Pray for the work of SAT-7
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.
"Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
SAT-7 strives to reach out to marginalised people across the Middle East and North Africa through programmes that educate, challenge misconceptions and explain how the Christian faith is not a set of rules to be followed but a relationship with God who is passionately interested in every aspect of our lives.
“I thank God for you and I pray from all of my heart for your ministry.”
In this issue of News and Prayer we ask you to pray for programmes that reach out to those suffering trauma through war and violence; people groups with whom we are now able to communicate through their mother tongue; Syrian and Iraqi refugees who have fled to Lebanon and other countries to escape war and oppression.
The Middle East and North Africa is an increasingly volatile region. We simply do not know what may happen next. That is why SAT-7 greatly values your prayers as we continue to encourage and support the Church and share the Good News with millions.
Tackling refugee trauma
A new programme Medicine and Life is teaching millions of refugees, especially those from Iraq and Syria, how to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Imagine the stress on the infrastructure of Lebanon and other places as refugee families come pouring in, needing food, clothing, shelter, employment and education. While churches and other groups on the ground are helping to provide the tangible items, what about the emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of these individuals and families?
SAT-7 is strategically positioned for such a time as this - to quickly respond to desperate conditions in the Middle East and North Africa with sensitive, practical, and culturally appropriate television programmes.
Thirteen episodes of the new 52-episode series, Medicine and Life, are hosted by a psychiatrist who explores PTSD and how to deal with its various manifestations - nightmares, headaches, stomach aches, trouble sleeping, as well as the anxiety of children and parents who become separated from one another in the chaos.
Future episodes will feature discussion of general health issues, especially diseases related to living in difficult circumstances like camps without clean water or enough food. Other episodes will host medical doctors to discuss different health issues and their relationships to life and faith.
SAT-7 TÜRK reaches Azeri speaking people
SAT-7 TÜRK has begun broadcasting a number of programmes in Azeri, a language close to the Turkish language and has 23 million speakers.
Azeri is a natural choice for SAT-7 TÜRK because it is indigenous to Northern Iran, which borders Turkey; is very similar to the Turkish language and is actually understood by the Turkish-speaking viewers as well.
During the period between 2006 and 2013 when SAT-7 TÜRK did not have its own channel and was broadcasting only for four hours a day on the SAT-7 PARS channel, many Azeri speakers from Northern Iran would respond specifically to the Turkish language programming being aired at that time.
“We are very keen to develop this regular slot of programming on the TÜRK channel for Azeri speakers and to work alongside the SAT-7 PARS channel to produce effective programming for this sizeable audience,” says Melih Ekener, Executive Director of SAT-7 TÜRK.
Facts about the Azeri language
Azerbaijani, Azeri, or Azeri Turkish is a language belonging to the Turkic language family, spoken primarily in the South Caucasus region by the Azerbaijani people. The language is indigenous to Northern Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russian Caucasus, Eastern Turkey and small parts of Armenia. “I wish I could meet you and tell you all the stories and testimonies of the people who have come to Christ through your channel. Many Iranian church leaders have endorsed your channel and its teaching programmes in their churches and congregations.”
SAT-7 KIDS broadcasts from Beirut shopping mall!
SAT-7 KIDS broadcast live every day during Christmas week from City Mall in Beirut, Lebanon! The aim was to share the real meaning of Christmas with children, especially refugees from Syria and Iraq.
Here's a short clip of SAT-7 KIDS’ live programme from City Mall.
Naji Daoud, the Director of SAT-7’s studios in Lebanon said, “It was important at this time of turmoil in many countries in the Arab world to put a smile on the face of Children (especially Syria, Iraq and Palestinian). I believe that the live broadcast reached its purpose which was to raise the hopes and spirits of so many children spread all over the Arab world.”
A number of shops in the mall generously donated gifts to give to children who visited the programmes.
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THIS MONTH'S PRAYER
Give thanks that through satellite TV Medicine and Life is able to reach huge numbers of PTSD sufferers who desperately need help. Pray that the programme will have a positive impact on many people.
As Medicine and Life discusses health issues and their relationships to life and faith in future broadcasts, pray that viewers will be encouraged spiritually as well as physically.
Give thanks that SAT-7 TÜRK is able to reach Azeri speakers through their new programmes and pray that both Christians and people of other faiths will be encouraged and blessed.
Praise God that SAT-7 TÜRK has increased broadcasting from 4 to 24 hours a day.
Give thanks that SAT-7 KIDS was able to broadcast live from City Mall in Beirut and that the initiative was supported by local shops.
Pray for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Give thanks that SAT-7 is able to work with Lebanese churches as they reach out with Christ’s love to those in material and spiritual need.