2 February 2011 St Albans, United Kingdom [Miroslav Pujic, tedNEWS] The staff of Al Waad Media Center in Beirut, Lebanon watched intently as they stood together to witness the event that they had been looking forward to for over two years. The first of February 2011 was the day that marked the launching of Al Waad Channel (Hope Channel in Arabic).
For the Seventh-day Adventist Church this is a dream come true. “We have seen the fruit of our labor finally being broadcast to over 350 million Arabic speaking people around the world”, says Amir Ghali, Al Waad Media Center Director. “Needless to say, the staff joined together in offering a prayer of thanks and gratitude to God, who made it possible for Al Waad Channel to be on the air; this is nothing less than a true miracle,” Ghali concludes.
A portfolio with a variety of programmes is presented on Al Waad Channel. The programmes deal with all aspects of life: spiritual, family, health, youth, music, children, cooking, and more. These programmes go in harmony with the Adventist teachings, which are concerned with the well being of humankind.
Al Waad Media Center, which produces programmes for Al Waad Channel, is located on the beautiful campus of Middle East University in Beirut, Lebanon. The center adopts a philosophy of respect and understanding toward those who belong to the majority religion of Islam.
“It is our intention to build bridges of trust and understanding with our Muslim neighbours,” comments Basma Muneer, Content Manager at Al Waad Media Center. “By God’s grace, we aim to be the trusted Arabic Christian TV channel in the Middle East.”
“It is my sincere prayer that Al Waad Channel will be a blessing to millions of people around the world, and that through this ministry many people will accept Jesus as their personal Saviour,” concludes Ghali.
Al Waad Channel is part of the Hope Channel global broadcast network. [tedNEWS]
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