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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.

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The power of prayer

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22

At this extremely tumultuous time in the Middle East, as the militants calling themselves ‘Islamic State’ wreak wanton destruction in Iraq and Syria, and the prospects for Christians in the region look especially dire, it is easy for us to despair. Humanly speaking, there is little we can do. But we can cast our cares—and those of our suffering Christian family in the Middle East—on the Lord, trusting that He will never let the righteous be shaken.

Prayer is a priority for SAT-7 and I would like to draw your attention to two ways that you can get involved. Firstly, you can send a prayer or message of love directly to Iraqi and Syrian Christians, offering them crucial support and consolation in their distress. Your message may be read out on-air, appear on-screen or be posted on our Facebook or Twitter pages. Click here for more details.

Secondly, you can encourage your church to take part in SAT-7’s international Day of Prayer on 2 November. This year, we are focussing on women and girls in the Middle East and North Africa, who are particularly vulnerable in the current unrest and especially need our prayers. Order your pack here.

Standing in solidarity with suffering Iraqis

A SAT-7 production crew entered Erbil, northern Iraq, in mid-September at the invitation of the Kurdish authorities. Thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yazidis, driven from their homes by Islamic State militants, have fled to safety there.

The crew from SAT-7’s current affairs programme Bridges filmed interviews with people in refugee camps about their ordeals and explored how churches in Kurdistan are caring for the displaced. The moving footage was used to create a special edition of the show broadcast on 20 September.

This clip features Iraqi Christians singing a song written in response to their property being labelled with the Arabic letter 'N' by Islamic State militants to identify them as 'Nazarene', ie Christian.

“I would like to thank you for sending the link for the day of prayer for Iraq. I am eager to join and pray for Iraq. I also would like to thank you for your continuous help and airing wonderful programmes. God bless you.”
Viewer from Egypt

 
The visit followed a live broadcast of a day of prayer for Iraq by churches in Egypt. The Reverend Sameh Maurice stressed the importance of prayer and thanked God for uniting the churches together for the event. He preached from 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3:

Pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honoured, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

Christians endangered amid Libya chaos

As Libya descends further into chaos and instability, with Islamist militants having seized control of the capital Tripoli and the secular-leaning parliament forced to move to the eastern city of Tobruk, Christians in the country are extremely endangered.

Several have been killed because of their faith in recent months, among them Dany, a 15-year-old originally from Iraq. He went out with his friends from school one day and never returned. Dany was abducted and shot dead.

Despite her terrible ordeal, Dany’s mother “Mona” wrote to a popular show for young adults on SAT-7 ARABIC, From Me to You (Menni Elak) and spoke of how God had comforted her and enabled her to witness to her friends. She said:

“When we heard the news of his murder, the women in our family and friends wept but I found myself singing hymns. Even I was shocked at my reaction… 

“The Lord comforted me and the people that came also comforted me and wept for Dany. But I told them, ‘My son is alive in the Kingdom and may the name of the Lord be glorified.’”

Mona’s testimony inspired a flood of supportive messages from SAT-7 viewers, who called into the show and posted on our social media pages. Presenter Jamie Helou said: “Her witness was such an encouragement that we could not but share it with the From Me to You family.”

Explaining the mystery of the Trinity

A programme on SAT-7 PARS has been helping viewers in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan get to grips with the difficult concept of the Trinity. Together With You, a live weekly show, tackles viewers’ questions about Christianity, as well as presenting a biblical perspective on people’s everyday issues and problems. 

It is often difficult for non-Christians to understand the Trinity and they wonder how Christians can believe in one God while worshipping the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

“This programme is very important to me, just like the subject of the Trinity, and I’m so grateful to Brother Keyvan for explaining it… For 30 years, I’ve been trying to understand God and His presence.”
Caller from Iran

Together With You presenter Hengameh Barji said: “When people ask these questions, they are told it’s a mystery. This is because people don’t know how to answer it.”

To shed some light on the topic, Hengameh and co-presenter Pastor Miltan, along with guest speaker Keyvan Vashian, discussed the concept of the Trinity and took questions from callers.

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October 2014

Give thanks for Mona’s powerful witness in the face of her son’s murder. Pray for her as she grieves and begins a new life in a European country.

Pray for peace and stability in Libya and that the elected parliament will be able to regain control of the country. Pray that Christians and other vulnerable people will be protected from harm.

Give thanks for the opportunities SAT-7 has had to express solidarity with and support for suffering Iraqis. Pray that our programmes will uplift and comfort them.

Pray for the Christians, Yazidis and others who are living as refugees in Erbil and elsewhere in Kurdistan. Give thanks that they have been welcomed there and pray that the Lord will meet all their needs.

Pray that the Lord will give wisdom to Together With You’s presenters and guests as they address complex topics and answer viewers’ questions live on air.

Give thanks for the spiritual thirst of many viewers in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Pray that the Lord will reveal Himself to them.

Pray that many churches in the UK will be enthused to take part in SAT-7’s international Day of Prayer on 2 November.