LEBANON MEDIA EVENTS SEE SOCIAL COHESION IDEA EXCHANGE
Media representatives from across Lebanon’s media landscape were brought together by SAT-7’s Beirut office for three days of workshops and training as part of Lebanon: Our Story, a project funded by the Danish Government that aims to drive social cohesion among young people from different communities in the country.
THE POWER OF GATHERING IN UNITY: A BLOG FROM EGYPT
Exactly 10 years ago today, on 11 November 2011, Christians in Egypt gathered to lift up their homeland in an extraordinary, interdenominational night of prayer. A decade on, Egyptian Christians’ ability to gather has been restricted by COVID-19 – until now. Mary Joseph, SAT-7’s Communications Officer in Cairo, tells us more.
CHILDREN GROW IN FAITH THROUGH “ALLO MARIANNE”
“The children now talk to God as their friend,” says Marianne Daou, explaining the difference her program Allo Marianne has been making in viewers’ lives. The program has been encouraging Arabic-speaking children throughout some very tough times in 2021, helping them lean on God, grow in understanding, and model His love to others.
SPECIAL BROADCAST FROM LEBANON CALLS FOR PEACE
For many in Lebanon, the violence that broke out on 14 October brought back memories of the civil war. A special episode of SAT-7’s program You Are Not Alone, broadcast just two days after the clashes, shared survivors’ voices, offered hope, called for peace, and raised prayer as life becomes increasingly difficult in Lebanon.
SAT-7 NORTH AFRICA PROGRAMS HELP CHALLENGED BELIEVERS
As Algeria reels from devastating fires, isolated believers are struggling without support as churches remain closed. But, says SAT-7 producer and presenter Samia Kessai, “people are searching for God and contacting us”, and SAT-7 is responding with programming and a new North African social media platform that shares the hope of Christ.
GOING DEEPER WITH VIEWERS THROUGH SAT-7’S SOCIAL MEDIA SPACES
There is an increasing thirst for Christ in the Middle East and North Africa, and this is evident in the rising correspondence on SAT-7’s social media. Questions about the Christian faith, requests for support with sensitive issues, and even queries about parenting are steadily streaming in since the relaunch of SAT-7’s Arabic social media pages, including several new brands to cater to viewers’ needs.
BREAKING DOWN LEBANON’S “TRANSPARENT WALLS”
“One activity after another broke down our transparent walls,” says Marie-Belle Milan, a 19-year-old participant in the project Lebanon: Our Story. As crisis-hit Lebanon waits on a knife-edge to see if its newly confirmed government can offer hope, this project has begun its first Storytelling Clubs, bringing together youth from different backgrounds to create change from the ground up.
SUPPORTING KIDS WHEN THERE’S NO ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’
Hundreds of millions of children worldwide remain out of school, and it is feared that 16 million may never return. With school systems in Middle East and North Africa countries among the most disrupted in the world, SAT-7 ACADEMY is stepping up its support to help children keep learning and support families’ wellbeing.