Christians Help Travelers Stranded by Volcano

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Flights took off on schedule Thursday across most of Europe where travelers and airlines came to a standstill due to volcanic activity.

The volcanic ash cloud that shut down airports for almost a week may have caused major headaches for travelers, but it also gave Christians a unique ministry opportunity.

The volcano shut down British airspace for six days and the immense backlog of flights means it will be quite some time before all the stranded travelers finally make it home.

Click play for an updated report with CBN News United Kingdom Correspondent Peter Wooding.

In the heat of the crisis, Manchester Airport Chaplain Kevin Ball stepped in to serve.

"When it was closed, and we still had passengers here we were very conscious of making sure they were ok, both physically, mentally, and spiritually," Ball said.

With thousands of passengers stranded at the height of the stop-down, Ball said local churches also came to their aid.

"We're very fortunate in that members from the public and from local churches came and offered accommodation to people who were stranded," he said.

In the meantime, Christians in the United Kingdom believe there are spiritual implications to the crisis.

Christian business leaders gathered in Northwest England this week for a special evening of prayer for the country.

They say God is using this time to shake the nation.

"I thought it was an excellent focus for people, and the fact that the whole of the airlines was grounded for six days, giving people chance to sit back and listen and think about the awesomeness of God," one business leader said.

"Just to let people know that the forces of nature are indeed awesome and that the best laid plans of men may not always come to fruition," another business leader said.

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