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Christian mission organisation urges prayers for holidaymakers as travel chaos hits port of Dover

by Alex Collett

Lorries, vans and cars have been stuck on gridlocked roads in large parts of Dover today, 22nd July 2022, as those travelling to the town's port faced hours of delays. 

A critical incident was declared with the port's boss blaming the French side for "woefully inadequate" staffing levels at the border.

P-and-O Ferries estimated it will take holiday travellers at least six hours to get through.
United Beach Missions is a Christian organisation that holds mission trip holidays around the UK.

Tim Howlett, executive director from United Beach Missions told Premier Christian News of the popular tourist hotspots and the difficulties their volunteers face when travelling:

"Cornwall is always busy and popular, just by judging by the queues getting down, to come each summer.

"It's a big commitment for our volunteers to travel quite long distances, so that they can be on on the teams.

"So as an organisation, we don't organise the travel, but we're certainly aware that all the team members, quite often have long hauls, to get to their destination, to be able to volunteer for the week of beach missions."

Howlett also explained what their Christian holidays entail: "If you imagine what you might do as a holiday- Bible club in a church- is what we do on the beach, so there'd be lots of games and quizzes and competitions and stories and all kinds of things. 

"We have some modelling competitions, and parent's penalty shootouts and family olympics.

"So families who want to come to the beach can come and join in as they wish."

Howlett also said how we can be praying for holiday travellers: "For all those people going on holiday, I pray that they would have just a good time with us. 

"But I think with all the things that happen in people's lives, 

"I think just for people to come to understand that Jesus is the answer to our greatest needs, especially need of forgiveness and so it's just there to hear the good news of Jesus and come to understand the Christian message."

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