Portsmouth pastor calls for Christian community to step up and help refugees

Dan Harman from City Life Church in Tangier Road ,Portsmouth
Dan Harman from City Life Church in Tangier Road ,Portsmouth
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THE Christian community must respond to the refugee crisis.

That’s the view of Dan Harman, of City Life Church, in Baffins, Portsmouth.

We have two children ourselves, one of whom is about the same age and we thought, there must be more to life than this.

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The pastor says he has been shocked by the extent of the problem and hopes he and his congregation can make a difference.

Speaking to The News, Mr Harman said: ‘Having children myself and seeing these images, it just moved me so much.

‘Laura my wife said she couldn’t sleep, she just had these images of the children and couldn’t shake them.

‘You can’t imagine what these families must be thinking.

‘You can’t ignore what’s happening. You can almost become numb when you hear things on the news where it doesn’t have that shock factor, but I think these images have really shocked people because they involve children.

‘The Christian community has got to respond.’

Meanwhile, Eastney couple Stephen McNally and Lizzie McNally-Gray were so heartbroken by pictures of dead children that they want to take several vans loaded with donations out to Calais.

Stephen said: ‘My wife and I saw the tragic and heart-breaking photos of the young boy who was lying lifeless on the beach.

‘We have two children ourselves, one of whom is about the same age and we thought, there must be more to life than this. Our hearts were pricked and I said to my wife, “we need to help them in some way”.’

Local teacher Danielle Travis is supporting CalAid with its efforts to send out donations – but is looking for a place to store them first.

To help Danielle, email d.travis3@outlook.com