Gaza pullout sees hopes for peace to grow.

By August 22, 2005

Israel (MNN)–There has been a turning point in the Middle East peace process. The news bears dramatic scenes of the Gaza evacuation.

Leaders in the Middle East hope for the best as the talks continue. The Jewish settlements are slowly being emptied, amidst the threat of violence.

Yet, the events of the week have believers on both sides cautiously optimistic that this could bring an end to the nearly 60-year struggle between the Middle East’s neighboring peoples.

SAT-7’s David Harder describes the atmosphere in the region’s churches. “Now, there is a hope for some peace. It’s very tenuous. People wonder what will happen. But there is a hope that peace will come, and that will be a benefit to everyone in the region, including the churches, that really want to grow.”

Harder says it’s too early to guess at whether the peace will hold. But, in light of the promise of peace, believers may see more freedom to expand Christian work via satellite television. “It will be interesting to see, as the future progresses, what Christian groups are able to do, if the Christians in Gaza are able to make more programs, have the independence they desire to be able to do things. So, we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to have more programs, more Christian Palestinian programs on our channel.”

It’s all a part of the mission of SAT-7, to provide the churches and Christians of the Middle East and North Africa an opportunity to witness to Jesus Christ through inspirational, informative, and educational television.

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