Thursday, July 11, 2013
Hope for the Women who need it Most!
Suppression, abuse, honor killings, suffering,
despair. More than 250 million women in the
Middle East and North Africa are desperate for
hope. They seem a world away---an impossible
world away. What could I possibly do?
That was my question. And the concern of
my friend, Debbie Brink, SAT7 Senior VP. So
we began talking and brainstorming and
We knew SAT7 Christian satellite television
already reaches 15 million viewers with
programs created by and for the people living in
that region. We knew those programs already
tell viewers about their God-given human rights,
and individual dignity and worth in Christ.
But we knew that even more women and
girls could be helped by more programs with a
biblical view of womanhood, marriage, family,
and society. The more women could hear the
truth of how God sees them, and learn the hope
and peace they have in Christ, the more their
hopeless lives would be transformed. And when
women are transformed, so is the family-and
There is hope for an entire region when
women grasp their hope in Christ!
So we knew the need--more women's
programming. we knew the solution---that when
women here in the West see a need, we want to
meet it. As they say--if you want something
done, ask as woman!
So we've launched SAT7 Women of Hope,
and already countless women around the US are
coming on board to say, yes, I want to be a voice
for women of the Middle East and North Africa!
For our initial launch we brought three friends from the Middle East: Samia Jallali Kessai, worship leader, on-camera talent, theology graduate student, and producer of programs
from Algeria, North Africa. Siham Daoud,
concerned mom who grew up during war time in
Lebanon (and is witnessing the threat of war
mounting again in Lebanon) and volunteer with
her church to serve the needs of the near half-
million Syrian refugees--mostly women and
children--who fled Syria with virtually nothing.
And Rita El Mounayer, who also grew up during
war-time in Lebanon, lost her mother to cancer
as a young child, and is today the Director of
SAT7's three Arabic Channels-and did I mention
that she is a WOMAN? Remarkable in the
Sharing their experiences - Siham |
Daoud, Rita El Mounayer and
Samia Jallali Kessai
Samia, Siham, and Rita shared about what it's
like to live as a woman in that region of the
world, the challenges and struggles. They shared
their own testimonies. They shared horror
stories of friends who suffered greatly for their
faith AND shared hopeful stories of the faithful
though persecuted church. They shared God's
powerful move of the Holy Spirit through
dreams and visions, and the consistent presence
of SAT7 bringing teaching, hope, and healing to
all who watch 24/7, in the privacy of their own
homes in every single house through a satellite
dish–that cannot easily be jammed or censored.
Truly technology for such a time as this!
We were humbled and overwhelmed that in
all four launch cities----Kansas City, Oklahoma
City, Gettysburg PA and Easton MD--- women (and a few men, to our delight!) had their hearts
stirred, and responded with great interest and
passion to help bring the hope of Christ to these
They say they want to DO something. They
want to pray for women in the region. They
want to travel there to meet, engage, and support
the women who live there. They want to learn
more, to use the small group materials we're
creating to help better understand the issues and
concerns of women. They want to give, they
want to discover creative ways individually and
in their own small groups---to be part of the
solution: to help raise funds to make more
women's programming possible.
May I ask you to join us?
|'The Team' on the road-Rita, Debbie |
Brink, Samia, Siham, and Nancy
1) Most importantly, PRAY!!!
2) Sign up to join us--receive more information:
SAT7 Women of HOPE
3) Invite us to your city! Host a SAT7 Women
of Hope event in your church or community.
You provide the audience, we'll bring the presentation and get you started with resource materials. Contact Debbie Brink at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And travel with us to the Middle East! Our first Holy Land Tour is to Israel and Palestine October 18-26, 2013. Enjoy a trip with
Christian women and a Christian tour guide who lives in the region. It will be a trip of a lifetime! For more info–and to learn about future trips--
contact Debbie Brink: email@example.com or call 866-744-7287 Download the trip Brochure
. Let's travel together!
Will you join me? It's an exciting time! Click here to join the ministry of SAT7 Women of HOPE. Together we can reach across the
globe and connect our hearts and hands with the
serious spiritual and practical needs of our
Middle Eastern and North African sisters to
produce real change and real hope in Christ!
By Nancy Stafford--Article first appeared in Point North † Tidings Volume 10, Number 2
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