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A peace everlasting
"For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12
We live in an age of violence and fear. And as the chaos and terror of the Middle East begins to burst into the West, we can easily forget the promises of Scripture, which tell of a time to come where God will reign over all the earth in peace.
Even in the Middle East we do see occasional glimpses of this peace today. In Egypt, 800 young people and families lifted their hearts and hands in prayer for the Middle East and the refugees of its afflicted countries on 31 October at the American University in Cairo.
Participating in the SAT-7 Day of Prayer, the Egyptian youth prayed for the peace and safety of the people in the region. SAT-7 filmed and broadcast the event. Egypt Executive Director Farid Samir encouraged those taking part by saying that evil and good lived side by side in the region, but those who choose God choose life.
Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s Day of Prayer. By lifting your hearts in prayer, you have stood in solidarity with fellow believers in Egypt and around the world. This month’s News and Prayer looks at how SAT-7 is promoting peace in the troubled Middle East region. So this December, as you celebrate the birth of Christ, please continue to pray for peace for this troubled region and for the whole world.
SAT-7 teaches kids about technology and peace
Farsi-speaking youngsters were taught how to use technology for peace in a recent episode of a popular children’s show. Smile covered the topic on 13 November to mark the International Week of Science and Peace.
This live educational programme, aimed at 3 to 8– year-olds, addresses a variety of subjects from a Christian perspective. During this episode, young viewers were invited to call in to answer a number of different multiple choice questions. These included:
- What is a good use of nuclear: making a bomb, destroying the earth, or creating energy?
The show also used Bible verses such as Matthew 5:9 and Psalm 34:14 to teach its young viewers what the Bible says about peace.
“It’s really important for children to learn how to live in peace and forgive each other, rather than being enemies and hating each other.” Parastoo, Smile presenter
Smile airs twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, and because of its great popularity, it recently expanded from a 60-minute to a 90-minute show. Smile receives around 400 calls from children, mostly in Iran, every week.
SAT-7 PARS’ Audience and Public Relations Manager, Parsa, said most parents are happy for their children to watch Smile: “We receive lots of testimonies that the children’s attitudes have changed in a positive way as a result of watching the programme, and parents like this.”
SAT-7 brings comfort to viewers after terrorist attacks
SAT-7 is quick to respond to current events and bring a spiritual perspective often missing in other reporting. On 12 November, Lebanon mourned Beirut’s deadliest bombings since its civil war. The following day, Paris also faced tragic killings on a massive scale, and just two weeks prior, a Russian plane was brought down by a bomb over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. All three acts were claimed by the militant group Islamic State (IS).
SAT-7 current affairs programme Bridges covered the events for concerned and grieving viewers. The fallout of terrorism extends beyond the precious lives taken during attacks. Public morale is suffering as people wonder how God could allow such terrible acts to happen.
During the programme, special guests considered the important questions: Why does God allow pain, and where is God during times of pain?
Dr. Ekram Lamey, a Professor in Comparative Religion, and Rev. Gohar Azmy, Secretary General of the Evangelical Synod, explained that pain is often a result of humans committing sin using the freedom that God gives them, but that God can use pain to deepen a person’s relationship with Him.
Rev. Azmy referred to the example of Joseph in the Old Testament, who underwent severe hardship but was later blessed as he fulfilled God’s plan.
He encouraged viewers that God gives His people who are going through trials the peace and strength they need, quoting 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Protestant church reopens in Turkey after 55 years
Located just 20 miles from the Syrian border – only 30 miles from Islamic State territory – the Protestant Church in Mardin, south-eastern Turkey, was filled with the praises of a packed congregation some 55 years after persecution and migration forced its closure.
Local politicians and church leaders of all denominations attended the 7 November reopening and welcomed it as a sign of the democracy and coexistence of different language and religious groups that could bring positive change to the region. SAT-7’s Turkish channel news programme filmed the event, capturing the mood of faith and resolve.
“Our desire is that universal values of peace and well being will come to our country. The opening of this church is important for universal religious freedom.” Erol Dora, Mardin MP
The varied worship during the church dedication was a symbol of cooperation between churches and people of different ethnic backgrounds. There was exuberant Evangelical praise, unaccompanied Syriac hymns, and worship in Kurdish accompanied by baglama guitar.
SAT-7 TÜRK’s news editor, Seyfi Genç, pointed out the significance. He said Orthodox churches have often refused to recognise Protestants, and Kurdish people targeted Syriacs during the disputes over Cyprus in the 1970s, adding: “Fifty years later, the Mardin Protestant church has Kurdish, Turkish and Syriac members who will worship together.”
Give thanks for the popularity of the Smile programme in Iran, and pray that more children in this country and beyond will be attracted to it.
Pray that young viewers will take on board the message of peace from this episode of Smile, and as they grow up, will have opportunities to impact their society in positive ways.
Pray for people in Beirut and other areas affected by Islamic State violence and persecution. Pray that this evil group will be stopped.
Pray that SAT-7 programmes like Bridges will help viewers draw closer to God as they wrestle with big questions prompted by current events and turmoil in the region.
Give thanks that this new church is fostering unity, while bringing hope and encouragement into the lives of the Turkish Christian community. Pray that the Lord will continue to bless this congregation.
Pray for the safety of those attending this church and the Christian community in the surrounding area, as they are so close to IS-controlled territory.
Day of Prayer Pack
SAT-7's International Day of Prayer
On the first weekend in November every year we ask our faithful supporters from around the world to join us in a day of prayer for the work of SAT-7. This is often a great way for you to introduce SAT-7 to your church, or to encourage your church to engage in a deeper way. We provide resources to help you pray, with video and presentation material.