Meeting special needs

The Blessed School (Photo by SAT-7)

The Blessed School (Photo by SAT-7)

Lebanon (SAT-7/MNN) — ISIS continues to grow in its threats, and now it is looking to Lebanon. The following story is about brothers and sisters who need our prayer.

In February, the Lebanon studio of SAT-7, a Christian satellite television ministry to the Middle East and North Africa, received a visit from The Blessed School. Students at The Blessed School have special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, and learning disabilities.

Photo by SAT-7

(Photo by SAT-7)

At the studio, the children were inspired by a behind-the-scenes look at the broadcasting industry. After meeting studio employees, one little boy said, “I want to become a singer like Marianne.” Another said, “I want to be a director like Elie.”

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(Photo by SAT-7)

At the end of the visit, the kids said they enjoyed the day “more than anything in the world.” The school director thanked SAT-7, and the group prayed together.

The students know Bible stories and enjoy watching SAT-7 KIDS. They are fans of The Naji Show and Let’s Sing Together, and they want to compete in the game shows filmed in Egypt.

On March, Mother’s Day in Lebanon, a SAT-7 team visited The Blessed School to film a performance the kids put on for their mothers. One little girl is a talented singer. In spite of severe epilepsy and hallucinations, she has learned Christian songs and sings them on key, word-for-word. Another girl is a promising sketch-artist. Her parents cannot afford to send her to a specialized school, but her teacher at The Blessed School hopes to develop her skills.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).

Photo by SAT-7

(Photo by SAT-7)

Before leaving, SAT-7 donated and installed a satellite dish and receiver so the children can watch SAT-7 KIDS. Cathia Shaheen (pictured right), Administration and Personnel Officer for SAT-7 Lebanon, believes the visit made a lasting impression on the children. She says, “They were thrilled and kept looking at me and the camera, proud that SAT-7 is interested in their performances…They need to see new faces, to feel that they are loved.”

SAT-7 hopes to have more opportunities to share Christ’s love with the local community.

Praise God for the wonderful blessing He’s given through mutual encouragement in his name. Pray for these Christians in Lebanon to be a light to the rest of their country even as tensions rise and threats close in from ISIS.

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