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Every day, some terrible discouraging development assaults our senses.  It can be overwhelming.

It helps us get a clue on what people in the Middle East and North Africa have faced for decades. Layered crises, one blending with another.

This brings to mind my Mother’s favorite Bible verse:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).

Living in peace in the midst of turmoil is not sticking our ostrich head in the sand, it’s not whistling past the graveyard, nor is it being a clueless Pollyanna.

SAT-7 blesses Middle Eastern viewers with the peace and hope of the God of the Bible.

Living in peace during crises is a blessing of God.

 

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In modern terms, the Old Testament Prophet Jonah would be called a racist.

He hated the people of Nineveh, so he refused to follow God’s command to preach to them and ran from God.

Jonah took a ship at sea, a violent storm came, so the sailors tossed Jonah, and he was swallowed by a huge fish.

For 72 hours, Jonah cried to God from that fish, then the fish spit Jonah out on dry land.

Finally, Jonah preached to wicked Nineveh, they responded to God’s grace.

Jonah then, unbelievably, became angry at God for being merciful.

You see, Jonah would have been happier to “Nuke the Ninevites.” 

But the story ends with God saying, “Should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh?”

This is our task today.  

To have concern for all the great cities of people, no matter their race or heritage,

“To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.”

 

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This 1:50 min video is a shout out to SAT-7's ministry partners, thanking them for their faithful and generous support.

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This 1:47 min video atop beautiful Mt Nebo in Jordan where Moses viewed the Promise Land is a good place to consider Moses passing the baton to Joshua, and then Ms. Rita El-Mounayer becoming the new SAT-7 International CEO, April 2019. We're now just a couple of weeks away from the first anniversary of this event and she is, like the rest of us, in the midst of the major leadership challenge and opportunity presented by the pandemic.

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A 2:10 min video in which I use the occasion of an upcoming trip to Lebanon - actually I'm departing today - to reflect upon the privilege of serving in missions for the past ten years.



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 “10/40 Window” has been part of the Christian lexicon for more than twenty-five years. It’s a handy designation for that part of the earth’s land mass lying between 10 and 40 degrees latitude north of the equator. The 10/40 Window encompasses North and Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and most of Asia.  

     10/40 Window rolls nicely off the tongue, is intriguing, and is, once the geography’s envisioned, easy to understand. The phrase was coined in 1990 by mission strategist Luis Bush, who first called it a “box” but at his wife’s suggestion changed the name to “window” to emphasize spiritual opportunities in the region.

     The 10/40 Window spans over 60 countries and two-thirds of the world’s population—over 4 billion people. These countries, though widely variant in history and culture, share several negative “social indicators,” for example:

  • highest number of socioeconomic problems,
  • high levels of illiteracy, higher still among women,
  • 90% of the poorest people,
  • most countries closed or resistant to outside influence,
  • highest levels of Christian suppression, oppression, persecution,
  • 8,671 people groups, a majority “unreached,” meaning limited to no access to the Christian message.

     You can Google more statistics, but you get the picture. The idea of the 10/40 Window was to encourage a Christian outreach strategy to the most spiritually needy regions of the world. To some extent this has happened. Mostly it hasn’t.

     Some Good News: SAT-7’s satellite footprint covers the entire Western Half of the 10/40 Window. While Asia and Africa are linguistically fragmented, one advantage for broadcasting in the Middle East and North Africa is that residents typically understand one of three languages: approximately 300 million Arabic, 165 million Turkish, and 70 million Persian (Farsi). SAT-7 broadcasts biblical truth and a Christian worldview in all three languages. 

     Some 95% of Middle Easterners have access to a television and 60%+ (about 85% in Iraq) can access a satellite dish. So despite the spiritual challenges on the ground, or maybe because of them, spiritual opportunities are still beaming uncensored from the air.

     The Western Half of the 10/40 Window is blanketed everyday with the Christian message. And God said, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

     What do you think the Apostle Paul, missionary to the Gentiles, would say if he could reach millions via satellite television? No long boat rides or shipwrecks, no snakes, no Roman soldiers to dodge, no interminable hikes, no waiting weeks for your epistle to get there.

     I think Paul would pray, “Dear Lord, give me the 10/40 Window.” And then to his taxi-driver, “Get me to the SAT-7 studio. Now.” 

  

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