When you read the stories of what Daesh, or ISIS, has done, are you overwhelmed with feelings of sorrow and helplessness? We all hear and read about the dire situation. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced due to the violence that threatens to harm or destroy. Millions are left without a home or country. And millions more can never return simply because their home no longer exists.
Because of the support SAT-7 receives from partners like you, we are able to reach millions, like Myriam, the girl who forgave ISIS, and those like Nouh, a young Iraqi boy who came to know Christ after “Daesh (ISIS) came…” Through SAT-7, the people of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have access to programs that share stories that teach them how to find peace and joy, like that of Nouh and Myriam.
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With your help, SAT-7 can adapt programs such as Medicine and Life and My School to address the growing concerns and difficulties refugees and internally displaced peoples face in the MENA Region. These difficulties include access to education, health, and biblical teachings. Thus, together, we can answer the cries that Rita El Mounayer, Chief Channels and Communications Officer for SAT-7, described in a recent interview.
When asked about what she witnessed in the refugee camps she recently visited in Lebanon, Rita described the situation an entire generation is facing. “When I asked them [refugee children], ‘If you had one wish what would it be?’ The children said, ‘We want to go to school…We want education because we don’t want to end up like what we see on television.’”
And what they see on television is, obviously, what the family is watching…the news. In the tents, this one room, everybody is watching the bombs, the killing, and, you know, the propaganda.”
SAT-7 programs help refugees overcome what was created “when Daesh came,” what Rita and so many others see in the next generation—fear. They fear the present. And they fear the future as questions regarding their welfare, their safety, and their families weigh heavily upon them. As Nouh shared his testimony, he described that fear. “When Daesh (ISIS) came to us, I was very afraid that they would kill us, because we heard they killed many people.” However, SAT-7 shows that refugees are not alone and has become the vehicle through which individuals like Nouh experience the peace, hope and love of Christ.
Nouh described that experience, “I used to be afraid of Daesh, but Jesus filled my heart with joy and peace.”
Thank you for your support! You are a part of what helps bring the message that “They are not alone” to the hopeless of the MENA Region. As International Refugee Week approaches (June 20-26, 2016), please remember the millions of refugees, children and adults alike, who are like Nouh. They fear their future. Yet, SAT-7 teaches them to experience joy and peace. Please continue to pray for all those affected by the atrocities of ISIS and other extremist groups. Through our prayers and support of SAT-7, God will turn what was meant for evil into what is meant for good to “preserve many people” (Genesis 50:20).
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