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Friends and Family
"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-134.
Friends and family are a blessing from God and it can be painful for us when we are parted from them, whether by temporary circumstances or the permanent separation of death.
In this month’s News and Prayer, you can read the heart-warming story of how SAT-7 was able to reunite two young friends who were driven from their homes in Iraq by Islamic State and ended up in different countries. We can learn much from Myriam and Sandra’s care for and commitment to each other.
It was also a privilege for us to film a special episode of one of our children’s programmes at an orphanage in Egypt. Host Essam Nagy (“Mr Know”) stressed that while we may have lost our earthly family, we have a Father in heaven who loves us and is there for us.
At SAT-7, we are always seeking to build relationships with our viewers, and share in their sorrows and joys.
Please pray for Myriam and Sandra, and the orphans in Egypt, that these truths will comfort them.
Refugee friends reunited on SAT-7!
Best friends Myriam (10) and Sandra (9), who were driven from their homes in Iraq by Islamic State last year and ended up in different countries, were brought together on a live SAT-7 KIDS show.
The youngsters were reunited over a video phone call during an episode of Let’s Sing Together marking eastern Easter on 12 April.
They had been separated when Myriam’s family fled to Kurdistan and Sandra’s to Lebanon when Islamic State took over their home town of Qaraqosh last summer. Neither knew where the other was.
SAT-7 first heard their story from Myriam, who was interviewed by popular presenter Essam Nagy just before Christmas when he visited the camp in Ankawa where she is living. Myriam expressed her great desire to see Sandra again and Essam said he hoped SAT-7 would be with the girls on the day they met again.
SAT-7 then traced Sandra and invited her to come to our Lebanon studio to take part in Let’s Sing Together and talk to Myriam, who was watching the live programme in Kurdistan.
When Essam asked Sandra what she wanted to say to Myriam, she replied: “I want to tell her I miss her so much and I want to see her so I can hug her. We want to go back to Iraq and see her but there is no safety.”
Myriam responded with a prayer for Sandra: “Jesus Christ, I pray for Sandra my friend. Please protect her and put in her path people who love her and appreciate her. I thank You Jesus that we are seeing one another again even if not face to face. Amen."
Essam said: “It was a very remarkable moment to watch this amount of genuine, true love speaking out of the hearts of kids to the whole world on SAT-7 KIDS.”
A new look at Old Testament theology
A new programme on SAT-7 PARS is delving into the Old Testament to encourage viewers to dig deeper into their faith.
Theological Themes in the Old Testament is part of the channel’s Seminary of the Air (SOTA), which is designed to help believers and seekers develop a deep and detailed understanding of the Bible. It is filling the void left by the closure of churches and seminaries in Iran.
The Farsi programme, which is also broadcast in Afghanistan and Tajikistan, began airing in March. It has covered topics including knowing God and how He reveals Himself through His relationships with people. Later episodes will explore God’s promise to Abraham, understanding sin and the importance of covenants in the Old Testament.
“I gave my heart to Jesus two years ago and continue to watch your programmes daily. Now, 10 members of my family are also Christians and we come together to worship God and watch your programmes.”
Host Rev. Faribouz Khandani came to faith in Christ in 1976 after he began reading the Bible in an effort to prove to his Christian sister that it was false!
He said: “I was convinced that the Bible was corrupt and full of inconsistencies… Little did I know that the word of God was powerful to convict, and I began following Christ.”
Growing persecution against Christians in Iran caused the family to emigrate and Rev. Khandani now pastors a church in Toronto, Canada. He holds a degree in Biblical Studies and is conducting advanced research in Historical Theology.
He said: “In terms of TV ministry, the burden on my heart is to see the leaders of the underground churches in Iran grow and learn so that they help nourish and teach the lay members.”
SAT-7 KIDS marks Orphans’ Day with special show
Orphans were encouraged that they have a Father in heaven who loves them in a special live episode of one of SAT-7 KIDS’ most popular programmes.
Why is That? broadcast live from The Good Samaritan Orphanage at the Evangelical Church in Mokattam, Cairo, on 3 April to mark Egypt’s Orphans Day. It was the first time that the show had been filmed outside the studio in its five years on air.
Presenter Essam Nagy (“Mr Know”) talked to and prayed with the children, explaining how Jesus taught His disciples to pray to “Our Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:9).
He interviewed a group of 12 children aged 6 to 14, asking them questions including, “What do you like most about Jesus?”, “What would you most like to ask Him for?” and “Is it hard to forgive others as God forgave us?”
Another, Nancy, said: “The thing I love most about Jesus Christ is that He died on the cross for me and gave me life. When I ask things from Him, even if they are too many, He still answers my prayers and I feel I don’t deserve it. I am sure of His love for me.”
Sadly, the way that orphans are defined in Egypt is broader than in the UK. Many orphanages are filled with children who have families but their widowed mothers cannot afford to feed them.
Give thanks that Myriam and Sandra were able to see and speak to each other on SAT-7. Pray they will soon be able to meet in person.
Pray that the Lord will watch over Myriam, Sandra and their families and keep them safe. Pray that all Christians who have been displaced by Islamic State will know the Lord’s protection and peace.
Pray for the Rev Faribouz Khandani as he presents Theological Themes in the Old Testament, that the Lord will give him wisdom and insight as he teaches viewers in Iran and other Farsi-speaking countries.
Pray that the show’s viewers will be strengthened in their faith as they watch this and other SOTA programmes.
Pray for the children at The Good Samaritan Orphanage, that they will know the depth of the Father’s love for them.
Pray that they — and other orphans watching elsewhere — were encouraged by this special episode of Why is That?. Pray that poor families in Egypt will receive more support to care for their children.