When Anahita* and her husband immigrated from Iran to the United States, they hoped for a better life. In Iran, being a Christian is difficult at best and, at worst, life-threatening. Threats and persecution led Anahita and her family to the USA, where they sought asylum. As they adjusted to their new life, Anahita found comfort in an unlikely source.
It was life-changing, getting off the plane in a country where not only the language and laws were different, but even houses and food looked and smelled different. Once the initial excitement of new experiences wore off, Anahita’s family felt loneliness and nostalgia for familiar faces and places set in. Through the screens of a smart phone and a computer, the Farsi language channel SAT-7 PARS comforted them and gave practical advice to adjust to a new life.
Then, Anahita’s husband ended up in the hospital in a coma. How could she imagine life without her best friend, raising her children alone in a foreign land? As the “what ifs” filled her mind, she found hope and support through the SAT-7 program Our Neighborhood.
She says, “Greetings to you all on the program Our Neighborhood. I’m very grateful for your wonderful show, compassion, love, and for educating and serving us.”
Anahita was desperate for support as doctors told her that there wasn’t any hope of her husband ever fully recovering. SAT-7 counselors offered prayer and advice as she stayed by her husband’s side.
She recently got in touch with shocking, wonderful news: “I’d like to inform you that, because you were praying as well, my husband has come out of his coma and is recovering well.”
Like millions around the world, Anahita and her husband continue to find support through SAT-7. Regardless of the hardships they face and the distance that may make them feel isolated, a virtual family provides support, hope, and resources to overcome seemingly impossible circumstances.
*Name changed for security reasons