As Beirut continues to contend with the aftermath of last month’s explosion, SAT-7 ARABIC and SAT-7 KIDS has come alongside those suffering – both with programmes offering spiritual and mental health support, and with on-the-ground initiatives that make God’s love visible on the streets.
“We thank you for your prayers, and we so appreciate them,” says Mirna Adaymi, SAT-7 ARABIC’s Beirut-based Supervisor. “By sight, things are very difficult. But by faith, we know the picture can be different. God can do the impossible. He can do miracles. And so we ask you to keep praying.”
Since the explosion, SAT-7 has broadcast daily prayers for Lebanon from church leaders across the Middle East and North Africa, along with testimonies from the capital on its You Are Not Alone show and special children’s programming to support the youngest victims. The channels are also sharing short, informative clips on coping with mental health after a traumatic event, and they are producing a longer program that will address this in detail.
Alongside their work to produce these broadcasts, the team have also been active on the ground. Juliana Sfeir, Brand Manager for SAT-7 ACADEMY, reports from the streets to share a story of devastation, resilience, and a people coming together:
Several recent initiatives have seen SAT-7 staff bring food and water to those continuing the mammoth task of clearing glass and securing buildings, including providing a breakfast to one volunteer group.
“It is natural for SAT-7 to be on the ground with people who are in need during this situation,” says Maroun Bou Rached, SAT-7 Lebanon’s Executive Director. “Especially because this goes along with the message of SAT-7, which is to reflect the love of Christ to the people.”
GIVING BREAKFAST TO THE JOY-BRINGERS
Maroun Bou Rached explains why the SAT-7 Lebanon team were preparing breakfast for 250 volunteers of the Offer Joy Association: