Urgent appeal: HOPE for Middle East children
Please help us give hope to Syria's
traumatised children this Christmas.
In a refugee camp in Lebanon,
seven-year-old Sabeen talks about how she was playing with her best
friend Lilith in her home town near Homs, when Lilith was shot. “A
bullet went through her neck,” she says.
Her best friend died in front
of her eyes.
For many traumatised children like
Sabeen, hearing about God’s love on SAT-7 KIDS in Arabic has become the
one ray of hope in their lives.
One Syrian mother, Raja, told
us how SAT-7 KIDS TV has become a lifeline for her children.
Speaking to Enaam Haddad, one of our
SAT-7 Audience Relations Team, she said, “Our children are traumatised
by the war and becoming violent. In this camp, the children are obsessed
with playing games about war. They are killing each other with
make-believe knives and guns. As mothers, we don’t know what to do. It
makes us so scared, to see our children so different to the way they
were before the war.”
It is no wonder parents are desperate to give their children a positive influence. As the children huddle together to watch the SAT-7 KIDS programmes, they hear about how much Jesus loves them, and their faces light up with huge smiles.
A father told Enaam: “It is so important
for our children to see Syrian young people on air, who talk and share
from their experience, who understand what they are going through. It
helps them to deal with what they have seen and experienced in the war.”
An aid worker in the refugee camp said,
“Families actually arrive from Syria with their satellite dishes and
televisions. Some buy them in Lebanon with what money they had left.
Satellite TV is their only reliable link with the world, for news, for
hope, and the truth. They can’t do much else in their tents and few have
jobs. So a great number watch SAT-7, especially the children.”
With your help, this Christmas, we can continue to bring these traumatised children what they need most: fun, comfort and hope from the God who loves them unconditionally.
Every £1 you give will enable 1 child to hear for 1 year about the hope they have in Jesus, on SAT-7 KIDS TV.
“We want to encourage Syrian children in the great hope we have in Jesus. ‘’ SAT-7 presenter Nour Boutros
Perla, a young girl from Syria, emailed us to say: "My family and I will be praying for
every programme that talks about the Lord Jesus because I love him so
much. God bless you and protect you and save our parents."