The following comes from Intercessor's Network
(SAT-7 is a Christian TV station)
CRISIS IN LEBANON
Operations at SAT-7 Studio in Beirut Impacted
Please Pray for Lebanon and the SAT-7 Beirut Staff
After a week of bombing, the situation in parts of Lebanon is becoming desperate. In the south most people are completely without electricity and food is running out. Because key bridges in many parts of the country have been bombed, completely closing roads, it is impossible to bring in more supplies of food, medicine and fuel.
SAT-7 staffers in Beirut know of people in the south who are even foraging for berries to eat. Fortunately our offices are not in the immediate area of the destruction but the shelling is still having an effect on our staff. The biggest toll is psychological.
According to Naji Daoud our Lebanon Country Director, morale is very low and we all feel like the dream of a beautiful future for Lebanon is being destroyed. Many of our employees have evacuated their homes and moved to remote villages in the mountains seeking safety.
The SAT-7 studio and office is a mere five kilometers from downtown Beirut. When the bombs explode at the airport or in the suburbs our building is rattled. Employees then run outside to see what has been hit. This makes concentration and creativity very difficult. And the SAT-7 operations in Beirut are very important to our overall operations.
About 40% of all our programs, especially daily programs for children, women and youth are made in Lebanon. Normally we have shipped tapes of programs to our satellite broadcast facility in Cyprus. That option is now gone because the airport and many international roads are closed. We are looking at other options, but we dont know yet how well those will work.
Despite the challenge, we will continue to broadcast messages of hope and peace. As Naji told me earlier today, despite being concerned about their safety, almost all of our staff came to work today because they want to continue making programs that shine Christs love to our part of the world where many people are hurting. And we know that in all things God works for good so we trust in the end this difficult situation will work for the good of the Lebanese people.
I would ask prayer for all the Christians in Lebanon, they wouldnt be caught up in the national gloom and that they would be beacons of light, peace and hope.
Specifically, please pray for:
-Peace for Lebanon and the region, and that the present situation will deescalate
-Safety for the SAT-7 Lebanon staff
-For the SAT-7 Lebanon team to have courage and energy to make hope-filled programs despite the situation
-That the Lebanon team will be able to continue to ship their television productions to Cyprus-especially the childrens and youth programs
-For needed supplies of food, medicine and fuel to be made available to those who need them
Thank you for praying for SAT-7, our team in Lebanon, and for peace in the Middle East. As this is the most important thing we can currently ask for, we are not including any additional prayer items in this months news and prayer letter. We intend to keep you informed about the situation and our needs.
Yours in His Service,
Chief Executive Officer
On May 31, 1996, SAT-7 began broadcasting to audiences in the Middle East and North Africa. At that moment, the dream of many churches, ministries and individual Middle Eastern Christians who desired to see a satellite TV service run by and for the Christians of the Middle East became a reality.
When SAT-7 began serving as a voice for the Church of the Middle East and North Africa, the channel only had sufficient programming and finances to broadcast two hours a week. Today, we transmit 24 hours a day, yet our Vision and Mission remain the same:
The Vision: To see a growing Church in the Middle East and North Africa, confident in Christian faith and witness, serving the community and contributing to the good of society and culture.
The Mission: To provide the churches and Christians of the Middle East and North Africa an opportunity to witness to Jesus Christ through inspirational, informative, and educational television services.
It is my privilege to serve as the Chairman of the SAT-7 International Board of Directors. On the Board, I work together with many Middle Eastern church leaders. Our goal is to continue fulfilling our vision and mission, to serve the Church of the Middle East, and to make the teachings of Christ relevant and understandable to our many millions of viewers.
Thank you for your prayers which sustain the important work of SAT-7.
Rev. Dr. Habib Badr
Chairman of the SAT-7 International Board
Senior Pastor-National Evangelical Church of Beirut