After conquering the fear of living in the Middle East and North Africa through the courage of Christ, Christian youth are encouraging others to do the same as they share their triumphal faith remotely – live via technology.
As the coronavirus, wars, poverty, social upheavals, ethnic cleansing and religious persecution grip both volatile regions, SAT-7 KIDS – based in the Middle East – is equipping children to overcome their worst fears by using satellite television and social media to bring the power of Jesus into their lives.
Facing fears with Christ
Broadcasting live in native languages with local presenters, the Christian satellite television network is busy during the pandemic creating various ways for families to engage and be encouraged in the name of Christ.
“Children recently took part in a SAT-7-hosted Facebook Live event, giving kids the chance to talk about their fears face-to-face with the show's presenters,” the ministry announced in a recent press release, which notes that one of its videos received approximately 430,000 views and 30,000 responses. “[P]arents are uploading videos of their children to SAT-7's social media – showing their kids singing, dancing, telling Bible stories and praying.”
Based in Lebanon, SAT-7 KIDS’ Suzy Gabenian is excited to help lead children living in the Powder Keg to find the strength outside of themselves that can only be found in Christ to get through the turbulent times.
"We live in a world of fear," Gabenian stresses. "We remind the kids that Jesus is always with them, and all they have to do is trust him to help them when they feel afraid."
From Iraq to Syria to Egypt to Lebanon, many children are gripped with fear and dread the future, but millions of youth and their parents are reached in these nations and beyond with the hope of Christ relayed through the Christian channel.
"The children become the stars of the show as their uplifting videos are posted online and aired live on TV," Gabenian adds. "Their example of faith helps other children who are struggling with fear."
Ever since governments in the region have enforced coronavirus lockdowns, millions have tuned into the SAT-7 KIDS channel – broadcasted live from Lebanon – for hope and encouragement … and the numbers continue to skyrocket.
The TV ministry calls itself a “spiritual and emotional lifeline for children” … with the shows being the only exposure to Christians that many youth in the region have in their lives.
"When our young viewers are isolated at home, they need us to show them God's love and reassure them with his Word," Gabenian asserts.