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Christian NGO on refugees: "These are human beings that occupy the planet just like you and I"

Tue 22 Sep 2015
By Hannah Tooley

A leading Christian NGO working on the Greek island of Lesbos has told Premier Jesus was a refugee and Christians should extend help to others in their time of need. 

Johnathan Macris, Director of Hellenic Ministries and founder of Euro Relief, was speaking to Premier as European ministers have been discussing a scheme to relocate more than 100-thousand migrants around the continent.

The Home Secretary Theresa May is due to attend an extraordinary meeting in Brussels to discuss the refugee crisis on Tuesday, while Prime Minister David Cameron is due to raise the subject while discussing a re-negotiation of Britain's membership in the EU with French President Francois Hollande.

He told Premier that these people should not be condemned, but sympathised with: "If we were living where they were living, would we not be seeking a better future somewhere else?

"Would we not be seeking a better future somewhere else, would be not be willing to sacrifice everything that we have for the right that our children would have for a better future?"

On Monday night Hungary deployed the army to secure its border against the flow of people and authorised the use of force to stop people continuing their journey, including rubber bullets and tear gas.

The Hungarian Prime Minister says refugees are "laying siege" to his borders.

Mr Macris added that refugees had not always been welcomed into Greece but wanted to remind people that: "These are human beings that occupy the planet just like you and I and their need for a sense of security is a great as yours and I are."

Johnathan Macris said it was a chance to reach out to others in need of help: "I think we need to seize this as an opportunity to be the kind of people that we were created and destined to be; loving others into the Kingdom."

Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speak Johnathan Macris here:

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