As Rita hid in her family home, praying that the horrors of war would stop, she could not imagine that her circumstances would change. She had no idea that many years later, she would reach millions of children just like her.
Today, Rita El Mounayer is a role model, a SAT-7 Deputy CEO and T.V. presenter. But before that, Rita was a little girl trying to survive the Lebanese Civil War. Her and her family’s lives were disrupted by violence, and looked to a limitless God for hope.
That hope came through two unlikely sources: television and schooling. As war raged on, Rita and her sister sat in front of a television watching cartoons to escape the noises and chaos of violence.
“We come from a poor family. My dad put me and my sister in the best private school where we lived…He said ‘I don’t have anything to give you like inheritance or money. I can’t dress you up in nice clothes. But all I can give you is food and education because education is your weapon for the future.’”
Rita’s story didn’t stop with education or distracting kids’ cartoons. Both were just the beginning.
A LIMITLESS GOD
When Rita became the first presenter for SAT-7, the television shows she treasured as a child of war and the education that paved her future came into play. In 1996, Rita was volunteering with SAT-7 to present to millions of children. Displaced by war herself, she was reaching other refugee children facing insurmountable odds. All with a message of love and value that went beyond the limits placed before her as a child.
It all began with her fathers’ love for her; both her earthly father who invested in her future and a limitless God who saw a role model for millions of children in the Middle East. “Now I can see with the languages we speak and the opportunities we have, I feel grateful that dad invested in us.”
Now, Rita works tirelessly to provide children a limitless future, just like her father did.
“We need to invest in people’s lives, especially while they’re young. Part of our investment is in education because it will open up a whole path, a door, a future for these kids who don’t have a future.”
Rita is setting a positive example . She shows millions of children that their futures aren’t limited by war, poverty, or violence. With educational programs, they are limitless.
Be inspired to #belimitless. Because, with God, there are no limits.
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