For those who received a Christian upbringing, complete with youth weekends away, Bible study groups and church worship events, it can be easy to take all this for granted.
Young believers in Algeria, on the other hand, are surrounded by tension and pressure. Christian activities are restricted by law, making it difficult for believers to share their faith with others.
To make matters worse, a recent government crackdown has seen several churches close.
“Many believers are hiding their faith because they are afraid of being shunned,” says local SAT-7 producer Salah Kessai.
For reasons such as this, Christian TV programmes continue to be an invaluable means of reaching and encouraging the persecuted Church. Now, thanks to a SAT-7 KIDS show A Verse and a Story, Algerian children can enjoy a show produced in their own dialect and tailor-made to touch their hearts. A Verse and a Story is full of fun activities, songs and stories. Produced on the ground by Salah and his wife Samia, the show is written in easy Algerian dialect and is partly presented by children! Each episode presents a different Bible story, with the first season introducing children to giants of faith such as Joseph, Abraham and Jeremiah. The show’s topics are chosen in consultation with local churches, with the aim of helping children find hope in Jesus, learn that they are precious in God’s eyes and feel empowered to live out their faith.
“The programme will be a ‘great meal’ for children,” writes Samia. A Verse and a Story is just that: crucial spiritual nourishment at a time when it is greatly needed.
- Thank God that Algerian children can now watch A Verse And A Story, such a unique and valuable programme.
- Pray that the children watching A Verse And A Story would grow to be resilient men and women of God.
- Pray for children in the MENA who do not yet have good Bible resources, that they may find ways of connecting with God and other Christians.
- Thank God for the abundance of Christian resources we can freely enjoy in the UK.