By Michael Ireland, Senior Reporter, ASSIST News Service firstname.lastname@example.org
KURDISTAN, NORTHERN IRAQ (ANS, May 10, 2015) – A video of one little Iraqi girl’s three wishes has gone viral, reaching more than one million people via the Internet.
Ron Andrew, Development Services Administrator, SAT-7 USA (www.sat7usa.org) shares that a few months ago, Mr. Know, a presenter on the popular SAT-7 KIDS program, ‘Why Is That?’ traveled to a refugee camp in Erbil, the largest city and capital of the Kurdistan Region, to interview children forcibly removed from their homes in Iraq.
According to the article, Mr. Know, or Essam as he is known outside the studio, shared a story about life in a refugee camp in an unfinished shopping mall. He never expected to uncover a gem in the form of a ten-year-old girl, Myriam, who had wishes of her own.
Ron Andrew says: “Myriam holds no hatred in her heart for the people who chased her family from their home. She even forgives those responsible and asks that God chase the evil from their hearts so that life can return to normal. Myriam confided in Mr. Know three wishes: she wanted her message of forgiveness to be shared throughout the region, she hoped to see her best friend again, and she wanted to return to school.”
SAT-7 KIDS shared this powerful message of unmerited forgiveness with its audience. When Myriam’s interview was subtitled in English and shared on the SAT-7 ARABIC Facebook page, it reached over 1 million people in the first 42 hours! Over 200,000 watched the entire video.
Of the many viewers worldwide, one held a special place in Myriam’s heart, a young girl named Sandra. The two were friends and lost touch after fleeing their homes because of ISIS. After the SAT-7 KIDS video aired and Myriam appeared on other media outlets, the two best friends were reunited over Skype on the SAT-7 KIDS program, ‘Let’s Sing Together.’ Sandra had a message for Myriam, “I want to tell her I miss her so much and I want to see her so I can hug her. We want to go back to Iraq but it is not safe yet.” The two girls talked and prayed together and look forward to meeting again.
The third wish, being able to return to school, would be a more difficult task — but through Jesus, all things are possible. SAT-7 KIDS is launching ‘My School’, a program to make sure refugee children do not fall behind in their education, teaching Arabic, Math and English.
“There are millions of innocent refugee children with wishes just like Myriam,” said Andrew. “They did not ask to be removed from their homes, and they do not hold hate in their hearts. They simply want to return home with their families and friends and live a peaceful life.
“With the help of SAT-7 viewers, God has used SAT-7 to make a few wishes come true, and more importantly, testified of God’s grace, love, and forgiveness in the lives of those who follow him, even little children,” he said.
“Please pray that we can do more for the innocent children still looking to Jesus for peace.” Photo: Myriam and Sandra get connected at Easter time. (Courtesy SAT-7).
About the writer: Michael Ireland is a Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, as well as a volunteer Internet Journalist and Ordained Minister who has served with ASSIST Ministries and ASSIST News Service since its beginning in 1989. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China, and Russia. Click http://paper.li/Michael_ASSIST/1410485204 to see a daily digest of Michael’s stories for ANS.
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