To be a Christian in the Middle East and North Africa usually means you are discriminated against, ridiculed, marginalized, and in many places persecuted–even to the point of death.
The believer who faces constant pressure from his or her surroundings can feel overwhelmed, alone, and even question the goodness of God. The cost of following Jesus in the region is high – some having sacrificed their lives for the sake of Christ.
Even after extremists forced them out and took their homes, Syrian Christians had the courage to declare their faith in God and start over in new host countries. When attackers bombed churches and targeted a busload of Christians in Egypt, believers still showed up to fill the pews on Sundays. Despite increasing pressure and surveillance in Iran, the house church movement maintains its incredible momentum.
They press on because the spiritual battle is already won – Christians across the Middle East and North Africa walk victoriously in Christ.
Sat7 is a satellite television service offering Christian programming, news and children’s shows in Arabic and other languages in this region known as “MENA”. Muslim and other viewers often reach out to the station with questions, requests for prayer and discipleship and pleas for help.
For the ministry it can be daunting with the tremendous need and suffering across the region. For that reason, SAT7 has organized a yearly week of prayer that encourages believers around the world to pray for Christians and others in this MENA area of the world and the great impact SAT7 is having in the region.
The prayer week this year runs from Nov. 4-11 with the theme being ‘Faithful Witness in a Changing World.’ Despite conflicts, turmoil, and persecution, Christians have kept faithful for centuries in the MENA. Your prayers will encourage and inspire believers in the region to stay faithful to Christ.
Many believers in the MENA are isolated from the Church. Although Christianity originated in the MENA, only 3.5 percent of the region remains Christian. Without a church, believers yearn for fellowship and trustworthy teaching.
- Pray that SAT-7 reaches all these individuals, so that they may feel connected to Christ’s family and be encouraged in their faith.
- Pray that they will find other believers in their communities, so that they may grow stronger together.
- Pray that God will disciple His isolated children, through SAT-7 teaching programs, so that they may help the Church of the MENA to grow.
While changing channels, I came to yours. I started watching it and wanted to write you. Maybe you can help me learn more about Christ? Also, could you please guide me to someone that I could talk to here? I would be so glad. There aren’t many churches here, so I really appreciate your help.”
–Berk from Turkey
Your prayers and their new-found feeling of connection to other Christians around the world is giving believers hope.
Join Metro Voice as we share the grace and joy God has given us. Be a part of this incredible witness by interceding in prayer on their behalf, during the SAT-7 Week of Prayer from November 4 – 11.