Lebanon | SAT-7

History

Lebanon is a country of great cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Ruled by the Ottoman Empire for almost 400 years, Lebanon was placed under the French Mandate following World War I, and later granted independence in 1946.1  Lebanon was devastated by a civil war lasting from 1975 until 1990.

Government

Lebanon has always embraced its many religious communities.  In the National Pact of 1943, it was agreed that any President of Lebanon must be Maronite Christian, the Speaker of the Parliament a Shiite Muslim, with a Sunni Muslim Prime Minister and a Greek Orthodox Deputy Prime Minister. 2  A tribunal in 2011 to investigate Hezbollah members implicated in the assassination of former Prime Minister Hariri, resulted in the resignation of ten cabinet ministers and a presidential appointee, forcing rushed elections and a suspension of the tribunal.  A new government was formed in July 2011.

Social Issues

Since the end of the civil war, it is estimated that approximately 350,000 Lebanese remain internally displaced. There also remain almost 400,000 Palestinian refugees in southern Lebanon,3 who have not been allowed to return to Palestine following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

SAT-7 Viewership

According to surveys carried out in 2008, 6.6% of the population has watched SAT-7 or continue to watch it.4

Religion

Lebanon is 59% Muslim and 39% Christian, with 2% accounting for other religious minorities.  Many Christians claim they are only protected because they are represented in government – a unique trait in a Middle Eastern country.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that the Muslim and Christian communities will be able to co-exist and work together to rebuild Lebanon.
  • Pray that Lebanon can set a positive example of religious diversity and tolerance for other countries in the region.

 

“SAT-7 touched and changed my spiritual life and drew me to Christ. I believe in it as an important ministry to all viewers in the Arab world. The message you convey is like rain on dry land and cold water to a thirsty soul.”  A man from Lebanon

1. CIA World Factbook | 2. Middle East Concern | 3.Middle East Concern | 4. Intermedia survey 2008

CHANNELS IN LEBANON

viewer quotes

"Through Christ, you can get well and see light instead of darkness...Thank you for these programmes. They are teaching us to be better people."

Afghan father who watches SAT-7 PARS

"How does God speak to people? Pray He will speak to me or appear to me, so I can know He is real and have peace like believers have. "

Viewer in Egypt

"I am a regular viewer of the programme 'From Me to You'. I am so blessed and my spirit gets lifted up by your prayers, songs and sharing. Thank you for today's topic. We really need to change. And may the Lord work in us more and more for His glory. "

SAT-7 ARABIC viewer in the Holy Land

"May God bless you all. We ask Jesus to extend His hand, as nothing is too difficult for Him. We pray that He would give comfort to victims’ families in Aleppo and all of Syria. And we pray that He would stop this storm."

A Syrian viewer of 'Just for You'

"SAT-7 reaches our family in this desert to give us hope where there is none. Our kids know Jesus through you and the miracles he is doing... Through this small TV screen, you reach our heart, we hear the news of Heaven and you give us relief, we feel home where we don't feel it and know we have a Big family in Christ, caring and praying and working."

A family in Saudi Arabia

"You speak about God so openly and lovingly, not like they did at home. Pray that I will find a Bible and know God."

"I am touched by the sermons that I’m watching every Friday. I’m not able to go to church but God has opened a door for me to attend a church service in my house every week! I never thought that one day I would see bold Algerians worshipping the Lord and not afraid to be shown on TV."

An Algerian viewer

"My family and I came to Christ and we are big fans and regular viewers of SAT-7. God bless you."

Man from Morocco

"I was watching the programme 'School of Christ' and Pastor Sameh Maurice was saying, 'I came for you.' I felt that these words were addressed to me personally from God. I am so touched and moved. I also want to thank you for all the programs you are airing on your channel."

A doctor in Egypt

"Your programmes provide such a wonderful opportunity for me to explain to my children what we believe as Christians in ways they understand. It really is a precious thing to have this channel."

A MOTHER IN TURKEY

"“A friend gave me a Bible, and I bought a satellite dish to watch your programmes. I gave my heart to Jesus. Pray for me to learn more about Christianity.”"

An Iranian viewer

"Finally, a Syrian programme has come to us! May God bless you and use you to the glory of His name."

A viewer of 'Just for You'

"I am a big fan a regular viewer of your wonderful channel, SAT-7 programmes."

Male viewer, Morocco

"I would like to thank you for your marvellous efforts in serving our children. Enough to say that we leave them in front of SAT-7 KIDS with full trust of your commitment to supplement our parenting."

Parent in Egypt

"Although I am not a Christian, because of you I am becoming closer to God."

Viewer in Kuwait

"Five years ago I started seeking for the truth in different religions. I was lost, confused and wanted to reach out to God. I really needed comfort and peace. Thank God I found peace and the truth through the programmes and the songs on my favourite channel SAT-7."

A woman from Saudi Arabia

"I'm Maya, 3 and a half years old from Amman, watching your bedtime story every night and can't go to bed before listening to your stories. Mama also watching with me."

From a young child in Jordan