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Lutheran Hour Ministries is excited to announce a new strategic partnership with SAT-7, the first and largest Middle East and North African Christian TV network. The two Christian broadcasters will work together to co-produce a new television series for Arab youth and young families from the SAT-7 studio in Cairo, Egypt.

"As a mass proclamation organization, our primary goal is to share the Good News with people who have little or no possibility of hearing the Gospel," says LHM President & CEO Kurt Buchholz. "This partnership allows us to produce culturally-relevant television programming that will be watched by millions of needy and hurting people throughout the region with a message that God loves them, a message that gives them hope for the future."

"SAT-7 works with many partners but one thing they all have in common is a commitment to biblical truth and the importance of sharing the Gospel with people who have never had the opportunity to hear it before," says SAT-7 CEO Dr. Terence Ascott. "We share these values and objectives with Lutheran Hour Ministries."

"We are thankful that through this partnership with SAT-7 we can capitalize on each other's strengths in bringing the love of God in all its fullness to the people of the Middle East and North Africa," says Dr. Douglas Rutt, LHM's director of international ministries.

This expansion of LHM's ministry work in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will potentially reach tens of millions of viewers in 20 countries spanning from as far west as Morocco to as far east as Iraq and the Persian Gulf. The new television programming, which will be a variety show format aimed at starting discussion and offering hope through the Word of God, will be carried on the NileSat satellite.

"I can think of no more compelling way to fulfill LHM's mission of Bringing Christ to the Nations—and the Nations to the Church than to expand our mass media outreach throughout the Middle East," says Eric Gates, LHM's regional director for Africa and the Middle East. "Our goal is to become a visionary creator of original Arabic content for the region, while providing the best care and nurturing possible to those seeking to learn more about Jesus."

The Middle East and North Africa region has been engulfed in turmoil and suffering for decades, but especially over the past five years. People have fled by the millions to refugee camps and abroad amidst fear and insecurity. Political turmoil, social instability, and high unemployment rates are leaving millions of Arab youth disillusioned and hopeless. Disproportionally affected, the youth make up nearly 60 percent of refugees in many camps throughout the region and young adults are often the first affected in war, either fighting or fleeing.

"Hearing the Gospel through mass media from the privacy of their own homes may be their only opportunity to hear it at all," says Gates. "This effort will provide hope for millions of people searching for answers."

LHM has started the process of hiring script writers and actors in hopes that the first broadcast will air this fall. The SAT-7 television studio, operated by local Egyptian personnel, offers high quality technology and services for Christian media production.

"When we have worked with other ministry partners, we've produced programs in their facilities in Europe," says Ascott. "This partnership with Lutheran Hour Ministries provides a new opportunity in that we are providing the facilities and technology to produce the content."

This strategic ministry partnership will also involve future opportunities for coordinated audience relations follow-up, new approaches to social media engagement, joint fundraising, and joint research initiatives.

What can you do? First, pray for the safety of everyone living or working in the Middle East and North Africa. A recent increase in attacks targeting Christians presents additional difficulties for Christian ministries working there. Shining the light of the Gospel into the region has never been as important as it is today.

You can also help provide a vital lifeline to the people of the Middle East and North Africa through your financial support. Many people in the region are unable to attend church services due to lack of access, and are often persecuted for even trying to attend. However, your support will help broadcast His love directly into the safety of their homes, wherever they may be. You can make a difference by assuring His truth is available when seekers need it the most! For more information, visit lhm.org/MENA.

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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