SAT-7 PARS’ coronavirus programming in Iran focused on limiting stress and panic in people. One doctor talked about how to prevent the spread, while another assured people that the virus is not deadly to people not already suffering health problems. The show featured a live prayer for people dealing with the coronavirus.
Iran’s government has faced criticism for the secretive way it has handled the coronavirus outbreak. In essence, SAT-7’s intends to inform people, pray for them, and help them not be panicked.
Read about similar SAT-7 coverage in Turkey here.
Getting involved with SAT-7 PARS
Want to get more engaged in what SAT-7 PARS is doing in Iran? Dennis Wiens says, “So we’ve launched Sponsor a Day, where a church can sponsor a whole day of broadcasts on the most viewed satellite over Iran and Afghanistan.”
Every Farsi-speaking church in Iran is a “closed church” or a house church, so most believers don’t meet in actual church buildings. “So we provide church services,” Wiens says. “We provide theological education in our seminary over-the-air programming. We provide discipleship, and there are a lot of youth and children’s programs. There’s live programs, dramas, and a whole genre of programs for the whole family.”
Wiens says this programming is the only Christian resource that most people have in Iran. “Just as you would have a lot of teaching from your church that you attend, we can provide that same level of Christian resources, teaching, discipleship, encouragement, and prayer support. We can provide that through media.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that Jesus would give Iranian Christians strength and boldness in the difficult country they live in.
- Pray that SAT-7 PARS would have wisdom as they create programming for Iranian Christians.