A boy is profoundly changed by his father’s role in his life. God thought the strong influence of fathers was so vital that He became human to demonstrate this relationship on earth. The importance of a father’s approval is modeled in Matthew 3:17 when God’s voice from heaven speaks to Jesus as He is baptized, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” A son needs to hear that his father loves him and is proud of him. But what happens when dad isn’t around?
In Iran, children already grow up to face a multitude of challenges. Repressive security measures and a failing economy add to a mood of hopelessness. The consequences are deadly as depression leads to suicide, drug addiction claims lives, and prostitution leads to increased rates of abortion. Without the strong role model a father can provide, children are even more vulnerable to these risks.
Samir from Iran hasn’t seen his father in years and wants to connect with him. He writes, “Hello, can you please show me and my daddy’s photo and say hello to him? I haven’t seen my dad in a few years. He is my father. He is a policeman. Please show this photo and tell him ‘I love you, Daddy. From your son, Samir.’”
Samir’s innocence and longing to have a relationship with his father are heartbreaking. Other children like Samir are unfortunately growing up in the absence of their fathers across the Middle East and North Africa.
But as those years pass by, SAT-7 is near, speaking directly into their homes about their heavenly Father, who will never leave them. They can find comfort and peace in this relationship with God.
SAT-7 produces programs like Golden Advice and Green Field (pictured left) specifically for Farsi-speaking children. These episodes give them a fun, safe space to experience childhood while nurturing their knowledge of the Lord.
Will Samir find peace? The choices he makes over the next several years will set the course for his life. But through God’s truth in SAT-7 programs, he stands a chance to thrive.
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