25th December 2018

SAT-7 UK Christmas Day

 

25 DECEMBER

CHRISTMAS DAY

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CHRISTMAS DAY

Darkness may divide and disorientate us, leaving us lonely and lost. But it’s no

match for even the tiniest pinprick of light.

Over the last 24 days we’ve seen the power of God’s light to bring

hope in dark times.

We’ve been on a journey of prayer to ask God to magnify

that light across the Middle East and North Africa – and in our own hearts and

communities – so many more people can live lives illuminated by hope.

In the final watches of the night, those who are alert and watching are rewarded

with the first sighting of the dawn.

As darkness blanketed Bethlehem on the night before Jesus’ birth, most in the

packed city were surely sound asleep. But some beyond the city walls were awake

– and watchful.

A band of shepherds were up keeping an eye on their

sheep, scanning the shadows for danger. Surrounded by

the bleats of livestock and far from traditional sources of

power or influence, these men would have gone unseen

by most.

But their watchfulness was rewarded. The night sky

above them filled with angels unable to contain their joy at

what was happening, one of them declaring:

“Unto you is

born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is

Christ the Lord.”

(Luke 2:11)

Hundreds of miles away, observant Magi spotted the

Saviour’s star as it rose, and set off on a long and difficult

journey to worship the new King and bring Him their

treasure.

Like their predecessors, many in the Middle East and North Africa today

are navigating by the glimpses of light that they discern.

The darkness is

intense, as are the challenges they face. But their eyes are searching out the slow

suffusing that signals the breaking of a new day for their region. Through our

prayers and support, we take our place to watch and wait with them.

As Christmas Day finally dawns, let’s remember the Light of the World that first

flashed out from that Middle Eastern manger, and has never dimmed.

In that

light we see revealed the source of all our hope – Emmanuel, the God

who came to be with us.

Following the example of all who have loved and followed Jesus in centuries past,

let the thrill of hope lift your heart today as “the weary world rejoices, for yonder

breaks a new and glorious morn.”

Happy Christmas!

A THRILL OF HOPE,

THE WEARY

WORLD REJOICES

FOR YONDER

BREAKS A NEW

AND GLORIOUS

MORN

O HOLY NIGHT, JOHN

DWIGHT SULLIVAN

CHRISTMAS DAY

The 500 million people of the Middle East

and North Africa desperately need hope

this Christmas.

Headlines from across the region this year have been dominated

by war, human tragedy, protests and violence.

In Syria and Yemen,

people’s lives have been devastated by civil war; in Turkey and Iraq,

political and economic instability have prompted protests; in Egypt and

Iran, Christians have suffered violence and persecution.

Over the course of Advent, we have been reflecting on the joyful truth that

Jesus is the hope of the nations.

But many millions in the region do

not know this good news and the great joy it brings.

This Christmas, SAT-7 has a unique opportunity to broadcast the love and

hope of Jesus directly into people’s homes –

and even refugee camps

– across

the whole region. Our

four 24/7 satellite TV channels

will share the

joyful message of Christmas

in the region’s three main languages – Arabic,

Farsi and Turkish.

And people’s hearts are ready to respond.

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AT-7 presenter Mina Awny, who recently visited Syria to film

special episodes of children’s show

Family of Jesus

, told us:

“Just as there are two sides to a coin, there are also two sides to a war. As much as the

war has driven people out of the country, it has also driven thousands of non-believers to

Christ. The churches are filled with people.”

You can spread hope across the Middle East and North Africa

this Christmas by supporting SAT-7’s broadcasts.

It costs just 50p to broadcast SAT-7 channels to one

person for a whole year. So

a gift of £25 will reach 50

people in the Middle East

with the good news of the

hope that only Jesus brings.

Give today at

sat7uk.org/christmas-hope

Image:

Syrian children worship

at

a church in Bloudan, Syria

 

ALL GIFTS*

MATCHED

*see website for T&Cs

CHRISTMAS APPEAL

YOUR GIFT TODAY

WILL BROADCAST

HOPE

TO THE PEOPLE OF

THE MIDDLE EAST.

 

Visit

sat7uk.org/christmas-hope


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