Iran (MNN) — They say a picture is worth a thousand words. For kids in Iran, drawing pictures gave them a chance to envision their world after COVID-19.
SAT-7 is a Christian satellite television broadcast in the Middle East and North Africa. Parastoo Poortaheri, Presenter with the SAT-7 PARS program Hashtag, says they asked Iranian kids to draw post-pandemic life as a way to celebrate Universal Children’s Day on November 20.
“Especially for children, it might be so hard to stay at home and not have hope about their futures or not have time to hang out with their friends. And of course at SAT-7, we always share the message of hope. So we thought it was necessary to share the message of hope to them and remind them that God is with us.”
They weren’t sure what to expect, but what did kids actually draw? Love. Each picture depicted family or friends or even the whole world together again.
Poortaheri says, “They were really focusing on…people are loving each other more. They were putting hearts or they were just putting the people around the world. They were showing more love in their painting, more calmness, more green. There were a few who were talking about how still we have to care about ourselves a lot even after the COVID[-19] situation because of what we learned out of it.
“There was also one girl saying that after COVID[-19], she can go back to the church with her parents without wearing masks!”
These kids have been impacted by the pandemic, but the story isn’t over. SAT-7 PARS broadcasts to Persian-speakers in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. Their programs are showing kids they can find joy and peace through Jesus even in the waiting.
Please pray with SAT-7 for God to give kids in Iran hope for the future that comes from Christ.
Header image courtesy of SAT-7.