Christian television ministry SAT-7 is set to launch educational programs in refugee camps in the Middle East as part of its bid to reach the most vulnerable people with the Gospel of Christ.
SAT-7 broadcasts its programs in 25 Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East. Network official Rex Rogers said they try not to release political comments to avoid jeopardizing their ministry in the region and because they are trying to help their viewers and the other people there, Christian Broadcasting Network details.
Aside from SAT-7's existing ministry in the Middle East, the network is also planning to launch a new program called SAT-7 ACADEMY, which consists of educational programs for broadcast in refugee camps. They have been gearing up for the project for two years now.
"We're just announcing it now and have been preparing for about two years," SAT-7 said. "It is another channel, it is in the Arabic language, it is aimed at that lost generation...of children, whether they're in camps or wherever they are, who have been out of school maybe four, five, six years already."
In addition, Rogers explained that Christian missionaries care about literacy because they want people to be able to read the Bible on their own. He added that literacy and education can help lead people to more productive lives.
While literacy is currently among the major goals of SAT-7, the network said its ultimate mission is to bring Christ's salvation to other people. In light of this plan, Roger is asking all Christians to pray that their upcoming educational program will succeed.
Meanwhile, Christian refugees in the Middle East have weighed in on U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. The executive order will reportedly prioritize Christians' asylum applications once the ban is lifted.
For Patriarch Louis Sako of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad, Trump's new refugee policy is a "trap for Christians in the Middle East." He said policies that give preference to Christians only encourage attacks against these persecuted communities, Crux.
Antoine Audo, the Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, echoed Sako's concerns. He said Trump's immigration policy which appears to prioritize Christians over Muslims would only fuel "fanaticism and extremism."