pray also? Pray for the people who encountered the love of Jesus Christ through our chaplains in Brussels, and more recently through Rapid Response Team chaplains deployed to Nice and Munich, that they may find “all joy and peace in believing [in Christ] , so that by the power of the Holy Spirit [they] may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13, ESV).
(From the Billy Graham newsletter)
With many peaceful blessings