The support provided to the growing Church in the Middle East and North Africa by SAT-7 programming plays a vital role in helping young Christians mature in their faith. One believer named Sarina had taken bold steps to follow Christ but did not experience a maturing Christian faith until she started watching the SAT-7 PARS channel (from Iran) and connected with the SAT-7 Audience Relations team. It was through the simple step of discipleship that God not only began changing her heart but the heart of another.
Like ripples in still water, a deepening faith in Christ causes others to feel the effects of His love. Sarina’s* faith was growing, but it was her soon-to-be coworker, Meersa, who would be the beneficiary of her friend’s maturing relationship with Christ.
Meersa* always wanted to know Jesus and follow Him, but during a personal crisis, she became disconsolate and gave up hope of finding true peace. But then, Sarina began working at the same office. She noticed the palpable sadness weighing down Meersa and instead of ignoring her coworker’s dejection, she encouraged her lovingly, but emphatically to submit to God and speak to her Heavenly Father about her problems.
“I had heard nice things said to me, but this was completely different, and it was like cool water poured onto the fire that was raging inside me and it woke me up. So, I opened up to Sarina, and I told her about my heart for God,” she remembers. She also called the SAT-7 PARS Audience Relations team to get additional guidance about placing her faith in Christ alone.
Sarina benefited from the faithfulness of the supporters of SAT-7, and Meersa benefited from Sarina’s faithfulness to share the love of God. The growing Church in the Middle East and North Africa is encouraged and strengthened by simple acts of loving discipleship that share the hope that is only found in Christ.
*Names changed for security purposes.