SAT-7 is sharing prayers across the Middle East for the people of Morocco after a major earthquake in the heart of the country killed over 2,000 people, with many thousands more left injured, homeless and grieving.
Chris Beddoes, Operations Director for SAT-7 UK who was on holiday with his wife in Marrakesh, described what happened when the quake hit.
“At just after 11pm, my wife and I felt a jolt and noise and thought someone
was trying to break into our hotel room. We then felt a huge rumble and the hotel started violently shaking from side to side, accompanied by the crashing of glass and tiles with clouds of dust. We managed to get to a stairwell, avoiding the debris before exiting the hotel. No-one around us was badly injured, but it’s terrible to see the death toll rising. Please keep praying into this situation and for SAT-7 viewers to know the comfort of Jesus at this time.”
SAT-7 was able to make contact with our production team in Morocco, who are thankfully all safe. The producer, who cannot be named for security reasons, said:
Thanks to God I am alive. My family are doing well, but we are all overwhelmed with the terrifying scenes of death and chaos around. Please pray for Morocco and pray for us.”
Like many Moroccans, the SAT-7 team members are concerned for the safety of relatives and friends across the country and are trying to make sure they are safe. The team recently filmed a new programme, Parables of Jesus, on location in Morocco. It was the first production SAT-7 has made inside the country.
Calling for prayer
SAT-7 is using its different channels and platforms to call for and share prayers for the Moroccan people. On 11 September, prayers from Christians in neighbouring Algeria were shown on SAT-7 ARABIC and social media. This is a powerful witness of the unity of love between Christ’s people, given the historic tensions between Morocco and Algeria – two countries with no official diplomatic relations.
SAT-7 TÜRK is also showing solidarity with the people of Morocco by sharing prayers, and the channel’s flagship women’s programme, Homemade, covered the tragedy as part of a special episode the morning of 11 September about natural disasters. The people of Türkiye are, of course, still reeling themselves from a devastating earthquake in their own country in February this year.
George Makeen, SAT-7’s Ministry Content Advisor, said: “Asking for prayers in support of the Moroccan people is an important early response as people need comfort, care and connection with others during times of disaster. People need to know that others care and feel for them.”
Several other SAT-7 programmes will address the crisis in the coming days. Topical SAT-7 ARABIC programmes Different Angle and You Are Not Alone will cover the earthquake in episodes going out live on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, with the latter conducting interviews with people on the ground in Morocco. Women’s programme Today not Tomorrow will broadcast a special episode about the country later this week featuring the stories of Moroccan women, recently filmed inside the country before the earthquake hit.
As in the case of other disasters in the region, SAT-7 intends to provide ongoing support, prayer and programming to help those affected by the earthquake. Makeen added, “We are also determined to deal with the aftermath, highlighting the needs of people who currently have nowhere to stay, especially as winter approaches. We will be there asking for prayers and support for the Moroccan people as they work together to help those impacted by the disaster. We will engage with those struggling to understand why God allows such disasters to take place, and where to find peace during chaos and pain.”
Please pray for:
- The rescue services, as they seek to reach all those trapped and in need as quickly as possible
- The quick provision of emergency, food, water and sanitation for all those affected
- SAT-7’s ARABIC team as they seek to bring the Lord’s comfort to viewers through TV programmes and digital media, across the affected region
- God to protect and comfort SAT-7 ARABIC’s partner production team located in Morocco.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)