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Lebanese at a Turning Point

October 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Going Global, Monthly Articles, World News

Lebanese at a Turning Point By Dan Wooding Founder of ASSIST Ministries

BEIRUT, LEBANON (ANS) — For the first time in four years, on October 19, 2012, a car bomb erupted in Beirut. Thankfully, SAT-7* staff members in Lebanon are safe, and the SAT-7 studio remains secure.

A boy being rescued after the Beirut bombing

According to a SAT-7 spokesperson, the strategically coordinated assassination targeted Wessam al-Hassan, head of the Lebanese intelligence agency. Hassan and seven others died in the bombing that occurred in the densely populated and predominantly Christian neighborhood of Ashrafiye, not far from downtown Beirut.

Some speculate that the bombing is connected to the ongoing violence in Syria, which continues to spill into Lebanon. Hassan was a known opponent of the Assad regime.

Naji Daoud, Executive Director of SAT-7 in Lebanon, reflected on the assassination of Hassan, the violent demonstrations in Beirut following his funeral, and the calls for Lebanese Prime Minister Mikati to step down. Daoud said, “The Lebanese find themselves at a turning point.This is the time for us, as a SAT-7 team, to stand stronger. We have to remember our role as advocates of reconciliation, of peace, of unity and of hope. We also have to pray for the safety of our staff as they commute between the office and the streets for filming.

The SAT-7 production studio in Beirut

“We have to pray for an uninterrupted operation during those difficult days. We have to keep praying for Lebanon, Syria and the whole Middle East.”

He added, “In His time, God will change this part of the world. Meanwhile, let us faithfully live as we have been commanded by Him. ‘The Lord did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (1 Timothy 1:7).”

Likewise, SAT-7 CEO Dr. Terence Ascott called for prayer. Dr. Ascott advised, “We should pray for the peace of Lebanon, that it will not become the victim of a proxy war between the different political and religious rivals in the region-such as the Gulf Arabs and Iran, and the Sunni and Shia worlds, to name but two.”

What is SAT-7?

* SAT-7 broadcasts Christian programming via satellite transmission to transform the Middle East and North Africa through hope in Jesus Christ. Based in Cyprus, and operated by a board of denominational, business, and non-profit organization leaders, SAT-7 operates studios in Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Cyprus and the U.K.


Dan Wooding, 71, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 49 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 192 countries. Dan recently received two top media awards — the “Passion for the Persecuted” award from Open Doors US, and as one of the top “Newsmakers of 2011” from Plain Truth magazine. He is the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is “Caped Crusader: Rick Wakeman in the 1970s.” To order a copy, go to: Caped Crusader – Amazon

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