Your prayers are vital to SAT-7
SAT-7 provides the Church of the Middle East and North Africa with an opportunity to witness for Jesus Christ through inspirational, informative and educational television and online broadcasts 24/7. Prayer is at the centre of our work.
Agents of reconciliation
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5: 7-9
Mario, a regular fan of the SAT-7 KIDS programme Why Is That, called the studio last month to pray for Iraq and other Arab countries. Even though Mario lives in Egypt he has been touched by the plight of those suffering.
We would like to share his inspirational prayer with you as we consider how SAT-7 is giving the Christian community a platform for a message of peace and reconciliation in the midst of violence and chaos.
Watch Mario’s prayer
Let us echo this prayer for the people of the Middle East, giving thanks for the unique ministry of SAT-7 in this tumultuous region.
Building bridges in broken Iraq
"Please pray for us who had to leave their homes by force in Iraq because of the situation. Please pray for protection, peace and provision to our families."
SAT-7’s current affairs programme Bridges has been helping viewers to understand the complexities of the various calamities engulfing the
Programme manager George Makeen said: “In all our live shows, we are sharing prayers and encouraging words to our viewers in Iraq.”
Featuring guest Iraqi politicians and public figures, Bridges has been examining
Because SAT-7 is watched not only by Christians, it provides a platform for the church in MENA to speak to other communities. Mr Makeen explained the motivation behind Bridges:
“We are not only opposing persecution of Christians. Christian ethics make it a must for us to speak about injustice regardless of who the victim is.
“We are urging moderate Muslims - the majority in the Arab world - to see that when you let extremists eliminate one group in society, the circle does not stop there. Eventually, they will turn on other Muslims to persecute those who are different.”
Pray for the innocents of Gaza and Israel
“SAT-7 is honoured to be such a source of blessing to the Arab world where we badly need more of these Arabic Christian programmes. SAT-7 stands today as a faithful witness to Christ Jesus and to the building of His triumphant church.”
SAT-7 International’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Terence Ascott is urging Christians to pray for those affected by the conflict between Israel and Hamas. He said that it may come as a surprise to most Westerners to know that there are as many as several thousand Palestinian Christians living in Gaza, and that their churches are among the places in which the displaced have been finding refuge.
Dr Ascott said: “I would encourage Christians everywhere to pray for the many innocent citizens of Gaza and Israel in these days of heightened and senseless violence, and to especially pray that the Christians in Gaza will be emboldened agents of reconciliation, and may bring words of peace, comfort and witness to those around them.”
SAT-7 is providing Christians in the region with the opportunity to do just that. Bridges has examined the diplomatic efforts to bring about a ceasefire and has consciously drawn a line between Gaza’s political leadership and its “many innocents” who deserve justice and protection.
Shaping next generation through sand art
An innovative programme on SAT-7 KIDS is bringing Bible stories to life for young viewers using the creative talents of Egypt’s first-ever sand artist. In Stories in the Sand (in Arabic, Ramleya fi Hekaya), Michael Romany enacts key events of the Bible by hand-designing sand displays atop a lit, glass panel.
An absorbing episode depicting Noah’s Ark featured the sounds of waves and animal calls in the background while a narrator told the story. At the end of each episode, the narrator introduces a Bible memory verse.
Monir says, “I am keen for young viewers to be familiar with the events of the Holy Bible… events that teach children the meaning of God’s mercy, His love, the greatness of His works and miracles… especially the young ones who do not read the Bible or go to Sunday school.”
Encounter SAT-7 and the Middle East at UK events
SAT-7 Trust invites you to enjoy music and conversation with two leading SAT-7 presenters from Lebanon, and experience aspects of Middle Eastern culture at two special Encounter events. Woodlands Church, Bristol, Saturday 27 September and Bromley Baptist Church, Saturday 4 October. It would be a pleasure to welcome you there! Click here for more details.
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THIS MONTH'S PRAYER
Pray for Christians, Yazidis and other minority groups in Iraq who have lost their homes and/or lost loved ones as a result of the takeover of large swathes of territory by the Islamic State.
Give thanks that through SAT-7, the Christian voice is being heard in Iraq. Viewers have expressed their gratitude that SAT-7 is presenting a unique message of peace and reconciliation.
Pray for the relief of suffering for all the innocent civilians caught up in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Pray for boldness for Christians in Gaza as they seek to bring comfort, peace and reconciliation for their neighbours.
Thank God for the opportunity Bridges provides for Christians to be “emboldened agents of reconciliation” in such contentious and complex situations. Pray that the message of peace will prevail and that God will be glorified through the witness of His people.
Praise God for the creativity of Stories in the Sand and pray that His truth will become embedded within the hearts and minds of the viewers - both children and adults as families watch the programme together - strengthening their faith and trust in God.
Pray that the two Encounter events will be a success, in terms of both raising funds for and awareness about the ministry of SAT-7.