“The whole world says that Aleppo is the most dangerous place in the world, but I say No! It is the most dangerous city for the devil. The devil is threatened by us because we hold strongly to the Lord and declare His power, resisting persecution and fear,” Yvette exclaimed during an event SAT-7 was filming in Syria.
The world watched Syria become the most-dangerous country in the world. For opposition and minority groups, including Christians, the dangers are great.
KILLED FOR HIS FAITH
At a church event filmed by SAT-7, Mona described the perils countless Christians face. “A young man named Abdel used to attend services here. He was a quiet man but always praying. Then, suddenly, he disappeared.” Abdel was a doctor and for two years after the war broke out, he offered free medical services. Since doctors were scarce, the need was great. Then so-called Daesh (ISIS) came.
“Soon enough, Daesh militants entered the city, captured him, and threatened to kill him unless he denounced his faith. But he refused and was executed.”
Mona discovered this only after she saw his photo on Facebook. He was wearing an orange jumpsuit and was being executed by Daesh.
Another church attendee, Therese, describes other dangers they face.
SPARED BY GOD’S GRACE
In Syria, Therese and her family had just left her home to visit her sister when bombs exploded near their house.
“After only a few meters walking in the street, we heard a terrifyingly loud explosion of a missile.” War had surrounded them, but this time it hit too close to home. A missile had gone off just outside Therese’s home, killing thirteen people. But Therese and her family were spared, simply due to God’s grace. “We aren’t better than those who were killed, but because we still have a role here to give witness to the goodness of our Lord, He is good and protects us.”
Thousands of Syrian Christians are facing life-threatening situations simply because they believe in Christ. Yet people like Therese, Abdel, and Mona are standing strong despite the violence and threat of death.
SAT-7 is there, standing beside these Christians, enabling them to go beyond persecution. Broadcasting events like this gives hope to millions like Mona, Therese and Yvette, especially when viewers can hear their testimonies. SAT-7 also cares for those in need by creating programs, such as My School, that provide essential education for millions of children out of school. SAT-7’s social media platforms, including Facebook pages and YouTube channels, are countering what ISIS would use for evil to uplift and unite the Church across the Middle East. SAT-7 works to go beyond persecution, across boundaries, and into closed countries to bring the message of the Word of God to individuals living in the midst of darkness.
Thank you for your contributions; for without them, how else would individuals like Mona and Yvette tell their stories? How would millions find the encouragement they need? How would SAT-7 help a “lost generation” find a future and a hope? Stay tuned to see how SAT-7 goes beyond persecution in Iran.