Crossings Missions team recently hosted Baskets of Hope, a luncheon where nearly three hundred women came together to learn more about the women, culture, and Christianity in the Middle East and to learn more about our global missions partner, SAT-7. The women in attendance heard from SAT-7 CEO, Rita El Mounayer, about her experiences growing up during the war and finding hope through Christianity and media programs.
Women at Baskets of Hope enjoyed a delicious meal featuring Middle Eastern specialties, such as hummus, tabbouleh, and baklava, and had time to connect with other women in Missions and Women’s ministries and the community. They also got to experience what hope in the Middle East looks like through watching one of SAT-7’s children’s programs, Bedtime Stories, hosted by Rita herself.
Rita El Mounayer shared her heart for and dedication to SAT-7 during Baskets of Hope: “Looking back,” she said, “God equipped me for this position with all the hardship that happened in my life. As a child growing up in the war, after losing my mother, I had so many questions for God. Jesus urged me to trust Him, and I do. Some of my questions still aren’t answered, but I trust that He wants the best for me. Because of this hardship, pain, and war, I have a heart for people in the Middle East and north Africa going through the same thing. I have a message of hope for them: if I made it, you can make it, too!”
Take a look at some of the highlights from Baskets of Hope below!