Prayer is vital for our ministry
Our prayer supporters play a vital role in our ministry. SAT-7 provides the churches of the Middle East and North Africa with an opportunity to witness to Jesus Christ through inspirational, informative and educational television services. Prayer is at the centre of that work.
Below you will find prayer news for December and in the column on the right you will find daily prayer points. Download a copy to share with your church.
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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Trials of many kinds
Our colleagues at SAT-7’s studios in Lebanon ask for prayer against an escalation of violence following double suicide bombings on 19 November outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut which killed 23 people. The on-going civil war in neighbouring Syria and the huge influx of refugees is having a destabilising effect in Lebanon.
Studio Director Naji Daoud said "This incident comes at a very crucial time of political escalation as more and more sectarian violence is taking place at the Lebanese-Syrian borders in and more and more of the different Lebanese parties are getting involved in the Syrian arena on different sides.
On the same day, in stark contrast to the horror of the bombings, a SAT-7 film crew (left) were on the streets of Beirut filming interviews for an upcoming episode of TEACH (Theological Education for Arab Christians at Home) called ‘Panorama’.
We are very grateful of your prayers for SAT-7, especially for the safety of our staff in countries like Lebanon. As we approach Christmas, please pray that Christians in the Middle East and North Africa will know the peace of God, even while they endure trials of every kind.
25,000 youth attend Christian event in Egypt!
Young Egyptians, whether Christian or not, were so desperate to attend a Christian youth event in November that they forged tickets to get in! 15,000 official tickets were distributed but it is estimated that 25,000 people actually attended the event!
SAT-7 broadcast the weekend-long ‘Count it Right’ event live on Satellite and on the internet to millions of viewers across the Middle East and the world.
The annual event uses Christian sports personalities from around the world to showcase their skills and share their Christian faith. A diverse mix of sports was represented by a Brazilian kung fu team, a unicyclist, motorbike stunt riders and a basketball ministry from the US. One of the American basketball players asked a SAT-7 staff member to translate so he could give advice to one boy about how to pray and grow closer to God.
The costs to SAT-7 of uploading outside broadcasts to satellite has reduced significantly recently because our technicians have developed a new system using mobile phone technology.
SAT-7 Shares the Father’s Love with Orphans in Lebanon
Let’s Sing Together, a live sing-a-long programme on SAT-7 KIDS hosted by Marianne, recently left the studio to film on location at Kids Alive, a home for at-risk children in Beirut, Lebanon. Kids Alive provides housing and education to orphans and children from impoverished or unsafe homes, mostly non-Lebanese immigrants.
During the episode Marianne spoke to Johnny, a 6-year-old from Syria, who left his country because of war. Johnny was scared of the fighting in Syria and has been at Kids Alive for a year where he loves having lessons in the classrooms! When Marianne asked what Johnny had learned about Jesus, he said, “He heals people.” If he could say anything to Jesus, Johnny said, “I would tell him, thank you for helping the people in Syria.” Johnny then sang a song for the audience, “My heart and life are for you, Jesus my King.”
Later in the episode the children acted out the story of the Good Samaritan while reading the Scripture passage.
The clear, loving Bible lessons from Let’s Sing Together minister not only to the children at Kids Alive, but also to millions of families watching SAT-7 KIDS around the world.
Programmes minister to the deaf community
A new 52-part series Fifteen Minutes with Jesus for the deaf community in the Arab world is now being broadcast. Filmed in our Lebanon studio, presenter Fr Jean Marie Chami & a deaf co-host teach and talk about Scripture and songs are performed by deaf and hearing musicians.
Disabled people are among the most marginalised groups in the Middle East and North Africa. Thanks to low awareness and a culture of shame, disabled children are sometimes hidden away and never schooled or integrated into society. SAT-7 challenges these attitudes and seeks to help people with disabilities reach their God-given potential.
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THIS MONTH'S PRAYER
PRAYER DIARY December 2013
SUNDAY: Join the SAT-7 staff in Lebanon in praying against an escalation of violence in that country. Pray for peace and security, especially for SAT-7 staff as they continue to create Christian programmes in the studios and on location.
MONDAY: Thank God that the new programme Fifteen Minutes with Jesus has begun broadcasting to the deaf community in the Arab world. Pray it will help be a great encouragement to Christians who are deaf and also communicate truth to deaf people who may have never heard the gospel.
TUESDAY: Pray for orphans and refugee children across the Middle East and North Africa. Give thanks that Let’s Sing Together was able to broadcast from Kids Alive children’s home. Give thanks too, for the passion in the hearts of the staff of SAT-7 KIDS who long to see a new generation of Christian believers bringing change to the region.
WEDNESDAY: Praise God that so many young people were desperate to attend the Count it Right event in Egypt in November. As SAT-7 broadcast the event live to millions, pray that many will have been encouraged and challenged by the testimonies of the athletes who took part.
THURSDAY: We continue to pray for peace in Syria. Pray that peace talks due to be held in Geneva in January will go ahead and result in an end to the violence. Pray for Syrian Christians who are increasingly being targeted by Jihadist groups.
FRIDAY: Give thanks that SAT-7’s technicians have devised a much cheaper way to uplink outside broadcasts to satellite. Praise God that technology makes it possible for us to broadcast truth to tens of millions in countries where other forms of communication are difficult.
SATURDAY: Pray that the peace of God will be known and experienced by many through watching SAT-7 during this Christmas period.