SAT-7 is airing a LIVE Maundy Thursday service at Roumieh Prison in Lebanon. It is the largest and notably overcrowded jail in the country with a population of 5,500 inmates. Maronite Cardinal Bechara El Rahi, a highly respected Christian leader in Lebanon, is washing the feet of the prisoners.
This inspiring act of servanthood could not come at a better time. The prison has experienced security problems, made adjustments and is now attempting to maintain order.
Samar Faysal, Assistant Programming and Production Manager at SAT-7 Lebanon, says, “This service from the prison will be a message of peace and faith to build bridges of conviviality between religions, in one of the most disturbed regions of the world.”
SAT-7 is collaborating with local TV broadcaster LCBI to share the broadcast frequency free of charge.
Other Filming Locations for SAT-7 ARABIC Easter Programmes:
- Prayer hour from the Garden of Gethsemane in The Holy Land
- Good Friday service to air from Holy Spirit University Kaslik in Lebanon (with a former Lebanese President, current Deputies and Ministers in attendance)
- Series titled If Not for the Cross the first programme filmed at the new, state-of-the-art SAT-7 Lebanon studio
- Church services to air from Saint Elias Church Taalabya in Bekaa, Lebanon, the Nazarene Evangelical Church in Baouchrieh, Lebanon, the Badaro Evangelical Baptist Church in Lebanon and in Egypt, Kasr El Dobarah Evangelical Church (KDEC) will host the worship team 1000 in an Easter programme called New Opportunities
Several regular SAT-7 programmes are holding special episodes this week. With Jesus will film an episode from Upper Egypt. Pope Tawadros will give an Easter lecture from the Coptic Cathedral in Abassiya, Egypt. Behind the Tunes will also have a special episode explaining the history and implications of different Easter hymns.
Pray that the programmes airing on SAT-7 this Easter season will encourage people across the Middle East and North Africa to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice and seek new life in Him.