Millions of children who have been displaced by the conflict in Syria are facing a bleak future because of missing out on schooling. From this summer, SAT-7 ACADEMY, a new educational TV channel from SAT-7 – the Christian broadcaster – will bring hope to these children, and to millions more out-of-school kids across the Middle East and North Africa. Many Syrian refugees are already watching an educational program, My School, which is currently broadcast on the SAT-7 KIDS channel five days a week and watched by over 1.3 million children. So the opportunity that SAT-7 ACADEMY presents can be truly life-changing for many children, as well as for parents and teachers throughout the region.
More than 21 million Arabic-speaking children – one in five in the region – are at risk of missing out on an education. 13 million are out of school altogether. These children are fast becoming a “lost generation” that is extremely vulnerable to radicalisation. Schools in countries that have accepted large numbers of refugees are overcrowded and struggling to serve displaced children or their peers from host communities.
From the Summer 2017 SAT-7 ACADEMY will bring hope to displaced and underprivileged children, and provide vital support for their parents and teachers. It aims to support and complement, not to replace, classroom-based learning where it is available. Dr Terence Ascott, Chief Executive Officer of SAT-7, spoke of the channel’s potential impact: “One viewer can grow up to be a real instrument of change in their society.” Rita Elmounayer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer said, “If we do not invest in education that teaches not only knowledge but tolerance, based on internationally recognised values, others will invest in teaching conflicting values. And we have seen the result of that: radicalism, extremism, and insurgency.”
Source: SAT-7 News
Bible Study: Isaiah 54:13
JUNE: PRAISE GOD for the vision of SAT-7 and its network of TV stations in the Middle East and North Africa. Give thanks for seed-sowing in the hearts of millions. Pray it will continue to meet the needs of so many out-of-school children.
Michel Aoun is the only Christian president in the Middle East and North Africa region, and during the last Easter week he gave a clear message about his faith in an exclusive interview on SAT-7. “Resurrection is what we wish for after death: this is the Christian hope based on our faith. Without it, there is no Christianity and no resurrection.”
This was the president’s reply to his first interview question from SAT-7’s Host, Fady Bou Rached. Aoun then also referred to Paul’s Gospel, emphasising the significance of Jesus’ resurrection: “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is worthless, and so is your faith.” (1 Corinthians 15:14). After an extended period of political impasse in Lebanon, the election of President Aoun on 31 October 2016 was considered a much-needed sign of hope for “encompassing recovery from the past and unfortunate events.”
Aoun declared, “I carry a message of peace.” Aoun expressed concerns about the constant change in religious landscape, lamenting the fact that Christians, as minorities, are quickly affected by political turmoil. He particularly stressed on the negative impact of ousting Christians from the Holy Land, saying, “Christians in Jerusalem once constituted 22 percent of Israel’s population. Now, we are left with only about one percent.”
Furthermore, and in an attempt to make Lebanon a powerful model for the Middle East and the world. He said, “Lebanon encompasses the ultimate mix of cultural, religious, and ethnic groups in the world.” President Michel Aoun ended the interview, reflecting on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, saying: “This week we remember the last week of Jesus’ life on Earth, the week in which he accomplished His mission and ministry after suffering, being crucified, and rising from the grave. Aoun addressed this message to Middle Easterners, spurring them on to remain steadfast in hope through the many current challenges and difficulties in life.
Source: SAT-7 News
Bible Study: Proverbs 16:12
JUNE: PRAISE GOD for Michel Aoun who was finally chosen as the Lebanese President and is the only Christian leader in the Middle East. Pray he may be given the wisdom of Daniel as he seeks to lead his nation in peace and wellbeing, and that he will be an example to the others of the Middle East.
Marcio Antonio is a pastor who preaches from the pulpit of a small church built on land surrounded by barbed wire and electric fences. His message is that the faithful need to proclaim God’s power to the “favelas” (Brazil’s notorious slums). An Assemblies of God pastor in the favela of Cantagalo, Antonio knows that most of the residents live on landholdings and do not have property deeds to their houses.
He and his flock are part of a growing trend in Brazil. Evangelical churches multiply in slums and low-income communities. Most of them do not have neighbourhood structures in terms of health, sanitation, transportation and property registration. “The government does not help us, so God is the only option for the poor,” explains Antonio. Marcio was born and raised in Cantagalo. Growing up in those surroundings, like many other poor young people, the lure of easy money drove him to drug trafficking before finding God and receiving a life mission.
It is in poor neighbourhoods and the poorest communities, ignored by the government, that evangelical churches offer social programs such as education, security and economic development. Jeff Garmany, a professor at Kings College’s Brazil Institute, says: “People living in these poor neighbourhoods deal with serious issues such as prejudice, poverty and violence. The inability of the state to adequately address these issues allows churches to grow and reach the people who live in them,” Garmany adds. This is one reason that helps explain the phenomenal growth of evangelicals in Brazil in recent years.
Bible Study: Matthew 25:37-40
JUNE: PRAISE GOD for evangelical churches taking the gospel to desperately needy areas of cities in Brazil, which are now becoming centres for encounters with Christ. Pray for this endemic social and spiritual blight on the Brazilian nation that God may cause a true transformation to occur through the power of the gospel.
“The Case for Christ” film, released the week before Palm Sunday, based on the best-selling novel of the same name from ex-atheistturned-Christian author Lee Strobel, made the top 10 listing at the weekend’s box office, and scored a rare “A+” audience grade on CinemaScore. The movie pulled in close to $4 million in the USA from its first weekend! “The Case for Christ” retells the story of how Strobel, a former investigative journalist, sets out to prove that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was a sham, but after a journey of examining the evidence, and wrestling with his inner self, comes to faith.
The plot follows Strobel, who is played by actor Mike Vogel, as he struggles to deal with his wife’s conversion to Christianity. His wife, played by actress Erika Christensen, encourages her non-believing husband to turn to Christ, something he initially rejects, but is persuaded following his examination of the evidence. “Some of the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus helped convince me, as an atheist journalist, that there is really truth behind the Christian claims,” Strobel told The Christian Post last week.
“We are living in a post truth era, where people are searching for solid ground, they’re looking for something to say this is true, I can rely on this. Christianity claims to be true. It says it’s not wishful thinking or make-believe or legends or mythology, but it’s based on actual historical evidence. And I think these days young people especially are looking for something solid like that to put their trust in,” he added.
Strobel suggested that both believers and nonbelievers alike will find the proof that the Gospel message is true, and said the movie can also touch couples who are of different religions, or struggling with faith.
Source: The Christian Post
Bible Study: 1 Timothy 1:14-16
JUNE PRAISE GOD for the conversion of former atheist and investigative journalist, Lee Strobel. Praise God he is using his expertise to now prove the claims of Christianity are true. Pray this film will have a great impact in many circles as it is released around the world.
This may come as a surprise to some, but it can be better to shut the doors of the church, in order to reach more people with the Gospel. Glen explains in more depth, taking some advice from the Reformation. Also, news of our new ‘Patreon Campaign’!